Lagarto Negro

META x British Customs Scrambler

THE BLACK LIZARD - CREATURE OF THE DESERT

Words by Ben Giese

 
 

When teaming up with British Customs to build a custom Triumph Scrambler we took inspiration from the desert racers of the 1960’s & 70’s. We wanted this motorcycle to be clean and stripped down, without looking too chopped up or taking away from the existing lines of the Scrambler. The idea was to maintain the timeless and classic Triumph look while simplifying  just enough to accentuate its natural beauty. By removing a lot of unnecessary components and replacing them with more stylish British Customs products we were able to easily and seamlessly create a tougher, more minimal and refined look. Not to mention save a lot of weight and add tons of horsepower!

This British Customs "Weekend Project" was an absolute pleasure to work on. You don't need to be a master technician or fabricator to install these products, and that’s the beauty of British Customs. I was blown away by how easy it was and I truly believe that anyone with half a brain and a few basic tools can turn their motorcycle into a full on custom machine.

Self-expression has never been so easy! 

 
 

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Before & After

A few small changes can go a long way.  British Customs makes it easy.

 

 

BUILD YOUR OWN "Lagarto Negro"

Below you can see all the parts I chose to use for this motorcycle. So if you are feeling inspired to customize your Triumph Scrambler, with a solid weekend’s work you can easily build your very own “Lagarto Negro”. 

 
Black Slammer Seat

Black Slammer Seat

Retro Tail Light

Retro Tail Light

Retro Turn Signal Kit

Retro Turn Signal Kit

Shotgun Exhaust

Shotgun Exhaust

Scrambler 900 Air Box Removal Kit

Scrambler 900 Air Box Removal Kit

Air Injection Removal Kit

Air Injection Removal Kit

Direct Mount Resivoir

Direct Mount Resivoir

1" Moto Handlebars

1" Moto Handlebars

Flat Cap Bar Ends

Flat Cap Bar Ends

Offload Foot Peg Package

Offload Foot Peg Package

Headlamp Grill

Headlamp Grill

Single Gauge Bracket, Headlight Ears & Ignition Mount

Single Gauge Bracket, Headlight Ears & Ignition Mount

 

 

Photo Gallery

Photos by Maggie Gulasey

 
 

Create your own British Customs WEEKEND PROJECT!

 

Aperture

Dylan Gordon

Words & photography by Dylan Gordon

 

As a photographer, i am constantly looking into the lives of my subjects. Looking with everything i have lived, my knowledge, experience and total involvment, enabling me to relate to my subjects. Understanding this allows me to share these relationships with the world.

Creating is my love and passion. I'm driven by something given to me by my father that I cannot manage to articulate; My mind is constantly driven by new concepts, ideas and visions of what I can create, achieve and do. I work to spend my life exploring and experiencing everything this life can give me, everywhere and anywhere I can. Meeting and telling the stories of the people that fill my life. Family and Friends are everything to me, without them I would likely be a shadow of the person I am today. 

Living life behind the lense is my muse. I am forever infatuated by where my camera will take me and the things I will capture with this amazing tool. 

 

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SEE MORE OF DYLAN'S PHOTOGRAPHY FEATURED IN VOLUME 009

 

FLY SUMMER CAMP

FLY RACING SUMMER CAMP in idaho

Words by Andrew Campo

 

 

 

A lot of parents pack up their troubles and send them off to summer camp, but for me that was never the case. Forty some odd years had passed and although grown, this kid at heart finally got the opportunity to experience summer camp thanks to our friends at FLY Racing. Upon returning from work one day, I opened a package that was sitting on my front porch. Inside I found a duffle bag packed full of camp essentials; sunscreen, bug spray, compass, pocket knife, trail mix, swim trunks and an invite to Summer Camp in Idaho.

 
 

Needless to say, out of nowhere I suddenly had something to look forward to, a summertime experience certain to be worthy of many memories. FLY Racing had decided to take a non traditional approach to the 2018 gear launch and had invited the who’s who of motocross media to Idaho to not only preview the new gear gear line, but to experience the brand and the state in which their roots are firmly planted.

Established in 1998 FLY Racing has grown to be an industry brand leader and has done so while being positioned outside of Southern California, a truly lofty task seeing that the majority of the industry and athletes call California home. It was time for FLY to throw out the welcome mat and bring us inside their world, an effort that truly humanized the brand.

Upon arrival we were treated to a group lunch at The Ram Brewery that allowed us time to settle in after our flights and get introduced to the FLY family and other media teams that had made the journey. Bringing us all together in this environment allowed us the opportunity to get to know each other on a different level. Lunch was great and I soon found myself sharing laughs with Donn Maeda of Transworld Motocross, Andy MacDonald of Vital MX, Chris Keefer, and FLY Racing’s Andrew Short to name a few. This opportunity was long overdue, much appreciated, and it did not take long for new friendships to begin to unfold. That is what summer camp is all about.

Later that evening we were treated to an impressive dinner overlooking Boise atop the Zion Bank building that was followed by the introduction of the 2018 gear line. The cameras came to life, the whiskey poured like the chocolate fountain in the corner, and we had the opportunity to get in depth information from the design team as we explored our way through the collection.

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Shortly after it was time to settle in at The Grove Hotel for some needed rest. Our itinerary had us up early in effort to get some time in house at FLY Racing / WPS before putting in some laps on their moto track and then heading north to Tamarack Resort. A stable of prepped bikes and a mountain of personalized gear bags were waiting upon our arrival and it’s safe to say that working at WPS has its benefits. The track sits right outside the door of the offices and employees get to frequent the track during the work week and weekends alike. During our tour it was clear that the team at FLY was truly made up of riders who actually live and breath the sport. The end result being the brands success in my opinion.

