Saturday, 28 November 2015

Salem: Tonight

This sounds like such a great scene, that we're happy to sponsor. Get along if you're in the Pacific North West. G

Visting Chopper Dave

Every time Sideburn takes a trip to the US we try to visit a few different shops or garages. Earlier in the year we visited the new Brat Style outpost and Suicide Machine Co in Long Beach. This time, while we were out for the US Superprestigio/ Superhooligan and LA-Barstow-Vegas, we called at long-time supporter of Sideburn, Chopper Dave's  in Hawaiian Gardens. 
He was the first American to buy Sideburn issue 1; his race-ready street tracker featured in Sideburn 5; his Born Free turbo street tracker was in Sideburn 15. 
In a entirely forgettable trading estate, and behind a plain door, without a sign or clue to what's inside was the scene above.
Some of the most influential Harleys of recent years were parked or in parts.

A whole swap meet of tanks on the stairs.
Dave casts a load of great-looking parts: filters; footpegs; car club plaques; ignition covers; belt buckles. See more at Chopper Dave's Casting Co.

Wax to be melted to start the shaping process of casting.
Great hauler with FTWCo's 'Support Your Local Racetrack' order

Dave giving us directions to Roland Sands' place. His fingers read H-O-L-D F-A-S-T. When Dave chopped the end of his little finger off at work, he added C-H-O-P S-A-W.
Thanks for showing us around Dave. G

Friday, 27 November 2015

Vintage DTRA Project For Sale

UPDATE: Sold. Let's hope to someone who is going to race it.

Thanks to Kev for sending us the link to this Yamaha XS650 for sale on UK eBay. Looks like it has potential to be a Vintage DTRA race bike. It's on 19s. Buy it now for £1750.

Please note this sale is nothing to do with us and we know nothing about the history of this bike, so buyer beware. G

Thursday, 26 November 2015


We've featured artists and photographers since the very early days of Sideburn, but since issue 20 we've introduced regular portfolios of artists and photographers who influence us, or have worked with us or both.

Sideburn 20 Dimitri Coste (photos)
Sideburn 21 Vince Perraud (photos)
Sideburn 22 Emroca (art)

And for issue 23 we have UK artist, Raid71. One of his pieces we chose to feature is Jane Fonda as Barbarella.
See more of his great work in Sideburn 23 out now. G

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Town Moto X Doug Lawrence

Town Moto, in the Ossington region of Toronto, are long-time stockists of Sideburn. They've been sponsoring the Canadian flat track champion and AMA GNC regular, Doug Lawrence #73, for a couple of years now - check out his leathers.

Andrew from Town Moto sent these great photos that were taken by Ben Quinn (@benquinnphotography) at the London Half-Mile this year in London, Ontario.

I think it's great that this Canadian shop sponsors a Canadian rider. So, if you had some spare cash, which rider would you sponsor? G

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Davida x Distinguished Gents Ride

Press release from Davida. Great company doing nice things for good people.

Leaving Davida for Umberto De Pretto in Geneva, Simon Whittaker in Canberra, Michael Butler in Tunbridge Wells, Donald Leonhart in Los Angeles Vincent Nicolai in New York, these very special and exclusive DGR helmets. These can not be bought, only won and awarded by those who excelled at raising money for Prostate Cancer on the 2015 Distinguished Gentleman's ride. 

37,261 riders in 410 cities in 79 countries took part in the 2015 DGR raising $3 Million with each of our prize winners raising approx £5,000 each. 

Davida are proud to support the DGR once again this year by creating and supplying these exclusive special DGR helmets, free of charge to the top fundraisers.

Oliver Brindley v The World

Sideburn flew out to Las Vegas to be at the finale of the 2015 GNC season and the inaugural Superprestigio of the Americas, indoors at the Orleans Hotel.

When we booked the flights we didn't realise the DTRA's rising star, Oliver Brindley would be competing. Chris Carr, who helped organise the Superprestigio and chose who was invited, contacted the DTRA and said the 2015 UK champion would have a place. 2015 DTRA champ Aidan Collins (who is interviewed in Sideburn 23) chose not to take up the offer, preferring a young up and comer to have the chance to grab the opportunity. After an initial no from the Superprestigio, who - it seems - wanted the champion or nothing, DTRA chief, Anthony Brown negotiated an invite for 16-year-old Ollie Brindley to be the British representative.

