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PIPEBURN INTERVIEW: Calum From DeBolex Finds Oil In The Blood

Written by Andrew Jones What’s better than a movie about motorcycles? If you answered, ‘A movie about custom motorcycles,” then you win the internets for today. Luckily for all of us, Englishman Gareth Roberts is way ahead of the curve. He’s been banging away on a rather epic project for the past three years he’s calling ‘Oil in the Blood’. And unlike those little YouTube ditties we’re all so used to, this one’s a proper cinema release that’s less MTV music video and more Gone With The Wind. ...
Tags: Europe, Usa, Hollywood, London, Interview, Film, France, Motorcycles, Ducati, Other, Italy, Brunei, South London, Event, Eva, Goodwood

DeBolex gives the Energica Eva a classic spin

A week ago , Ducati’s lead designer told Digital Trends that “Electrification will change bike design more than it will change car design.” We’re not so sure of that. Motorcyclists are an inherently conservative bunch—especially older folks with the cash to splash on a new toy. We’d be happy if future electric motorcycles followed the lead of this amazing Energica, remodeled by England’s deBolex Engineering. The project was kickstarted by Gareth Maxwell Roberts, the director of the documen...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, England, London, US, Motorcycles, Ducati, Eva, PAUL, Gareth, Alcantara, Calum, Brembo, Digital Trends, Des, Magura

Finally: The definitive movie about the custom moto scene

We’re surprised it’s taken so long. The ‘alt moto’ movement has been on fire for at least a decade, but it’s never made the jump onto the big screen. Oil In The Blood is the first film to catalog the builders, riders and artists who are driving the scene forward. It’s directed by Gareth Maxwell Roberts, a founding member of the Bike Shed club in London and the possessor of an unfeasibly large Rolodex. Gareth knows everybody in the business—and the cast list feels like a Who’s Who of the ...
Tags: England, London, La, US, Chicago, Motorcycles, Ducati, Portland, Wisconsin, Honda, Vespa, Brick Lane, East London, Husqvarna, Yamaha, PAUL

Editor’s Choice: An Alternative Top 10 for 2018

It’s that time of year when we throw the data out the window and pick our personal favorite customs of 2018. Our traditional Bike EXIF Top Ten is based on bikes that melted our servers—but these are the bikes that also melted our hearts. There are a few ground rules: we only include bikes that we’ve written full features on (sorry, Bikes of the Week alumni). And we don’t feature more than one from a particular builder. We also exclude machines that have already popped up on our data-driven To...
Tags: Harley Street, Alaska, Motorcycles, Ducati, Portland, Bmw, Honda, Cw, Alex, Harley Davidson, Max, Exif, Derek, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Bandit

Juiced! A McLaren Orange Yamaha MT-10 from deBolex

The Yamaha MT-10 is about as mental as naked bikes get. The 998 cc inline-four makes a stonking 158 hp and 111 Nm of torque, and backs up those numbers with razor-sharp handling. But with layer upon layer of angular plastics—and even fake air ducts—it’s the antithesis of everything the modern custom scene stands for. That’s a minor hurdle for our friends in south London, deBolex Engineering. Partners Calum Pryce-Tidd and Des Francis have developed a reputation for building tasteful motorcycle...
Tags: Facebook, London, Motorcycles, Yamaha, Alcantara, Calum, Custom Motorcycles, Yamaha motorcycles, Rizoma, Calum Pryce Tidd, Des Francis, deBolex Engineering, Yamaha cafe racer, Tom Horna, McLaren Orange Yamaha, Bonesheart

Red Hot: deBolex’s Ducati Scrambler Racer

There’s always some trepidation when you meet a custom motorcycle builder for the first time. Is their work really that good in the metal? Or do they rely on expensive photographers and Photoshop to hide hack-jobs and shortcuts? I’ve been lucky enough to hang out with Calum Pryce-Tidd of deBolex Engineering in south London a few times now. But it wasn’t until he took along a couple of his bikes to the Wildays festival in Italy that I finally saw deBolex’s work in the clear light of a crisp Me...
Tags: Facebook, London, Motorcycles, Ducati, Italy, Mediterranean, Alcantara, Calum, Duc, Metzler, Custom Motorcycles, Ducati Scrambler, Rizoma, Maxton, Calum Pryce Tidd, Des Francis

Ciao, Wildays! Three Days of Italian Moto Celebration

This time last week I was sitting on the stony banks of the Ceno, on the edge of a small commune in Parma. An epic sunset was bouncing off the water and I had a cold beer in my hand, but it was doing little to soothe my sunburn. Wildays was winding down, and I was sad to be leaving. It’s a three-day moto celebration with a vintage folk festival vibe, organized by the crazy cats from Anvil Motociclette. Ground zero was a top class race circuit: the Autodromo Riccardo Paletti just outside Va...
Tags: Facebook, UK, Germany, Berlin, Motorcycles, Parma, Exif, Wolf, Nico, Yamaha, ALEA, Jacinta, Caballero, Honda Dominator, Yamaha Motor Europe, Marco Filios

The Right Stuff: A Triumph Thruxton R from deBolex

Calum Pryce-Tidd is one of the most methodical and thoughtful bike builders operating in Europe today. And his philosophy is spot on: “It’s important not to tear up a great production bike to make something harder or less practical to ride,” he believes. “So we retain the core of the bike, and then improve it with lightweight bodywork and upgraded components.” This means more of the right stuff, and there’s a lot of the right stuff on this ultra classy Triumph Thruxton R. Builds from deBol...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Motorcycles, Brunei, Goodwood, Alcantara, Calum, Brembo, Magura, Sandhurst, Mateen, Custom Motorcycles, Café Racer, Rizoma, Motogadget, Thruxton

Editor’s Choice: An Alternative Top 10 for 2017

As each year winds down we sharpen our pencils, trawl through our data and whip up our annual Bike EXIF Top Ten. But because that list is based purely on page views and social media activity, some of our personal favorites don’t always make the cut. So, as has become tradition, we’ve compiled a follow up list—an Editor’s Choice that ignores the numbers and favors the heart. It’s a nod to those builders that we feel deserve recognition, to trends that we’d like to see take off in 2018, and to ...
Tags: London, Motorcycles, Ducati, Husqvarna, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Kawasaki Ninja, NCT, Beemer, Jens, Moto Guzzi, Rolf, Gareth Roberts, Heiwa, Kimura, Buell

City Slicker: deBolex gives the Buell XB9 a sharp new suit

There has always been something special about the machines built inside the deBolex workshop, a few miles south of London, England. They are sleek and minimal, with factory levels of finish hiding some very smart engineering and technical decision-making. Shop owner Calum Pryce-Tidd is one of Britain’s finest bike builders, and takes his inspiration from the racing cars of the 1950s and 60s. In those days, teams would often remove heavy steel bodies and replace them with lightweight aluminum ve...
Tags: London, Britain, Motorcycles, Ducati, Shop, Harley Davidson, Todd, Alcantara, London England, Calum, Brembo, Des, Buell, Custom Motorcycles, Café Racer, Showa

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