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Mad Bike #02 : The Splitlane

This is my 1993 Yamaha SR500 That I rebuilt from the frame up.
In house made the seat, the upholstery, the bars; painted the metalflake tank a while aho and added the flames later. The rest is the usual stuff : blinkers, headlight (from †  vintage looking rearlight. Longer control cables.
No battery, KN filter … blablabla
Upswept muffler and Hagon shocks.
Kick pedal is home made.
Gonna be racing it at Dirtquake this summer, so I have to change it to “dirt track” mode.
LDN May 6th 2013


Mad Max – the outtakes

An outtake is a portion of a work (usually a film or music recording) that is removed in the editing process and not included in the work’s final, publicly released version.

What was done to the bike :

New Parts :

Twisted bars
Cable covers
New rear fender
New signal lights
Front Champion deluxe 18 x 350
Battery bag : vintage military
New mufflers

Fabrication & Paint job :

Exhaust pipes guiding
Shift lever knob
Double headlight mount
Loads of polishing (trees, boots, covers, bars, pipes, risers)
Rear fender mounts
Sissy bar and mounts
Rear light mount
Signals mount
Seat made from a moped seat (welded spring mounts)
Fender metalflake and pinstripe
Tank flames and pinstripe
Hand made pillon, mounts and signpaint.

Extras :


I met Max through a common friend.
He mentioned he had a Honda bobber project in his room that was on hold. We agreed he would bring his roller to my “garage” so we could work on it together.
Honestly, I never thought it would take this long, because this was in April. Anyway, I can say that I am pretty satisfied with the overall look of the bike. See I’ve been into bikes for a little while, but my discovery of California Choppers is more recent, and has caused a severe addiction. Here in Europe, it seems like choices reduce to cafe racer or street tracker. I dig it but bikes end up looking the same, and same aftermarket parts are used. My belief is that choppers allow even more personality expression or extension.
The mix of chrome and rust. That’s what it is.

The wiki definition of chopper is :
A chopper is a type of motorcycle that was either modified from an original motorcycle design (“chopped”) or built from scratch to have a unique hand-crafted appearance.

So that means it s a process rather than an style; I thought we could go in that direction even though we didn’t have a panhed or a shovelhead in our hands.
I had loads of fun rebuilding this bike, and Max was the most patient and tolerant guy with me; so thank you man.

J’ai rencontré Max par l’intermédiaire d’un ami commun.
Il a parlé d’un projet bobber Honda dans sa chambre qui était en attente.
Nous avons convenu qu’il apporte son engin dans mon “garage”.
Honnêtement, je n’ai jamais pensé que ce serait aussi long, parce que c’était en Avril. Quoi qu’il en soit, je peux dire que je suis assez satisfait de l’aspect global de la moto. Cela fait un petit moment que j’aime les bécanes, mais ma découverte des Choppers Californiens est plus récente, et cause une dépendance sévère. Ici, en Europe, il semble que les choix se limitent au café racer ou street tracker. L’inconvénient c’est que les motos finissent par se ressembler, parce que les mêmes pièces aftermarket sont utilisées. Ma conviction est que les choppers donnent une plus grande liberté d’expression.
Le chrome et la rouille.

La définition du wiki est:
Un chopper est un type de moto qui a été soit modifiées d’une conception originale de moto («hachés») ou construit à partir de zéro pour avoir un unique aspect artisanal.

Pour moi plus qu’un style, c’est un processus, alors j’ai pensé que nous pourrions aller dans cette direction, même sans avoir un panhed ou un shovelhead entre les mains.
J’ai eu beaucoup de plaisir à reconstruire cette moto, et Max a été très patient et tolérant avec moi, donc merci tête de mule.



