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The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride 2014

Monday, August 11, 2014 10:15:26 AM America/New_York

Love dapper?  Ok, love looking vintage sharp on your classic machine?  The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride lets you ride out in style while raising money and awareness for prostate cancer.  It’s simple:  wear your dapper best, sign up, and ride.  Originally formed out of Sydney, Australia the DGR has exploded worldwide and we’re helping along the way.  We’ll be kicking off the ride in our area at 9AM on September, 28 with coffee and doughnuts [our version of tea and crumpets] and will head out all caffeinated and dressed to the nines from there.  Come hang at our shop and get to know the DCC Crew and fellow local riders better.

Not sure how find your local ride? Hit the DGR website by clicking here!

Check the DGR website for the ride in your area, and register to help raise money on the day of the ride.  Proceeds in the U.S. region go to http://www.pcf.org.

Not sure how to dress dapper?  Check out the official Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride video from last year for style ideas below.

 

We’ll be leading our own DGR route starting off from Dime City, through the west-coast beaches, the tip of Clearwater, the historic district of Ybor City, the heart of downtown Tampa, the curves of the Bay on Bayshore Blvd, and on to downtown St. Petersburg.  We’ll have two stops; a local staple for lunch, and a spot for good times at the end.

Leading the ride for us will be the moto-culture club Ronin Vintage, and we will have support vehicles on hand just in case.  Go to GENTLEMANSRIDE.COM to find our route, sign your risk release form, and pledge for the cause. Don’t forget to bring us a copy of the release too! So, register, pledge, and ride!

 

 

 

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Last but not least, the final 2013 Bonneville Giveaway video

Monday, March 3, 2014 10:24:29 AM America/New_York

Here’s the long awaited wrap-up on the 2013 Triumph Bonneville giveaway. Congrats again to Stephanie Gage and many thanks to all of you who helped us raise over $50,000.00 for the lost children of Peru! Stay tuned for details on what we have planned next, you’re gonna want in on this one too!

Special thanks to all our partners and friends who helped along the way:

Triumph Motorcycles
British Customs
Progressive Suspension
The Speed Merchant
Neale Bayly Rides
Neale Bayly
St Pete Powersports
LunarVue Media Services
Iron & Air
Brandon Schrichten
Jim Miller

For the full wrap-up and details on the project head on over to Iron & Air’s journal page dedicated to the 2013 project.

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Kevin Warren – Moto photo guru!

Friday, August 30, 2013 3:49:14 PM America/New_York

Chances are if you ever looked at photos from MotoGP, AHRMA or just about every other sanctioned race that involves two wheels, petrol and pistons you’ve seen Kevin Warrens work. Based out of Atlanta he’s shot everyone from Brian Fuller to Nicky Haden. More important though, he knows what looks good behind a lens. Whether it’s hauling ass and breaking right or getting ground to a pulp and formed into something slick on a work bench he can capture it.

The Dime City Crew had the pleasure of Kevin stopping by for a cup of coffee and a look at our new digs a while back and he was kind enough to pop off some shots of us during the afternoon. Take a look below and head on over to his site and look through his catalog. He’s a gun for hire, so if you’re ever in need of someone who’s willing to go the extra he’s your man.

http://www.digitalpressimages.com/


Motorcycle Classics Magazine / Dime City Cycles Project Bike!

Friday, July 5, 2013 12:09:35 PM America/New_York

Hey there Speed Freaks, if you saw the latest edition of Motorcycle Classics Magazine you probably noted that we’re at it again with not only another project bike, but a giveaway! That’s right, only this time we’re going to be transforming yet another vintage Honda (see we’re not just all about new Triumphs now!) into a one-off custom speed machine.

This build is going to be packed will cool and we’ll be distributing tons of content not only in upcoming issues of Motorcycle Classics, but via their social feed as well. So if you didn’t get enough of the stunning and handsome Herm and his cohort Jason on Cafe Racer TV get plugged in and watch as the wrenches fly with their latest project!

So, how can you win it? Well, first things first you need to stay in the know – so head on over to both Motorcycle Classics and Dairyland Insurance on Facebook and give them a LIKE. From there stay tuned to your feed and keep an eye out for the details.

More to come soon!