 

DAY 1 - FLY HQ Ride Day

Gallery by Ben Giese

 

Laps were pounded and we then set our sights on the mountains of Northern Idaho and I can’t begin to express just how truly beautiful the landscape is. Our adventures took us to Loon Lake for some single track riding where on January 29, 1943, a B-23 named the "Dragon Bomber" crash landed on the frozen lake with eight men aboard. All of them had survived, but three men had hiked for fourteen days and approximately 42 miles through waist deep snow before being rescued. The crash site was halfway through our trail ride and we had to wade through chest high bitter cold water and then hike a mile or so through tree marshland to the find the wreckage.

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DAY 2 - TRAIL RIDE

Gallery by Simon Cudby

 

We were experiencing summer camp at its finest and doing so with Andrew Short who was leading the ride. Life was good, very good, and for those who have not experienced Idaho trail riding I strongly suggest you add it to your bucket list.

Campfire shenanigans rounded out the day and we were then faced with the sad realization of camp coming to an end as we prepared to head home and back into the real world the next mroning. But there was a sense of peace brought on by the fact that FLY can’t expect this to be a one and done deal. This experience was something that left of us all wanting more, it gave us something to look forward to for years to come.

Until next time.

 
 

VIEW THE ENTIRE 2018 FLY RACING RACEWEAR COLLECTION

 

TERRA INCOGNITA

INTO THE UNKNOWN

Words by Maggie Gulasey | Photos by Aaron Brimhall

 

 

PRELUDE

Whether it is dreaming of the mystifying heavenly bodies looming above, experiencing otherworldly terrain here on Earth, or revealing the inner demons hiding deep within oneself, seeking the undiscovered is not for the faint of heart. Delving into those varying degrees of the unexplored, a lone traveler embarks on a quest accompanied only by her motorcycle and imagination. This terrestrial rocketeer will look, listen, and touch in order to obtain a more profound perspective on her place in the universe as she embarks on a personal adventure into the unknown.

 

 

CHAPTER 01 - OPTUEOR

Carving through the utter darkness aboard my earthbound craft, I detect only the glittering freckles populating the black canvas above and the rolling pavement streaking below.  No city lights or headlights impede my perception of the world as it rapidly flashes by.  Though more of a soul ship, my motorcycle is a rocket granting me freedom to navigate through the mysterious landscapes, becoming one with the elements as they whoosh past me.  My eyes focus their gaze on the path ahead as my mind ponders the uncharted far beyond the planet’s gravitational embrace.  A theoretical physicist born precisely 300 years after Galileo’s death and about 75 years before my terrestrial exploration advised, “Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.”  I will take Stephen Hawking’s guidance and look up.  

However, what if someone was looking down on Earth on July 16th, 1945?  If anything happened to be meandering through the Milky Way on that day, there is a chance it might have witnessed a deadly mushroom cloud emanating from the world’s first atomic bomb detonation, a sort of calling card to the rest of the Universe announcing our presence unlike anything prior had.  As I ride past the White Sands Missile Range, where the initial A-bomb reared its ugly head, I question how this event impacted the space far beyond our current scope of cosmic knowledge and the unforeseen consequences it had or still has.  While we are looking up and pondering, maybe someone or something is looking down and cautiously observing.

   

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After several hours on the road with my head getting lost in space-dweller dreams, I finally dock my motorcycle in the midst of soaring sand drifts glistening so brilliantly I am nearly blinded by the radiant fragments.  I can see endless dunes luring me with the seduction of isolation; for miles upon miles, Iam the lone explorer. My footsteps are the only thing disrupting the blank white canvas ahead of me as I venture outward to investigate what other terrestrial life forms this sandy region might host.  

Aside from a scurrying beetle and an erratic lizard making its way up the rippled slope, I am alone.  Whether on the motorcycle or secluded in solidarity amongst a blizzard of sand, I am confronted with what I see and what I think; there is no running from my environment or myself. I am forced to look.  Or maybe it is those things we simply cannot view that should secure a greater portion of our attention.  The unobservable corners of our universe, black holes, dark matter, gravity, parallel universes, and our deeply buried thoughts are all just waiting to be observed; our eyes are not the only apparatus with which to see.  

It is time to board my motorcycle before these dunes and my thoughts swallow me whole.

 

 

CHAPTER 02 - AUSCULTO

Have you ever experienced a silence so potent that it is nearly deafening?  I am adrift somewhere in the New Mexico desert feeling overwhelmed by the eerily quiet backdrop as the sun begins its breathtaking farewell dance over the horizon.  Helmet and bike off, I listen for any signs of life other than my own biological pulses that quicken the more I acknowledge my desolation.  Back on my motorcycle, the only heartbeat I discern other than my own emanates from the four-stroke flat twin engine rhythmically animating my energetic vessel; her gentle roar provides comfort and grants the illusion that I am not entirely alone.    

I admit that it would be challenging to feel true confinement in the broader extension, even as a solo seeker in an empty desert, when there are more than 7.5 billion Homo sapiens swarming planet Earth.  However, imagining we are the only intelligent life form in an endless universe can be somewhat of a disconcerting contemplation.  Unwilling to accept such a lonely thought, our species continually searches for any possible signs of life hiding among the myriad nameless stars.  One way we theorize to accomplish this is to listen.

