I woke to an alarm this morning at 2:30 am with a foggy recollection that I just finished a dream where I was conducting a healthy argument with my new friend Nevin over at Deus (I met him once). I can not quite remember what we were debating, but it was all in good humor. Perhaps a prelude to hanging with him in PDX at The One Moto Show this coming weekend.
Seven hours later and we beat an epic snowstorm making its way into Boston and I'm sitting with my boys Adam and Greg on our first stop - a layover in Dallas-Fortworth, enroute to Portland (drawing diagram in my head, ya, that makes sense).
2013 has gotten off to an amazing start. We released the first of our new printed publishing schedule with Issue Seven, had a great showing in NYC at IMS with friends new and old, and are now headed out to see how our pals in the Pacific-Northwest make it happen. I'm really looking forward to connecting with so many internet celebrities (aka people that have only existed in my inbox and instant message list) on this trip.
While in Portland, we'll also have a presence over at The International Motorcycle Show Chicago with our friends from Ton-Up Chicago. Stay tuned for some info on our participation in the Mods vs. Rockers Chicago 2013. If you're in Chicago - head over and check out one of the favorites of the garage-built custom scene, the CX500 by Moto Mucci. Dave Mucci will have the CX and his new SR250 custom fresh off the bench and nearly complete for you to get a first glimpse at. You can also stop by the Iron & Air booth and grab a copy of Issue Seven while you're there (plug). :)
Over the next eight days, follow along instagram, twitter and facebook as we bring you not just a look inside The One Moto Show, but the rest of what will be a jammed pack, epic week of beating darkness on two-wheels, rain, hail and glorious sun (pray) up and down the California coast. While Adam & Greg finish off every last bit of the greasy moto show and show westerners east-coast hipness, I will bail a bit early and commandeer a 2013 Triumph Bonneville (kindly lent to me by our sponsor Triumph), drive 650 miles to San Francisco with new friends Josh Jackson & Steven Mummulo of Blood Brothers (featured in Issue Four). I'll then hang with just about every one of our sponsors, swindle some new ones and then work my way down to LA to check out the Conrad Leach exhibit and hang/ride with friends from Triple Nickel and Deus. Finally, I get off two-wheels and get back into the sky - making my way through the west coast, ending up in Miami, Florida for the OSYB (Old Soul Young Blood) Vintage Festival happening on February 16th.
So here goes. Some posts will ramble. Others will be pithy. Either way - eight days. six states. eight-thousand miles and a ton of fun. Now I must prepare for a healthy battle of wits with Nevin.
One of the great joys in life is connecting with inspiring, creative and intelligent people. Two-wheels get us out of bed, but I think for us, creativity does just as much to get us moving. It's imbedded into this maker movement we're all a part of and I love seeing where culture shifts and trends appear and grow. As always, just sharing things here on the Iron & Air Journal that makes us tick.
The first of a series of super light bikes based on air-cooled Ducati engines built by our friend Walt Siegl.
“I wanted to use classic sport/racing design elements that are clearly recognizable. That includes almost all aspects of the build, from exhaust to frame design. The frame is built with 4130 chrome moly steel tubing and weighs 19 lbs. Front and rear suspension are by Showa, unless customer opts for Ohlins. The engines are rebuilt 900cc two-valve Ducati units, fitted with 39mm Keihins FCRs.”
This model comes in either mono-shock or dual-shock set-up. There is a half-fairing option as well. Bodywork choices are: full carbon fiber, clear-coated or painted; or painted vacuum-molded fiberglass.
Price: $29,500 for the mono-shock version.
We're proud to say we know these guys. They've supported Iron & Air since early on and we support them. Part-time wrenchers and humble dudes out of Michigan. Check them out at www.heartbreakcycleworks.com or on facebook.