Hanging out in the Pyrenees

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  HANGING OUT IN THE PYRENEES We’ve been there before. But now we aimed to cross the Pyrenees east to west on our motorbikes, to end our trip in the Bardenas Reales, an unreal beautiful desertlike area south of the mountains on Spanish soil. Our bikes were a hybrid Yamaha XT500 with a C&J-frame and […]

Flat Track Racing in Belgium

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  FLAT TRACK RACING IN BELGIUM I had to see it with my own eyes, after watching On Any Sunday the hundredth time. There was this flat track race event called ‘Hells Race’ in the Helzold Speedway Stadium in Belgium. Organised by ‘Sinners Supply’. Sounds good, I thought. A lot of hot after-worldly sin. So […]

We Were at Wheel and Waves

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WE WERE AT WHEELS AND WAVES (and did we know it) It has always been a dream for Rumble Speed Shop to participate in the famous Wheels & Waves event at Biarritz. Our own little Mecca near the Atlantic for a few days a year. Our friend Alvin from The Rogue Company invited us to […]

The History of Carhartt WIP

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THE HISTORY OF CARHARTT WIP In 1889, Hamilton Carhartt and 5 employees trudged up a dusty old attic in the heart of Detroit and with 4 sewing machines laid the foundations for one of the great success stories of what The American Dream is made of. Carhartt started out producing cotton duck overalls – a […]

The Rumble Strongman Cuff

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THE RUMBLE STRONGMAN CUFF Rumble Speed Shop makes another classic available.  Les Glòries flea market in Barcelona was where I found my Strongman Cuff.  The archetypical, here we go again, wrist-bands for added strength. Used back in the day by bare-knuckle fighters, dock men and acrobats at carnivals. In recent days adopted by motor-riders for […]

The Cross Stitch Belt

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THE CROSS STITCH BELT Now here’s the Cross Stitch Belt like the one Marlon Brando wore in The Wild One. I bought mine back in the days in a shop in Groningen, up north in The Netherlands. More ‘nether’ you can’t get. It was a good ol’ Chipie store. I still have it’s sweet little […]

The Mackinaw Coat

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THE MACKINAW COAT We love the Mackinaw coat. I found mine at a vintage retailer at Wheels and Waves. I’ve been looking for one for years. So what is a Mackinaw Coat? It is the archetypical coat. It is named after the Mackinaw region in present-day Michigan. The original Mackinaw coats were made from wool […]

Sympathy For The Antrappers

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SYMPATHY FOR THE ANTRAPPERS Early morning March the 20th I kicked my XT500 to life. It had been sitting due to my defecting to a crazy, good-looking and extremely loud Kawasaki-turned-chopper. The XT is a one cylinder thumper with big power in the lower rev-regions. I just forgot. My first meters were driven on one […]