Our love for two-wheeled machines knows no bounds. But that's not to say that our passion doesn't spill over into four-wheeled territory. More than several occasions I have found myself admiring the reportage coming from Petrolicious, a four person team that produces engaging videos for classic car enthusiasts in a fresh, well-designed and high quality fashion. When I landed on their Facebook page this morning, I was pleasantly surprised to see a video about Los Angeles based photographer Josh Withers, and a 1972 BMW R75/5 that he was commissioned to build. Check out the video below for the full story.
The following excerpt is from Issue Ten, featuring an incredible build from our buddies at Choppahead Kustom Cycles.
Raise your glasses to the previous generation, as Jay & Truth of Choppahead do every day. Inspired, mentored, and schooled by greater builders and greater men than you or I, east-coast build shop Choppahead is turning heads and paying homage to a time gone by. They're rolling out undeniable classics — beautiful and expertly built vintage Triumphs — it seems every other week. Their recent pre-unit is no exception. And as a further nod to our collective motorcycle roots, they decided to show us what it's made of, finding air and ripping this hard-tail old school machine through the dusty woods & farmlands of New England just for this article. Get to know Boston's best. For the full story get Issue Ten here.
Cam Elkins, the Australian behind Stories of Bike, has been at it documenting the very special relationship between man and machine. Captured are stories, history, inspiration, and the motives that make these individuals ride their beloved vintage/custom motorcycles. Stories of Bike accomplishes something exquisite one episode after another, and even if you don’t ride, you’ll feel compelled to seek what these featured riders have found.
Each episode portrays the internal motives that move one to make their bike look one way, sound another, and feel authentic to the core that it can truly be called their own. This is the love these people have for vintage bikes, and by bikers in this community,
When regarding ones machine to this level, it’s a sublime feeling to get behind the bars and slide that back tire around a dirt corner or swerve between cars on congested city streets or even simply ride across a bridge suspended from everything below. Stories of Bike showcases this freedom, love, and expression of motorcycle lifestyle- The people that are fueled up on more than just life, but their 35+ year old machines.
Episode Five - Origins
Stories of Bike has recently released their fifth episode in an on going series. The footage is stunning, music alluring, and all around a magnificent exhibit of an emerging culture. Included here on our ‘Features’ page you will have the delight of not only watching Elkins latest episode five, but viewing some of the gorgeous stills that went into making the episode. Sit-back and enjoy, and I promise you can’t just watch one episode. We will be updating this page with new releases of Stories of Bike when they come out so stay tuned.
A year ago Issue One was launched, and I followed the magazine from the get go when it was just a Facebook page gaining interest. If you’ve read Iron & Air, you can agree that they have well exceeded their goal, and created a magazine that offers more to the vintage and custom moto-world than we all could've asked for, and Issue Ten is no exception. As an admirer of I&A’s work, a vintage motorcycle enthusiast, and currently studying journalism and photography in college, it was a dream come true when I met the publisher, Brett Houle, at a car and bike show last year in June. Through persistence and a year of multiple encounters with Iron & Air, here I stand as the Editorial Intern proud to be sharing the accomplishments of their latest efforts – Issue Ten.
It has been my absolute pleasure to be apart of the tail end of this Issue, and involved in bringing the hungry readers the latest and greatest from Iron & Air. Issue Ten has more content than ever, including the captivating 44-page spread of motorcycle event coverage from around the world. This Issue will take you from Europe to Australia, and Africa back to the States, giving you moto-crazed readers the next best thing to a first hand experience. Events included are Scram Africa, Mods Vs. Rockers Chicago, Throttle Roll, Wheels and Waves, Born Free, and many more. After we take you around the globe, get your fix of badass builds from Choppahead’s latest pre-unit Triumph to Espresso Racer’s BMW R80, aptly named "Mobster". Then, get lost in the breathtaking photographs from Lanakila MacNaughton’s Women’s Motorcycle Exhibition. Wipe away the drool, then get ready for moto-artist Makoto Endo, and his unbelievable motorcycle portraits painted with just a chopstick and ink. Endo gives a new meaning to the two words simplistic and intricate, and this Issue gives you the inside, exclusive interview with the talented artist himself.
