Biltwell's new El Fuerte DOT Helmet

I set out to do a writeup on the release of this new helmet by our friends over at Biltwell this morning and quickly realized once again that these guys know how to run a business. I hopped over to their site to see how they described the new lids and hell, they wax poetic and build such great looking stuff, why not let them take it away? Normally we get a chance to get our hands on any products we endorse - but since we're already using their DOT Hustler lids and know these guys - we'll vouch for 'em until we get our greasy hands on these.

From Biltwell: When we introduced our super-comfortable open-face novelty helmets seven years ago, we helped resurrect a style that was synonymous with chopper builders and bikeriders of the '60s and '70s. After reenergizing the game with a virtual Skittle sack of gloss and Megaflake colors, we next attacked the status quo with a line of DOT-approved open-face helmets in a whole new range of tough-looking flat paint finishes. In a few short years, Biltwell open-face helmets became as common as denim and leather at motorcycle hoedowns from to Baja to the Big Apple.

Today we’re changing the game again with our brand-new El Fuerte helmet. This leaner, lighter and even more comfortable DOT-approved 3/4 lid boasts the same hand-painted finishes as our other lids on an even lower-profile molded ABS shell. The el Fuerte's interior boasts a custom-shaped EPS safety shell and a hand-stitched liner with moisture wicking brushed Lycra panels and open-cell foam padding for breathability and comfort. The rugged nylon neck strap features plated steel D-rings and a snap strap end retainer with Biltwell anvil branding. Available in six sizes, XS-XXL, there's a Biltwell el Fuerte helmet to fit everyone's individual head and style.

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Head over and check out the rad new Biltwell helmets and do business with them. Do it.

Dime City Cycles is building you a bike for free. Really.

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We're nuts. We're revamping & rebuilding a rusty CB750 - and giving it away. By Jason Paul Michaels | Dime City Cycles

It’s times like these when Herm and I really enjoy being at the helm of Dime City Cycles. We started this business roughly 4 years ago with the idea in mind that we could simply have parts on a couple of shelves to help our woes with our own custom garage builds. Never in a million years did we think we’d be in a position to hand build a CB750 Cafe Racer and simply “give it away” to one lucky CAT sitting somewhere around the globe clicking around on this thing called “Facebook” connecting with us and all our friends.

Well, here we are – countless project build bikes, 24,000+ orders, 10,000+ satisfied customers in over 60 countries ranging from as far as Australia to The Eastern Block of Russia to Asia Pacific back to America and everywhere in between and we find ourselves in that very such position. It’s time to take a break from the day to day and do a little something in return for all the customers who’ve given us the opportunity earn their business and share with them the Dime City difference.

I’ll admit, the idea wasn’t completely ours. It’s the brainchild of Brett Houle, Publisher and Editor of Iron & Air Magazine. Brett called us in the beginning of June and said something along the lines of “Hey guys, we’re looking to have a vendor supply a bunch of parts for a give-away bike we want to pair with the first issues of Iron & Air. We’re still working on a builder, but we thought you guys could supply the parts. What do you think?” Herm and I chatted about it for a minute and our response was a resounding – “You’ve got your parts and your builder.”

From there the idea developed into what you see below and on the Iron & Air microsite (www.ironandair.com/dimecitycycles - it’s where you go to register FOR FREE to win the bike) the basic idea here is that Herm and I are going to take a rust bucket SOHC CB750 we’ve had hanging around at Dime City and turn it into one of our signature Cafe Racers, for you, the winner, for free. All you need to do is enter the contest (and if you’d be so kind) share the link on your Facebook wall and LIKE both Dime City Cycles and Iron & Air. Pretty easy right?

The build is going to take place over the next few months with the bike ultimately unveiled at the Barber Vintage Festival in Alabama. (You do NOT need to be present to win and International submissions are welcomed) A big thanks to our partners Progressive Suspension and Bell Helmets too, thanks to them this sweet CB Speed Machine will come with a fully dialed in suspension system and a custom painted 500 helmet to match. Pretty rad, eh?

We’ll get into more detail on the specifications of the build in the near future, but as it stands right now, here’s the short list of what we’re thinking:

  • Rebuilt CB750 motor with ported and polished intake and exhaust manifolds, electronic ignition and a Mega Cycle CAM
  • Rebuilt & modified stock 750 carbs w/ velocity stacks
  • Refurbished wiring harness
  • Reinforced stock CB750 frame
  • Legendary motorcycles fuel tank & seat w/ DCC upholstery
  • Avon rubber mounted on stock powdercoated rims w/ stainless steel spokes
  • Rebuilt brakes w/ stainless steel lines
  • DCC Original Clubman bars

…and of course, all the DCC fixings when it comes to mirrors, controls and the little details you’ve grown to love about our builds.

