Marco Raymondin/Brooklands Motors


Many of us here in France have heard of Marco Raymondin. Marco is the founder of Brooklands Motors near Paris that he started in the late 70's as a Triumph dealer, eventually selling Ducati. Today Marco is back to his roots with dealing, adjusting and restauring British vintages machines. Here is his personal motorbiking route.

I was born in 1949 like the boss: Bruce Springsteen but in France and more important of all, in 1965, one month after my 16th birthday, I obtained my motorcycle licence. Glad to ride my first bike, a 125 cc Gnome et Rhone R4C, then a 175 followed by a 200 LX, that converted soon as trial bike.

In those days , there was a most important Trial comp. in the suburb of Paris: " Le Trial internationnal de Saint Cucufa"The president of the organiser club (ARSC, Amicale motocycliste de Saint Cloud) was Jacques Charrier a very famous racer and moto-crosser after the war.
He used to run a motorcycle shop named "Rapid moto" where he was selling trial bikes(Triumph). He soon gave me his enthusiasm and I became an Off Road and britsh bike addict!

So, after a couple of BSA, Triumph, Triton, I bought a beautiful Vincent Rapide, the best bike you could dream about. With it I used to travel mainly in France and England specially Scotland where the roads and the people are fantastic!

Riding in open road is one thing, but the thrill of motorcycle competition( racing, scrambling, etc...) was something even more exciting.
So while I was still riding in trial ( now with 125 Sprite and 250 Montesa with special frame) we created the AFAMAC (association Française de Motos de Competition) for promoting the vintage racing motorcycle. And we started tuning pre-war Norton ( push-rod ES2 who became faster than purpose built, Camy Norton Inter) and then very fast pre-unit Triumph, which of course were sometime faster than the legendary Manx Norton.

At that time I even had a go at drag racing with a big blown pre-unit Triumph running on Nitrous. That was the top for rising adrenaline.

By that time modern trial was changing and the nostalgia of old british bike came along, and we created AFATA (Association Française des Amateurs de Trial à l'Ancienne) for pre64 machines          (Triumph,Ariel, Norton, Greeves, Dot, Françis Barnett etc...)

After several years we opened to Bultaco, Ossa, Fantic etc...) the rules being: twin shocks, air cooled engine and drum brakes.
And as the vintage movement was in the air, we did the same thing with moto-cross and enduro.

Now there are plenty of clubs running events for those bikes of yesterday and I'm proud ro have been one of the persons who started the movement in France.
But it's not nostalgia, I. Just like bikes that looks and sounds nice.

Marco is currently preparing his 1956 Triumph for the Bonneville Speedweek , and I hope to meet him over there.
Thank you Marco for opening your archives and share with us.



Podevyn Auction in Belgium


For those who don't know yet, was held yesterday the Auction sale of the former Norton importer for Belgium "Podevyn": a true treasure, among the lots eleven "NOS" inbox Norton Commando MK3 Electric Start, a John Player whose price soared in the final minutes (100.000€+17%), two production racers, a Rob North Trident, a good thirty Commandos and pre-unit and unit Triumph,Batallions of MZ's, an impressive stock of parts and garage tools.
As the happy fellows I played, but I didn't win anything, considering that: 4500€+17% a Commando for full restoration is already too expensive, so I left the hand.
I think the most fun of the story was going to take an eye, and see what looks like an English motorcycle sanctuary, YJH has done this for us.



Jacob's Bobber


When you're talking about bobbers you quickly realize that a lot of guys all around the globe try to build their own ones, but the main pitfall between frames,forks or wheels is generaly hard to avoid. We cannot all be Shinya Kimura or Ian Barry ...
This nice little Norton bobber Jacob made is a pure class of simplicity and effectiveness. Jason likes motorcycles, reading, playing music and moving forward and he sent us these pics that we want to share with you.

