Naked Speed airing now on Velocity |
Hopefully you poked your head out of the shop long enough and got the word that Cafe Racer TV is back re-branded as a totally new show called Naked Speed airing on Velocity. The first episode aired last Wednesday night and even though we had a sneak peak in Atlanta, last week at the premier party, we were still surprised and more than pleased with what we saw.
First of all, the new format is exactly what we (and everyone else) asked for! More time with fewer builders and more emphasis on the technical aspects of the builds. Along with you, we too also felt the story was lost with so many transitions and projects being crammed into single episodes. Thumbs up guys, you nailed it! A perfect example is Loaded Gun Customs build with Olympic Bob Sled champion Kaillie Humphries
Through the new format of the show, viewers have the opportunity to learn more not only about the project, but the person whom the bike build was commissioned by / built for. When it comes to Dunworth’s build, they took every opportunity to get Kaillie on board with the build and involved, which we loved! As you can see above, she is learning to weld the new mono-shock system Kevin devised for the project.
It’s educational elements like these that help keep the show alive and thriving. People want to learn right? Seeing cool bikes is one thing, but to be able to watch a show that inspires you to find a bike and get your hands on the parts to customize it and make your own, now that’s where it’s at. Cudos to Bryan Fuller and Mike Seate for helping take Naked Speed down the right road, fast!
Don’t forget about us. Our “Ace” episode premieres on (March 4th) and have we got a surprise for you! Herm and Jason start out in the shop with a frame that needs an engine, then find themselves in England almost getting kicked out of the Triumph factory in Hinkley and in the end, with the Cafe Racer man himself, Mark Wilsmore of Ace Cafe London, testing our modern Triton. How’s it all turn out? You’ll just have to watch and see! In the mean time, here’s another sneak peak to get you through!
Product Spotlight – New DCC Originals, Stylmartin Boots & VonZipper Glasses and Goggles |
We’ve got some great new products in stock for beginning of 2015! First off the new version of the DCC trucker cap.
Designed from the ground up the new DCC Trucker hat is a few things in one… First off, we know fit and function are equally as important and we know that not everyone has the same size head, so we opted to create two sizes ranges S-M and M-L. This way, your dome looks good and you avoid the back strap looking to far apart or scrunched up. Second, we crossed a flat bill with a standard trucker and can assure you that you can rock it flat in front (or back), roll the brim like your favorite sports hat or curl it up. Whichever way suites, we’ve got you covered!
Next in our line-up is the new DCC Retro Sign Marquee Tee.
After releasing our retro sign styled patch last year, so many of you asked us to make a shirt out of it. Well, we listened and we did! And like everything else we do, it’s as close to perfect as we could get. We also wanted something more DCC authentic that we knew fitted exactly the way we wanted it to, so we went all the way to Peru and met with a factory and now have our own blanks made and shipped to the US where they’re printed. The result? The best cotton the world can offer, a world-class DCC fit and a product that’s still benefiting the good ol’ US of A.
And because we listened to you last year when you said you wanted more options for boots, we now offer the Italian made Stylmartin line of foot ware. Like most things from Italy, fancy cars and good coffee, Stylmartin boots offer no compromise when it comes to quality and style. Whether you are walking or riding, wear them and you’ll see as we did, that Stylmartin’s look good and feel great mile after mile.
Possessing foothold (punintended!) in the industry of boot and shoe production and having a love for motorcycles and riding gives the Stylmartin team and their product line a bit of an edge over the competition. Combine the fact that most things Italian are cool and sexy as hell and well, you’ve got a dead ringer for a winner. Take the Miami, Philadelphia, Seattle and Urban riding shoes for example. How many of you like the look and feel of a classic Chuck Taylor but hate the fact that they not only give you zero support while riding, but that they wear out so fast? Well, the team at Stylmartin improved upon the classic look of a “chuck” making it their own integrating safety features while utilizing stronger long-life materials to ensure these guys outlast the brake pads on your custom build.
Or how about the “Cruise” boot designed around the style interests of those looking to build and ride custom garage built speed machines. They’re waterproof yet made of breathable high quality leather, they’ve got a “comfort” construction ensuring they’re good both off and on the ride and they’ve got a sole that grips the road when walking and your pegs while riding. Combine those aspects with their timeless look and we’re sure you’ll be happy with them on your feet!
Last, but certainly not least, is the new line of VonZipper sunglass
Now these aren’t just another line of glasses or goggles being promoted in the moto industry by a company with no skin in the game. No sir! The guys at VonZipper are into riding, racing and having a blast on two wheels! Just taking one look at their most recent campaign and collaboration with the boys from Hell on Wheels verifies and validates that. Still not sold? How about the fact that their founder and head honcho, GT is an active AHRMA racer running around on Norton’s and anything else he can get his hands on? Yeah, we thought so!
