Top US custom builder Roland Sands Design has taken a long, hard look at the evergreen Harley Sportster, and put together a very sexy package of modifications. Here are the very first pictures of the RSD Café kit that will be on sale soon—a kit that’s designed to be affordable, so owners will be able to buy the parts in stages to spread the cost. The basics will include pipes (built by Vance and Hines), moto pegs, a coil and key relocation bracket.

Also on the list are wheels, some very slick brake discs, a new pulley and a fork brace. At the moment, the café seat, gauge/headlight relocation kit and velocity stack are still at the prototype stage, but they should be in production by mid 2010. The result looks stunning to our eyes—check the full set of images on Bike EXIF's Facebook page—and there’s even more good news to come: in the New Year, RSD is turning the XR1200 into a fully functioning race bike that’s still street legal.  [Thanks to Rodney Aguiar.]

Special thanks to Chris Hunter, owner of Bike EXIF - possibly the best motorcycle blog in the World. 
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So... It's that time of year again, the biting Scandinavian Winter is closing in rapidly, which makes it just too little fun to be sliding around on the black-ice covered, stormy backroads of Denmark, so it's time to put the demon to sleep for a couple of months, which, as always, is a bit of a wrench....

And, strangely enough, it feels the same each year, when we geographically-indesposed unfortunates located high in the lowlands of the Northern hemisphere have to go 'cold turkey' until the sun starts shining again, ( - you guys in Canada know what I'm talking about - ) but I try to look at it as an opportunity (!?!) like, "now there's time to get it back in the workshop", or "can plan next year's bike trips", or..... BOLLOCKS!

So anyway, this year I'm taking NO chances as regards security... it's bolted to the floor with 5 (five) different Tungsten-bolt locks, (one is alarmed), in an airtight vacuum chamber with a pressure sensitive floor, laser triggered alarm system, with moisture, pressure and bodyheat sensors, aerial bear traps, swinging spiked tree-stumps, and CS-gas canisters hooked up to the ventilation system, for good measure......... there's also an overly-proportioned Vodka-soaked Russian man with a big dead fish for slapping with..... (a Russian Slapper?) .....

On the Titanium armoured vault door to the 'bunker', is a voice-activated multi-directional deadbolt, with a dual-retinal-scan-combined-with-fingerprint recognition system for simultaneous scanning of both my retina, while alternating individual scans of 4 different fingers on each of my 3 (three) hands (otherwise, the alarms go off)....

Surrounding this impenetrable structure, is a top-of-the-range-not-off-the-shelf-but-out-of-the-box CCTV surveilance system with SAT uplink to Interpol, CIA and NASA, consisting of 12 (twelve) discreet yet highly-sensitive night-vision cameras... this is six of them...

.....connected to the panzer-glass searchlights and 4 (four) motion tracking 50mm Gattling cannons (the motorway cleaners, off the front of the bike), which are fed from underground magazines....

As if this wasn't enough of a deterrant, (which you'd imagine it would be), I have a great shot lined up through a 50-Cal M-107 LRSR from a concealed and elevated position 30 meters away, so look, I really can't miss....

And, just so that it can't be said that I'm taking any unnecessary chances, the reserve weapon of choice is the HELLCAT, a brutal, savage, vicious, fierce cold killing machine...

But he really only comes into his element AFTER we've tranquilized and dragged the thief down to the cellar, where we slowly tear strips off skin off with a blunt instrument, scrubbing the surface occasionally with onions and vinegar :)

All that's left now, is to have myself encased in Carbonite until February, but I'm REALLY not looking forward to hibernation sickness :)
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(3.4.1924 – 1.7.2004)

Marlon Brando's iconic performance in The Wild One (1953) as outlaw Johnny Strabler, gang leader of Black Rebels Motorcycle Club, dressed in a classic leather jacket and riding his own 1950 Triumph Thunderbird 6T, caused consternation to Triumph's US importers of the time.