"My name is Jacob Denzler and I live in Phoenix. My father worked on and rode BSA's, and he taught me to love British bikes. I love this bike because it's got the looks of a wild bobber, and the guts of a classic racer. It's a 1963 Norton Atlas 750 on a rigid frame. The front end is from a '68 Triumph. I also have a newer Harley, but I love the feel of this bike. It's low, long, fast, and sounds amazing."

A quick reminder : The Mark 1 Atlas was launched as the 750SS in the early 1960's. Designer Bert Hopwood’s 497cc Dominator engine was bored out to 745cc to appeal to American market and initially was only produced for export.

The styling was also aimed at the US market with high-rise handlebars, small 2.5-gallon petrol tank and valanced chrome mudguards and chain guard. The look was completed with a heavy-duty WM3-18 rear wheel and a Lucas Competition magneto was supplied as standard.



Your Favorite Five #006



This is the ultra famous inventor of the ultimate & ultra simple Motorcycling blog format : "one bike per day". For our sixth "YFF", we welcome Chris Hunter, Australian based founder of Bike Exif. His blog bears the same type of addiction we had when as kids, we would collect images teared off TVmagazines. So here are the five choices of Mister One Hundred Thousand Machines. Thanks Chris

There are probably a hundred bikes I’d be happy to have in my garage. So how do I pick five? There’s no point including the CP Project Triton—most of you will know about that beauty already. There are some other famous bikes I haven’t included because they’ve reached saturation point on the internet: such as the Wrenchmonkees’ Honda CB750 ‘Gorilla Punch’, and the amazing 1949 Moto Major. What about a BMW? I have a seriously soft spot for the R-series twins, and also the art deco 1934 BMW R7—which gave Bike EXIF its first big traffic hit. But a German bike hasn’t made it into my Favorite 5. Which, in no particular order, is:

Officine RossoPuro Moto Guzzi café racer

I’m addicted to the traditional V-twins from Mandello del Lario. I’ve no idea why. There’s just something about the proportions of that iconic engine, with heavily-finned cylinders sticking out into the wind. The problem is: which one do I choose? I’ve profiled several in the past, and I love them all. I have a V7 Classic in my garage as my daily rider, and one day, I hope to park it alongside a V7 Sport and an 850 T3.

But right now, the Guzzi that really scrambles my neurons is Filippo Barbacane’s latest café racer. For me, the Officine RossoPuro bike is even better than the machines from Ritmo Sereno in Japan. The stance is perfect, the retro touches are inspired, and the photography—by the multi-talented Filippo himself—shows off this retro-mod café racer to perfection.

Deus 1200 V-Twin

I’m lucky enough to live just half an hour down the road from Deus’ headquarters in Sydney, Australia. So I occasionally ride over on a Sunday morning for a coffee in the excellent café. The real purpose of the visit, though, is to look at the two long rows of bikes inside the showroom. (If there’s such a thing as a motorcycling Aladdin’s cave, this is it.)

My favorite Deus bike from the past couple of years has been this 1200 V-Twin. It’s the bike Harley should be building now, and along with the creations of Richard Pollock and Grand National, it’s one of the few contemporary Milwaukee machines that I like.

Mike Cecchini’s Ducati 750 Sport

I’m curiously immune to most modern Ducatis: I don’t break out in a sweat when a 916 passes by, and I’d rather ride a Hyosung than a Monster. But the old bevel Ducatis have poise and glamor by the bucketful. And this 750 Sport is nothing short of jaw-dropping. It’s a bike that took a long time to build, and even longer to meet owner Mike Cecchini’s discerning standards. But there’s probably no better example of this model in the world today.

Falcon Motorcycles ‘Bullet’

It’s hard to go wrong if you’re restoring classic British iron from the likes of BSA, Norton or Triumph. But it’s also a well-worn path, and hard to add something new. Which is why I’m a fan of LA-based Falcon Motorcycles. Run by Ian Barry and his partner Amaryllis Knight, Falcon has the ability to turn familiar classics into something very different, yet respectful of the past.