 

 

Disrupting the constant form of the vast San Agustin landscape is the impressive sight of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory’s Very Large Array (VLA), our ginormous ear to the cosmos.  I feel infinitely small as I ride up to the spread of 27 radio antennas, each reaching 82 feet in diameter. Utilized by astronomers worldwide for varying objectives, the VLA’s massive structures work together to simulate the resolution of a single antenna stretching 22 miles across.  This satellite array acts as one of our most powerful tools for listening to the songs of our solar system.     

I circle around the observatory on my motorcycle to take in the full breadth of the incredible arrangement.  The antennae are aligned identically and periodically shifting in unison; I speculate about which point they are fixated on in the universe. They could be observing remnants from a supernova, mapping out a potential black hole, or monitoring gamma ray bursts.  Maybe the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) is taking over this evening in hopes of identifying radio waves sent from intelligent life forms located billions of light years away; whether they are or not, I am certainly glad someone is listening.

 

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CHAPTER 03 - TACTUS

With spring is still in its infancy, the stubborn winter cold has not yet surrendered its icy grip.  I feel the cold air viciously biting at any exposed skin it can sink its teeth into.  I am grateful for the ATWYLD Voyager Suit accompanying me on this adventure, triumphantly shielding me from this harsh environment.  Though I am riding on the edge of my comfort zone, the morning’s icy touch cannot thwart my personal voyage into the unknown.  

Although I was born nearly three decades after the launch of Sputnik, I am still touched by the era that kidnapped the world’s imagination and dared people to dream about the mysteries that lurk beyond our own skies.  Saturated in danger and uncertainty but also optimism and pride, almost a half-century ago we launched ourselves into the great Space Age.   I often fantasize about time traveling back to July 20, 1969, and eagerly watching Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin proudly sporting their cumbersome spacesuits ­— a thin veil cushioning them from the severe conditions in space – as Apollo 11 approaches the patient moon awaiting human contact.  These courageous astronauts were fully aware of the risks and were willing to give their lives to pursue going where no human had gone before.   

Arguably one of the most compelling moments of the 20th century, our connection with the moon was not only significant for having physically touched the lunar surface, but also for the way it touched the hearts and souls of the millions breathlessly watching as Armstrong took his first steps across the cosmically scarred surface.  If we can sail humans to our closest celestial body, it is not so farfetched to envision landing a person on the Red Planet in the not-too-distant future.     

 

 

I feel a distinct flutter of excitement as I approach a hidden gem.  The Paint Mines Interpretive Park is what I imagine the surface of Mars might look like ­— dry, barren, rocky and undeniably beautiful.  As I lightly graze the chalky clay, I pretend I am an astronaut exploring our neighboring planet for the first time.  Searching for signs of alien life, I could almost envision strange Martians hiding in the endless cracks and crevices weaving through the rocks.  

Though we currently have robots collecting data on the surface of the Red Planet, we are expecting to send humans to Mars around 2030.  Maybe I do not have to yearn for a time machine to transport me back to the golden era of the Space Age, when I can just patiently wait for the next chapter of groundbreaking space exploration.  As we continue to expand our boundaries into the unknown, I wonder what sorts of mysteries we will solve or conceive.   

As I take off from these Mars-like grounds, I am in awe of the distance brave humans have traveled and will travel to make physical contact with far-off celestial bodies.  I am equally impressed with the enthusiasm we have exhibited in support of such lofty endeavors – a testament to the innate desire most of us have to explore and understand more about the great mystery that is the Universe.

 

 
 
 

featured in Volume 009

 

AUGUST 1, 1982

THE DARKEST DAY IN MOTOCROSS

Words by Brett Smith

 

 

Memories fade. They get foggy or faint; sometimes they fizzle and can be fickle or fleeting. Too often they simply fail. While everyone remembers where they were in a highly emotional occurrence (say, September 11, 2001, or JFK’s assassination), the details surrounding an event can warp over time – even when one was directly involved. There are over a dozen types of memory errors, from false memory to bias, intrusion, misinformation, absentmindedness and transience (forgetting over time). When a memory isn’t periodically reinforced, it gets boxed up, packed away and sent into a mental black hole. 

For those who attended the 1982 NMA Grand National Motocross Championships in Ponca City, Oklahoma, the afternoon of Sunday, August 1, is one of the most unforgettable of their lives. Yet, everyone remembers what happened a little bit differently. Some wildly differently. Nobody at the four-day event witnessed the accident that happened one mile east of the racetrack, which took the lives of three of the sport’s best youth motocross racers: Bruce Bunch (16) Rick Hemme (16) and Kyle Fleming (13). The legend and the rumors about what happened in the Mercury Lynx wagon driven by Oakley’s Dana Duke have grown, and when people discuss it today, it sounds like they think they witnessed… something. With the advent of the internet and social media, those beliefs have only spread. 

What we know for sure is that four exceptional lives were affected at 4:43 pm on August 1. Bunch and Fleming were killed instantly. Hemme died in the hospital nine days later, and Duke spent two months in a coma with slim chances of survival. He lived, but 35 years later is still undergoing surgeries and suffering complications. It’s arguably the darkest day in the history of motocross, and even though these teenagers seem to have become faster with the passing of time, for many there’s no doubt that the motocross record books of the 1980s and 1990s are missing three names: Bruce Bunch, Rick Hemme and Kyle Fleming.

This is the untold story of their lives and deaths.