According to the book, "Triumph Motorcycle In America", Triumph's US importers, Johnson Motors, objected to the prominent use of Triumph motorcycles in the film, as the subject matter was renegade motorcycle gangs taking over a small town. Ironically enough, however, the current Triumph factory now uses images from the film to advertise their motorcycles.

Apparently, Elvis Presley was highly inspired by Brando in The Wild One and imitated his looks, thus sparking off the whole sideburns craze.

James Dean was also inspired by The Wild One and Brando and based his persona much on Brando's role as Johnny. James Dean bought a Triumph TR5 Trophy motorcycle to mimic Brando's own Triumph Thunderbird 6T motorcycle from the film.

Appearing opposite Brando was Lee Marvin as a rival gang leader. One story even maintains that The Beatles took their name from the motorcycle club led by Lee Marvin, the Beetles, as referred to in the Beatles Anthology.

So I watched The Wild One again last night, I've seen it maybe 5-6 times over the last 3 decades, and it still retains the same element of cool, even if the characters don't seem as 'bad-ass' as they did when I was a kid :)
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Situated on Gendarmenmarkt, contestably the most beautiful square in Berlin, this classy bar named after legendary Berlin fashion photographer Helmut Newton, is certainly a place to recommend. The interior of black leather armchairs, oak tables and dark green marble counters and floors is perfectly complimented by the dramatic black and white shots of supermodels in various stages of undress.

Great selection of Single Malt, and Newton Bar's humidors are stocked with a selection of tobacco favorites, including those coveted Cohibas. Newton Bar has a friendly and very professional staff, with comfortable outside sofas, raw and sensual jazz music, and very interesting, shiny and good looking clientèle. The drinks are priced to fit the atmosphere.

Motorcycle parking within throwing distance :)

Newton Bar
Charlottenstraße 57
10117 Berlin-Mitte

Sun-Thurs 10am-3am; Fri & Sat 10am-4am

+49(0)30 - 20 29 54 0
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View from the Kollhoff tower at Potsdamer Platz ver Berlin Mitte. In the foreground is the new Leipziger Platz and on the horizon, the tv tower at Alexanderplatz.
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FOR SALE - Steve McQueen's 1940 Indian Chief

1940 Indian Chief
This iconic American motorcycle was used by Steve as his personal “Hollywood bike” and was originally sold as part of the McQueen estate in Las Vegas in 1984. 3 items previously owned by legendary Hollywood actor Steve McQueen have been consigned to Bonhams’ annual Classic California auction at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles this Saturday.

Bonhams’ auction at the Petersen Auto Museum on Wilshire Boulevard in LA will take place on Saturday, November 14. Buyers interested in participating in this renowned sale, either remotely or in person, may register to bid by contacting
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Photograph by Randal Crow.

The Fighter clarifies opaqueness and nullifies hype with straight-forward true to concept certitude.  At the source is a classic right triangle.  Proportion is classically derived.  Scale is middle way.  Bearing exudes structural permanence. Human integration deploys yang energy, vitality, and power in the most simple, pure and direct form.  Geometry is optimized for the medium and/or long disciplined journey of sensory heightened motion.  Torque to weight is maximized.  Engine, suspension and ergonomic luxury and ease of use is optimized.  Materials utilization is the finest. Individual piece and component specification is highest and best.

Craft preparation and specification is uncompromised.  The aesthetic is fresh, industrial, sculptural, holistic and honest.  The saddle of the Fighter is your place for those outings which require extended time, geography, meditation and distance.  Personal liberation will result!