The Bullet is the board-track-inspired racer that made Falcon’s name back in 2008. It started life as a pre-unit post-war Triumph Thunderbird, took over 800 hours to fabricate, and oozes class, craftmanship and style. The word is that new Falcon motorcycles are to be unveiled soon—and I can’t wait to see them.
Whitehouse CB750 Cafe Type Motorimoda

Japan is a treasure trove of classic motorcycle restoration. It’s just so frustrating that the language barrier puts many of the best practitioners out of reach. And not all Japanese customs are cartoon choppers with ape bars, flame jobs and peanut tanks: there’s a thriving scene devoted to resurrecting and improving the local superbikes from the 80s and 90s. The premier league of Japanese shops—Heiwa, Berry Bads and Ritmo Sereno are three of my favorites—seem to turn out stunning machines by the week.

The motorcycle that makes my knees weakest, however, is this Honda CB750 from Whitehouse. They’re one of the largest and best-known Japanese custom shops, and the ‘Type Motorimoda’ is a limited edition created in conjunction with a Tokyo style store. There’s not a single thing about this brawny, jolie laide motorcycle that I don’t like. But it’s so perfect, I’d be afraid to ride it.

Great choice Chris, especially the Ducati which I'm absolutely in love with...

Hey fellows, you like it?
Rendez-vous next week...



Patrick Cariou

The first time i met Patrick it was in Biarritz at the Bar Jean for the "apéro" he was there with his girlfriend and the main feeling i had and still have today is that this guy is full of energy regardless if it is positive or negative but the second and most important point is that he is a real Guy, nice and tough at the same time.

"who the fuck is Patrick Cariou?
As far as i can see he's a little part of you and even bigger part of part of me...A rude boy. An outlaw. A rebel. An artist. A phototographer and a tortured soul. One minute he's fine, the next he's out of control. to the crew, he was something else. the thought he belonged locked up in the zoo. but in is defence, i got his fear, his angst and his truth. All those so concerned should look at their lives and then we'll see who's who."
Danny "boy" O' Connor

Patrick has traveled the globe, from the North Shore to Peru, from Tahiti to Brittany, tram Long Island to Easter Island, searching out net only the world's great living surfers and legends, but also the dedicated, unsung wave riders living on and surfing distant shores and out-of-the-way breaks the world over.

With a penchant for adventure, is it no wonder photographer Patrick Cariou journeyed to Jamaica, a land that he calls "pure madness, and one of the most dangerous places on earth that is not at war." There he entered the secluded world of the Rastafarians, a world, culture, and religion closed to outsiders. Cariou slowly gained their trust, and they began to let him take their picture. With bold black-and-white portraits and landscapes, Cariou indelibly captured the strict, separatist, jungle-dwelling, fruit-of-the-land lifestyle--popularized by reggae legends Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Burning Spear-in never-before--seen images, until now.

Cariou has been living in New York for nine years and since then his passion for photographic culture and photo books has endlessly intensified. He embraces everything universal about photography.

His love for style and the youth culture, accompanied by his constant search of the truth, is not only found in his fashion photographies, but also in the portraits he pictures and the choice of his subjects. Cariou’s selection of themes and subjects is far from being neutral; his view is piercing, incriminating and fairly proud towards the injustices and realities of our time.



The Sunday Movie


That world contest shook up California surfing, Doyle recalled. At the time we were all riding 10-foot surfboards with trash-can noses, and we were still into an old-fashioned style of surfing there you stomp on the tail to kick the nose up, let the wave build-up go in front of you, then you either run forward and crouch down inside the tube, or else you stand on the nose and arch back in a kind of pose. We had all these stock poses we did over and over el Spontaneo, Quasimodo, Nose Tweaking, Bell Ringing.