Dime City’s Triumph Bonneville CR Launch Event

Thursday, March 7, 2013 12:22:08 PM America/New_York

Unlike rumors that echo’d in the dark corners of the speakeasy’s from yesteryear, what we’re about to hit you with bub, is one-hundred percent truth. And their ain’t no jake-leg involved either! That’s right, you’ve heard things here and there, seen teaser photos of our slick new handle bars or headlight ears, maybe you’ve been lucky enough to of seen the prototype bike in plain sight. Well, it’s finally here, the 2012 Dime City Bonneville CR and the DCC Originals Triumph CR parts line.

Over a year ago Dime City Cycles partnered with our local Triumph dealership, St. Pete Powersports to develop a modern vintage inspired parts line for Hinkley Triumphs that boded a different aesthetic than the current products that exist on the market today. Think low-slung gritty yet sultry lines and styling inspired by the authentic Cafe Racer’s of the day – early Triumphs, Norton’s and the like.

We partnered with companies like Progressive Suspension, British Customs and now Iron & Air Magazine and are bringing you our version of what anyone with a set of tools, some time and the will to wrench can create with their own two hands. A modern-vintage Cafe Racer. From our garage to yours, the DCC Originals line of Triumph CR parts is about to be available.

Join us Saturday March 30th from 6pm till 10pm at St. Pete Powersports (directions below) for a laid back relaxing evening inside a dealership full of vintage and modern classic custom British Iron. At 8pm we’ll unveil the newly completed Bonneville CR and parts line and give you the opportunity to get your greasy little throttle twister all over them.

And one more thingWant to get your hands on a special DCC & I&A swag bag? If you’re local to Tampa/St. Pete and are the proud owner of a vintage or modern custom British bike of any style email [email protected] prior to the event with a picture of your speed machine. We’re looking for 25 special bikes to put on display inside the dealership for the evening event. You’ll be able to drop them off any time on Saturday and take them home after the event or on Monday. Join us and be part of the event!

So, throw in some good music, beer, wine and snacks and you’ve gotta ask yourself – does it get any better? Oh trust us, it does… At the end of the night we’ll be making an announcement that’ll blow your head gasket. See you there!

Event Details:

Location: St. Pete Powersports
Address: 555 34th St S St Petersburg, FL 33711 (Google Maps Link)
Phone: (727) 456-6088
Date: 3/30/13
Time: 6pm – 10pm *After party and ride to The Sake Bomb in downtown St. Pete

Several hotels are available in downtown St. Petersburg, for a listing via Google Maps [Click Here.]


The DCC Motorcycle-pic of The Week – Rebel

Monday, February 27, 2012 9:54:21 AM America/New_York

[What’s left of the Rebel 450 DCC and Porkey’s Choppers built in 36 hours at Timonium for Spike [photographer of photo] last month. Stay tuned for the full report on the build!]


DCC Tech-Tip: Installing a Cafe Racer seat (No Welding!)

Thursday, December 1, 2011 12:02:37 PM America/New_York

One of the most common questions we receive via email and the phone is “What is the best way to install my Cafe Racer seat without welding or fabrication?” Well, until now, there really wasn’t a good answer or solution. Like all the other problems you guys present to us, we prevailed on this one too though! We hooked up with our newest Boutique Manufacturer, Legendary Motorcycles who builds some of the best Cafe Racer seats and fuel tanks on the market and put together this How-to for installing a fiberglass, ABS plastic or sheet metal seat pan.

The FAQ is brand agnostic and although every install will be a little different, it gives you the idea of what you need to do to get the job done! It requires no major tools and the kit is available through Dime City care of Legendary. How easy is that? Just [CLICK HERE] to purchase the kit and read the instructions below and you’ll be off chasing the TON in no time, bub!

Figure 1: Test the baseplate in the kit for general fitment. If you need to trim the sides to fit your frame rails better or the curve in the back, now is the time to mark and cut those areas.

Figure 2: Once you’ve trimmed (if needed) your base plate fit your actual Cafe Racer seat on top to ensure everything fits and lines up accordingly. If you need to trim the overhang or make any modifications to the actual seat, do so now.

Figure 3: Keeping them slightly loose so you can move them around, position the clamping blocks on the frame rails. Take note that the large block needs to be on the top side of the frame rails. Position the mounting base plate where it looks and fits best (ignoring the height.)

Figures 4 and 4-2: This is where you will set the actual height and pitch of the seat. Measure the space between the bottom edge of the seat pan and the top of your frame rails. This is the distance you will be cutting out of the clamping blocks in the following steps.

