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Rihanna has just made the Motocross fashion trend a mainstream *thing*



It’s been bubbling under the surface for a while now, but motosport – and specifically motocross – inspired clothing has finally made it through to the public consciousness.

Believe it or not, and despite having written about catwalk fashion shows here on Motofire before, an article about the Bajan beauty Rihanna is a first for us here on our little motorcycle website.

Now, we know that a story about the pop/RnB songstress and self-proclaimed bad-girl isn’t what you’d ordinarily expect to read on these pages, but – as in our previous piece on the fashion world – we think that the latest news from New York Fashion week is actually rather important for this two-wheeled past-time of ours; because an endorsement by Rihanna and Puma for their latest clothing collaboration is just the kind of shot-in-the-arm that this industry has been crying out for.


Bitch had motorcycles flying out from nowhere😩🙌🏽🙌🏽 #fentyxpuma show was inconiccc

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The Rihanna X Puma FENTY show featured motocross bikes heavily throughout their event; not just with them jumping across the ramps and over the models on stage, but also throughout the style direction of the clothing on display.

Large logos, race numbers and bright, garish colours took centre stage throughout the collection and this kind of attention can only be good for motorcycling. Imagine the young girls and women who’ll catch just a spark of interest in riding a bike now that they’ve seen Rihanna do the same? Think of the music lovers who’ll go out, buy the padded leather jacket and then consider swinging a leg over a motorcycle because that seems ‘like something they should do’ to match the outfit.

But “what about all those ‘hipsters’ that ruined biking for everyone when they started pretending that they loved motorcycles, grew beards, got tattoos and started making rubbish custom motorcycles”, we hear you cry!

(You mean the ones that inspired a mini-revolution within our industry, started new businesses and began to develop whole new ways of thinking about two-wheeled machines?)

Sure, none of the people in these scenarios are ‘bikers’. But then nor where any of us, once. Everyone has to start somewhere, don’t they?

And if mainstream attention like this only serves to put a few hundred extra backsides into the saddle of a motorcycle then that’s ok.

Maybe – just maybe – that’ll be a few hundred more people who’ll discover the thrill of two wheels and then go off and tell a few hundred of their friends.

And the Lord knows that we desperately need new blood taking up two wheels.

Plus – you know – Rihanna.

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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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