The day she got picked up

Trying weird stuff

Started rewiring

Putting some high bars

First sissy bar

What a pain in the ass



first paintjob (failed on the tank and had to start over)

Diner time

Rear fender

Bungs for the sissy bar

barbecue time

and back in the garage

Polishing stand


This cracked us up

love this photo of max and I taking a break at the local diner

Mad Bros helmet prototype

back with another paintjob

The end (of the beginning)

Keep on moving



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Tu y yo

Music and images by LDN

Vocals by Hanah Wills

Re Built

La Petite Méca est un atelier de custom moto qui se trouve au coeur de Paris, dans une rue souvent ensoleillée entre Bastille et République, juste à côté du magasin de fixed gear Cyclope. Pendant quelques mois, c’est autour d’une vieille Harley que vont s’affairer Bige, mécano solitaire de son état, et Louis-David, photographe, auteur de ce documentaire et peintre à ses heures. D’abord désossé, l’engin va subir une transformation radicale à laquelle on assiste ici, étape par étape. En guise de touche finale, le réservoir sera repeint selon la technique du métal flake.
Le résultat : un ton sur ton noir mat / brillant avec une touche bleue shiny, une bécane unique avec une sacrée gueule.
Ces images sont le fruit d’un travail de longue haleine et marquent la rencontre de deux amoureux de la culture custom.

La Petite Méca is a custom motorcycle shop located in the heart of Paris, in a sunny street between Bastille and République, next to the fixed gear Cyclope strore. For a few months, Bige, lonely mechanic, and Louis-David, photographer, and author of this documentary will work around a 15 year old Harley Davidson. The craft will undergo a radical transformation that is taking place here, step by step. As a final touch, the tank will be repainted using the metal flake technique.
The result is a tonal matte / shiny black with a sparkly blue button, a single bike with a wild look.
These images are the result of a long process and mark the meeting of two lovers of custom culture.

Los Angeles Bike Polo

All pictures on film

Ricoh KR10 35mm

© Louis David Najar


On a chilly Sunday morning, 6 friends gather near Bastille ; they have a plan : ride, and the have 6 bikes – fixed gear or not who cares.
I arrived a bit early to the meating, had tea, and waited for the others participants to arrive : Hono, Wai, Chihiro, Hisashi, Yuji and Atsushi.
So 6 bikes, hot clothes, bags, and gloves. They step out one by one. I have 12 pictures left on my roll, and no digital camera. No mistakes allowed.
Moreover, it’s not about posing, it’s not a magazine photoshoot or something like that ; what you see, is the regular looks of true explorers that have basically met because they’re all residents of the city of lights : Paris.
The unexpected is that I showed up with my half broken Ricoh camera to immortalize the event. They were kind enough to let me capture the essential essence of what drives them in their everyday journeys.

Thank you
Arigato gozaimasu.
© Louis David Najar

Mad Bros radioshow November 2009

TICOS copie

LET’S BOOGIE (Right click & save on the pic)

Mixed live on DJR 400 rotary mixer by Luis Davis

Introduction to the JB’s
Doing it to death – James Brown and the JB’s (Spolidor 1973)
Inner city blues – Working week (Virgin 1985)
I need your lovin – Teena Marie (Motown 1980)
Everybody dance – Bumblebee Unltd (Unidisc 1977)
Reachin – Phase 2 (Movin Rec 1988)
Situation – Yazoo (Sire 1982)
Shoot the pump – Loose joints
The record keeps playing – In deep
Hopscotch Dub – Gwen Guthrie & Larry Levan (1983)
True meaning of love – Jomanda (Big Beat 1991)
Big fun – Inner City Magic Juan Mix (KMS 1988)
Rendez vous – Vince Watson (Planet E 2006)
Dans mes rêves – Desire (Italians do it better 2009)
Electric – Baguetto (Colombians do it better – Mad Bros records 2009)

Or listen to it on Soundcloud
November Mad Bros Radioshow by luisdavis


Baguetto – Electric

BAGUETTO – ELECTRIC by luisdavis

Written, arranged, composed, and mixed by Luis Davis
Produced by Luis Davis