The CB750 Giveaway from DCC and Iron & Air Magazine, it’s happiness bottled up just waiting for you to pop the top. So, what are you waiting for? Head on over to register for your chance to win and get your subscription to one of the best new moto-mags around.

Digg it, Ace.

Jason @ Dime City

Dime City Cycles is building you a bike for free.

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We're nuts. We're revamping & rebuilding a rusty CB750 - and giving it away. By Jason Paul Michaels | Dime City Cycles

It’s times like these when Herm and I really enjoy being at the helm of Dime City Cycles. We started this business roughly 4 years ago with the idea in mind that we could simply have parts on a couple of shelves to help our woes with our own custom garage builds. Never in a million years did we think we’d be in a position to hand build a CB750 Cafe Racer and simply “give it away” to one lucky CAT sitting somewhere around the globe clicking around on this thing called “Facebook” connecting with us and all our friends.

Well, here we are – countless project build bikes, 24,000+ orders, 10,000+ satisfied customers in over 60 countries ranging from as far as Australia to The Eastern Block of Russia to Asia Pacific back to America and everywhere in between and we find ourselves in that very such position. It’s time to take a break from the day to day and do a little something in return for all the customers who’ve given us the opportunity earn their business and share with them the Dime City difference.

I’ll admit, the idea wasn’t completely ours. It’s the brainchild of Brett Houle, Publisher and Editor of Iron & Air Magazine. Brett called us in the beginning of June and said something along the lines of “Hey guys, we’re looking to have a vendor supply a bunch of parts for a give-away bike we want to pair with the first issues of Iron & Air. We’re still working on a builder, but we thought you guys could supply the parts. What do you think?” Herm and I chatted about it for a minute and our response was a resounding – “You’ve got your parts and your builder.”

From there the idea developed into what you see below and on the Iron & Air microsite (www.ironandair.com/dimecitycycles - it’s where you go to register FOR FREE to win the bike) the basic idea here is that Herm and I are going to take a rust bucket SOHC CB750 we’ve had hanging around at Dime City and turn it into one of our signature Cafe Racers, for you, the winner, for free.  All you need to do is enter the contest (and if you’d be so kind) share the link on your Facebook wall and LIKE both Dime City Cycles and Iron & Air. Pretty easy right?

The build is going to take place over the next few months with the bike ultimately unveiled at the Barber Vintage Festival in Alabama. (You do NOT need to be present to win and International submissions are welcomed) A big thanks to our partners Progressive Suspension and Bell Helmets too, thanks to them this sweet CB Speed Machine will come with a fully dialed in suspension system and a custom painted 500 helmet to match. Pretty rad, eh?

We’ll get into more detail on the specifications of the build in the near future, but as it stands right now, here’s the short list of what we’re thinking:

  • Rebuilt engine with an 836 Kit
  • Rebuilt & modified stock 750 carbs w/ velocity stacks
  • Refurbished wiring harness
  • Reinforced stock CB750 frame
  • Legendary motorcycles fuel tank & seat w/ DCC upholstery
  • Avon rubber mounted on stock powdercoated rims w/ stainless steel spokes
  • Rebuilt brakes w/ stainless steel lines
  • DCC Original Clubman bars

…and of course, all the DCC fixings when it comes to mirrors, controls and the little details you’ve grown to love about our builds.

The CB750 Giveaway from DCC and Iron & Air Magazine, it’s happiness bottled up just waiting for you to pop the top. So, what are you waiting for? Head on over to register for your chance to win and get your subscription to one of the best new moto-mags around.

Digg it, Ace.

Jason @ Dime City

Issue 1 is here.

What they're saying already:

"A magazine that promises to bring the best content monthly to you with a click of the mouse!" - Sydney Cafe Racers

"It's honestly an incredible piece of work - congrats on what must have been a long and hard job." - T. Aysan DoTheTon.com

"Just finished Issue 1, great read and very entertaining, I feel inspired!" - M. Walker

"Quick glance thru Iron & Air's Magazine Issue One, its beautiful. Can't wait to dive in. Well done gentlemen, well done." - C. Logsdon

"Damn fine magazine... Subscribed immediately. Best read around for crazed cycle tramps. I'm in for life." - J. Dunn

"wow fellas... just subscribed for the year and glanced through the first edition, awesome work! I'm looking forward to digging into this issue more and seeing what the next 11 months have to offer!" - A. Bower

"Guys, the issue is incredible! Congratulations on a job well done." - S. Topefer

It's here.

The best things in life are worth waiting for! We've poured our hearts and souls into all 110 gorgeous pages of Issue One and we're all enjoying a happy exhaustion here in the I&A shop.

Our publishing approach.

