Moto Goodness

GOODNESS-as defined by the Random House Dictionary: excellence of quality; goodness of workmanship; the best of anything; essence; strength. To be forthright, it's only been in recent years that this obsession of "MOTO" has truly manifest, but the love is genuine. Motorbikes, Aeroplanes, Automobiles and all that is designed, built and driven to perform is appreciated.

Star Trek & Sci Fi

STAR TREK (The Original Series) was the beginning of a life-long, love of Science Fiction and Science Fact and all other things of a Fantastic Nature. Whether it was Comic Books, Live-Action Television, Motion Pictures or Animated Cartoons, the media did not matter, as long as it was a means to transverse space and time ... or alter reality.

Hammer of the Gods

THE HAMMER OF THE GODS A metaphor for music, how it can forge, shape and mold our lives. A means to transport and transform. I'm not a musical scholar or theorist. Simply, someone who has played and listened to quite a bit of music.  Just a bloke who knows what he likes and dislikes. Also, I'm a bass player, so expect a lot of attention paid to the bottom end!

Peter Hook: Joy Division/New Order

Confession: I was a fan of New Order before I had even heard Joy Division. During the early to mid '80's there was a radio program on the Chesapeake Public Schools administered station, WFOS. Sadly, I can't recall the title of the program nor the DJ, but the show would come on Saturday afternoons for only an hour and the majority of what they played was English post-punk and the two artist that dominated the playlist were the Cure and New Order.

On one particular Saturday, when the DJ announced the anniversary of Ian Curtis' death and played Joy Division's " Love Will Tear Us Apart" back to back with New Order's "Ceremony", there I sat in my youthful ignorance, thinking, "wow, these bands sound a helluva-lot alike". It wasn't till a little later when I did a bit of research on Joy Division, did I realize the connection with New Order.  In my defense, a lot New Order that was played on this program tended to be more of the synth-oriented dance music fare.  I sought out more Joy Division and was immediately drawn to Peter Hook's often high on the neck melodic bass lines. It was pretty much the bass that drove JD songs along, the guitars were more of a jagged, angular rhythmic stab while the bass, and sometimes synths provided the melodic hooks (yes, pun intended) to the songs. Hooky has said that he developed his style of playing high on the neck to composite for the shoddy speakers he was using in Joy Division early days. He cited it was the only way he could be heard over Bernard Sumner's guitar.


Storm Troopers of Death M.C.


"We will crush the rebellion with one swift stroke." Or like these troopers, with a couple of swift 2 stroke moto-X bikes! Rad video mashing up Star Wars and Moto-X!

Show your allegiance to the Dark Side in style with the Storm Trooper Motorcycle Suit. Available in classic Imperial White or Shadow trooper Black, the suit is made from grade-A cowhide, adjust to fit your body and is all but guaranteed to impress a few rebel alliance princesses at the next convention.



Shinya Kimura: HD Sportster


When asked who my favorite band is, or who is my favorite bass player or even my favorite Star Trek episode, I need to think about it and the answer can vary from day to day. But ask me who my favorite custom bike builder is, and without hestitation, I would tell you, Shinya Kimura.



I was first exposed to the work of Kimura via the Discovery Channel Biker Build-Off in 2005. At the time he was working as Zero Engineering, which he founded in 1992 in Okazaki, Japan.  Currently Kimura has left Zero Engineering and launched his own studio called Chabott Engineering in Azusa, California. Kimura said, "Since setting up in America, I've moved from being just a custom-bike builder to slightly changing my direction a little more toward the world of art. I don't know whether success or failure is awaiting me in the future. Can custom bikes become art? Maybe we'll know in 10 years' time."



DESCENDENTS/ALL: Bass Master General


It was the winter of "83/84, I had recently taken up residency at the "Punk Rock Chicken Farm" on the edge of the Great Dismal Swamp, own and operated by Andre Cinceros (Front Line). Shortly after moving in, we were going through each others record collection, I picked up a album of his with a caricature of a nerdy guy on the front, it was titled Milo Goes To College by the DESCENDENTS. I commented that I had not heard it, Andre looked at me with his lip curled up, much like Elvis Presley, and asked (as he would pretty much on a daily basis during the time I lived with him), "What are you, fuckin' retarded!?"



From the very first moment of dropping the needle on that record, I was hooked. The hard driving bass line that introduces the album is but a hint of the power and craftiness that defined the DESCENDENTS songwriting approach. It was fast and aggressive, but in contrast of most hardcore, rather melodic and out right catchy. In the book, American Hardcore, author Steven Blush remarked that it's "cheeky love songs disguised as hardcore blast became the most aped formula in rock." This was the classic record by the original line up consisting of Milo Aukerman: vocals, Bill Stevenson: drums, Frank Navetta: guitar and Tony Lombardo: bass. But as the title alluded to, Milo was off to college and Bill joined Black Flag.  This was the first and last full length (22:10) album by this line up.



Von Dutch: XAVW


Received an email from a friend with the above photo attached. All it said was "saw this in Iowa". I could see that this was some sort Volkswagen engine powered motorcycle, but didn't recognize much else. But in the background, I could see written on the chalkboard, "Von Dutch, hand built by the man himself".


Eventually, either he became bored or frustrated with the bike and disassembled the machine. Von Dutch sold or traded the XAVW to Ed "Big Daddy" Roth. The bike was then traded/sold on down the line until recently when Mike Wolfe (American Pickers/Antique Archaeology) was given a hint about the current location. It was featured on an episode of "American Pickers" earlier this year.


FLCL (A Girl From Outer Space!)

FLCL, also known as Furi Kuri or Fooly Cooly is a rapid paced and somewhat fragmented Japanese anime. The story begins when a rambunctious extraterrestrial female runs over an unsuspecting adolescent boy with her yellow Vespa scooter, gives him CPR and then whacks him over the head with a left-hand, blue Rickenbacker 4001 bass guitar.

The hyperactive style can easily be misinterpreted, causing strong opposing opinions of the show's merit.  Within the 6-part story are many metaphorical plots and hidden meanings underneath its surface. The series is a pun in itself with suggestive and sexual metaphors. The strange situations and dialogue reflect the confusion and awkwardness of puberty (as well as society in general). FLCL is an exercise in unconventional, self-alluding anime.                                                                     


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