Taking into account for things like wind, rain and fitment because they’re riders the team at VonZipper has produced some of the most effective riding optics around. The glasses all have optimal wind shear making for little to no tears on long distance rides. Our own Jason Paul Michaels wore a pair inside a Biltwell Gringo half the way to the Barber Vintage Festival and fell in love. As for the goggles, they’re not just a one-size-fits-all. Again, moto influence shining through they know there’s a myriad of helmets and styles people are wearing these days and to ensure they had a fitment for all of them they have several different shapes, sizes and colors ensuring whether you’re wearing a Biltwell Gringo or a Bell 500 open-face that you’ll get the best fit possible.
Industry News- The Ducati Scrambler hits the road (and dirt!) |
Before 2014 year was off the books Our Own Jason Paul Michaels headed to the Ducati Scrambler press launch to give the new Scrambler a proper wringing’ in Palm Springs California. Below he gives us a brief overview and tells us about the trip, the bike and the new found “inclusive” Ducati brand he encountered.
-I have to admit, at first I was skeptical. Ducati, while a fantastic motorcycle company, has always had a bit of an aire about itself. Nothing mean or anything like that, just the fact that you know, Ducatista’s stick with one another and really don’t let others into their group. Nor do they venture into others. Well, without pounding a million keys I can tell you that Ducati Scrambler (an entire new and separate company within Ducati) breaks all the previous stereotypes one might have, as it pertains to those who prefer fine espresso vs. gas station coffee or tea and the four machines they’ve launched do the same.
The Scrambler is light, very light. It feels like a dirtbike while at once a sturdy road machine. I found myself (more than once) veering off the pavement into the dirt getting yelled at to bring it back between the yellow lines. “But she’s begging to get filthy I thought…” It’s got gobs of power and torque and the handling out of the box is good too. Wheelies? Yep. Power slides in the dirt? Yep. Comfortable at 100MPH+ on the highway? Yep.
In short, it’s a great all around bike and much like the Triumph Scrambler, hits the mark with where we believe a lot of people in the market place are leaning towards. Cafe Racers are awesome, it’s what we love, but the idea of having a second bike which you can either hop curbs or fallen trees in the woods with, now that’s something else all together! Until now, there really only has been one or two options. We’re excited to see where Ducati takes this new “Urban Off-road” market along with the other manufacturers. Possibly we’ll see other variants hitting the streets (and the dirt) in the coming years? -
Like any machine the Ducati Scrambler has room for customization as can be seen care of the Motorbike EXPO in Verona, Italy where Ducati announced the three”official” first custom Scramblers built by industry professionals – Officine Mermaid, Deus Ex Machine and Mr. Martini. We couldn’t be more inspired by what we see below not only because Herm and Jason love to customize and build bikes, but because we believe this is a much needed change in tack in the industry. Hopefully, Ducati and other manufacturers will continue offering up more support and interest in the current world of customization.
Checkout more on the Ducati Scrambler here | scramblerducati.com
The One Motorcycle Show – We’re headed to Portland! |
It’s that time of year again and we’re headed back to Portland Oregon for The One Motorcycle Show and we couldn’t be more excited! This year instead of flying, we’re making a 6,300 mile cross-country trip of it stopping along the way visiting with friends at every major stop. Jason along with his wife Leticia and William Benedict (major DCC supporter and local fabricator) will be heading out on Feb 8th from Dime City, trailer and bikes in tow, for a two week long adventure taking them to see Junior Burrell (Retro Moto) in Texas, Brandon Schrichten (It’s Better In The Wind contributor) in Colorado and several other stops on the trip out west to Portland and back.
We’ll be showing our Ace build which is being featured March 4th on Naked Speed (seen on Velocity) so be sure to stop and take a look at it if you’re in Portland and heading to the One Show. Also, be sure to follow us along the way via Facebook and Instagram using the hastags #dcctothe1moto and #the1moto. And if you anywhere near some of the stops be sure to let us know and if possible, we’ll stop in and say hello!
A little bit about The One Motorcycle Show from the man himself, Thor (pronounced T-o-r.)
6 years ago, we hosted the first One Motorcycle Show in an old abandoned warehouse building. It was crafted to celebrate the weird, rare, unconventional bikes that we loved, in a way that everyone could enjoy. We started out with no knowledge of how to put on a show: let alone what might happen if we did, or the expectation we would be doing it for the next 6 years. It’s almost hard to believe that it has been so long! Our driving force to keep this going was the feeling that we were adding to something that we loved. We want to give back to motorcycling. We want to be inclusive and inspire people to participate.
As things progressed , the show got bigger. We’ve been in multiple locations, and have been lucky to work with some of the most trusting sponsors within the greater world of motorcycles. It has been a non-stop learning process and we’ve always striven to make the show better each year. This has really been our biggest challenge: skating the line between “big” and small. We make this all work with the donation of time and money by people who want to see this happen again, every year. We are proud of this fact and it’s the main reason we’ve made it this far.
2015: our 6th show. We have a new location just blocks away from last year, across the river from downtown Portland, right in the heart of the lower eastside industrial area. This historic building that once housed manufacturing is an open single floor, exceeding 20,000 sq ft. The building has a fenced-in parking lot, perfect for some outdoor activities.
As always, we are exceptionally pleased to keep the show admission totally FREE to exhibit and attend. This is possible due to the contributions of great patrons like yourself. We are focused on giving back to those who support and contribute to this yearly effort.
