July 9, 2018

My interview on Return of the Cafe Racers

I regret not being as active here on the blog as I used to be. Work has increased steadily over the years, taking away time I would usually spend riding and blogging.
I'm still very active in the motorcycle world, but it's more of a "behind the scenes" kind of thing. Definitely not as glamorous as building a new custom bike, however there are still rewards for the hard work: one is the positive feedback from customers, another one is the acknowledgement from other people in the industry.

"Return of the Cafe Racers" is one of the most influential motorcycle blogs of the past decade and for the first installment of their new "Workshop Series", they've decided to interview yours truly to find out what Omega Racer is all about. Find it HERE>

I can't hide the fact that it makes me very proud to have come this far, but that certainly doesn't mean I will stop improving and expanding the shop, as well as pushing my own personal boundaries. It's important to get out of one's comfort zone and go into the unknown, by overcoming our fears and looking the tiger straight in the eyes. The reward for doing so is hard to put into words.

June 2, 2018

Unboxing video of Angry Lane's Safe Bags

A customer just sent me this video of him unboxing his Angry Lane Rider Daypack and 2 Helmet Safe Bags.

Get yours at omegaracer.com!

Happy riding everyone!

April 24, 2018

Omega Racer introduces ANGRY LANE

A few weeks ago I reviewed Angry Lane's "Helmet Safe Bag", which I got after supporting their Kickstarter project.

I liked it so much that I actually decided to offer their products on my website. It will take a little time to set up the listings, but by next week everything should be up and running.

April 8, 2018

Paul Miller's TT500 on BikeEXIF

Paul contacted me some time ago because he wanted to build a special bike and he needed a small, sleek tank for his project. I recommended the "Sport" tank as it's a perfect fit for a tracker.

He obviously did a great job on his TT500, because it got featured straight away on BikeEXIF and I'm also proud to have contributed in a small way to his success.

March 7, 2018

Angry Lane - Helmet Safe Bag - Review

I'm not going to let you read through the whole story to get to my conclusion. I'll tell you straight away: it's one of my best ever (bike related) buys, ever.

You know how it is...you spent a lot of time trying to find the perfect helmet for your oddly shaped head, asked friends for their opinions, read and watched hundreds of reviews and finally spent lots of money to get your hands on it. It doesn't just keep your noggin safe, its style shows what kind of biker you are and it becomes an extension of your own Self. So you get attached to it, you care for it, even love it ....and eventually develop a paranoia every time you have to leave it behind.

There are various ways of silencing the nagging voices inside your head, telling you that someone's about to nick your beloved helmet.

  • Get a top box. A solution for the practical riders among us who don't care if they completely ruin the bikes lines. Pros: the helmet is protected and safe. Cons: Your sense of style will be forever questioned
  • Lock the helmet on the bike. Use a chain or bike lock to secure it on the bike. Pros: fast, inexpensive. Cons: helmet is exposed to sun and rain, it's visible therefore in danger of being stolen.
  • Take it with you. Pros: your precious is by your side. Cons: A literal PITA.
  • Get a helmet safe bag!

Sorry, what was that? A safe bag?
Hell yesssss! Get a bloody safe bag from Angry Lane and all your paranoia will be a thing of the past. It was like this for me and that's why I love it so much.

So, what makes it so cool?
The bag is made of 3 layers: an inner lining to keep your helmet scratch free, a sheathed stainless steel cable mesh to keep it safe and an outer waterproof layer to keep it dry.
So what you do, is you just take out the bag from its carrying pouch, put your helmet inside and lock it with the included 3 digits padlock onto your bike. It takes all of 2 to 3 minutes from start to end and your peace of mind.

I've used it during my last 2 trips and I'm very happy with it, hence my honest recommendation here. (I'm not getting paid for this!). I just think it's a great invention and something that was definitely missing in my inventory.
I was lucky to get it at 25$ because I supported their Kickstarter project, but even at 99.95$ it's still a good buy in my opinion. 
Check out Angry Lane's website for more info.

February 25, 2018

12th Vintage Bike Thailand Meeting

Before I tell you about my favourite bike meeting in Thailand, I would like to tell you a story.

When I was 14 I went to work at a Hotel in the mountains during my school holidays. This hotel had a few horses for the guests, who could rent them out and go for a ride with a hotel guide. So, my boss thought it would be a good idea to teach me how to ride. Cool I thought, who wouldn't want to learn and how hard can it really be?
Very hard, it turned out. My behind was sore for 3 days afterwards, but in the end I learned how to do it.

Why am I telling you this story?
Simple, my ass feels as sore as almost 30 years ago!

2 days ago I mounted a new set of YSS shocks on my Triumph Street Twin. A few months ago a customer ordered them for his T120, but the Australian airlines refused to ship them due to the gas canisters on them. So I kept them and finally decided to put them on my bike. Don't get me wrong...the YSS shocks are great, but due to limited time, I didn't set them up properly and the weekend trip left its signs on my butt cheeks, literally.

Now that you know about this all important issue, lets move over to the 12th Vintage Bike Meeting in Kanchanaburi.

Why is it my favourite bike meeting in Thailand? Well, for one just getting there is a bit of an accomplishement. I have to ride around busy Bangkok first, then soldier on on the long straights through Nakhom Pathom to finally pass Kanchanaburi. After that, it becomes really enjoyable. Groups of vintage bikes all follow the same road and everyone feels the same excitement. You can park at the side of the road for 2 minutes and without doubt someone will pull over and strike up a conversation.
There's none of that sectarian BS I felt at the Pattaya Bike Week with all those Harley gangsters wannabees. If you're into vintage bikes, it doesn't matter what bike you ride...they are all cool (even Harleys). Sorry if you don't agree, but that's just the way I think.

We arrived around 4pm, greeted by a stubborn storm hovering around few kms from the event. Eventually we made it to the meeting point, and as always I took my sweet time to look at all the bikes and take some nice pics.

I really liked the new addition of the vintage engines displayed  and in working order. Very interesting!

This year there seemed to be more going on, with more food stalls, more sellers and even a giant inflatable castle for the kids.

Once the sun went down and looking at the bikes was over, the music started. I don't mind life music, I really don't, but when you have 3 stages at close range with bands playing at the same bloody time, that's when I know...it's time for me to leave.
Seriously, how can anyone enjoy a band, when you have 2 other bands playing at the same time?? This is Thailand I guess...

Rant over, now enjoy the pictures:

My Street Twin with the Angry Lane helmet bag. Product review coming soon

This was a strange mix

Yamaha SRs come in many shapes and variations

Very creative clutch and gear lever combo

This one I particularly liked...very creative

well...MZ is German, but...
 MZ's seem to have a big fan base here in Thailand

The all important patina

Classic car with modern sound system

Very interesting antique engine show

Bosozoku Style
 Another remarkably well built SR400

Sunday morning....ready to go!

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