The new Confederate Motorcycles P120 Fighter Combat is here, producing 160 horses at the rear wheel. Add this to a dry weight of 460 lbs and you start to appreciate how amazing this machine really is! Production of this model is limited to fifty motorcycles: 25 Roman numeral and 25 Arabic numeral models will be produced.
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Grimaud, Golfe de St. Tropez,
May 7th - 10th 2009
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Larry Grossman’s professional art career began at age 15 when he purchased his first airbrush and began painting wild designs on T-shirts at car shows, occasionally working for the famous “King of the Kustomizers” George Barris. This early income enabled him to buy his first car, a Chevy powered '29 Ford hot rod. Moving from L.A. to Berkeley in the psychedelic 60’s, he studied film and photography, graduating from the California College of the Arts. “Rude Vagabond”, an animated film he single handedly created won the Grand Prize at the joint CCAC/San Francisco Art Institute Film Festival. He also wrote, directed and produced the feature film “The Big Sleeze”. Both films have toured extensively on the national “Midnight Movie” circuit.

In 1981 the Disney Studios enticed Larry back to L.A. to work as a designer on their landmark first computerized film, “TRON”. Freelancing in the 80’s and 90’s he created many logos, illustrations, and merchandise designs for major studios including Disney, Warner Bros., and DreamWorks. He also illustrated three album covers for legendary musician Frank Zappa, and one for Hank Williams Jr.. Through his firm "Art Attack" Larry also designed and sold innovative giftware, furniture, and other interior decor.

In the early '90’s Larry became enthralled with the creative potential of the computer, and as a result put his airbrush and paints aside. His current digital work combines his love of architecture, design, and photography with his passion for the styles of the 1920’s-50’s (he drives a '32 Ford hot rod and a self-restored '61 Nash Metro convertible, and collects vintage clothes). Over the years he has amassed an extensive catalog of his own photos, which he is now using (exclusively) to create his art in an entirely new and imaginative way. Combining these photos with state of the art digital painting techniques, he has created a look and style which is uniquely his own.

Larry’s artwork is distributed through his company “RetroVisions” and is becoming quite collectable. It is currently exhibited at galleries and museums worldwide, including the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Museum in Pomona California, and the famed Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. His images are also being published as calendars, puzzles, mouse pads, and much more. Recently Larry was thrilled to have been commissioned to create custom pictures for two legends of hot rod culture, one for his old pal George Barris, and one for Ed “Big Daddy” Roth’s widow. Both of these pictures are available on this website.
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"Some people's photography is an art. Not mine.
Art is a dirty word in photography.
All this fine art crap is killing it already."
- Helmut Newton.

"The point of my photography has always been to challenge myself, to go a little further than my Germanic discipline and Teutonic nature would traditionally permit me to."
- Helmut Newton.

Helmut Newton (1920-2004) was one of the most influential photographers of all time. Born in Berlin, he arrived in Australia in 1940 and married June Brunell (a.k.a. Alice Springs) eight years later.

He first achieved international fame in the 1970's while working principally for French Vogue, and his celebrity and influence grew over the decades. Newton preferred to shoot in streets or interiors, rather than studios. Controversial scenarios, bold lighting, and striking compositions came to form his signature look. Newton always demonstrated a healthy disdain for easy or predictable solutions.

In 1990 he was awarded the Grand Prix National for photography; in 1992 the German government awarded him Das Grosse Verdienstkreuz for services to German culture, and he was appointed Officer des Arts, Lettres et Sciences by S.A.S. Princess Caroline of Monaco.

In 1996, he was appointed Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by Philippe Douste-Blazy, the French Minister of Culture at the time.

Following his death in January 2004, Helmut Newton’s position as one of the world’s most celebrated and distinguished fashion photographers is assured. For many, however, he was much more than that. His controversial and innovative portraiture broke down taboos, documenting and shaping society’s changing attitudes to sex and female empowerment.  Indeed author JG Ballard has argued that Newton was in fact nothing less than ‘the world’s greatest visual artist’. His images remain as distinctive, seductive and original as ever.
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Brigitte Bardot grew up in a wealthy, conservative French Catholic family. She was named for her mother's favorite doll, and as a child wore braces on her teeth and glasses to correct astigmatism. Bardot began studying ballet at the age of five, and at 13 she danced alongside Leslie Caron at the Conservatoire Nationale de Danse. At 14, she was photographed for the cover of Elle magazine. At 15, Bardot met her future first ex-husband Roger Vadim, and attempted suicide when her parents refused permission for her to marry until she was 18. They married when she turned 18, and divorced five years later.

