The very first post on this blog was a photo of Garrett B's Aermacchi 250 in front of his garage door. I've forgotten how he found out about us, before the blog. Obviously, he'd bought the magazine or seen it somewhere, but he was, and still is, in Colorado, USA and Sideburn was, and still is, in Lincolnshire, England. It was an early example of the power of Sideburn.
We've kept in touch with Garrett over the years and he will always have a special place in our heart, so it seems right that the final proper post on this blog, for the foreseeable future, is of a couple of Garrett's current bikes in front of the same garage door. Above is his new Honda framer, a C&J big-bore XR600, dating from 1984-85, Garrett thinks.
Below is his tasty Sportster hooligan that he won the state series on. I don't think Garrett raced flat track when he first got in touch, but I know he used to race MX when he was a yoof. Now he and his kids race all the time, coming either first or second in their classes throughout the 2016 season.
So, that's it for this blog. It will stay here until Google turn off the lights, all 5673 posts, dating back to Garrett's Aermacchi in March 2008. But don't be sad, we still love blogs and will continue to regularly post on our new website, sideburnmagazine.com, and we will post bigger online only features in the STORIES section too. Fancy blogs, if you like.
It's New Year's Eve and a good time for quick post to say thanks to all our readers, advertisers, friends and collaborators and look back on the last 12 months. Right at the beginning of the year we had a change that saw Ben leave and Kar Lee join as art editor.
In the last 12 months we have...
Made four, fat issues of Sideburn including the first 116-pager we've made.
Organised Snow Quake with our friends at Deus Ex Machina, Milan
Held a joint launch event with the DTRA at the Bike Shed London
I was fortunate to see Alta Motors competitive flat track debut at the CFTA's Santa Rosa short track meeting. The electric motorcycle company put a local hot shoe hotshot, Evan Anders, on the bike and both he and the bike were impressive.
Alta sent a bunch of beautiful shots from the weekend, so we had Alta's Jon Bekefy write his take on proceedings and put it in our burgeoning STORIES section on the new website. Go give it a gander. G
It's been a while since I used a post to remind visitors that the whole point of this blog, and the website and everything else we do, is about selling more of this gorgeous magazine. We're magazine people.
We've been publishing the magazine since 2008 and the new issue is the best ever. Why? Good question. Well...
We were one of only a handful of magazines in the world to be invited to ride the brand new Indian FTR750, the day after its competitive debut at the Santa Rosa Mile.
Michael Lock, the CEO of American Flat Track, gave us an exclusive interview on the future of the pro sport.
That wasn't the only exclusive, Bryan Smith, the 2016 Grand National Champ sat down with us too.
UK-based clothing designer, Russ Gater of TSPTR wrote a fascinating story on how Peanuts helped kickstart the motocross trend in the US, give light relief to US conscripts in Vietnam and move on the women's rights movement.
We have tips from UK flat track champ, Alan Birtwistle on how to win a championship with next to no back-up or support.
Road legal grasstracker as your first ever bike? If your name's Marnie and you're a 20-year-old woman from London.
Deus Ex Machina big cheese, Julian Heppekausen writes about his Mexican 1000 off-road race.
Our portfolios alternate between photographers and artist/illustrators. This issue is the turn of French postermeister, Lorenzo Eroticolor.
British bike builders Redmax have had a few different appearances in the mag, they're back in SB27 with a Ducati 749 street tracker.
Don Galloway gives up some of the secrets of a giant-killing Honda 350 framer.
Regular contributor Dave Bevan rides his Royal Enfield into the DIY squatted skatepark he helped build. He took a photographer with him too
Adam of Speed Deluxe tells us how he built a bike - frame and all - in nine days, then drove 2000 miles to enter a bike show.
There's an update on the Sideburn Sportster Hooligan bike.
A shop focus on The Bike Shed, London
Trophy Queen featuring super Skip Aksland
Plus artwork by Toria Jaymes and Ryan Quickfall, the leftfield wisdom of Guy Martin and poetry from Pikes Peak hero Travis Newbold.
This is not a magazine chucked together with a few badly written, misspelled emails and crap phone photos. It is full of thousands and thousands of words. This isn't a pitiful excuse for journalism that just regurgitates press releases and believes everything it's told. Sideburn is a proper motorcycle magazine, one that thinks differently, searches out stories and goes its own way.
Our mate Guy S is selling one of his wonderful big-bore Triumph racers for £7995.
It's Christmas, treat yourself.
The bike is located in Oxfordshire, UK. It's a racer not a road bike. Keep it as a racer. Here's what Guy says...
Triumph T120 1970 engine in a VMC frame.
Imported from Ohio in 2014 by me, this bike won the UK DTRA Vintage Class Championship in 2015. The 650 motor is fitted with a 750 big bore kit and was modified for racing in the US. It has a ported head, racing valve springs, racing cams. It runs a pair of Mikuni carbs, which were new in 2015 replacing the worn Amal mk2s previously fitted. Ignition is an ARD mag, a favourite of US racers because they are very reliable, robust and don't need a battery. Starting is via a remote 1/2" drive remote start socket on the left hand side crankshaft end. The left primary drive case is a period skinny flattrack item for extra ground clearance (no generator required or fitted). Alternatively starting can be via a roller starter. It starts easily and idles reliably. The clutch is a 7 plate LP Williams new in 2015. Stainless exhausts were made in 2015 specifically for this bike by Geoff at Co-Built. Front forks are Betor in Weiss flat track adjustable yokes. Rear shocks are Ohlins, again new in 2015, piggy back reservoir type with adjustable compression, rebound, ride height and hydraulic preload adjusters. Wheels are 19" with Excel rims, spool front hub, rear quick change Barnes type hub. Swing arm bushes replaced last year, also front wheel bearings and spindle. The fibreglass Trackmaster tank and Champion seat unit are very good, and were repainted in red and silver metal flake with a lot of 2k lacquer in early 2016. The frame was made in 2004 by VMC Racing Frames in Cleveland, Ohio, by Doug Horner. It's oil in frame, made specifically for flattrack racing, and is based on an early 1970s Redline Racing design. It's a fast, reliable and nice handling bike. It's a race bike, not a show bike, and is being sold as such.
The dates are out for the UK Flat Track Nationals, sponsored by Maxxis and promoted by the DTRA.
There are Friday races, two-dayers, Sundays, nights, days, short tracks, TT, half-miles. There are eight rounds with seven counting towards the championship (riders can drop their lowest score if they attend all eight).
The Greenfield round is an Oval meeting on Saturday and a TT on the Sunday.
People are asking about the Hooligan class. News on that is coming soon, but the rounds are likely to be Peterborough (in front of the big crowd at the MCN Festival); the Greenfield Oval, Dirt Quake, Eastbourne and Hell's Race in Belgium.
The DTRA needs some more help. Especially in the following areas. Get in touch if you can help.
Pre meeting admin work
Machine examiners (to work with our current team)
Pit marshals (to work with our current team)
Clerk of Course (to work with our current team)
Timing and Scoring
Setup and Breakdown on race days