April 28, 2017

Sunmaster14: Winner at Big Bike Custom Show

Sunmaster14 was one and a half years in the making with a lot of tribulations and hard work involved. She's my brainchild. I laid awake at night designing her in my mind and then drawing her in the morning. I built her from the ground up and I know every bolt and spacer. 
For me she's an extension of myself and I'm very proud how she turned out.

In the past year, she's been shown on many motorcycle blogs and websites (Pipeburn, bikeEXIF, SRTimes etc) and feautred on several prrinted magazines (SpecialCafe in Italy, MotoLegend in Japan, SuperBike Mag in South Africa and others).

The icing on the cake though, was given to me last Sunday in Bangkok.
After a first selection of over 80 bikes, Sunmaster14 got into the final with other 9 bikes. All the bikes were displayed at Terminal21, one of the biggest shopping malls in Bangkok who hosted the event "Big Bike Custom Show".
Looking at the other bikes, my expectations weren't too high. I thought maybe a 3rd place was within reach, so when the presenter first called the second runner up and then the first runner up, I lost all hope. But then, against all odds, they called my name!
Even my friends who came to support me couldn't believe it. I was the only foreigner among all the Thai riders and judges after all.
Yet here we are, Sunmaster14 and I, with our lovely trophy and a gigantic 50.000Baht. :-)))))

                  


Thanks for your support friends!


Happy Happy :-)


With the judges and promoters 



April 10, 2017

Sunmaster14 in Custom Bike Competition - Need your help!


Last week I joined a custom bike competition organized by Terminal21, one of Bangkok's biggest shopping malls.
Today they announced that my SR400 "Sunmaster14" made it into the finals, among 9 other bikes.

There are money prizes for the first 3 bikes chosen by the judges, plus another special prize for the bike with the most "likes" on Facebook.
The popular voting is open from today 10th of April until the 22nd.

I don't often ask for help, but this time allow me to ask for your support. All it takes is 2 minutes of your time. Just follow this LINK and place your like on the picture with my Sunmaster14.

Your help is much appreciated! Thank you



April 8, 2017

Devil Mechanix - Triumph Parts

A new player is emerging on the Thai custom parts scene with a range of refined and high quality parts.

The brand "Devil Mechanix" might be unknown to many outside Thailand, but here, after less than 1 year of producing parts for Modern Classic Triumphs, DM is a fast growing force that soon will have to be reckoned with in many other markets.
Why?
Simple. Many parts manufacturers here have recognized that only by producing at the highest possible standards they can be truly competitive for the long term. I'm fortunate enough to know a few and like to support their efforts the best I can. Look at The Sports, R&P, MotoTrio and JP Customs for example. These are brands that are playing in the same league as the best in the world today.

Back to Devil Mechanix, which is the latest addition to Omega Racer's fast growing family of quality manufacturers.
I'd like to introduce you to some of their work.

Triumph Tank Strap - for Bonneville (up to 2015) and Street Twin/Street Cup
A stylish addition to your precious Triumph



X-Pipe/ De-cat - for all liquid cooled Modern Classic Triumph
Unleash the hidden power of your Triumph!

Devil Mechanix Performance Mufflers - for all liquid cooled Modern Classic Triumph
Available in polished, brushed or black powder coated finish





Radiator Guard - for all liquid cooled Modern Classic Triumph (except Bobber)


Engine Crash Bars - for all liquid cooled Modern Classic Triumph


We look forward to many new parts coming from them. Find them all at omegaracer.com!

March 29, 2017

Bangkok Motor Show 2017

This year's Motor Show in Bangkok left me with mixed feelings.
I'm always elated to be around bikes and having the opportunity to visit the show on the day before the official opening, makes the experience a little more special.

On the other hand, I'm a bit disappointed by the new bikes on display. Few very new ones and many revamped/ recycled models. As usual, I won't comment much on super sport or dual purpose bikes as I don't have much interest in those. Sorry, my blog my rules...






The Ducati Desert Sled is a nicely made bike and one of the few I would love to take out for an extensive test. At 450.000Baht quite pricey, but hey, it's a Ducati, right?





 BMW has expanded the beautiful RnineT base model (1.110k Baht), including the new Scrambler (950k Baht), the Pure (880k Baht) and the Racer (975k Baht).





Absolutely stunning engine covers! 





Triumph also has beautifully made retro bikes. I'm not biased at all, I swear :-)
The Bobber is quite comfortable I have to say, at least for the 2 minutes I sat on it.




Very nice details and very little plastic...2 big pluses in my book.


The Scrambler, also a great looking bike. I know, I repeat myself, but I can be bothered looking up all the synonyms for GORGEOUS






 

This Street Cup tank would look perfect on my Street Twin...


Scomadi, Lambretta-like scooters



With the advent of the Yamaha M-Slaz, which is selling like hot pancakes on a cold winter day, could this be the end of the mini bikes like the Honda Grom/MSX, Kawasaki Z125 and all the lesser known minis like the GPX Demon (pictured)?
No worries, knowing Honda, they will come up with a valid copy of the M-Slaz in no time. ;-)




GPX "Gentleman"



GPX "Legend"



This is a very cool interpretation of the Gentleman, build by one of my favourite custom builders in Thailand: The Sports












My favourite Kawasaki, of course the W800.



A custom take on the Vulcan



The funny facts of life...iconic bikes like the W800 are being discontinued, but monstrosities like the Hayabusa just keep on going


What to say about this rear end? Yamaha Fino? Honda Scoopyi?


Another "great" Honda creation...the Rebel. They tried their best to make it look interesting, but you know how the saying goes...the purse...the pig etc etc


Some nice touches on this one though






 Honda did it right in the design department....once upon a time


Guzzi is very new on the Thai market. Sadly it's being bogged down by ridiculously high import taxes, that increase it's normal price by almost one third.
A shame





Presenting the "new" Moto Guzzi Anniversario

 

One more Monster





Piaggio's new electric Vespa..not bad looking at all




 I can't believe I'm doing it, but here it is: Harley Davidson Street Rod (aren't there enough bikes with the word 'street' in this world??)
Apart from the horrible exhaust and the gargantuan radiator it looks like a half decent bike.




 The BMW RnineT Street Racer...oh sorry, I mean 'Racer'. The seating position on this one is indeed quite raceresque, if that's even a word, which I doubt.



 The 'Pure'





 Small but OHOOOO, the Ducati Superleggera



Dude, are you really going to let your girlfriend ride you around?? Grow some Brembos man...



Nice new bike the SuperSport, but if you gave me the choice between the 900SS from the 90s and the new SS, well I'd go with the old one in a heartbeat!





Honda came out with the X-ADV, a mix of a scooter (even if they don't want to say the "S" word) and an "off road" bike. Well, as much as a SCOOTER can go off road, that is...



Interesting solution for the spokes though



This year's concept bike, next year's M-Slaz competition...