 

RICK HEMME, LARRY BROOKS & BRUCE BUNCH | Ponca City, 1982 | Photo courtesy Larry Brooks

RICK HEMME, LARRY BROOKS & BRUCE BUNCH | Ponca City, 1982 | Photo courtesy Larry Brooks

BRUCE BUNCH | Saddleback, 1982 | Photo courtesy Tom Corley

BRUCE BUNCH | Saddleback, 1982 | Photo courtesy Tom Corley

KYLE FLEMING | Photo courtesy Fleming family

KYLE FLEMING | Photo courtesy Fleming family

KYLE FLEMING | Ponca City, 1982 | Photo courtesy Fleming family

KYLE FLEMING | Ponca City, 1982 | Photo courtesy Fleming family

RICK HEMME | Quartz Hill, California | Photo courtesy Tom Corley

RICK HEMME | Quartz Hill, California | Photo courtesy Tom Corley

 

Excerpt from the Author

"The idea for this story was brought to me by the team at META and once I dug into it, I could tell it was one that people wanted to know more about. For many people, the deaths of Bruce Bunch, Kyle Fleming and Rick Hemme is still a very fresh memory, 35 years later.  Last October I started the journey of trying to tell the story of what happened in Ponca City, OK on August 1, 1982. 

Maybe my work will only lead to more questions but the promise I made to the Bunch, Fleming and Hemme families was that everyone would know who their boys were and who they wanted to be.

Over 6 months of reporting went into this article, involving interviews with 50 different individuals, which ended up being 8,000 words, an unheard of length in motorcycle magazines. It was a complicated process and not every detail was able to get to print. I also ran into the issue of one person's account completely contradicting the account of another person's and I knew I could only report the stories that was I able to corroborate from multiple sources. 

The family trusted me with this story and that's a very high honor. Word has started to leak about this article's release and I've been getting phone calls from complete strangers, men who were friends of the boys and just wanted to talk about them. I've also been getting messages from young men who are only in their 20s but they want to know more. It let me know that their memory is still very strong and now a younger generation will know who they were as well."

 

Read the Story in Volume 009

 

PAPERCUT LOUNGE

AGENDA LONG BEACH, 2017

WE LOVE PRINT & KNOW YOU DO TOO.

 

 

Papercut is a celebration of print. From photocopied punk zines to the largest traditional book companies, Papercut is a showcase of the most influential publishing companies in the world.

We were honored to be one of the featured publications in the Papercut Lounge during Agenda Long Beach, 2017 – the most diverse and creative lifestyle fashion trade show in the world featuring over 1,000 exhibitors and 45,000 attendees connecting brands, publishers, retailers and consumers

 

 

Join us again in the Papercut Lounge at ComplexCon, the world’s largest gathering of like-minded pop culture enthusiasts for a weekend of fashion, art, music, food, and more on November 4 – 5.

 

 

Learn more about the Papercut Lounge

 

South of the Wall

El Mexico Real

For Volume 008 Stephen Smith went south of the border for an unforgettable adventure through the heart of Mexico with newfound friends, Miguel Lerdo of Concept Racer and director, Sinuhe Xavier aboard a collection of BMW R nineT Scramblers.

 

 

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”

– Mark Twain

 

 

Words & photography by Stephen Smith featured in Volume 008

"I was in the city of Oaxaca working on a film shoot about the magical powers of mezcal when I met Miguel Lerdo, the owner of Concept Racer, a boutique motorcycle shop in the La Roma neighborhood of Mexico City. Our film had a scene where this gringo is riding a motorcycle through the valleys of Oaxaca looking for something real, something to wake him up from his midlife lethargy. Miguel brought down a beautiful Triumph Scrambler for our film hero to ride. If you know about working on set, you know there is a tremendous amount of downtime, be it waiting for the sun to set or the cameras to get set up. There is no better way to kill time than putting the hurt on an off-road motorcycle. Miguel and I flew down the dirt roads of rural Oaxaca, putting just the right amount of grit on the bike to make it look legit. 

We also had lots of time to talk. Miguel Lerdo is a lawyer. He has traveled around the globe via motorcycle and greets every situation with a smile and positive attitude. We later discovered that we must have missed each other by hours in some South American towns while we were both traveling on solo rides around the continent in 2010. During our first day hanging out in Oaxaca, he told me of some very special places northeast of Mexico City where the desert meets the jungle, leading to a surrealist castle built in the 1940s by the largest collector of Salvador Dalí at the time. He enthusiastically described waterfalls, colorful vegetation, delicious food, and kind people deep in the canyons dropping from Mexico’s central plateau toward the Gulf of Mexico. 

Shifting gears, he suggested we make it to the altiplano of the state of San Luis Potosí, to a mountain village by the name of Real de Catorce, where the streets are covered in cobblestone and the nearby desert is the home of the infamous peyote cactus buttons. I was sold." 

 

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Read the Story in Volume 008

 

NEW NOSTALGIA

2018 Husqvarna TE 250i Intro

Words by Forrest Minchinton

 

 

Our friends at Husqvarna Motorcycles understand people like you and I.  Old souls that love two strokes, not just because of the the nostalgia of premix, but for the love of that feeling you get when you crack the throttle of a finely tuned two stroke machine. It was in the 1930’s when Husqvarna first embraced the two stroke engine and it was then that they saw the potential of the lightweight design and have continued to develop two stroke technology into the modern era.

 

 

The continued improvements over the years have now resulted in the most advanced design to date.  A pioneering effort that has resulted in a solution with clear and effective advantages for both the environment and us riders.  You can forget about premixing fuel and you can leave your jetting kits at home and just focus on riding.

