New Quest TV show hits UK screens on January 11th.
If you’ve spent anytime around the custom bike scene these past few years you would have almost certainly bumped into Ant Partridge; or at the very least we can guarantee that you would have heard him… As one of the more vocal and energetic of the new wave of custom motorcycle builders he’s been a fixture at almost every motorcycle event in the world since forming Matt Black customs out of Spain in the mid-2010’s before leaving to start work under his own label.
Even if you’ve not come across the name before, you’ve probably seen a few of his builds. Either here within the pages of Motofire or on the leading sites within the genre, Bike Exif and The Bike Shed. Anthony is almost literally a one-man, bike-building, marketing machine. So it’s perhaps only natural that he’s about to be unleashed across TV screens across the globe – albeit now back within a team, as one third of the Goblin Works Garage crew.
With the intention of doing things just a little bit differently, the Goblin Works Garage team of Ant, madcap engineer Jimmy de Ville and custom car builder Helen Stanley have setup shop across the Discovery network owned Quest channel here within the UK and are bringing their shared – slightly unhinged – passion for custom engineering, speed and messing-about to a six-part TV show starting on Thursday 11th January at 9pm.
With a remit to build six custom cars and four bespoke motorcycles the outcome of all ten builds promises to be as individual and energetic as the talent behind them.
With car builds ranging from a muscled-up Ford Mk3 Capri, a Datsun 280z which promises to tear up the tarmac even before the build begins, right through to an neigh-on sacrilegious Series 2a Land Rover that gets dropped and lowered to ridiculous proportions, it’s already proving to be a show that offers little by way of regard for any rulebooks.
As for the motorcycles, well eagle-eyed regulars to Motofire will have already seen a couple of them. The TW Steel Yamaha MT-10 was a feature of 2017’s Bike Shed and was a Custom Bike of the Week way back in August and we rounded off our 2017 custom coverage with a commission from Norton CEO Stuart Garner himself – the sublime and extremely aggressive Norton Dominator Café Racer.
Whilst cars have been pretty well catered for within the specialist networks online and on TV, there’s no doubting that the world of custom bike building needs a shot-in-the-arm. With Anthony Partridge’s typical biker’s passion due to rub off onto two already-talented car builders, we reckon that the Goblin Works Garage might have more than just plucky British make-and-do appeal.
It might just go someway to re-invigorating and introducing the joy of tinkering and furkling about with metal to a whole new audience.
We’ll know for sure after the first broadcast but before then, check out a very tired and emotional group of Goblins filmed directly from their garage early last year…
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Custom of the Week: BMW R100RS by Bolt Motor Company
MOST CUSTOM BUILDERS are juggling careers, building bikes as a side gig. Adrián Campos falls into that category: he’s the sporting director for Campos Racing, the team founded by his father Adrián Campos Sr, the former Minardi F1 driver.
Adrián Jr. is surrounded by high-tech missiles capable of 208 mph (335 kph), but he’s also nuts about motorcycles. So he started customizing classic bikes, as an antídoto to the ultra-modern race machinery that absorbs his working day.
His first build garnered enough interest to turn his side gig into a fully-fledged second business. Bolt Motor Company is now on its seventeenth build, and employs seven team members.
Bolt shares a workshop in Valencia with Campos Racing. But while the race team preps cars for the Formula 2, Formula 3 and GP3 race series, Adrián is swinging spanners on bikes like this stunning 1982 BMW R100RS.
We’ll admit it’s not the wildest custom boxer we’ve seen. But even though the style is well established, the perfect proportions and level of finish are something else. And the client wasn’t even looking for anything fancy; “He wanted a comfortable cafe racer for two people,” says Adrián, “so that’s what we did.”
The donor arrived in a pretty good condition, but it left in an even better state. There’s fresh paint and powder everywhere, from the motor right through to the forks, frame and tank.
Bolt tweaked the airhead’s stance by lowering the front forks internally just over two inches, then installing a pair of Hagon shocks at the rear. The fuel tank is stock, but the subframe and seat are custom made. The subframe’s a bolt-on affair, and the main frame’s been detabbed and cleaned up.
The taillight’s a particularly nice touch. Bolt built it into the seat rather than the rear loop, along with integrated rear turn signals. The whole setup’s barely visible—until it lights up.
They’ve also added some room for the customer to ‘customize’ his BMW at home. There’s a second tank and seat in a different paint scheme, which can be swapped out via four fasteners for the seat, and one for the tank. The second seat has it’s own plug-and-play taillight too.
Bolt have kept things practical too. The BMW’s airbox is still in play, and it’s also equipped with a BMW oil cooler and crash bars. Plus there’s a discreet inner fender at the rear. The exhaust headers have been shortened and run into a pair of generic cone mufflers, with the side stand relocated to work around them.
The cockpit’s sporting new handlebars, grips, bar-end mirrors and Motogadget bar-end turn signals. There’s a new master brake cylinder too, with some really neat plumbing. Up front is an LED headlight, tucked into a custom-made bucket.
Bolt rewired the bike from top to bottom and tucked away as much as they could. A set of Motone switches have their wires running inside the bars, while a Motogadget speedo has its cable routed through the BMW’s hollow steering stem nut.
This sort of consideration is rife, with every last nook and cranny cleaned up. We’ve spotted stainless steel fasteners throughout the build, nifty choke pulls on the carbs and a OEM-looking Bolt Motor Co. plaque on the side of the motor.
The classic white BMW motorsports livery is on point too. And Bolt have shunned the ubiquitous Firestone Deluxe Champion tires, going for the saw tooth tread of Shinko Classics instead.
We doubt that Bolt #17 could lap a track anywhere near as fast as a Campos race car.
But it’s just the sort of simple, classic ride we’d pick for getting to the track in the first place—via some leisurely Spanish back roads.
This article first appeared on Bike Exif. It’s republished here by permission.
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Video: Watch Sarah Lezito show you how to drift a motorcycle
Yes, drifting on two wheels is possible. Especially if you’re an insanely talented stunt rider from France.
There are a few stunt riders worth following across social media and YouTube but few get the numbers of French stunter Sarah Lezito.
Shot in a cold, wet and snowy location, it’s hardly the easiest of environments for riding a motorcycle – although possibly better for skids! – but the control from Lezito, and her instruction, is captivating.
Why learn how to drift? Well, Lezito says that it might help in learning how to save from slipping, keeping the balance on your bike or just improving your stunting skills.
And her top tips?
- First find a small bike – a 50cc or 125cc machine that’s easy to handle.
- Find a slippery spot, like a wet floor after some light rain.
- Put hard tyres on the rear and more air in the front tyre.
- Protect everything… On you and your bike.
- Prepare to crash. A lot.
We’re hoping she’ll be adding to her channel over the coming months and that this is the start of a series of ‘How To…’ videos from the young stunt rider.