| Dime City News & Updates – Naked Speed, the TV show formerly known as “Cafe Racer”
Time sure does fly! It’s hard to believe that It’s been four years since Cafe Racer TV made it’s first debut on Velocity. It’s been a hell of a ride and we’ve enjoyed it immensely. The show connected us with not only customers who’ve become an extended family, but also other builders. As a result of it events have been created, talent united and garage builder culture kicked off on a global level.
As a result of the expansive-ness that is motorcycling and rebirth of Garage builder culture, the team behind Cafe Racer TV has taken note from all the viewer comments. You want to see more bikes, different bikes and different parts of the culture. Well, Naked Speed, the revamped show has all of it! We caught up with the shows Executive Producer Ed Coughlin and asked him to tell us a bit more about the name (and content) change.
Here’s what he had to say:
“It’s actually pretty simple. From the first episode produced, the network has always loved the program. I am constantly told the style, pace, and rotating talent separate it from a gaggled congestion of car shows currently on air. That said, the cars (everyone drives one) will always outperform the bikes when it comes to the all-important ratings game. In an an effort to attract more of our four wheeled friends, and even some fellow bikers who might not be cool enough to ride a cafe, the title Naked Speed was chosen. Now I agree, the title ‘Naked’ is hot right now (even overused) but you have to admit, naked speed is a pretty darn good description of what a true cafe racer is all about.
Add Master Builder (of cars and bikes) Bryan Fuller, who plays nicely, but differs greatly in his opinions from returning host Mike Seate, pressure packed builds with demanding clients, difficult deadlines, and world class test riders and I am confident we will see another five seasons of TV’s coolest and fastest sixty-minute ride!”
We couldn’t agree more Ed!
Stay tuned for more details on the show. For now all we can tell you is that the first episode will air on Jan. 28th at 10PM on Velocity (check your local listings) and Dime City Cycles has something special in store that involves our pals across the pond from Ace Cafe London as well as Triumph Motorcycles.
| Customer Appreciation – FREE SHIPPING through Nov. – International Customers too!
We’ve been running our free shipping promotion since Nov. 3rd and the word has it, you guys like it! Well, when we ran the initial promotion we didn’t have provision in place for all our International Customers. We’re happy to announce that that is no longer the case. THAT’S RIGHT all of you outside the US of A can now take advantage of the promo. Simply add $150 in parts and gear to your shopping cart and choose “Customer Appreciation Month – Free Shipping” at checkout.
For the entire Month of November we’re offering free shipping globally on all orders* over $150.00. Simply log in to your account, place your order as normal (over $150) and the shipping won’t be included in your total. It’s that easy! Consider it a little pre-holiday season thank you for supporting DCC, being a loyal a customer and supporting the garage builder culture.
*US orders will ship via UPS Ground, Canada orders will ship via UPS Standard and all other International orders will ship via USPS Priority International. Exhaust systems and tires excluded.
| Industry & Partner News – Things are best in threes, Triumph announces three new Modern Classics
Things have been very busy at Triumphs facility in Hinckley. In addition to keeping up with the demand their brand now commands in the industry on a global scale, they’ve managed to find time to work on special projects. Recently, when Herm and Jason were in London visiting the factory the “R&D” area was quarantined off like ground zero and our Triumph hosts made every point to keep us as far away from it as possible. Now we see why…
The first model introduced in their line-up is the Ace Thruxton, inspired by Ace Cafe London and the original Triumph Cafe Racers of yesteryear the ream at Triumph worked hand-in hand with Mark Wilsmore, Managing Director of Ace Cafe, to ensure what was captured in the bike was the absolute essence of the Ace.
Built to celebrate Triumphs association with the legendary Ace Cafe in North London it sports a unique paint and decal scheme, a sculpted OxBlood custom seat with detachable cowling, authentic bar-end mirrors and a handlebar plaque noting the number on the production line. There’s only going to be 1550 of these made, so if Cafe Racers are your thing and you bleed tea and oil – we highly suggest putting in a call to your local Triumph dealer today!
The second model introduced in their line-up is the T214 Bonneville which celebrates the achievements of Texas-born racer Johnny Allen, and his record-breaking Triumph-powered Cee-Gar streamliner, which in 1956, set the first of many land speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats by recording a two-way average of 214.4mph.
The “Texas Cee-Gar,” a Triumph Thunderbird 650 powered, methanol-fueled motorcycle with a streamlined bodyshell was built by airline pilot J.H. “Stormy” Mangham, and Fort Worth dealer, tuner and 2001 Motorcycle Hall of Fame inductee, Jack Wilson and piloted by legendary Texas racer Johnny Allen. On 6th September 1956 , AMA and FIM observers looked on as Allen set the world absolute speed record for a motorcycle at 214.40 mph. The now-classic 1959 Triumph Bonneville was named in tribute to the Texas Cee-Gar team’s record-setting efforts.
The 214.4 mph land speed record lasted until 1962 and was broken by Bill Johnson, riding the nitro methane powered Dudek Triumph streamliner to a speed record of 224.57. If these go 1/4 as fast as the original Cee-Gar did you’re gonna lose your opportunity to get your hands on one!
