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Indian and Jack Daniels’ latest collab is a 24-Karat gold decorated Bobber!



Motorcycles and Whiskey? Sure.

Nothing says America like Jack Daniels and an Indian Motorcycle. At least, that’s what the latest limited edition bike from America’s first motorcycle company and the famous, first registered distillery would want you to believe.

In a nod to the ‘Old No. 7 Brand’ only 177 will be made globally and there are nods to the drinks manufacturer all over the Werks Kustom Cycles built machine released today.

The main feature – despite the Indian Scout Bobber base of course – is the black paint and the Jack Daniel’s firefighter inspired gold graphics. And when we say gold we actually mean it because Indian say that the tank and fender highlights are actually real 24-karat gold. (Leaf we suspect but still…)

The rest of the details on the ‘custom’ are probably what you would expect, with black glossy bits mixed with more gold and special additions peppered throughout.

And in case you think mixing a motorcycle with alcohol is a bad idea? There’s a ‘Bottles and Throttles don’t mix’ emblem on the front fender.

The price for all this gold and black is $15.999 if you’re within the US with European prices to be announced (assuming that your country allows alcohol advertising).

In 2016 the first collaboration between these two brands sold out in eight hours. And in 2017 that time to sell out dropped to less than ten minutes… So you’d best contact your local dealer quick if this seems like your kind of thing!

JD Scout Bobber Launch

Introducing the Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey Limited Edition Indian Scout Bobber, inspired by the Jack Daniel’s Fire Brigade and their impressive gold and black firetrucks. Just 177 of these are being made. #IndianMotorcycle #JackDanielsScoutBobber #ScoutBobber Bottles and throttles don't mix. Never drink and ride.

Posted by Indian Motorcycle on Wednesday, 7 March 2018

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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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