Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Cop Magnet

"Daddy why is that man pushing that gold motorbike?" I'm taking the kids swimming in the car, 500 yards away, obliquely to my left, on the top edge of the park there is a man sweating it out in the daffodils. "Huh?!" It does look 'interesting' so I do a quick detour to cut him off before he escapes the undergrowth.
It's a 1956 US import Thunderbird forced through a funk mangle. Alvin has just assembled it and was pushing to the local garage to get an MOT so he can get it registered with a UK plate (then it won't need another MOT - or road tax, as its of such a venerable age. And no it doesn't legally need lights either). BP

Monday, 30 March 2015

Sideburn Lists

Loved this list of favourites from one of our mates... Feel free to join in with your own Sideburn-related lists. Email them to dirt @ sideburnmagazine.com

Sideburn is a bit moreish in an addictive sort of way, it costs about £20 a kilo from official outlets, but has a street value of a whole lot more... 

I mean come on, which other publication`s front cover would have a guy riding around a backyard swimming pool at his Wigan home on a Honda Dax, and then two issues later the front cover has possibly the most famous motorcycle rider ever riding his own backyard dirt track in Italy?

Sideburn issue 4 is the copy I pick up and re read the most often.

Mule Motorcycles are the builders whose adverts leave me feeling the most envious.

The trophy queen replies (if on my coolness podium) would be 
1st ...John Hateley (issue 4) 
2nd.. Eddie Mulder (issue 7) 
3rd... Skip Aksland (issue 11) 

The bikes (in each issue) I'd most like to own are:

Issue 1 Holy Cow.. Bonneville Performance 
Issue 2 TZ 750... Kenny Roberts 
Issue 3 Tangerine Dream... Triumph Tracker 
Issue 4 The Phantom EG... 750 Norton 
Issue 5 Smokin Seagul... YZ 450 Issue 6 Project FT 500.... Sideburn Honda 
Issue 7 The Outlaw ... Red Line framed Triumph 
Issue 8 The Reverend.... Red Max Norton 
Issue 9 Luyckx... Belgian old school racer 
Issue 10 Pull your finger out.. Sideburn Royal Enfield and  Fashion Victimisation .. 1940 Indian sport scout 
Issue 11 DT TM Italian Tracker.... Zaeta 
Issue 12 Grasshopper..... 650 Bonneville 
Issue 13 The Swindler.... Red Max Norton 
Issue 14 8 Valve Racer... 1924 Harley Davidson 
Issue 15 Americana... 1956 Gilera 300 Issue 16 Petardo..... El Solitario Ducati  
Issue 17 RSD Tracker..... KTM 690 
Issue 18 Pikes Peak GSXR and    Harley Ice Racer.... Benderwerks 
Issue 19 Ronin 47... 1125 Buell 
Issue 20 Trackmaster Titan..... Suzuki 500 

Keep up the superb work Sideburn Team...
Col, Scarborough, England

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Highland UPDATED

What ever happened to the Highland flat tracker? Did any complete bikes make it to the competition circuit? The American owned company, born from the original Swedish brand in 1997, now only makes engines rather than whole bikes. BP

From Jan-Willem and Tom of the Dutch Brothers...

Tom did some research on this and more know more details and accuracies 

I spoke to the owner at the Intermot or EICMA during the period the XR1200 was launched (2009?) This prototype was build by Dale Lineaweaver, the same person who build Kenny Noyes formula USA-winning Husaberg. 

That's most likely the connection for this project. 

Highland modified the bike, put it on 18" (streetlegal) tires and made some ugly bodywork on it.

At some point the found an American investor and made big plans. They built a new factory in america and shortly after all key people crashed in a little air plane.

