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With Born Free, the best chopper show in the country, coming up this weekend, I thought it was the perfect time to release our collaboration with Kosuke of Sunrise Cycles and Chopper Fever.


Over a year ago I met Kosuke of Sunrise Cycles. A bike he built had caught my eye, and when I found out the Sunrise shop was just down Sunset Blvd. I got in contact with him. When I pulled up in the back of an un-assuming alley in Silverlake, my jaw dropped at the lineup of vehicles – an OG knuckle that looked fresh out of a barn, a beautiful candycoated molded out dual carb swingarm panhead, a bitchin’ panel shop truck (now replaced by an even cooler Impala wagon) and a lineup of other rad choppers. Over the course of many visits, the ever evolving quiver of 2 wheeled glory would always delay my departure another 5-10 minutes.

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Growing up, my dad’s one man, custom cabinetry shop was always an exercise in space management; however, I would always be surprised when I’d help load up half a house’s worth of new cabinets that had been stacked floor to ceiling. Another facet is the old tools, some are 60+ years old, but aside from replacing a part here and there they are still running strong. With this being said I had an immediate appreciation and respect for Kosuke’s workspace. The shot above was taken awhile ago, and the every inch of space is covered in interesting bits of motorcycles and Americana.

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I have a ton of respect for Kosuke’s approach to building bikes (read more here) and I think we share an appreciation for quality and what some might call a micromanagement issue (I see it more as a refusal to compromise quality). We eventually started talking about making a hat for Sunrise Cycles.


Kosuke’s first request was that the hat be plastic free, which became a design inspiration for the cap. The cap above took form with the following details:

A black 100% cotton canvas upper – it’s a time tested workwear material that looks better as it wears.
The brim has no plastic piece – the entire hat can be stuffed in your pocket or backpack while you ride.
An elastic sharpie/tool/smoke holder – never lose your work pen again.
Chopper Fever Vintage Linen Lining with stash pocket – stash your ID, nugs, zingers, zongers.


We’re really stoked with the result. Only 72 were made. Half available through CHOPPER FEVER and half through our webstore HERE.

Check out the entire CHOPPER FEVER range.

“Chopper Fever was born and bred in Los Angeles, California. Tired of the lack of clothes that couldn’t handle the abuse of oil and sweat while looking sharp, Chopper Fever was created to fill the void. Products made in America and influenced by a culture of innovation, freedom and tradition.”

Chopper Fever is about as real as it gets. Stop by their booth at Born Free and pick up a T-shirt.

Support it.


PS you can win this chopper at the show this Saturday. In typical Sunrise fashion, Kosuke has made everything on the bike from the frame to the rims and rumor has it, thats a custom fabricated inverted from end.


All photos (c) Jon Dragonette

Zion Express

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Andy Carter of Pangea Speed has been creating motorcycles that transcend into gas powered art deco 2 wheeled streamliners. I first found out about Pangaea Speed when I stumbled upon their Triumph Speedmaster (final pic).
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This is the ZION EXPRESS Andy’s personal bike; the detail and execution are impeccable. All the bodywork is hand formed the old fashion way. It seems like it would be really easy for art deco elements to balloon into bulbous wide body panels, but the bike has the svelte profile of a lane-splitting chopper.
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“Andy believes that it’s the small details that make a bike like this different, and you can see that ideology at play all over the Zion Express. The headlight lens in and of itself was a process many would have just sent out for or bought something pre-formed and re-shaped to fit. Andy, with the help of his father Ron, built a solid wood buck that perfectly fit inside the cowl and then proceeded to soften polycarbonate in the oven at home and hand-laid piece after piece over the buck until it came out perfect.” via Hot Bike

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The fluted tank piece leading into the completely clean rabbit bars might be my favorite part of the bike.

For more check out the PANGEA SPEED blog. Andy is working on a new bike for the Born Free show, I can’t wait to see what he comes up with.

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It would be better blogging to let you discover the Triumph SPEEDMASTER on your own, but I felt compelled to share.

Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby!!!

