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Brooklyn Invitational 2016

In a landscape typically dominated by sprawling traffic and screeching taxis, the 2016 Brooklyn Invitational proved to be a perfect welcome to the New York experience. Before I arrived at the stretch of 14th Street where the event was being held, I found myself surrounded by other riders. Ducati Scramblers and Triumph Thruxtons darted through the streets as though they were guiding the way… and they did not disappoint. As I pulled up to the Roots Photo Studio, where this year’s Invitational was hosted, I was greeted by four city blocks of motorcycles. The diversity was stunning; old, weathered Matchless twins and World War Two-era Indians parked next to home-built cafe racers - all framed perfectly by the industrial backdrop of Greenpoint’s shoreline.

Outside, there was a constant show to see. Riders were coming and going by the dozen, leaving death-defying wheelies as parting gifts and an exhaust roar loud enough to ensure the city that never sleeps stayed that way. Inside the studio, there were some of the most impeccable custom-built bikes in the nation. Revival Cycles out of Austin, Texas built an immaculate Velocette cafe racer, complete with bubble fairing that would be equally at home on the track as it would be on display in The Museum of Modern Art. The Roland Sands Indian Scout combined flawless vintage styling with modern technology… and a crimson paint job that begged for speed. One of my favorite builds of the show was the Ducati Monster parsed down by Tyler Lunceford of Moto Pistole. The bike had a pure essence of functionality, with every unnecessary part stripped away to showcase the mechanics of the machine - exhibiting that less truly can be more.

It was bittersweet leaving the show… knowing I’d have to wait a full year before I’d see so many fantastic machines in one place again. Here's to having something to look forward to in 2017!

-Scott Bradley, Guest Contributor for Cafe Racer XXX


The Royal Enfield "Himalayan" Review

Wrist-snapping acceleration, wheelies for days, and Moto GP handling… not words you may normally find in a review of the Royal Enfield Himalayan. But then again, the Himalayan does so many other things well, that to compare it to the newest line-up from say, KTM, or any other knobby-clad superbike disguised as less-than-a-factory-offering 10 years in the past, would be a crime.

The Himalayan Mountains throughout India are stunning, to say the least, but present their own unique set of tests to even the most skilled riders.  Deep mud, waist-high water, switchbacks for days, bumpy gravel roads, and goats - tons of flippin’ goats in the road - are just a few of the challenges Royal Enfield had in mind when developing the Himalayan.  

While the Himalayan is not a throttle-jerking thrill rocket, that’s perfectly O.K., because you’ll find yourself praising its sure-footed grip and metered acceleration. You’ll find yourself admiring how quiet and smooth the 411cc motor delivers the power. Even more grin comes from the suspension giving more than enough support for the speeds you are travelling at so you can actually enjoy the journey (instead of contemplating how an Indian hospital gown fits, after an epic water-crossing-at-warp-speed goes wrong).

All in all, the Himalayan is an amazing little gem of a motorbike, capable of delivering a pure motorcycling experience to anyone who craves it. The price remains to be seen, as does the feasibility of State-side importation, but the bike is most certainly worth its value. If you find yourself with an opportunity to ride a Himalayan, jump on it. You’ll be glad you did.

Words by Brice Cooper | Photos by Noah Conopask

Brice Cooper is a former AMA XR-1200 series rider, owner of the Tiny Mule Creative Agency and a new member of the Royal Enfield fan club!

Noah Conopask is an international filmmaker who creates projects worldwide for brands including Nike, Adidas, Under Armour, BBC, HBO, Bose, Samsung, Google, Eastbay and General Electric. He’s worked with athletes from a host of sports and nations, including a slew of NFL stars. Olympic Medal winner Tom Dailey, World Champion alpine skier Lindsey Vonn, Formula One giants Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and many more.


"The Royal Vote" Round 3

Thank you so much for participating in our first two rounds of voting for the Cafe Racer XXX | Royal Enfield North America | MotoRelic custom build! So far the "People's Choice" has resulted in a Tracker for build direction and High exhaust positioning.

We would also like to take a moment to thank all build sponsors including Royal Enfield North America (donor bike) , MotoRelic (fabrication and desing), Revzilla (tires), Silver Piston (custom xxx silver coins), TC Bros. (handlebars), K-Tech (suspension), Counterbalance Cycles (seat), and Homeward Bound Motorcycles (paint).

For the third round of votes, we ask you to help choose the build primary color. Just click on your color choice and press the vote button!


1903 Cafe

Just past Town Moto on Ossington street, you’ll find the first presence of anything Harley Davidson in downtown Toronto at 1903 Cafe. With the rise in popularity of events such as The Moto Social,  Harley has decided to get into the coffee business to attract the young riders looking for a place to meet up before or after a ride for a caffeinated beverage. But when you think of a cafe, you might imagine something small and quaint. This definitely wasn’t that.

In true Harley fashion, they went big. As you walk into the space, you’re greeted by a long coffee bar (hosted by Fahrenheit Coffee) looking over a series of new Harley Davidson models and large murals on the walls. Beyond that, you’ll find a series of seating areas scattered with new and old bikes, along with collections of old posters and memorabilia. At the very end of the space, a workshop has been set up to include a ride simulator and it appears as though they may be hosting some workshops and classes while they’re here.
The cafe is only here until September so go check it out!


Words and photographs by Allan Glanfield, Co-founder of The GodSpeed Company

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