When we picked up our window bike for March from our friend Kemp Archibald we asked if we could snap a few pics of where he works on his builds and asked him a few questions that inspired the words below. We met Kemp when we first opened in 2012 and consider ourselves lucky to randomly have opened up in his hood.
Lightning Field and got in for a reservation for 2 people at the beginning of September. At this point I didn’t know who I would go with or what the trip would look like, I just knew that in a field in rural New Mexico an artist named Walter D. Maria had erected 400 metal rods into the earth, and I wanted to see it.
Life, or the weather, or about a million other things can get in the way of putting your bike away properly, sometimes things don't always work your way, and maybe you weren't able to take as much care with your bike as you would have liked. We can run you through some easy steps to get your bike ready before hitting the road this Spring, and make sure you have a safe riding season and your bike gets the love it deserves.
Our March window bike was built by our friend Kemp from Ripple Rock Racers and is a project that has finally come together after many years of being at the back of his mind and his garage. We've had a number of Kemp's bikes in the window over the year's (The Hybrid, The Roadster, OZ, CR Special and his Ducati single was actually the 2nd bike we ever had in the window)
We've known Andy for about as long as we've opened up Town Moto almost 8 years ago. In that time we've watched as he took his love for working on old bikes one step further and dove headfirst into land speed racing on an impressive Norton that keeps getting faster each year.
Alan Whealy has been a mechanic for over a decade. His interest peaked through working on vintage Italian cars, and quickly shifted to motorbikes because of how unique each bike is. Whether he is being tasked with reviving an old, neglected bike, or adding custom upgrades to a newer machine, figuring out the puzzle that each bike presents is what keeps him perpetually interested.
Amanda Brisebois, also known as Black Widow Custom Paint, is no stranger to Ontario's motorcycle community. Over the years she has painted many of Town Moto's friends and staff members' motorcycle parts, and I was stoked to finally check out her studio in Guelph last week.
Our window bike this January is a 1981 Benelli 250 Quattro from the collection of our generous friend Steve Troupe. I saw this little beauty earlier this year while dropping off his Laverda we had in the window and knew we'd need to put it in the window sooner or later.
On Sunday we held the fifth annual Town Moto x Moto Revere Poker Run. It's one of our favourite events of the year and even more fun getting to team up with Andrea and Pete and do an event.
Another successful ride-in BBQ in the books! This month in addition to the Dogzone we have Rev'it's Sport Line Takeover set up in our shipping container with tons of great riding gear for riders to browse through. The collection will remain in the container till the end of the month, make sure you swing by the shop to check out some of the latest protective riding gear from Rev'it.
Last round was a little rocky with a couple of crashes for me and I was hoping for a smoother weekend as I usually ride well at Shannonville...
This a Japanese domestic market sport bike that was born and bred to appeal to a number of enthusiasts who were looking for more performance without a large capacity engine. The Japanese licensing laws made it difficult to obtain a license to ride a litre bike, so the manufacturers simply made small bikes with a ton of power.