by Alain Panneton
As an artist, it is in our
genes to try and surpass
ourselves. We’re always
trying to push the envelope and find new ways
Many of my fellow artists are tortured
and split between the need to excel in their art, and
the obvious, the need to get money to buy food and
pay the bills. That is why it is sometimes fun to work on
a simple and fast project that will still woo the crowd,
but not make you go bonkers over its complexity.
A little while back someone asked me to paint a
carbon fibre effect. After giving it some thought,
I told myself that such a project was beneath me,
being way too simple for my obsessive need of artistic
fulfilment. There is a multitude of simple techniques
out there that will give you some kind of carbon fibre
by André Bobinas
Thank god for fools!
Yeah you heard me,
fools! Let me explain.
Take that crazy genius named
Benjamin Franklin (1) who
kite attached to a steel wire in
a thunder storm. Well, anybody
could have told him that when
lightning struck something, or
better yet someone holding a
steel cable, the result would
give off a smell similar to cow
manure. However thanks to
this genius the principle of
harvesting electricity was born
and for that reason we can
light our houses, play our
music and most importantly
ride our bikes.
Never Ending Chaos
Alexe Mirka and
After travelling the roads of Quebec atop my first
bike and having attended a multitude of bikes shows
around the region, I finally came to the conclusion
that it was time to have a bike built that would reflect
my personality, something I would be proud of riding
into the next phase of my life. I visited the Rat Shop
to chat with my buddy Fred. He is a master fabricator
whose reputation in regard to custom motorcycles
is excellent (the evidence is before our eyes). He
builds the craziest machines. Combining his experience
and my personal tastes it didn’t take very long
to come to a conclusion. My bike was to be a
Pro-Street. The Rolling Thunder frame, which in my
opinion has perfect lines, would allow me to experience...
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The Lama Tour - Cuba 2011
Cuba. What an amazing place full of sights and experiences
so different from what we are used to.
When Keld Iversen called and asked if I would join his
troupe of Canadian LAMA (Latin American Motorcycle
Association) riders, the only answer was a resounding
“yes”! Perhaps I take for granted questions like this
because so much of my life and work revolves around
travel – it’s easy to jump on a plane and I love the
This being said, what brought the rest of this troupe to
Cuba was the desire for some good first-hand experience.
While they also had a to-do list that included visiting their fellow Cuban LAMA’s and
getting to know them, going riding with
them, getting on the first Harleys for rent
in Cuba in over 50 years, seeing this
island country, enjoying the acclaimed
Cuban rum, smoking legendary Cuban
cigars and perhaps some poolside R&R
to boot, I can’t diminish the first hand
experience aspect of the trip.
Interview - Kane's Harley
From the very beginning the young boy from Calgary’s
downtown core loved to fiddle with anything mechanical.
From go-karts to mini-bikes and scooters he simply
enjoyed fixing power-driven machines. His technical
abilities steadily grew and by the early sixties working on,
building and riding all types of motorcycles gave him
the utmost gratification. Mick Cawthorn’s first brand
new bike, a 1969 Norton Commando, was purchased
at a shop called Motorbike City after the salesperson
at Kane’s Motor Cycle Shop Ltd. would not sell him
a used Harley. He later went on to work as a
mechanic for Motorbike City as well.
Sixty-one year old Mick started at Kane’s on a bet. The
motorcycle shop he frequented had a dilemma as one
of the police bikes they were servicing needed a frame