The event was a double-header - the GNC finale on Friday night, the Superprestigio on Saturday night.

So, on his 17th birthday, after spending a week racing and preparing at tracks in California, Ollie lined up in his first ever AMA Pro GNC2* event. In an incredibly pressurised qualifying period made up of two short timed sessions of only FOUR x 10 second laps of the tiny, rough track, Ollie was number qualifier out of a class of 46 riders, many of whom have been riding the GNC2 class all season. So, that's a combined practice AND qualifying session of just 80 seconds of riding. You have to be on it for the get-go.

The heat race didn't go according to plan, and Ollie didn't make it through to the semis, and his GNC debut was over much earlier than he wanted, but he made his mark and knew the mistake he'd made. One of the great things about Ollie, and his dad Derek, are they don't get hung up on any failures. They shrug and move on, learning from it. Easier said than done, but the best way.

Relatively few of the GNC stars were invited to compete in Saturday's Superprestigio, only a total of 16 from both GNC1 and GNC2, including former champions; the current GNC2 champ, Davis Fisher; the winner of the Peoria GNC2 race, Jesse Janisch; the winners of Friday's two classes - Briar Bauman and Dan Bromley.

Like the Spanish Superprestigio, there are two classes. Here it was pro flat track and All Star, but there was a very meagre bunch of 'All-Star' non-flat trackers, nowhere near as memorable as the star-studded Barcelona line-ups. It didn't affect the quality of the racing (but the crowd was much thinner for Saturday than it was for Friday's GNC Finale).

Ollie was put in the All-Stars class, avoiding the pro flat trackers - like Mees, Johnson, Halbert, Coolbeth, Smith, Bauman... He would race Franc Serra, Roger Hayden, Larry Pegram, Toni Elias, Jake Gagne, Aaron Colton... The young Brit qualified fourth in his class. Veteran road racer and flat tracker, Pegram was quickest.

The evening started badly for Ollie, he seemed to stall out of his first race. Then he totally missed his second race, but won his third and then won his 8-rider semi to put him in the 8-rider final.

By now the tiny, tight track was a rutted mess. Ollie was in podium contention for much of the 12-lap final, but eventually came fourth behind Pegram, Roger Hayden and Joe Roberts. It was enough to send him to the grand final (like he had made at the 2014 Superprestigio in Spain), and an opportunity to gain invaluable experience racing the current heroes of the sport - Mees; Baker; Coolbeth and Smith - riders with ten (right?) GNC titles and dozens of National wins between them.

The 15-lap superfinal was brutal, but Ollie stayed out of danger while staying in touch with the leaders and finished sixth, ahead of fallers Hayden and Smith.

The lad done good. And he'll be at the Spanish Superprestigio in December looking to impress again.

If any companies out there wants to sponsor Ollie, email us and we'll put you directly in touch. The lad is going places. G

PS I won't say who won in case you watch to watch on when they post it.

PPS Read a nice write up on Ollie's Californian warm-up races on the Poppawheelie blog

* GNC2, like Moto2, is the class below the premier class. It was formerly known as Pro Singles and is for up and coming riders looking to progress to GNC1, the class formerly known as Expert. 

Monday, 23 November 2015

Sideburn 23: The Details

Here are more details of the new issue, Sideburn 23.

COVER STAR: Sharon C on Jason's Borile
BIKES: Borile B50 Scrambler; Norton P11; Trackmaster Triumph 650 Nixon replica street tracker; Roland Sands Designs Indian Chieftain; Japanese vintage sand racers; Suicide Machine Co Sportster; Crosley Howerton 'Skinny' Kawasaki GNC racer; Royal Enfield Bullet
HOW TO: How to Draft to Victory (with Bryan Smith)

PEOPLE: Aidan Collins; Guy Martin; Ike Part; David Aldana


ADVENTURE: Riding the Himalayas on Enfields
PLACES: Aldeburgh; Brackney; Chirihama; Los Alamitos

PAGES: 100

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Sunday, 22 November 2015

Sideburn 23 - Out Now

Come get it!
Issue details to follow, when I get a few minutes to blog, but it's a goodie.

Saturday, 21 November 2015