 

 

Simply twist the throttle and the bike’s ECU efficiently mixes air with the optimal amount of oil based on multiple sensors into the crankcase. It then travels through the transfer port where fuel is injected in before it travels to combustion, resulting in the ever so beautiful two stroke melody that is its exhaust note. Culminating in a far more fuel efficient design than its predecessors. The future of two strokes is now fuel injected with Husqvarna’s 2018 TE 250i

 

 

 We were flown out to beautiful British Colombia, Canada to experience the new 2018 TE 250i in its element.  A ski resort with close to 6000 ft in elevation change and tight single track through the trees that had been beaten into submission the weekend prior bya local enduro race.  With Husqvarna’s Colton Haaker as our guide up the mountain, it was no easy Sunday trail ride, but straight to the deep end. A true testament to the bike’s enduro prowess. With a push of a button the two stroke came to life, a real luxury that everyone can appreciate, which of course was followed by an ear to ear grin. 

 

 

The first blip of the throttle resulted in a giggle, its hard to contain that type of excitement. We raced off the base of the ski resort with the dormant ski lift at our right looking eerily still in the summer heat.  We left behind clouds of dust, but little to no two stroke exhaust smoke, something that most of us are accustomed to seeing when riding carbureted two strokes. The deeper and steeper the trail got the more the nimble two stroke shined.  Its linear and smooth power delivery coupled with the plush WP suspension gives it unrivaled traction and the ability to lug the motor a gear high much like a 4 stroke.

 

 

As we climbed out of the trees and into the open space of what would become the race to the summit, it was apparent that we were high in elevation.  A point of elevation that would have left a conventional carbureted bike sputtering. We were short of breath and the air was crisp, but our machines didn't miss a beat as we sized up our final climb.  It would be a 1000 ft, throttle wide open and a smile from ear to ear.

 

Road to 2-Stroke Fuel Injection

Enjoying over 100 years of uninterrupted manufacturing while developing some of the world’s first offroad production machines, Husqvarna are true enduro pioneers. A dominant force in international competition since the late ‘60s, Husqvarna has always been a great advocate of 2-stroke technology.

Adding to their long list of ground-breaking innovations, for model year 2018 Husqvarna Motorcycles introduce their next generation fuel-injected 2-stroke TE 250i and TE 300i machines. Together with an extended list of refinements designed to further improve the performance of all TE models, the all-new 2-strokes feature revolutionary technology in the offroad competition segment. 

This pioneering electronic fuel injection system offers unprecedented advantages in terms of performance, rideability, fuel consumption and ease of use. The introduction of this new technology by Husqvarna Motorcycles is a bold new step into the future of offroad motorcycling. 

 

 

2-Stroke Electronic Fuel Injection System

 

ENGINE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (EMS)

The EMS features a new electronic control unit (ECU) that is responsible for a number of functions. Gathering information from the throttle position sensor, the ambient air and intake pressure sensors and the crankcase pressure and water temperature sensors, it automatically compensates for temperature and altitude changes eliminating the need to modify  carburettor jetting. A standard map select switch allows riders to customise power characteristics according to personal preference or in varying conditions.

 

THROTTLE BODY

Both models feature a 39 mm Dell´ Orto throttle body that is linked to the new dual cable handlebar throttle assembly. With a new throttle position sensor (TPS) res optimal air, fuel and oil mixture. Additionally, the system features a bypass screw for idling speed regulation, with a cold start device providing more air for cold starts.

 

 

CYLINDER

For MY18 two inlet positions are located on the transfer ports at the rear of the cylinder where pair of fuel injectors are mounted. The injectors deliver the fuel downwards into the transfer ports, which guarantees excellent atomisation with the air travelling upward to the combustion chamber. This ensures a mor burn of the air/fuel mixture resulting in reduced fuel consumption and emissions.

 

OIL TANK & OIL PUMP

Vital for crankshaft, cylinder and piston lubrication, the 2-stroke oil is stored in a separate tank that together with an electronic oil pump eliminate the need for pre-mixing. Wough the upper frame, the 0.7 litrolled by the EMS, the oil pump delivers the ideal amount of oil according to the current RPM and engine load reducing waste as well as excessive smoke from the exhaust. The average ratio achieved for fuel/oil is 80:1.FUEL TANK The two models feature a fuel tank made of translucent plastic so the fuel level can be checked quickly  and easily. The fuel tank has a 9.25 litre capacity and houses an integrated fuel pump and fuel level sensor.

 

2-STROKE ELECTRONIC FUEL INJECTION – HIGHLIGHTS

+ Fuel injectors at the transfer ports – ideal amount of fuel in all conditions

+ Oil pump & oil tank – convenient, eliminates pre-mix

+ 39 mm throttle body – r, TPS relays airflow data

+ New EMS – modern engine management, no need for jetting changes

+ Standard map select – customise power characteristics

+ Frame integrated Oil Filler Cap - Simple refills

+ Translucent fuel tank – large capacity, fuel pump integrated

 

 

Always Pioneering

Ideally combining the most advanced engine technology with na Motorcycles’ engineers have ensured that the all-new TE 250i/300i and all other 2-stroke and 4-stroke machines will continue setting the benchmark in terms of handling, power, weight and aesthetics.