Figure 5: After placing the top clamping block in a vice and using a straight edge to mark a clean line, use a saw of your choice to trim the block. In this case, because the blocks cut so easy, it’s best to use a hand saw. Using a cut-off wheel on a grinder is an option, however it will kick hot plastic back which isn’t fun when it hits you in the arm!

Figures 6 and 7: Position the upper and lower clamping blocks together around your frame rails and measure the distance between the bottom of the rail and lowest portion in the valley of the lower clamping block. Divide this number by 2 and take that amount off of both sides of the peaks on the upper and lower clamping blocks. This will ensure a tight and secure fit.

Figure 8: Now that we’ve trimmed the mounting clamps we’ll need to trim the mounting bolts to eliminate the excess. Place the bolt through a finished and trimmed set of mounting blocks, add the washer and thread the nut on until threads come through the nut. We like to leave 1 thread showing above the head of the nut.

Figure 9 and 9-2: After taking the measurement of excess between to head of the bolt and the top of the top mounting block, mark it with a sharpie (taking it off of the bottom of the bolt) and then cut the excess off. In this case, an angle grinder with a cut-off wheel does work best. Once you’ve cut off the excess, roll the bolt on a belt sander to help clean off the burrs. If a belt sander isn’t available a file or hand sand paper will work as well.

Figure 10 and 10-2: In order to allow you to adjust the upper clamp blocks to fit into the seat you will need to trim them. Place the upper clamp blocks and the mounting base plate on to the frame rails and then mark any excess that needs to be trimmed away.

Figure 11: Trim the upper clamp blocks making sure you don’t cut off any of the surface where the upper and lower blocks meet.

Figure 12: With the blocks now trimmed properly and fitting inside the seat you’ll need to mark and drill the holes in the mounting base plate. Label each block for front and back with left and right designations to keep things lined up.

Figure 13: Using a 3″ piece of masking tape placed sticky side away from the upper clamp blocks adhering one edge to the side of the block, loop the tape over the block with the sticky side out.

Figure 14: Fold the edge under and adhear it to the other side of the block.

Figures 15 and 15-2: Tighten the loop flat against block and then mark the postion of the hole on the sticky side of the tape.

Figures 16 and 16-2: Set the clamping blocks loosely on the frame with the tape facing up.

Figure 17: Position the base plate on top of the tape and press so the tape and the blocks stick to one another then lift it off slowly ensuring the blocks stay in position.

Figure 18: Peel the tape from the blocks while leaving it adhered to the mounting base plate. This will transfer the position of the holes which need to be drilled into the base plate.

Figures 19, 20, 20-2: Drill the newly marked holes and trim the blocks accordingly using a scroll saw if one is available. If one is not, you could use a jig saw, Dremel or grinding wheel flap disk.

Figures 21, 22 and 22-2: Assemble the front and back clamps and the mounting base and tap the bolt heads with a hammer to seat them into the mounting base plate. Make a mental note for when tightening the bolts, be sure not to over tighten then. They are carriage bolts but given the softer nature of the mounting blocks, they could strip out the anchor point created when hammering them into the base plate.

Figures 23, 24 and 24-2: Tighten the mounting bolts and drill pilot holes for the mounting screws to ensure accurate fitment.

Figures 25 and 25-2: In most cases you’re going to want to cut an access hole to get to your battery, wiring or anything else you might have stashed under your seat. Simply mark the area you need to cut for the window drilling four holes, one at each corner and then use a jig saw (take the mounting base back off the bike before cutting) to cut out the window.

Figure 26: Position your seat pan on top of the newly mounted base, drill pilot holes and then screw the pan to the mounting base plate and viola, you’re done! Install your foam and cover if using a snap style or, use industrial strength velcro if you’ve created a secondary pan with a custom cushion and that’s it!

We’d like to thank our good friends over at Legendary Motorcycles for taking to the time to work on this install with us and know that whether you’re using a Legend’s, Roccity, other or custom built seat there isn’t an easier way to install it with the universal seat kit. And the best part, there’s no welding or cutting the bike which is great should you ever want or need to go back to a stock style seat.

Ride Fast. Live Well.

The DCC Crew


DCC Motorcycle-pic of The Week

Monday, November 7, 2011 8:51:35 AM America/New_York

[Mark Wilsmore on a DCC CB750 Resto-mod leaving the Cafe Racer paddock area at Barbers Vintage Festival. Photo by: Erick Runyon of www.choppershotz.com]


DCC Boutique Vendor of The Month – Woulfe Leathers

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 12:04:50 PM America/New_York

Classic Cafe Racer and Rocker jackets by Mike Woulfe. Uncomplicated, functional and unique- just like their owners and their bikes.

