Keino and Yamaha Collaborate on ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ Concept
Yamaha's Yard built initiative has been facilitating some really great builds since it's inception. The XJR1300 'Monkeefist' by Wrenchmonkees, SR400 ‘Lightening’ by Deus, XV950 'Pure Sports' by Low Ride, and Greg Hageman's Yamaha Bolt Scrambler (as featured in Issue ELEVEN) are all some pretty killer examples of what happens when a manufacturer hands over the creative keys to some talented builders. It shines a light on the unique potential within Yamaha's modern motorcycle line.
This newest build comes out of the Brooklyn based workshop Keino Cycles and is built from the XJR1300 base. In its stock state the XJR is a pretty standard naked roadster but Keino Cycles has put a pretty radical spin on it. The work here is quite extensive including a uniquely modern springer front end, hand shaped and slimmed down fuel tank, and a custom rear subframe replete with custom tailpiece. Keino also swapped the air filters, outfitted the bike with Brembo brakes, and for a little extra "vintage" flavor added the taillight of a classic MG sports car. With a blue vintage Yamaha inspired paint job combined with a snarling new quad scrambler style exhaust the bike stands out.
Yamaha explains that Keino's "inspiration for the XJR build comes from the 90s, fueled by the Japanese classic street performance machine’s powerful inline four air-cooled engine" and that "the stripped back, raw iconic design proved the perfect base for Rhapsody in Blue."
We'll be keeping our ears to the ground to hear what Yamaha has in store next for the Yard built project as well as keeping a watchful eye on Kieno Cycles. The work here is a testament to the success and inspired nature of the project.
Synergie #3 | The Cosmic Nozems Motorshow? What the hell is that? A motorcycle show in an old electricity plant in Zwevegem, Belgium? Put on by Motokouture Bespoke MC? Count us in!
We asked Steven Verschilde of Monkeefist photography what this cool as hell event was all about and here's what he had to say.
I got up pretty early to get there before all the people arrived. Explored the stunning setting, it felt good walking around in the old electricity mill site with nobody around... Outside, the stages started to set up and as the crowd started growing they slowly found their way inside where they all stood still for a moment to enjoy the sight of the machine room packed with exceptional bikes!
Old machinery and custom bikes are a perfect match! Inside Bikes were gathered from Builders all over Europe, together with some photographers works and Paintings. Outside you had the visitors bikes, cars, a lot of beer and a few pair of sexy legs here and there.
Motokouture Bespoke MC did a fantastic job organizing this motorshow and I can't wait to see what they'll be doing next year to amaze everyone again! Don't miss this one next year! - Steven Verschilde
We're looking forward to next years event and are crossing our fingers that there's room in the budget and space on the calendar to attend this show that's showcasing some great talent in one of the more unique settings we've seen.
Photo & Words | Monkeefistphotography
Vodka on the rocks is good. Vodka chilled over a frozen lake bed? Better. Chilled vodka shared with your friends, after climbing a mountain in the dead of winter in the dark? Pure living.
Late last year, we received a package from some folks in Brooklyn, NY called Industry City Distillery. In it, we found a bottle of small batch vodka humbly labelled, No. 2. It was early December, having just wrapped up our sixth issue, and feeling it was time to clear our heads. We chose to toss the bottle in our packs and head North to Lonesome Lake, located just off the Appalachian Trail in the White Mountains of our home state of New Hampshire. With temperatures well below freezing, it was the perfect place to sample what the guys at Industry City Distillery had been up to and review the product for our then upcoming issue.
Admittedly, none of us are die-hard vodka fans, but to truly get a sense of the product, we sampled it with no mixers. The first pleasant sign of surprise was the lack of nose burning, rubbing alcohol stench often associated with most vodkas. A resounding "Wow!" was the response after we all tried this beet-produced juice for the first time. It had a softer, slightly grassy nose to it, remarkably smooth with flavors that we didn't even know could exist within vodka. With its clean taste and lack of burn, the bottle just didn't last long, helping us sleep in the cold just a bit easier that night.
Located in a warehouse on the west side of Brooklyn, Industry City Distillery, is run by The City Foundry, a research and design group focused on improving small-scale manufacturing processes through the blending of science and art. To really appreciate the experience as we have, give a look at the process and then grab yourself a bottle or two to stay warm as the season starts to turn.
In a town where moonshine, circle-track racing, and bluegrass music were only second to the Holy Trinity - two brothers caught a bug at an early age to make quality, hand-crafted, American made motorcycle parts.
Directed/Edited by: Rob Russell
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