Iron & Air magazine is the next generation social magazine. Social magazine? Yes, by leveraging the power of digital, the accessibility across devices, (anytime, anywhere access) and the connectedness of our social networks you will always be able to browse, read, gawk and share Iron & Air.

Are you going to have a printed edition?

Absolutely! Starting in October, our first print edition will be sold separate from your base annual subscription (12 digital issues). The October edition will feature expanded content and be a beautiful, perfect-bound magazine that you'll want to keep on your coffee table or in the shop at all times. It will be a constant reference that will inspire you with the engineering, design, lifestyle and the open road that Iron & Air is all about.

How much?

Each issue is only $5. You can subscribe annually for $39.95 ($3.25 per issue). Our expanded print editions (release 4-6 times per year) will be sold separately.

Special Bike Build Giveaway! What? Well, this is the kind of bat-shit crazy that happens when you get the crew from Dime City Cycles and Iron & Air together. As we finished off the last beer in the vintage fridge in the Iron & Air garage we thought, “How sick would it be to award someone one of these garage-bred machines?” One lucky speed freak would watch as DCC took a rusty lump of a CB750 and resurrect it into a vintage speed machine they could call their very own. So we shared the idea with Herm and Jason and they said, “We’re in.”

  • Donor CB750 rust-bucket
  • Complete rebuild & customization by the crew at Dime City Cycles!
  • Chronicled garage-build in each issue of Iron & Air from now through October
  • Giveaway happening LIVE at Barber Vintage Festival on October 12-14!

So now my friend, you have a chance to put Dime City Cycles to work for you over the next few months wrenching on a bike for you!

Subscribe to Iron & Air Magazine & automatically be entered to win!

 

Garage-built - '77 BMW R100/7

Bay area native Dan Rodarte says that some of his best memories were made back in the 80’s, when he was living in the city and riding his 1981 BMW R65 daily. Some 20 years later he happened to be flipping through the channels one evening, and stumbled upon “Cafe Racer TV”. Spellbound by the custom builds and in depth interviews with the artisans themselves, he decided to go for it. The concept for a custom cafe was born. Six months later his first garage built stunner was complete.

In beginning of the project, Dan was deeply inspired by meeting the legendary Steve “Carpy” Carpenter (from whom he bought the bike’s clubman bars). “I tripped on Steve "Carpy" Carpenters website and was drooling over his builds, and the extensive parts, choices and services he offered. I remember noticing just how good those Clubman bars looked on his builds rather than just attaching clip ons. The bars were a must.”

Meeting Steve initially sparked an interest to try a Honda CB750 build, but after realizing that he knew very little about Japanese bikes Dan switched gears and went to what he knew...BMWs. After that, it was an easy decision that his build would be an older, vintage, airhead.

Dan wanted to do most everything himself,  so he did what a lot of determined, first time builders do...bought manuals, and utilized online video tutorials to guide him through unfamiliar aspects of the build. “Prior to this I had never tackled the complete teardown and rebuild of a Bing carburetor, let alone a complete bike, but with the resources immediately available I was able to do it.”

Finding the perfect bike for what some purists would call an abomination was also key. Originally Dan purchased a really nice 79 R100/7 complete with S Fairing and luggage, but he decided the machine should be preserved for someone looking for a clean, original airhead.  “I remember thinking...I can't cut this up, this is a survivor.” Dan decided to sell the ‘79 and later found this ‘77 R100/7 that was perfect for his project.

Having always been a big fan of German engineering, he loved the boxer engine and had a clear vision of what he wanted the finished bike to look like. “Boxers aren’t the lightest, fastest looking bikes so giving it a lighter look was a challenge.” He was able to find some custom parts being made by Boxer Metal in Chico, CA to help him realize his vision.

After that he removed the stock air filter and housing, installed rear sets, and replaced the battery with a 4 lb lithium ion replacement which now resides under the seat cowl. He removed the the rear fender with Boxer Metal's fender eliminator kit. This also doubled as the foundation for the battery carrier.

“I wasn't pleased with the stock instrumentation that BMW uses so I sought out an Acewell digital/analog speedo and tach. Airheads aren't known for stopping power so one of the first things I did was locate a donor bike where I took off the front forks and dual disk brakes and installed them on this build.” He replaced all the cables with Motion Pro cables, and all the brake lines with stainless coated lines. The rest was painstaking polishing, plating, and powder coating of key components.

The frame was powder coated, and all the fasteners were replaced with stainless steel. Lastly was the inspiration for the color of the graphics. “I remember seeing this Mango Tango color on a Dodge Challenger, and recalled how I related it to a Hot Wheel car that I was fond of as a kid in the 70's. I just loved the idea of using it.” Ryan from Ryan's Auto Painting in Sacramento ran with it, and the result was extraordinary.