 

TECHNICAL DETAILS

 

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CHASSIS

 
 

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BROKEN DREAMS

SEBASTIEN ZANELLA

A documentary directed by Gabriel Novis

 

 

Director, documentary filmmaker, photographer and META contributor, Sebastien Zanella creates provocative films and images that explore freedom of expression and the human condition in his environemment .
Zanella’s signature poetic style is at once haunting and captivating. His artistic approach to composition and use of natural ambient light results in truly stylistic and emotive storytelling that leave a lasting impression on the viewer. His short films have featured some of the biggest names in sport & artistic world, and gaining acclaim on festivals with regular awards and shared on leading publications. 
Zanella is also the founder and editor-in-chief of Desillusion Magazine, an online and print publication dedicated to a youth who grew up on a skate or surf board. 
As Sebastien travels the US, he shares his inspiration, working dynamic and general outlook on culture, art, and adventure .



Supported by Eastpak

Starring: 
Sebastien Zanella
Tom Erik Ryen
Kassia Meador
Lola Mignot
Todd Blubaugh

Shot by:
Gabriel Novis
Sebastien Zanella
Denis Carrion

Music by:
Alex Kemp // Recorded at Wolf at the door 

Sound Design and Mix:
Mark Scearce

 

High ALTA-Tude

REDSHIFT MX | FIRST RIDE

Words & photos by Ben Giese

The team at ALTA loves motorcycles. The ones that make you tingle when you look at them, giggle when you ride them, and even scare you a little bit. They love going fast. And they love finding new ways and new places to go fast. Their goal was to create motorcycles that are easier to ride fast than anything else out there. They build electric bikes because they love instant throttle response and flat, endless torque. Because they want the next bike you purchase to be faster than your last one. The first sketches of the Redshift began in San Francisco in 2007. Two riding buddies, Derek Dorresteyn and Jeff Sand, with a few decades of fabrication, engineering and design expertise between the both of them, fell in love with the idea of the smooth, perfectly responsive torque curve. Naturally, they started kicking around the possibilities for building their own electric motorcycle— a motorcycle that could be faster and more rideable than their gas bikes.

 

 

When ALTA was passing through Colorado and asked us if we wanted to come ride their electric motorcycle I couldn’t have been more excited.  The idea of riding through the forest in complete silence and solitude sounded like a dream and luckily the experience exceeded all expectations. Getting some seat time on this motorcycle was such an enjoyable and innovative experience and as I hoped back on a gas bike I was already missing the ALTA. Riding the Redshift MX through the beautiful Rocky Mountains was a spiritual trip you would have to experience to understand.

 

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Reinventing the riding experience and challenging the traditional mindset of the motorcycle rider is a bold endeavor.  But with the birth of ALTA’s Redshift MX, an entirely new realm of possibility has been unveiled for the evolution and growth of motorcycling.  The intuitive design and advanced electric power source provides a quiet, more responsive and more predicable ride that could change the landscape of motorcycling in the future.

 


ABOUT THE REDSHIFT MX

Designed as the electric equivalent of a modern 250, the Redshift MX is just as capable as a trail and woods bike as it is a MX2/Lites class motocrosser. The Redshift MX requires no air filters, oil changes or top end rebuilds, so you'll spend less time wrenching and more time riding. Join the growing ranks of riders who believe this is the most fun dirt bike ever built.


THE ALTA PACK

Mile for mile, there is no smaller, more compact, energy dense battery pack in transportation. The Alta Pack is waterproof rated up to IP67, is durable enough to handle shocks and vibes up to 20G, and is digitally self-monitoring. Our stacked honeycomb architecture allows for extreme energy density at 185 watt hours per kilogram, combined with a unique thermal wicking system to shed heat faster than any other lithium-ion transportation battery in production.


THE MOTOR

Alta’s water-cooled 14,000 RPM motor is pound for pound one of the most powerful in motorsports. It is optimized to the narrow width of the Redshift’s bulkhead and is precisely located at the roll center of the bike. This placement allows for the lowest polar moment of inertia in motorcycling - drastically minimizing any gyroscopic impediment to handling. The Redshift's motor weighs 15lbs and puts out 40hp and 36 ft-lbs of torque. The unit pushes power through a 3.5:1 gear reduction to deliver a 122 ft-lbs of torque at the counter shaft from a dead stop and 0 RPM.


REDSHIFT BULKHEAD

The Redshift Bulkhead—the chassis core—functions as the outer motor casing, the cooling circuit for the motor and inverter, as well as the transmission case for the gear reduction. Additionally, it is the main structural hub, connecting to the rear suspension, the airframe, the forged monocoque chassis, and the trellis skidframe. All of this integration is coordinated with very specific strength, weight, and stiffness goals to produce the right ride and compliance characteristics at all lean angles, and under impact.


BODYWORK

Since 1973 Acerbis has been producing high quality plastic bodywork and the company has worked with everyone from legends like Preston Petty to OEM manufacturers such as Yamaha. We're proud to partner with them on the production of our Redshift plastics and subframe in an effort to create the vision of Alta Motors and the future of fast.


SUSPENSION

WP is the largest motorcycle suspension producer in Europe, and we chose their product for the Redshift due to their technical prowess and ease of tuning. WP competes globally at the highest levels of competition and that expertise combined with their willingness to try new things has resulted in both the Redshift MX and SM using WP 4CS suspension built to our own spec as developed by the team here at Alta Motors.


BRAKES

Brembo S.P.A. is the gold standard for high performance brake systems on motorcycles. Founded in 1961, the Italian company produces a range of products that can be found on motorcycles on the street and the trail. Both the Redshift MX and Redshift SM use cast and machined Brembo calipers in either a 2 or 4 piston set-up.


WHEELS AND TIRES

Warp 9 Racing is an American manufacturer of high performance motorcycle wheels. In a short amount of time Warp 9 Racing has gone from a boutique upstart to an OE supplier, offering some of the highest quality wheels on the market. We chose to work with Warp 9 Racing because their wheels are produced here in the US, and their exacting demands for quality and performance match our own.