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I’m in Japan with my brother, Nick from Crap/N.Potash Jewelry, exploring our roots and getting inspired. Today we checked out the 20th anniversary Mooneyes Carshow in Yokohama. This is a little preview of the most glorious collection of gasoline fueled speed machines ever assembled under one roof.
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Stay tuned, lots more to come…

Mr. Power’s Mattley Crue

podium Mr. Powers Mattley CrueBig ups to Matt Powers for taking 2nd in Formula D in Long Beach on saturday.
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Matt rocked a pretty DIY set up for the last few years, yet made it to Formula D, the highest level of professional drifting. This season he finally has the backing to take it to the next level, and they slammed a 500+ hp v8 in his trademark 240sx. Keep in mind this is against guys like Tanner Foust and Rhys Millen in fully factory backed 6 figure set ups.
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Matt’s pretty rock n roll – if you couldn’t tell from his paint job. He didn’t spend his youth mastering Gran Tourismo, he grew up surfing with us in La Jolla. He was one of the best groms and could have pursued a surfing career, however at 16 he got behind the wheel and discovered how fun it was to go fast. Matt asked us to make him a sponsor hat. Take a look at the pic above, and check out how lame most of them are. In pole position we have a standard lo-pro flexfit that looks like it came free with a tire rotation at Jiffy Lube. Peeping up in the lower right is a white visor that is perfect for showing off your faux hawk and matching white oakleys. Matt does not belong in either.
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We ended up customizing one of our Wild n the Streets black washed denim snapbacks, the perfect hat for him. This was a last minute request and we didn’t have time to digitize his NITTO and Need 4 Speed logos, so we just had to use the pattern from his race suit. We threw on a few studs to rock it out and this is the result. Matt really wanted everyone to see it, so he tore shit up to a second place finish. We’re gonna do a proper one for later in the season, but its a start. Congrats again to Matt and his Crue. Best of luck for the rest of the season.

The Falcon Kestrel

2000 hours, over 2 years, of work highlighted in 95 seconds.

And another epic one showing it ripping through some familiar territory…

Function = Form

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I’ve always been a fan of the utilitarian design of the Defender and FJ40 Landcruiser’s. This is the “X-Tech Limited Edition” available only in Europe.
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I have never flown,

but it feels like flying in an airplane using a reciprocating engine

I can’t tell you how peaceful it is.”
Shinya Kimura

EPIC video via one of my favorite site TSY

RR x RR: Phantom II Merlin

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At first glance this Rolls Royce might look like any other Concours car. Then you see the 6 pipes peeping out the side of the hood.
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That would be the 27 liter Rolls Royce V-12 Merlin Mk 1 airplane engine.

“The Merlin didn’t just power Spitfires, Hurricanes, and Lancaster bombers, it saw service in MTBs (motor torpedo boats) and tanks. So successful was the Merlin that 149,659 units were built, some 37,000 under license by Packard in the U.S. Lord Tedder, Marshal of the RAF and the man charged with development of aircraft during the Battle of Britain, attributed victory to “three predominant factors: the skill and bravery of the pilots, 100-octane fuel and the Rolls-Royce Merlin engine.””
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The 7 year process was done to Rolls Royce spec levels. These are all functioning dials needed to properly operate the engine. Note the amazing detailing in the door panel.
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“The catalog credits veteran English dealer Nick Harley—the man who bid $10 million for the Bugatti Royale at auction in 1987 and now enjoys life in his fortress-like retreat on the Côte d’Azur—with the creation of this “special-to-trump-all-specials.” However, a quick call to Harley reveals there’s more to the story.

“Chassis 64GX left Crewe as a standard Phantom II saloon, but in the late 1970s, Rolls-Royce collector Nicholas Harley of London decided to create a showcase of British engineering might. The restoration that ensued spanned approximately seven years, during which time the Phantom II frame was lengthened, reinforced and fitted with this lovely Gurney Nutting-inspired body constructed by Wilkinson’s of Derby, and a 27-liter Mk I Merlin V12 engine was fitted, fed by two fuel pumps delivering 100 gallons per hour.”