Larry Fisher's Francis-Barnett


When we saw Larry's Francis Barnett pictures we ask him to tell us more about this beautiful bike, Larry is from Rhode Island and is an english bikes lover.
Enjoy. Frank

The photos are of my unrestored 1947 Francis-Barnett Powerbike. Francis and Barnett Ltd of Lower Ford Street, Coventry was formed in 1919 by Gordon Francis and Arthur Barnett. They were motorcycle producers who, in 1939, produced an autocycle called the "J50 Powerbike". The Francis-Barnett Powerbike followed the usual form for autocycles, the first model having the Villiers Junior two-cycle engine slung below the frame. Just after the model "K50" was announced for the 1940 season, the engine was changed to the new 98cc Villiers Junior de Luxe.

The earliest models were rigid framed but during 1939 a rubber-cushioned fork that pivoted at the crown was introduced. Another feature of the Powerbike was a rear hub brake actuated by back pedalling. This had a trip action that allowed it to be disconnected when wheeling the machine but automatically re-engaged it when the machine was ridden. You can see the mechanism in the photos of the left-hand side of the bike. The round toolbox in the rear bend of the carrier was introduced during 1939, earlier models had a flat toolbox on top of the front portion of the carrier. Production was suspended for the war and resumed when the hostilities were over with one major change being the girder fork with rubber band suspension. If you are familiar with the early Harley Davidson Model 125, a copy of the oft duplicated DKW RT125, the suspension is nearly identical. My bike is an early 1947 model produced prior to Francis-Barnett being absorbed by Associated Motor Cycles (AMC).

I purchased the bike in 2006 with the assistance of a friend in the UK where it had been continuously road registered since 1947. The bike sure has had a long and useful life. At the time I purchased the bike I was living in Wisconsin and had it shipped to Chicago where I picked it up on a cold January day and brought it home. Unloading the bike I discovered a teaspoon or two of fuel remained in the tank, turning on the tap and a quick shot with the 'tickler' and I attempted to start it up. Imagine my surprise when in only a few yards the bike was ticking over as it had for nearly 60 years. The controls are interesting. The choke is operated by a long rod that you can see coming up alongside the left-hand side of the tank and capped with a brass knob.

The clutch is a single-plate, motorcycle style clutch that is lever actuated from the left-hand handlebar and features a locking lever so that one can pedal the bike without having to keep the clutch depressed. This has proved to be a very handy feature in practice. The throttle and front brake are located on the right-hand handlebar, where the brake lever is conventional and the throttle is a short lever actuated by your thumb. Once one gets used to the arrangement it is really pretty easy to manage. The bike is a pleasure to ride and is actually quite comfortable with a top speed of about 30 miles per hour. Although I rarely ride it at that speed as the narrow tires and rigid rear suspension get pretty unstable when going very fast.
Thanks Larry for those words and pictures



Mister Freedom® Motorcycle Boots


Last week i found those MF boots amazing and i wrote to Christophe Loiron, the founder of Mr Freedom, to ask him to tell us a little bit more about himself.
Christophe arrived in Los Angeles when he was 24 in 1990. Just to see how it was on the other side of the Ocean. Childhood dream. He is born and raise with "Wanted: Dead or Alive", "Wild Wild West" and "Hawaii State Police" on T.V, so he had to go see it on the spot when the opportunity presented itself.

" Hi Southsiders, love your blog! Would be an honour to be there.
Feel free to use those picx, no prob.
Sorry short mail, running into PC probs...fun fun fun
Talk soon.
C. "

Mister Freedom® is a retail space/design studio created by Christophe Loiron, French expatriate to California in 1990.
The concept operates at the current Hollywood, CA location since 2003.
The brick building at 7161 Beverly Boulevard is filled with a huge inventory of vintage clothing, footwear and accessories for men and women from the 1850’s to the present.The store also offers rare textiles, vintage books as well as antique props for deco. This extensive eclectic collection of vintage items is collected around the world and updated daily with new finds.

Mister Freedom® “ROAD CHAMP” Motor-Cycle Boots.
They are the result of over 2 1/2 years of painstaking research and development, from hide selection and dyeing, last carving…to the final sole tacks and polishing.
An all original MF® pattern inspired by 1930’s to 1950’s American engineer and work boots.

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