Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Free to Make -- The Maker Movement

Dale Dougherty, the CEO and founder of Make Media and publisher of MAKE: magazine, and the creator of the Maker Faire, has written a book about the Maker DIY movement. This movement has become a global phenomenon, inspiring millions of young and old people alike to see themselves as not just passive consumers, but as creators in their own right. Millions have beeen inspired to take up creative work in crafts, art, and technology. Many of these have made the jump from hobbyist to entrepreneur.

Dale Dougherty was present at the birth of this modern creative renaissance, and has played a formative role in it. In this book, he tells the story of his vision and the movement it inspired, and the major cultural and social impact it has had all over the world.

Follow Dale on Twitter, @dalepd. His website is here.





BIKE EXIF Blog -- One of the Greatest Blogs for Motorcycle Enthusiasts

C.Custom Garage of Portugal, RD200 Cafe Racer
BIKE EXIF blog is one of the best for custom motorcycle aficianados, featuring innovative bikes from at-home and professional builders all over the world. For example, this jewel of a machine from C. Custom Garage in Portugal, built from the ground-up around a 1970's vintage Yamaha RD200 two stroke engine.

It's easy to get posts featuring the style of custom bike you're most interested in because the blogmasters at BIKE EXIF tag each post accordingly: At the top of the homepage is a menu bar with the four main categories of Cafe Racers, Bobbers, Scramblers, and Classics.

For readers who want to modify or design and build their own bikes, BIKEEXIF regularly publishes How-To Guides in topics like Cafe Racer Design & Build, Motorcycle Painting, and Motorcycle Rewiring.

The blog itself is well-designed, easy to navigate, and has new content posted on a daily basis. One of my favorite features is Bikes of the Week, which typically features four or five of the best customs from around the world.



Sunday, January 18, 2015

Short Film: This Must Be the Place

Here's a very touching short film about an elderly gentleman, Allan Hill, who calls space in the old, long-abandoned Packard automobile plant home. Filmmakers Ben Wu and David Usui of Lost & Found Films are the producers of this little piece of Americana. Check it out. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

2015 Ducati Scrambler

Looks awesome... and only 375 pounds. Check it out at Road & Track... they've got a series of posts about it.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Lucky Devil "Root Beer Float" Bobber

This root beer brown bobber was built by Kent Weeks of Lucky Devil Motor Works and presented at the the AMD Wold Championship bike build-off in Long Beach, CA in 2010. The Root Beer Float was built to order for Nyla Olsen of Bikernet. Bikernet has a multi-part series about the bike design and build


Colby Higgins Honda CX500 Cafe Build

CX500 Cafe Racer Build
Industrial designer Colby Higgins transformed a rather beatup Honda CX500 cruiser into this very clean and simple cafe racer. More pictures here at his Coroflot portfolio.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Musket V-Twin Royal Enfield, Check Out the Latest News

Musket V-Twin, Royal Enfield Based Special
See the latest news regarding the Musket V-Twin here. The ORDER page is up now!

The Musket is a Royal Enfield special created by industrial engineer Aniket Vardhan. He designed and made casting patterns for a custom bottom end that used two stock Royal Enfield top ends, either 350cc or 500cc, to make a V-twin engine. It's a beautiful piece of work and is meeting with success in the marketplace.


Beautiful Classic Ducati Cafe Racers

Ducati Cafe Racer at Inazuma Caferacer Blog
Absolutely beautiful Ducati cafe racers at one of our favorite motorcycle blogs, Inazuma Caferacer. 
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