Sunday, April 30, 2017

Welcome Home Darwin - My 1976 Honda CT70!

Meet The New & Improved Darwin
My 1976 Honda CT70
Admittedly, it was tales of Percy Hart's quest to ride that put these small monkey bikes on my radar back in 2013. Whilst I had always noticed them it never occurred to me to actually buy one until recently. Having purchased Darwin, my '76 Honda CT70 back in January of this year from a former student of mine, I am happy to report that Mr. Antoine Noel has successfully completed his motorcycle course with Sur 2 Roues this spring with the money he received for the little CT70. 😎 Whilst Antoine has been studying hard and learning the basics on how to ride a motorcycle safely on Quebec roads (if you can call them roads), Darwin has spent the last four months at L'Amis Denis being restored back to health by a group of classic bike enthusiasts. To say that the little CT70 was worse for wear would be an understatement. However, the certified technicians at L'Amis Denis worked their magic and now Darwin is riding as well as can be expected for a motorcycle in need of an entirely new carburetor. 😏 *sigh

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Welcome Home Bambi - My 2013 SYM Wolf Classic!

One Very Happy Customer, A Wonderful Friend and a Fantastic Motorcycle!
What more can a guy ask for!? Did I mention How Brilliant Scootart is? 😎
Pic © Scootart
A special thanks to Mr. Hart (aka Junkyard Villain) is in order for helping facilitate collecting my beautiful SYM Wolf Classic on this fine cold and rainy Irish - oops, I mean, Canadian day! He was kind enough to come out to Sherbrooke, Quebec to collect me for the sole purpose of bringing me to Scootart to pick up Bambi. Scootart, a brilliant little scooter shop is located in St. Leonard in Montreal, Quebec. I had the honour of being their first customer in 2017 at their new shop. Admittedly, I didn't really know what to expect but seeing the little SYM in person made me realize that pictures don't do this little bike justice. In person, the little SYM shines and looks the part - ready for whatever adventure you may have planned.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Harley-Davidson XR750 By Gabriel Wapachee

Pic © Silodrom: Gasoline Culture
In 1969, Harley-Davidson had no competitive racing machine because of a rule change in the sport (, N.D.). It is in the following year that the company released its first Harley-Davidson XR750. The motorcycle had many flaws in its first years but still had great potential. The XR750 won its first AMA Grand National Championship in its release year. The company saw its potential and took back the bike to improve it. Two years after its initial release, the company re released the motorcycle and from that point on it has dominated the racetracks accumulating more titles than any other motorcycle to this day (Gingerelli, Michels, & Everitt, 2010).  Evel Knievel, a great daredevil, used the XR750 in many of his stunts and also accumulating a lot of world records with this motorcycle. These records are still being beaten today by new stuntmen using the same motorcycle. These many records and titles gained by the many years of racing and jumping with this motorcycle has created a very important social history for the bike.

Suzuki Hayabusa: A Motorcycle of Great Social Impact By Mikael Wheeler

2017 Suzuki Hayabusa (GSX1300R)
Pic © CarAndBike
The Suzuki Hayabusa also known as the GSX1300R or ‘Busa has been on the market for over sixteen years. Obviously, with the rapid growth of technology Suzuki have made adjustments to keep it up to date. Such as rebuilding the engine back in 2008 and refreshing its appearance to stay fashionable. Suzuki, a Japanese automotive company first introduced the Busa at the 1998 Paris show (Motor Cyclist, 2009). This motorcycle socially impacted the motorcycle community in numerous ways. It has become an icon to many for delivering such power and speed. The bike itself could reach speeds of up to 187.5 mph (Colker, 1999). It was built for speed from tip to tail and managed to reach such high speeds through its aerodynamic assets. “This machine was obviously shaped, not by stylists, but by aerodynamicists.” (Motor Cyclist, 2009). The Hayabusa was different because of its aerodynamic properties, some people loved it and some didn’t. Actually, at first its unfamiliar looks didn’t convince everybody (Motor Cyclist, 2009). Was it just a Japanese gimmick? The question was quickly answered. They had just launched what has now become a historical motorcycle. Many people didn’t know the meaning of “Hayabusa”. It turns out that “Hayabusa” is Japanese for “Peregrine falcon” (Colker, 1999), the fastest falcon in the world.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Inked by Noémie at Nephty's Tattoo Parte Cinco!

Nearly Done!
As my sleeve nears completion I am already thinking about other projects. Part addiction or just a clever way to learn how to tattoo via observation? I'll let you decide! 😏 Watching Noémie complete two of the last mandalas destined for my arm yesterday gave me a chance to clearly see how she does her line work. All that is left at this point is to fill in the sleeve with various geometric shapes and perhaps one final mandala on the top of my hand and a small(ish) one on the right side of the lowest mandala. I'll also be meeting with Crystal-Marie (aka Eternal Sunshine) in two weeks to do the remaining touch ups on my back tattoo! The entire experience has been cathartic and whilst I would like to think that its nearing an end, there is still much to do. I plan on having my chest and right arm done at a later date; not to mention Todd Beck has plans to have me tattoo myself as part of my apprenticeship... though, I am not entirely convinced about the latter to be honest. 😒 

Like what you see? 
Contact Nephty's Tattoo today and set up an appointment with Noémie. 😎

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 61 Wellington Street North,
Sherbrooke, QC J1H 5A9
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7th International Journal Of Motorcycle Studies Conference

22-24 JUNE, 2017

"The International Journal of Motorcycle Studies (IJMS) is dedicated to the study and discussion of motorcycling culture in all its forms—from the experience of riding and racing to the history of the machine, the riders and design to the images of motorcycling and motorcyclists in film, advertising and literature. We welcome submissions on all areas related to the cultural phenomenon of motorcycling. We invite contributions from all members of the motorcycling community." 

Picture & Words © IJMS

Tattooing A to Z: A Guide to Successful Tattooing By Huck Spaulding

"For years the Tattoo industry was shrouded in secrecy. Artists didn't want others in their area, which they assumed they owned because they were established. What they forgot is how they got there and that they were not born tattooists. So the big question was, where do I obtain the knowledge needed to become a tattoo artist? This insightful and straightforward book gives you the facts about tattooing. Tattooing A to Z was written to share with you what Huck learned through many years of first hand experience. Don't expect this book to make a master tattooist out of you in a few days, but what you will gain from it may have taken you years to find out. From setup and maintenance of machines to setting up your own shop, Tattooing A to Z, A Guide to Successful Tattooing is a valuable tool for anyone starting out in the business. We hope that it gives you the information you have long been searching for."

From Academia to Tattooing - Becoming A Tattoo Artist!

Wait Until They Get A Load of Me... 😎

Until recently, I never really considered becoming a tattoo artist. Whilst I enjoy having them, the career path to becoming one has often left something to be desired. Unlike many trades, the industry remains relatively unregulated in North America. That being said, there are those that stand out and separate themselves from the riff raff.  As Crystal-Marie (aka Eternal Sunshine) aptly points out in The Tattoo Life, tattooing has come a long way. Popularized by reality television shows like Miami Ink, L.A. Ink, and Bondi Ink to name but a few, for better or worse perceptions of tattoos have evolved.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

ARCH "The Story" HD With Keanu Reeves

Who we are, what we do, and why. 

Whilst Polaris has saw fit to focus on its acquired Indian Motorcycles Brand, it's nice to see that there are still companies like ARCH Motorcycles pushing the boundaries.