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Liam Neeson won’t ever ride a motorcycle



You can tick those TT movie rumours off from your list.

A few months ago we broke the story about a TT-based motorcycle movie set to be directed by Ben Younger. We were cautiously optimistic because we’ve had our hearts broken before by the phrase ‘hollywood motorcycle movie’ (Yes, we’re looking directly at you Biker Boyz!), but after a brief Facebook chat with Mr Younger, we felt suitably reassured.

And then the Matt Damon and Liam Neeson rumours started. We wrote about how irresponsible and plain wrong this story was at the time, but now – as if there were any doubt – we’d like to point you in the direction of this great interview with Liam Neeson over on Men’s Journal.

It’s a great read for anyone who has even a passing interest in what has been a fascinating tail-end to an equally intriguing acting career – those Taken movies really did take him by surprise – but the main takeaway for us whilst reading it was this quote,

One thing Neeson absolutely won’t do anymore is ride a motorcycle — ever since a horrifying crash in 2000 nearly killed him. “I’ve read a couple of scripts where the character’s on a motorbike, and I’m like, ‘Is this important to the script?’ ‘Yeah, it is.’ ‘OK, I’m not in.’ ”

He was never touted to play a rider in the movie, but after a collision that saw Neeson hit a tree whilst riding his motorcycle, the Irish actor broke his pelvis and swore to his wife, Natasha Richardson, that he’d never take up motorcycling again. This is the same Natasha Richardson whom sadly lost her life after complications to an injury she suffered whilst skiing in 2009 of course, so it’s understandable how he could have steered himself away from some of the more dangerous pursuits in life.

Later on in the article, after the interviewer talks about his recent accident on a bike, he replies with the following,

“You have to watch yourself… Get it out of your system. Make a pact with your wife. And don’t cheat on it.”

It seems fairly clear that whilst there is definitely a TT Movie on the slate for a 2018 release, you won’t find Neeson’s name on the poster.

And if anyone says otherwise, he will come for them. He will find them… (etc)


Source: Mens Journal

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Custom of the Week: Yamaha SR500 ‘Scrambler’ by Daniel Peter




SCRAMBLERS ARE A HOT TOPIC. Build one, and you’re sure to be judged solely by how well equipped it is for hardcore off-piste use.

But that’s not all that scramblers are about. Daniel Peter compares his latest build to his childhood BMX—and it’s pretty much how we feel about modern-day scramblers too.

“When I was four years old, my BMX bike became my life,” he explains. “It was so simple, yet so fun. Just wheels, pedals and brakes. I’d ride it to the beach, jump a few curbs along the way, race my friends. Those were the good days.”

“30 years later, I set out to build a motorcycle based on the same principles. There’s nothing on this bike that doesn’t need to be there. It has wheels, a punchy engine and great brakes. I didn’t even put a speedo on it, because I never looked at the one on my last bike.”

Daniel works as a photographer in Chicago, but wrenches during the winter to keep his passion for riding alive. He keeps a workshop in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood, outfitted with a tool cabinet, a welder, and a 1940s South Bend lathe.

This 1978-model Yamaha SR500 is the fourth Yamaha 500 he’s built to date. “It’s the most simple, yet the most thorough, of the bunch,” he says.

The motor’s been bumped to 540 cc, with a grocery list of go-fast bits that includes a lighter XT500 crank, a new piston from JE and a Megacycle cam for better torque down low.

R&D valve springs with titanium caps, a Powerdynamo ignition and a high-flow oil pump from Kedo round out the package.

Hoos Racing refreshed the crank and cut new valve seats for Daniel, but he tackled the rest of the rebuild himself. Every single bearing and seal was replaced along the way too. As for the carb, it’s been swapped out for a 39 mm Keihin FCR flatslide number, fed by a fat K&N filter.

The exhaust system is a combination of a custom made stainless steel header, and a Cone Engineering muffler.

The SR rolls on 17” supermoto wheels, borrowed from a KTM (front) and a Honda CRF450 (rear). They’re wrapped in Pirelli MT60 Corsa tread; a 120 up front, and a chunky 160 on the 5” rear rim. (“It juuust fits,” says Daniel.)

The brakes have been upgraded with a mix of Brembo and Beringer parts, with an RCS 14 radial master cylinder up front.

On top is an aluminum Yamaha XT500 fuel tank, wrapped in a paint scheme “inspired by an unforgettable riding trip through Baja.” Just behind it is a new saddle from MotoLanna, with a new kicked-up subframe loop.

It’s just about spring in Chicago, so Daniel must be itching to rack up the miles on his SR500. And we’re betting it’s going to be impossible to get him off it.

A version of this article first appeared on Bike Exif. It’s republished here with permission.

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Icon claim back the streets in their latest, epic video



Street’s Not Dead.

Regular readers will know that we eagerly await anything released from the US streetwear firm Icon Motorsports. So the moment that a video drops from the Portland firm we’re bound to pay attention.

That’s an interest piqued double when they post it alongside what is essentially a call to arms…

“Street’s not dead. If you think it went away, you’d be wrong. Street’s still here undermining pompous authority, rejecting standards, and bucking the status quo..”

And they’re not kidding either. With the Icon clad rider thrashing their Kawasaki ZX-10R through city streets, car parks and even a public fountain at one point, there’s a lot to take in.

Couple that with their usual loud, Icon style and you’ve certainly got a statement of intent.

(Don’t try this at home kids).



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