Gregor Harih is a first time builder from Slovenia and based on his 1980 Honda CX500, we certainly hope it is not his last. Put together in his spare time over the course of three months, the project he nicknamed "Bruno" was built to be his daily rider and mixed a number of aesthetic and performance updates to achieve the look. The upgrades consist of Dunlop K70 tires, Fehling M-handlebars, black posh grips, Dime City Cycles speedometer and tach, a custom fiberglass seat pan with custom back fender, custom formed seat, Gianelli vintage exhaust, grey heat wrap, 7″ British style front light, Bates style LED backlight, vintage aluminum indicators, and bar-end vintage mirrors. Finished off with military green paint, a semi-gloss black painted frame, and satin black powder coated wheels and fork tubes, this is a CX to be reckoned with.
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Whether we're plugging away at the next issue, or trouble shooting a busted old bike in the garage, music is one of the things that motivates us when we wanna get out and ride, what inspires us to create on a daily basis and often times what keeps us from hurling the keyboard or the socket wrench across the room when things are not quite going as planned. This is just a small sample of some the tracks I am listening to daily while plugging away on Issue Ten. Check 'em out.
In memory of 'Big' Sid Biberman, we want to share the story published in Issue Nine with all of you for free. Visit the link below and enjoy the article by I&A contributor, Chris Logsdon (Godspeedco), from his visit with Big Sid and Matthew Biberman.
We've also expanded the content of this story with even more images that have never been seen before.
Enjoy this one in memory of Big Sid... http://mag.ironandair.com/i/141362
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If you're not familiar with Aether Apparel, they've been redefining what sportswear looks and feels like by creating athletic wear that not only performs, but maintains a high degree of fashionability as well. These guys not only built the bridge between fashion and function, but they are dedicated to crossing it everyday as well. Check out the latest to come from the guys at Aether, a trip that merges two unlikely lifestyles – riding motorcycles and winter mountain sports.
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The windy city hosted the premier Mods Vs. Rockers event in the country again this year, this time in an all new location to enable the show to grow in numbers and only get better for years to come. We attended the event for the first time and we're able to spend some time with old friends and new ones alike. We had our booth set up inside the beautiful historic (and I am pretty sure haunted) Aragon Ballroom, with the Triumph | Dime City Cycles | Neale Bayly giveaway bike for all to drool over. We love Chicago and can't wait to get back there. Special thank you to our buddies, the Wilkinson Brothers, of Good Spark Garage who let us share some great moments they captured from the event.
Road trips are fun. Seeing new places, meeting new friends, learning about yourself and the lay of the land along the way is all a part of the journey. It's the very fabric that made up the pioneers of westward expansion in the US, and a group of folks in California are bringing back that spirit with The Roadery. Offering "unique motorcycle tours of the American West for people who want to experience the beauty, culture and camaraderie of the open road," The Roadery sets up riders with unique, custom motorcycles, the option of a guided or self guided tour, and hotel or campground accommodations, letting you explore the beautiful landscape of the West in a way that you'll never forget.
The Issue Nine release party is officially over, but that doesn't mean you can't relive the event or catch what you missed if you didn't make it. We are thrilled with the turnout and look forward to our next one. Thanks to everyone involved and to all of those that pitched in to help make this successful. We could not have pulled this off without the following folks: Loaded Gun Customs,THESELVEDGEYARD, Fast Ashley's Studios, Triumph Motorcycles, Dime City Cycles, Cafe Cycles Rhode Island, Hazan Motorworks, Makoto Endo, The Shop Brooklyn, Godspeedco, Union Garage NYC, Soul Custom, Biltwell Inc., Choppahead Kustom Cycles (CHKC)), The Brooklyn Brewery, Grady's Cold Brew, CanvasPop, Cafe Racer XXX, Harney Boy Racing, and E3 Motorcycles. Enjoy the gallery of by our good friend, Matt Francis Photos.