"I am leaving the town to the invaders: increasingly numerous, mediocre, dirty, badly behaved, shameless tourists."
  Brigitte Bardot, 1967.

She moved from modeling to acting, and played a 17-year-old nymphet (at 22) in Vadim's And God Created Woman, a role that made Bardot known internationally. She embodied a natural yet innocent sexuality that was a precursor to the sexual liberation movement of the 1960s. The actress eschewed the Catholic principles of her childhood, saying "It is better to be unfaithful than to be faithful without wanting to be."

Long prone to depression, Bardot has attempted suicide multiple times. "I really wanted to die at certain periods in my life. Death was like love, a romantic escape. I took pills because I didn't want to throw myself off my balcony and know people would photograph me lying dead below." On her 26th birthday she attempted her most publicly known suicide attempt, swallowing a bottle of sleeping pills and slitting her wrists.

Bardot retired from films at 39, to focus on her love of animals and her increasingly odd political activism. She sold her home, her jewels, and other personal effects in 1986 to start the Brigitte Bardot Foundation, which works for animal rights across the world. She has been outspoken to the point of causing international offense on the behalf of animals, and once stole a mynah bird on a French street because its owner, whom she beat with an umbrella, was "abusing" it by giving it a hamburger and fries.
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Earthrace, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's new high-tech anti-whaling powerboat, rests in Auckland Harbor, New Zealand, ahead of its deployment for Perth, and then the Southern Ocean. The 80-foot trimaran features paint that reportedly deflects radar, allowing the vessel to approach whaling ships virtually unseen. (Until, of course, it is seen, and "engages" the whalers, which is part of its mission.) Leaving Perth on December 7, Earthrace will join the Society's ship Steve Irwin on a three-month voyage protesting Japan's industrial whaling program. Hope it can save some DOLPHINS also!

See 'The Cove'movie and join the campaign >>

Photo: Phil Walter/Getty Images
Nov 05, 2009
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For 2010 the original Rocket III and the Classic models are getting pushed aside to make way for a completely new animal, the Rocket Roadster, with a more sinister appeal and more aggressive riding position. Footpegs have been repositioned farther back and lower, and moved slightly inboard. The new saddle is slightly higher and more forward, resulting in new ergonomicss said to improve handling.

A smoked flyscreen and redesigned fuel tank further distances the Roadster from its stablemates, and it's also the first Rocket to receive ABS as standard. Black paint and dark tones cloak this already black bike, and lest there be any question about the Roadster's image, it's going to be available only in Metallic Phantom Black or Matte Black. The new Roadster will also get a massive 15% boost in claimed torque and a 6% increase in horsepower! Jaysus.........

Triumph says the new Roadster should hit dealers in 2010, and will be competitively priced at £10,949 - roughly about $17,900 in today's US dollars, though that's bound to change at the actual release date. Great bike for a great price!

...except if you live in Denmark, where' it'll probably cost about 9 million kroner after it gets mutilated with import tax and all the fun gets removed....
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Swiss Harley Days started in 2004 and takes place every year in Lugano, Switzerland, attracting thousands of motorcycle-minded free spirtits, from all walks of life, nationality and motorcycle persuasion. With 25,000 visitors in 2009, and numbers growing each year, you either have to book accommodation well in advance, or bring a decent tent and camp in the mountains surrounding the lake. 

16th - 18th July, 2010
Lugano, Switzerland.
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From 7th - 12 September 2010, the small village of Faak in the Austrian province of Carinthia will be the scene of , gigantic festival of motorcycles. All around the lake visitors will find music and entertainment for every taste while the Harley Village in Faak itself forms the centre of the 13th Anniversary celebration of Europe's greatest open free biker festival. Be there!

07th Sep 2010 - 12th Sep 2010
13th European Bike Week
Faaker See, Austria, September 7-12
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