Track prep Goat We need a bigger banner GI - Hard from the start GI - On his arse. The adrenaline has worn off and my right foot is hurting like hell. I was one of the chosen few to ride at the Wainfleet Mega Bowl for the £10,000 prize money. The occasion went to my head. And like I always try, I went hard from the start. In practice I was on my arse three times, then hit a fence post on the start-finish straight with my foot. The Mega Bowl is a mean track that doesn't suffer fools gladly. I didn't stand a chance. I qualified sixth, or second to last, on Boastie's Chinese cracker. The heat races were a clever knock-out system that was almost gladitorial. Only the heat winner went through so Trappy and I rode 12-lappers back to back until we could breathe. Professional speedway rider Andy Moore won the cheque and champagne, handed over by Gemma, the lady mayoress of Wainfleet All Saints, Lincolnshire. Peter Boast was second. Local favourtie Justin H came in third.
Custom made kit bag inspired by Eddie Mulder's 60s kit bag, holds helmet, bike leathers and gym gear. Manufactured using bike jacket leather. Choose your own initials. Made to order: 6 - 8 weeks delivery. 23x73x25cm £645.00 (ouch)
A Helmet for every day of the week, including bank holidays, sabbaths, coronations, rainy days, track days etc etc' (the bike just visible in the bottom of the picture is Ben's every day ride. A GT framed bone shaker with a Sturmley Archer 3 speed, slick Specialized racing tires, topsy-turvy drops, & a banana saddle of course.)
Austin, you remember Austin, is in the Hip Priests. This is his other-half, Jenny Thunders of the Roller Derby crew the Lincolnshire Bombers. www.myspace.com/lincolnshirebombers Don't mess. Get Sideburn stickers for your lid at www.sideburnmagazine.com/SHOP%20x.html
This is Ben Part. He designs all and photographs a lot of Sideburn. He lives in Amsterdam, but is moving to France. Why? God knows. Perhaps to be closer the mountains. The rest of Sideburn lives in England. We communicate by telepathy. That's why it takes so bloody long to get the magazine finished. Ben is wearing a Mexican wrestling mask, a Nick Ashley Trailmaster and a matching skirt his wife made him. Sideburn, not your normal kind of motorcycle magazine.
This is Jason's new C&J racebike. He nodded and smiled when we said 'Forget about painting and plating it, just do as much practice as you can.' A couple of days later he sent these shots and said he's getting the frame nickel plated...
This is Chris Watson. He's Sideburn's artist in residence. He rides a cool old Guzzi. And he's racing his bicycle tomorrow. He broke his hip on it not long ago. We only use the hardest illustrators. Good luck Chris. We're thinking of having some of these Merino wool cycling jerseys made with Sideburn on them. Anyone want to buy one? They won't be cheap, though.
Stretched Honda FTR223 with bizarro bars Bare bones Er... Yoshi, nice slash-cut pipe, but where are your lockstops? Another FTR TW200 with a Supertrapp end can like I want for my race bike Great shots of Tokyo street bikes from graphic designer, bike builder and fixed wheel cycling enthusiast, Ben Wilson. Cheers Ben http://wilsonbrothers.wordpress.com/
Carl Smith, Austin Rocket's brother, built this Honda SLR racer for the new Mablethorpe beach racing season, coming up very soon. Looks the business. 'Ridiculously light,' reckons Austin, who is just about over his last sand racing accident.
Sideburn will be checking out the Mablethorpe beach scene and out with the north Lincs mafia on their deserted, On Any Sunday end sequence style private beach this winter.
We like some of the chopper blogs dedicated to traditional chops and bobbers. One of the biggest and most popular, churchofchoppers.blogspot.com - is using a self portrait of Sideburn's Ben at the moment. That's his old XS chopper from years ago. He still has this bike and the worl'ds coolst Guzzi cafe racer and a CCM supermoto on its way to being a dirt tracker.
The Selby Brother's homemade liquid-cooled KTM. Bare metal tank, Mk2 exhaust, nice hubs, tasty black rims and Star Bars (from www.asr-leisure.co.uk). It looked ready to rock, but the exhuast snapped. It'll go well when they iron the bugs out. Do you iron bugs out? Anyway, you know what I mean.
Jason's C&J Rotax ready for it and his first outing. Col in the background sporting Sideburn T-shirt. Good man. Kev Armstrong's C&J Rotax. Steve Coles' 650 Honda Bros/Hawk. You wouldn't believe how well he goes on this. Richard May on the thudding, ear-splitting CCM 710. Cool pipe. Marco Belli's Factory CCM. Beautiful bit of kit in a Brit-made, American-inspired frame. He was beaten in the final by Speedway star Aidan Collins on a 450 Honda.
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Sideburn is a magazine made every few months by Gary Inman, Ben Part and some of the best freelancers in motorcycling. It's a dirty bike lifestyle magazine inspired by oval motorcycle racing, and covers flat track racing, speedway and the road bikes loosely inspired by the racers plus the heroes and zeroes we love.
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