 
 

INDIGO CHILD

JETT REYNOLDS

Filmed & edited by Tom Journet | Still photography by Eric Shirk

 

 

In the late ’60s, researcher Nancy Ann Tappe began seeing certain gifted youth with an indigo-colored aura following her Synesthesia diagnosis. She believed that these “Indigo Children” were a bridge to the future, wise beyond their years, born with remarkable creativity and unexplainable gifts that would change the world as we know it. I’m sure if Nancy were to meet thirteen-year-old Jett Reynolds she would see his indigo aura from a mile away, the motorcycle as his muse.

 

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DESIERTO

MAGIC IN THE SPANISH DESERT

 

 

"The desert is our troubled state. It is the dwelling place of our demons. This is a land of illusions and thin air, the vision is so cleared at times that the truth itself is deceptive."

—John C. Van Dyke, The Desert, 1901

 

Directed, filmed & edited by Sebastien Zanella

Tabernas Desert, Spain

Supported by

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THE WILD ONES

BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB

Video by BRMC | Words by Maggie Gulasey

 

 

Twice in my short life I have found myself immersed in the potent butterflies of love, doused with nervousness, excitement, and a fleck of fear—but not for another person. Rather, it’s been for the extraordinary and profoundly authentic passions in life that have illuminated my simple existence.

 

My first love affair came to fruition when I encountered live music at a young age. Some astute individuals sang, “When you fall in love, you know you are done.” Though lacking the talent for mastering an instrument, I eagerly devoured the music, and I indeed knew I was done; music was forever going to be a part of my lifeblood, even if that meant supporting the melodic experts from the business or the avid-fan side of things.

The second time my heart was kidnapped occurred the moment I first rode a motorcycle. Nothing can match how those two wheels make me feel. I truly came alive with the world at my side, experiencing life in a unique and more gratifying way aboard my beautiful vintage two-stroke.
Both music and my motorcycle enable a mental departure from the tedious rigors that often swallow daily life, allowing me to recall and enjoy the simple magic this world grants. Once in a blue moon my two lovers delightfully harmonize, creating a motorcycle and rock ‘n’ roll utopia. I have found this elusive nirvana in the band Black Rebel Motorcycle Club...

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DEPARTMENT OF MOTORCYCLES

RAMBLIN' THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST

Photos by Ray Gordon | Words by Maggie Gulasey

 

 

Featuring Thor Drake, Drake McElroy, Ben Giese & Maggie Gulasey

Soundtrack: "Ramblin' Blues" by Woody Guthrie

Special thanks to Ray Gordon & Food Chain Films

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Amongst the hardships of the “Dirty Thirties” and the suffering inflicted by the black blizzards of the Dust Bowl emerged one of the most influential and controversial American folk musicians to date: Woody Guthrie. In 1941, this “Dust Bowl Troubadour” headed out to Portland, Oregon, hired by the Bonneville Power Administration, who’d been seeking a talented musician with a knack for painting awe-inspiring lyrical imagery. They intended to use Guthrie’s Pacific Northwest–inspired songs to accompany their documentary, which promoted the benefits of constructing dams as a means of producing cheap electricity along the massive swirling fury of the Columbia River. Though the documentary never came to fruition, Guthrie was surely excited by the loveliness he witnessed during his Oregon stay, for he wrote 26 songs in one month, 17 of which were compiled and released decades later as the Columbia River Collection. In Guthrie’s own words from his Columbia River songbook:

“THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE SPOTS IN THIS WORLD, AND I’M ONE WALKER THAT’S STOOD WAY UP AND LOOKED WAY DOWN ACROST APLENTY OF PRETTY SIGHTS IN ALL THEIR VEILED AND NAKEDEST SEASONS. THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST HAS GOT MINERAL MOUNTAINS. IT’S GOT CHEMICAL DESERTS. IT’S GOT ROUGH RUN CANYONS. IT’S GOT SAWBLADE SNOWCAPS. IT’S GOT RIDGES OF NINE KINDS OF BROWN, HILLS OUT OF SIX COLORS OF GREEN, RIDGES FIVE SHADES OF SHADOWS, AND STICKERS THE EIGHT TONES OF HELL.”

 

Moved by Guthrie’s expedition along the Columbia, See See Motorcycles’ Thor Drake, free-spirited two-wheel icon Drake McElroy, and the META crew decided to embark on our own journey to chase Oregon’s boundless natural allure. With Thor and Drake as our guides and steel ponies for our wheels, we saddled up and set about on an adventure that would be an unexpected assortment of weather, history lessons, and unimagined beauty...

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ODE TO THE MIDNIGHT SUN

THE LAST OF SUMMER IN NORWAY

Words and photos by

Aaron Brimhall, Joel Hyppönen, Samuel Taipale & Dallin Jolley

 

 

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On the winter solstice, Norway’s capital of Oslo receives a scant five hours and thirty minutes of daylight. The days immediately preceding and following really aren’t much better. During these miserable winter months, it’s not the snow or cold that breaks you down. (Roads can be plowed, layers can be worn.) It’s the darkness, that cruelest reality of life this close to the Arctic Circle.

 

So after a gorgeous and — above all else — well-lit summer spent taking in Norway’s natural splendors and Oslo’s bustling cityscape, or simply appreciating the sudden absence of Seasonal Affective Disorder, fall can be a daunting prospect. For many, October’s arrival marks the beginning of the end. Shadows lengthen as that familiar and unwelcome chill returns to the air, and that’s enough for much of the populace to pack it in, pour a stiff drink, and slog into the dreary abyss of the year’s dimmest quarter.

