Exploring the Unknown

Exploring the Unknown

Thursday, December 31, 2015

In Motocicletta Sulle Dolomiti By Mondial Film

"A group of enthusiastic motorcyclists in Vienna in 1926 decided to make a film about the Dolomites. After an initial inspection of the shipment is carefully prepared, but mishaps, accidents, delays, lawsuits and bureaucratic obstacles in the cast delay the start of filming. Reduced by technical means, in just two weeks, the cast makes the film an extraordinary trip to the Dolomites. They climb on a motorcycle Tofane reaching Rifugio Cantore at 2588 m above sea level. Shooting of mountain and passion for motors come together in this sports documentary and quality issues, and represents a unique era in sports filmmaking. The star of the film are the bikes, which are present in almost all the shots, and alpine landscapes that captivate the audience as actors." - Ripartizione Cultura Italiana

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Where Does The Triumph Rocket III Come From? Directed By Matt Golding

Where Does The Triumph Rocket III Come From? 
By Triumph

In 2004 The Triumph Rocket III was unleashed and with it one of the best motorcycle commercials ever!

Sunday, December 27, 2015

A Short Review of a Short Book: Richard Georgiou's (How Not To Do) A Lap of Ireland: Mud, Sweat and Tears

"I suppose this small book is about me getting the 'motorbike adventure' bug, passing my motorbike test and going on a trip to Ireland. It's also about how not to do a trip to Ireland. My propensity for disaster sometimes overwhelms me; however, the places I get to see and the experiences I'm left with are nothing short of life changing. I've decided to give this book away for free for two reasons, the first is that it's short, the second is that I hope you'll like my writing and travelling style and will then buy my "One Man on a Bike" book."

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

1910 Harley Davidson Belt Drive Single at Motorcyclepedia Museum With Bruce Linsday

"Check out Bruce Lindsey driving this 1910 Harley-Davidson. This beautifully restored Harley is one of their first real production models. Thanks again for the great work on this one, Bruce Linsday. Come visit us to see this motorcycle on display!" - Motorcyclepedia Museum

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Photographic History of the Lincoln Police Department Motorcycle Unit: 100 Years 1911 to 2011

Copyright © Lincoln Police Department 2011

A glimpse into the Photographic History of the Lincoln Police Department Motorcycle Unit. Little did Chief James Malone know that when he proposed the idea of a motorcycle officer in 1910 to catch speeders that he would be contributing to an illustrious piece of motorcycle history. Chock full of articles and photographs this is a testament to the versatility of not only the motorcycles but the police officers who rode them.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Look At Life: Scrambling For It By The Rank Organization

Look At Life: Scrambling For It 
By The Rank Organization

Narrated By Eamonn Andrews, this short video looks at the history of scrambling including the actual building of these now classic motorcycles. With new iterations of the Scrambler being made today by Ducati, Triumph and Moto Guzzi one merely need watch this to remember that bikes don't have to be KTMs or Africa Twins to be fun! 

copyright © The Rank Organization 1966

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The Motorcycle as a Cultural Icon By Cordell Drew

Photo @ The Bike Shed
Motorcycles have been part of popular culture for many years. Though many have ridden them, others who haven't have commented both positively and negatively about bikers and motorcycle culture as perceived by society. Mainstream media has created an image of motorcycle culture that is both derogatory yet mystified. Motorcycles in advertisements, like shown in Harley-Davidson commercials, capture the spirit of the 99%'ers even if Harley-Davidson motorcycles itself are often representative of 1%'er gangs. I think that the sanitized version of motorcycling encourages society and some governments, with the exception of Quebec, Canada, to put less emphasis on destroying that culture, as it is not at all what it used to be.  Motorcycles are considered an art to some, as a cultural artifact too many and as governmental culture still to others.