The third model introduced in their line-up is the Newchurch Bonneville which celebrates Triumphs involvement in the annual Tri-Days event that literally takes over the town of Newchurch, Austria. It sports a contemporary new paint scheme (two options available), has blacked out fenders, headlamp bucket, mirrors and springs as well as black wheels with exquisite red pinstriping and a custom seat. What’s not to love?
Every year a small town in the mountains of Austria plays host to the world’s biggest Triumph party as thousands of Triumph fans descend to celebrate their love of the brand and the bikes they own. Featuring everything from outrageous customs to an off-road drag race known as “The Rumble”, the town of Neukirchen has its name changed to Newchurch for the weeklong Tridays party.
The Tridays party is an annual pilgrimage for Triumph owners to descend on the beautiful town of Newchurch and celebrate all things British. Along with spectacular mountain road rides, incredible stunt shows, and off road duelling, Tridays is the place where Triumph owners show off their latest customized rides. This special edition Bonnie pays homage to the event, the bikes and the people who customize them. It doesn’t get any more involved than that!
If you’re interested in any of these limited editions models head on over to triumphmotorcycles.com or visit your local Triumph dealer today. We’re certain they’re going to go QUICK!
| Events Updates & News – Ace Corner Barber 2014
This year saw the 4th annual Ace Corner at the 10th annual Barber Vintage festival. To say it was a success would be an understatement. The Corner was packed the entire weekend! At a few points, the event space actually met capacity and we had to wait for bikes to clear out before we could allow any more in. Talk about packin’ them in!
Starting out on Friday the air was perfect, not too cold and not too hot. The bikes started to file in one after another, pistons rumbling exhaust shaking riders with their teeth clenched in anticipation. What a site! Once parked they had the opportunity to peruse the hand-picked vendors on premise and their quality goods.
Of course, Ace Cafe was there with fellow UK based brand Red Torpedo who actually brought Connor Cummings, Isle of Mann TT racers to the corner for a series of interviews and autograph signings. From South Florida the fellows from Xcrambler Cycles joined in on the fun with some high quality BMW Scramblers as well as fine art by way of Moto prints. Talk about classy! The big boys from Barnluck showed up as well with a double sized tent that housed an amalgamation of unique items all inspired by this rust and revival movement we’re a part of. Of course the usual suspects like Legendary Motorcycles, Iron and Air and Triumph were represented as were others.
Saturday saw tons of commentary by Ace Corners very own Bree Poland talking to everyone from Triumph sponsored rider Alena Meyers to Connor Cummings to vendors and partners who participated in the Corner. Racing, of course was happening all the while in the background and even attracted the attention of some AHRMA riders like Dime City’s very own Scott Turner and Martin Milanese during their breaks. You know the vantage point of the track must be something special if racers are leaving the pits to come watch from the corner, right?
As the day turned into afternoon our bike show judges were corralled at the top of the hill to gauge the over 75 machines brought in from riders as far as Canada. Everything from custom Cafe Race Nortons to modern Ducati’s were present all the likes in between of Bobbers, Brats and Choppers even too! (The show is open to anyone on a custom.) Into the evening we hosted a very special Triumph VIP party along with live music from The Cigar Store Indians. Christmas lights strung from tent to tent, old friends chatting, new friends being made – the energy was literally, alive. The read text and look at photos of Ace Corner, even watch video hardly does it justice. It’s one of those things like riding the Pacific Coast Highway or riding from coast of Spain to France, you have to experience it in order to truly appreciate it.
If you’re interested in becoming a partner of Ace Corner email [email protected] and get on the list. We’re expecting max capacity next year not only from guests but, partners too and are planning a full year in advance as a result of it.
| New Products from The Wing’d Piston – Speed & Strength “Rust and Redemption” & Honda Offical Shirts
In an effort to bring quality retro inspired gear to the marketplace the guys at Speed and Strength took some industry polls, did a ton of research and digging through old books and magazines and brought the Rust and Redemption line to life. Just like the bikes we all build, the products behind the R&R line from S&S echo the past while employing modern advancements in technology like armor and textile fabrics. They’ve got two new jackets, a 3/4 helmet, gloves, jeans and a bunch of other soft goods to go with it. Check ‘em out today!
If Rust and Redemption isn’t your thing we’ve also got a new line of official Honda retro inspired t-shirts now available. They’re all made from soft high-quality cotton and while they’re not “skinny” they do a have nice fit them. They’re the perfect addition to any riders closet. The holidays are coming and they’d make a perfect gift for that rider you don’t know what to buy.
| Dime City Customer Build Feature – Aaron Millers CL350 Brat / Scrambler
When we posted Aaron Millers CL350 on Instagram and received over 1,000 and 50 comments in under an hour we knew we stumbled upon our next DCC customer biker build feature. Aaron has taken two favorite styles and melded them together for visual (and physical we bet if you rode it!) perfect. The low slung style of a Brat machine with a bench seat combined with high-pipes, knobby tires and upright bars are the makings for something that goes fast and can get sideways in the dirt. Way to go Aaron!
Do you have a finished build project? What are you waiting for, get out there with your iPhone (or better yet get a friend with a nice camera) and take some shots of that beauty and send them our way. We wanna see them and maybe your little speed machine can be our next feature!
Email [email protected] w/ subject “Dime City Customer Feature” and include some photos and details on the bike. It’s that easy!