Fortunately for all of us, there is another way to face the impending gloom. Friends Joel Hyppönen, Samuel Taipale, Aaron Brimhall, and Dallin Jolley were kind enough to demonstrate, and took some incredible photos along the way.

Rather than bemoan the dwindling daylight, these dudes took it upon themselves to squeeze out every last drop of it, in the form of a 700+ mile, minimalist moto-trip to the northern reaches of fjord country. Armed with just what their bikes could carry, they set out from Oslo with a loose itinerary and high hopes. They returned eight days later having explored some of the country’s most unreal offerings: its highest peaks, its bluest lakes, and some of its steepest makeshift skateboard ramps.

 

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THE GIFT

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE TEAM AT META

 

 

The holiday season is filled with delicious food, drinks, seasonal smells, lots of parties, gifts and good times. But it's the love, gratitude and spirit of giving that makes this time of year so special. The team at META wishes you a wonderful, safe and warm holiday season.

 

Directed by Daniel Fickle

Starring Maggie Gulasey & Harry Thompson

Produced by Ben Mckinney & Ben Giese

Still Photography by Kody Kohlman

Music by Tony Anderson

 

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MEMBAH

SALT & SAND IN INDONESIA

 

 

After quietly admiring the work of Deus Temple in Bali, Indonesia, we ventured out to explore their homeland on the other side of the globe. Two weeks, two islands, two volcanos, some custom dirtbikes, surfboards and a RED camera. The trip of a lifetime.

 

Directed by Dustin Humphrey

Filmed and edited by Andrew Gough

Featuring Forrest Minchenton, Zye Norris, Ben Giese & Ferdika Ferry

Soundtrack: "If There's A Light On" by City Calm Down

 

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INDEFINABLE

DRAKE MCELROY

Photos by Scott Toepfer | Words by Brett Smith

 

 

With a garage full of motorcycles, helmets, sketches, drawings, Post-It notes, and projects in various stages, it’s clear that Drake McElroy is one of those enviably hip people,

 

the type who invents new words or redefines language use. By the time his interests spread and you, dear wannabe reader, have finally caught on, he’s already moved on. McElroy (that’s MACKEL-roy) is an artist, a builder, a rider, a trendsetter, and an agitator who will do things with the intent of inciting confusion and making people ask questions to which they’ll receive a response that solves nothing.

Yet for all Drake McElroy is known to be, he’s indefinable. Go ahead and give him a label. He’s fine with that. Buzzwords, he calls them. “People love labels,” he says. “They don’t like shit they don’t understand.” It’s that confusion that gives him the urge to unbolt the front fender from his dirtbike, run flat-track tires in a freestyle motocross show, and ride in a denim jacket with no shirt underneath: he knows you’re going to ask him why he does that. And when a satisfactory answer never comes, you’ll stop asking questions and accept the scene for what it is.

McElroy represents the unorthodox side of motorcycling, which led him to found the Smoking Seagulls, described (with a straight face) as a time-traveling bike cult, “a bridge between likeminded people who don’t fit perfectly into the mainstream motorcycle market.” That’s an ironic thing to say, since motorcycling in North America is far from being mainstream. Yet there’s a curious side to McElroy. He’s unexpectedly cerebral, which is why he jumped at the chance to create and host a guerilla-style travel show called “Drake’s Passage” in 2011. With only a cameraman, a producer, and a “fixer” (local guide), McElroy used the location of each Red Bull X-Fighters series stop to explore the non-touristy sides of Mexico City, Cairo, Moscow, and other major cities. It was an out-of-character experience for McElroy, who is shy and quiet, but the chance to explore global underbellies was too good. The result was a cross between “No Reservations” and “An Idiot Abroad.” At one point, McElroy—who is only 5 feet 8 inches tall and 135 pounds—found himself in a Mexican fighting ring getting slapped and body-slammed by luchadores (wrestlers) twice his size. The show had very little moto presence (although he did ride a German Horex motorcycle in Madrid), which made its placement on action-sports-oriented Fuel TV odd. It was a fun and quirky show with daring, exploratory qualities, but it lasted only one season and now lives online.

“He’s got a sixth sense where he knows what’s cool,” says Dave Mavro, who was the show’s videographer. “I would never think this dude would be so worldly. He’s refined.”

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DRAM

FORAGING IN THE COLORADO ROCKIES

Photos by Aaron Brimhall | Words by Maggie Gulasey

 

 

Today the forest is enveloped with an unusually thick blanket of fog, swallowing the towering mountaintops and illuminating the multitude of greens splattering the woods.

 

So gently the rain falls that when it comes to rest upon a blade of grass, it barely bows. There is, however, enough moisture that it turns the rocks lining the trail into a glistening, slippery surface and constructs miniature ponds at every dimpled point along the terrain. These mountains are undeniably majestic, teeming with brilliant plant and animal life. To hike to this elevated splendor on foot, particularly with today’s weather, would be unreasonable and entail an entire day or more. To travel via auto would guide you only a short distance, as you would quickly encounter trails too narrow and especially intricate and unyielding for any four wheels.

If you wish to access the botanical bounty near tree line, then a degree of creativity must be applied. Brady Becker and Shae Whitney of DRAM Apothecary have achieved exactly that, utilizing a tool that grants them unique passage to forage untapped regions of the abundant Colorado mountains: a motorcycle...

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