Saturday, 28 March 2015


I first contacted Raid71 for the book I wrote and collated called Motorcycle Graphics.  Lenny Schuurmans brought me to his attention.
Raid71's work is clever and original and Sideburn commissioned him to create a Mad Max  illustration (above) to accompany an essay by film director Alex Cox for Sideburn 17.
We wanted a new take on Dirt Quake posters for this year's event, out fourth UK DQ, and Raid71 was top of the list. This post is just to share some of the other work he's produced. Hope you like it. G

Friday, 27 March 2015

Durt Gurl Shirt

New T-shirt on the loose!
  • Front and rear print designed by Australian legend, Jeff Raglus. 
  • Pink print on a charcoal shirt. 
  • £18 plus post.
  • S-XL plus lady cut medium. 
These are modern/European not hefty US sizes so check the chart before ordering.

Get yours at the Sideburn webshop.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Coste Contemplation

Sideburn first met Dimitri when Ben, Steve Redmax and I went over to Paris to visit Ruby Helmets, not long after they'd just launched, and attend a local bike club meet (that turned out to be crap, but we became good friends with Sonic Seb through it).
Dimitri visited the offices of Ruby (his brother is the founder) and we got along so well he invited us to lunch at his house the next day. He had just bought a Triumph TR6C that wasn't running right. Steve Redmax tuned it up and made it fly and Ben shot a feature for Sideburn 5 there and then, perhaps the first on Dimitri Coste and his motorcycle passion.
Since then we've raced together, and the 'French Steve McQueen' has contributed a number of stories and attended all the UK Dirt Quakes, plus become a regular DTRA racer, and raced all over the world.
First and foremost, he's a great photographer and, for Sideburn 20, we have an eight-page portfolio on some of his favourite recent images.
If you want to see that first feature on Dimitri and his Triumph, you can read it in Sideburn 5. We have a very limited amount of this issue in our Back Issue Deal.
There is also a feature on Dimitri racing Pikes Peak in Sideburn 10 (available individually or as part of the back issue deal)

Above is a short video made at Dirt Quake III in 2014, featuring his two children. G

Spirit of the Seventies Speed Triples

Spirit of the Seventies are working on some very exciting projects.
These are the renders Kev works up, but they have an uncanny ability of making bike that are exactly like these concept drawings. G

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Garrett Replies!

In response to the post below...

Aw man! I love that! Thank you! 

Honestly, Sideburn gets a huge amount of credit for getting my lazy old butt back into racing after a 25-year break from MX! Thanks so much for the inspiration and motivation. 

BTW, the ol' Aermacchi is coming out of retirement this summer... 

I'm digging getting my copies of Sideburn from Travis these days. Great excuse to get up to his shop. 

Heading to Waco, TX for a 1/2 mile this weekend. My first race back since a broken leg/torn ACL last spring

Always strap up your helmet, kids! G

Garrett B: A special place in our hearts

Found this photo of Garrett B over on Travis's 747 Rider blog.

Long time Sideburn blog readers might remember Garrett has a special place in our hearts, because his gorgeous Aermacchi was the subject of our very first blog back in March 2008 (we started the blog after the mag, how very old-fashioned, eh?).

Since then and now we have made 4928 posts. If you look on the sidebar on the right and scroll to the bottom you will see we have added a list of all the labels we semi-religously use to link posts from the SEVEN years of this blog. Only enter the tangled web if you have two hours to lose.

Garrett and his son and daughter all race on the Colorado flat tracks. In this photo Garrett is wearing the very first T-shirt design we made, the Dick shirt. G

UPDATE: Following our own label trail reminded me I'd already posted this photo. It works!

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Sideburn Back Issue Deal

One back issue and one T-shirt for £15 plus postage.

Back issues included in this deal are:

Make sure you select the correct T-shirt size when you choose your issue.

Sizes S to XXL.

Get yours at the Sideburn shop.
*We have limited quantities of the long sold out issue 5 in this offer. They are very, very slight seconds because the laminate cover on the cover is curled along on part of one edge, but this issue is long gone, so it's a good way of filling a gap.