Recognizing the importance of both authentic cafe racer aesthetic and the desires of American culture to be unique, Mike Woulfe from Woulfe Leathers creates a modern rendition of the classic petrol fueled life-living leathers of yesteryear. He perfectly blends classic cafe style with modern imagery and patch designs putting a new spin on something old.

Mike begins all his custom jackets with the highest quality available- soft, supple and thick American Cowhide naked leather. Once the jacket has been selected he carefully goes through his collection of hand collected patches, choosing just the right ones for the project at hand. Some old and authentic, some reproductions and some just plain wild from the creative minds of today. Each one is meticulously chosen and placed upon the jacket with a propensity to detail that rivals that of the most OCD individuals.

Heritage is important to Mike, the roots of Rocker culture, and the meaning of a cafe racer and what it stands for are paramount in his jacket creation process. Taking hues from authentic images of the 60’s and 70’s and spending countless hours at swap meets haggling with riders and collectors of yesteryear bartering for their gems allows him to create the most “authentic” new cafe inspired leathers available.

All of Woulfe’s Leathers come in standard sizes and offer a limited warranty on the actual leather itself and accoutrements. Combine that with an action back zipper, zippered cuffs, leather line outside zippered pockets and a snap-down collar and you’ve got something going for you aside from your chucks and Raybans.

On the inside you’ve got one (or two) internal pistol pockets (approx. 9″ deep) which are perfect for most small 9MM’s or a smart phone. How great is that? And last but certainly not least, you have a nice thick Thinsulate Liner with a Poly Twill Shell for extra warmth on those cold days when your facing the wind.

And if all that wasn’t enough, all Woulfe Leathers purchased from Dime City Cycles sport not only the mark of speed and individuality, the Wing’d Piston patch, but also the DCC life motto “Nil Satis Nisi Optimum” aka: Nothing but the best is good enough banded around the neck along with a unique Mercury Dime concho in a special place on each jacket. Digg it, man.

You can’t go wrong folks… Hand-built jackets for riders who build their bikes with their own two hands. There couldn’t be a more perfect match! And did we mention he makes women’s jackets as well?

To take a closer look at Mike’s custom one-off Rocker and Cafe Racer jackets [CLICK HERE] you won’t be disappointed!

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Industry Related News – Lowside Magazine & All Things Two Wheels

Wednesday, August 17, 2011 10:03:06 AM America/New_York

For those of you who aren’t aware of Lowside Magazine, you should most definitely stop what you’re doing right now and check it out! http://www.lowsidesyn.com/ It’s a grass-roots revival magazine that knows no bounds and supports and thrives on anything that’s related two (and four) wheels. That’s right, cool old-school choppers, bobbers and especially Cafe Racers with occasional classic hot rods thrown in for good measure.

The crew from Lowside including, to name a few, Big n Rich, Tiny “Skinny Jeans” Tim, Dan “The Man”, Roughneck Deb and Q-Ball will be featured in Episode 13 of Cafe Racer TV where they brought down and helped us tear apart, the CB400F The DCC Crew built for Season 2 of the series. In addition to doing some serious tear-down they also helped us pull-off one of the best grand opening events ever. The perfect mixture of old-school choppers and cafe bikes showed despite the rain and created which is quite possibly one of the most eclectic gathers the South has ever seen. The result, what we like to call our generations cult of “vintage speed machines.”

Right about now you’re saying “What’s the news in this post guys?” Well, we’ll tell you…

The news is, that all bets are off. Whether you ride a cafe bike, a vintage harley, a custom XS650 or anything else that goes fast and makes noise that you built by your hands then you’re in the right place. There’s no more tough-guy bullshit lathered in leather in chrome. This is our time for motorcycling and it’s a great time. A time to appreciate the aesthetic beauty that is “custom garage built motorcycles” put together via a wide-spread creative collective that knows no bounds.

Expect to see a lot more from the likes of Dime City Cycles, Lowside, Loaded Gun and a handful of others who recognize this and want to support you and your nasty little wrench turning habits. It’s about you, your machine and your right to exercise individuality and spit in the face of homogeny.

And to wet your appetite just a bit, issue #6 of Lowside is being released right around the corner. In it, you’ll get a tasty look inside the dark corners of Dime City where we detail the build of “The Four Hundred” our best Vintage Speed Machine yet. Keep an eye out, we promise we’ll make you proud.

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