Learn more at The1Moto.com and look for us at the show!
The Iron and Clematis Motorcycle Show in West Palm Beach |
Vintage Iron Club’s Iron & Clematis Festival is becoming one of Florida’s largest Vintage Motorcycle Festivals and the Dime City Crew will be onsite this year with bikes and gear. The 2nd annual festival will be held February 21, 2015 from 12-9pm in the scenic historic section of Downtown West Palm Beach on the 500 block of Clematis.
It fills the street with over 300 vintage motorcycles from: restorations, custom builds, bobbers, to cafe racers of all makes and models. Live music pours through the streets from some of Florida’s biggest acts while you stroll among the over 40 vendors and vintage motorcycles at this family oriented event. The show also hosts a vintage pinup contest as well as a raffle motorcycle donated, all for charity!
The charity, Canine Companions is the largest non-profit provider of assistance dogs, and is recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs, and the quality and longevity of the matches it makes between dogs and people. The raffle motorcycle is a 1974 BMW 90R/6 Cafe’ Racer built and donated by Santiago Choppers with raffle tickets available at vintageironclub.org and at the show!
There’s also a full custom bike show at which trophies will also be awarded for show bikes in several categories: best in show, cafe racer, best restoration, bobber, best british, best Japanese, & best american. Get your bike registered at www.vintageironclub.org and keep up to date via their Facebook event page here:
Look for us and stop by the booth and say hello!
AHRMA Racing Update |
2015 is here and that means there’s a whole new round of AHRMA racing coming to a city near you. Our team of racers covers a good bit of the field with bikes in Sportsman 350, 500, Lemans 175, GP and Thruxton Cup and to say the boys are ready for a bit of elbow rubbing is an understatement. Team Captain and raining champion Scott Turner has rebuilt his main CB350 race bike with some of the best components we could get our hands on and he’s assured us he’s going to be pushing maximum horsepower and g’s in the corners. He’s expecting a solid season and of course, hoping for another championship.
Veteran AMA racer and now Thruxton Cup and Lemans 175 convert, Martin Milanese has had his Thruxton apart for the off season working on suspension tuning and elements of geometry to ensure his 400lb behemoth is as safe and nimble as can be on the track. We worked with our pals at The Speed Merchant to even design a set of custom triple trees exactly to Martin’s specifciations and will be kicking out some other upgrades like a custom stainless exhaust and rearsets to extract as much power as possible from the mighty twin while ensuring he keeps it on the tarmac.
Newcomer Scot Fielder had an intial season of ups and downs (literally) and is ready to hit the track with everything he has this year. He’s been training in the off-season and working on putting the loaner GP bike we have in our stable back together after a small spill towards the end of the season. He’s also working on putting together a production class CB350 so expect to see him on that grid too. Scot showed great promise taking a few wins and second and third places in 2014 and we’re looking forward to seeing what he can do this year.
Dime City Cycles has taken notice in the importance of AHRMA and what it stands for. It’s not just about racing, it’s about community and getting people together. When you pack numbers like 70k people (Barber Vintage Festival) into the stands and around the track nothing short of magic happens. The AMA doesn’t even see those kinds of numbers! AHRMA has been growing at a rate that is almost unbelievable in our opinion.
“With production class racing at an all time high we’re seeing more and more people building specific bikes for racing or even taking their already built for the street Cafe Racers and taking them to the track. It’s fantastic to see because motorsports is the core of keeping a culture alive in my opinion. This is one of the reason’s we’ve come on as a full-bore sponsor of AHRMA and will be participating in almost every race this year offering special discounts to AHRMA racers. We believe in the sport and want to see it continue to grow.”
– Said DCC Chief Brand Officer, Jason Paul Michaels.
So what are you waiting for, visit the AHRMA website and look at the schedule. It doesn’t take more than black tape over a headlight, a belly pan and some grit to get on the track and race!
New Website – Launching Q2 of 2015 |
The new DCC website is set to go live in Q2 of 2015. We’ve been listening and believe us, we hear you! You’ll find tons of new functionality, more resources, technical knowledge and tons of new parts, making it faster and easier to find the parts you
need, no matter what your build is !
DCC Customer Build Feature, Daniel Bells Honda CL450 Street Scrambler |
It’s not secret that Scramblers are taking hold in the world of custom motorcycling. From the hundreds of custom Triumph Scrambler builds feature on BikeEXIF to all the other vintage makes and models we think it’s safe to say that the world of garage built motorcycling is about to get really dirty. And boy are we excited!
Take this stunning CL450 custom build by Daniel Bell. He took a stock CL450 stripped it back to the bare frame and rebuilt it from the ground up improving upon the original design. Sure it doesn’t have a mono-shock or inverted front-end, but who cares? He rides it daily and it looks the part too! From the Cone Engineering mufflers to the sprinkling of DCC parts all over it it’s got our vote!
Be sure to submit your bike builds to [email protected] we want to see them and the transformation they’ve gone through. Just remember, try to send good quality high res pics with the bike being the focal point.