The total build time for this bike was about six months. Not bad, considering Dan had never taken on a project like this before and built the bike at home.  With some help from Boxer Metal, Ryan's Auto Body and Forest Hill Upholstery for the few mods he couldn’t do himself, Dan has created a magnificent custom beemer for which he receives daily accolades.

Feeling confident and gratified by what he’s accomplished, Dan is already thinking of another cafe build based on a lighter, smaller, more agile R65. “I’m hooked! Just the feedback, and compliments from daily drivers reassures me that I did something right.”

Dan says that he would like to stick with Airheads, because they're simple machines, and almost anyone with basic knowledge can work on them. He learned a lot about these machines throughout this build and he is eager to apply that knowledge, and learn more, with the next one.

Dan Rodarte, Owner/Builder Rocklin, CA Upholstery by Don Vigarino, Wrocket Products, Foresthill, CA 530 367-2984 Photos by Rob Sharpe, robertesharpe@yahoo.com Ryan Smith Ryan's Painting and Pinstriping ryansautopainting@gmail.com Chris Canterbury, Boxer Metal 2555 Zanella Way, Unit G, Chico, CA 95928 www.boxermetal.com & www.facebook.com/boxermetal

Wrenching on somethin'? Want us to show it off on Iron & Air? Contact editor@ironandair.com.

Moxie & Brawn - Classified Moto serves up a gnarly XV1100 custom.

If you walked into a moto shop in Virginia, USA and ordered a “Moxie & Brawn”, John Ryland, a wizard of mixology, would be the guy to shake it, strain it and slide it down the bar into your waiting hand. Not that he's a bartender; instead, Ryland mixes up his top-shelf ingredients into some of the best custom bikes on the scene today.

His latest release, an ‘89 Virago XV1100, is a show stopper; I can say this confidently because I was in NYC a few weeks back and watched people literally stop in their tracks and spill their drink upon seeing it. (John graciously offered to get us multiple refills.)

Built for Jack Harden who was looking for something solid and comfortable with enough power to merge without reservations, the XV1100 delivers on all counts. It mixes a dramatic low-slung profile with characteristically clean, brawny and rugged good looks. In person, the bike has a confident, bold presence while maintaining a feel of open accessibility. I swear it asked me if I wanted to ride on more than one occasion. Could have been the drinks...

John concedes, “The bike is all around civilized although it does look like it might bite you.”

Sliding into the saddle, you’re immediately taken by the aggressive, yet very comfortable stance the rider assumes positioned behind the tank; it feels like you’re “in” the bike rather than on it. Well proportioned, surprisingly light and seething with raw power - just sitting on it is a major tease and leaves you wanting more. An empty tank for display purposes was the only thing keeping me from firing it up and having Ryland chase me down the streets of New York City.

John teases us some more, “The riding position is really comfortable, there isn't a lot of weight on your wrists, you sit fairly upright and your feet are in a very neutral position. You can even rest your elbows on your knees if you want to. The steering at low speeds is really light.”

Engineering at this level is bound to have it’s share of occasional snags - like when, after they swapped out the front forks, they dropped it off the jack and the front tire sat firmly on the exhaust. That meant using a shorter tire and have a custom upper triple clamp CNC machined at Maxum Machine.

Says John,  “It let us raise the ride height in front enough to avoid interference. It was one of those ‘live and learn’ things. Works great now and I love the way the upper clamp angles down. Almost as if we planned it.” Happy accidents are cool.

It’s impossible to look at any of Ryland’s creations and not notice the hallmarks of a Classified Moto bike. Like the perforated steel mesh he uses on the side panels and tail piece. It balances a beast like this, keeping things light and airy. And you've gotta love the tool kit compartment under the tank (which doubles as a handy place to store a hot dog jokes Ryland). The strip on the tail and tank were fabricated from truck bed-liner material and the foot pegs are crafted from transmission shafts. (He also makes those into really cool lamps by the way.) Come on now, where else do you see this kind of stuff?

So while we walked this swanky event in NYC's Soho and snapped a few shots, we leave the photographic glory to Mr. Adam Ewing - one cool chap who we tossed a few back with. After checking these shots out, make sure to check Adam out by visiting his new web site, Adam Ewing Photography.

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John continues to demonstrate that being crafty, creative and all out cool keeps Classified Moto holding a top spot in the creative #garagebuilt customization scene.

In the end, we managed to spill our beers, yes, but on the hardwood floors and not on one of John's rides thank goodness.

So now we need a little help. This whole 'Moxie & Brawn' thing has kinda a cool ring to it. I wonder what drink we could invent to carry that name. Leave us your comments below and maybe we'll make it into a drink. Or a shirt. Or something.

Mike & Brett

Classified Moto web: www.classifiedmoto.com facebook: www.facebook.com/classifiedmoto twitter: www.twitter.com/johnryland