January 31, 2013

read.bell moto3.

 

these lids were big in the late seventies/eighties and i remember the older kids at the bike track used to rock the bmx3 which is very similar in design to the moto3. i always wanted one, but instead i was stuck with my brothers hand-me-down helmet looking like a kook.

i saw the moto3 a few years ago in japan and it was like i had instantly travelled back in time to the randburg bmx track where i spent many of my childhood days. if you grew up in the 80's and were into mx or bmx, this helmet is certain to evoke some emotion in you.

that was the moment i decided i have to find one; and so my moto3 journey began…


it took me over a year to source this helmet, it wasn’t easy finding one in my size that wasn’t astronomically priced. so when i finally had one it’s safe to say i was pretty fucking stoked.

i thought i paid a lot for mine, but a simple flip through the pages of ebay was more than reassuring. it seems prices for these have surged over the last two years, due to their increasing popularity. i saw one go for 650 usd the other day, with the average price hovering around the 300 usd mark.


when i travelled to the us last year, it seemed self-explanatory to drop my lid off with scott at chemical candy customs in dallas. i always admired his paint and the clean lines of his artwork; a far cry from the skulls and flames which usually adorn a custom painted helmet.

after scott worked his magic, i had him send the lid to the wonderful billy and rachel davis at hellmutts to have it re-lined. they went at it with a dope new liner made from fabric and basket-weave leather. they also replaced all the snaps/d-rings and made me a custom arthur fulmer style chinstrap from the same material. literally, your own imagination is the only limit when it comes to their level of craftsmanship.

my obsession doesn’t end here; my current collection consists of 8 vintage bell helmets:  two 1970 bell star’s (rare), three 1975-1980 bell star ii’s, one 1979 bell star iii, one 1978 bell star 120 and one 1978 bell moto3.


the 1970 bell star is another one of my all-time favourites, it’s such an iconic helmet. launched in 1966 it was the world's first full-face motorsports helmet and quickly earned the admiration and support of the world's top motorsport racers and enthusiasts. many famous drivers such as jacky ickx, jackie stewart, niki lauda, gilles villeneuve, evel knievel and kenny roberts wore the bell star to protect their noggins’.

some of my helmets have been completely restored, some are in the process of restoration and some are just as found. i do restorations myself when i am restoring the lid to its original state and i have them done by others if i want some unique paint or a custom liner. 

i am still looking for a 1970 bell moto-star, to me this is the unicorn of vintage helmets.

i regularly update my instagram with my helmets, so check it out.



disclaimer: these helmets are over 40 years old and do not provide protection of a modern standard. all helmets listed here are for display purposes only and should never be worn on public roads.
 


January 25, 2013

January 22, 2013

watch.american dream.

the idle mind is the devils playground.


January 18, 2013

watch.shinya kimura.

a dream mixed with reality. keep discovering.


November 29, 2012

September 24, 2012

August 12, 2012

August 11, 2012

watch.donny benét.

this awesome video for "sophisticated lover" was directed by luci schroder. it's perfect and will certainly put a smile on your face.

watch.the epic and the beasts.

sometimes you just come across something thats well, fucking incredible really. this video is so well choreographed and composed. i love the close up shots of the wheels and trucks. its just out of control.

via  jonathon valenzuela



August 9, 2012

watch.heath joske.

you can't buy style...


July 27, 2012

July 18, 2012

read.marduk and tiamat.


tiamat, the sumerian goddess of the oceans and of the forces of primitive chaos, is a ravening monster. in mesopotamian tradition, tiamat turned against the other deities and unleashed a holocaust of destruction before she was eventually destroyed by the celestial hero marduk:

she opened her mouth, tiamat, to swallow him. he drove in the evil wind so that she could not close her lips. the terrible winds filled her belly. her heart was seized, she held her mouth wide open, he let fly an arrow, it pierced her belly, her inner parts he clove, he split her heart, he rendered her powerless and destroyed her life, he felled her body and stood upright on it.

like a boss...

July 15, 2012

watch.liberty vintage motorcycles.

in this video adam cramer speaks about the -almost-lost art of building vintage motorcycles. all i can say is that i couldn't agree with him more.