If you've been following the custom motorcycle scene on Instagram for some time, you've probably come across Dimitri Coste. He can be found under the handle @motelcoste. He is a photographer by trade and a motorcycle racer by passion. His unique style and talent is on display in everything that he does. We caught up with him on a recent trip to California...
Ryan grew up riding dirt bikes but when his life got too busy (marathon touring with his band Story of the Year, getting married and having two kids), Ryan sold his last dirt bikes. After things settled down, he wanted to get back on two wheels. For him, a custom Triumph Scrambler was the answer.
"As fate would have it we were talking about first aid and the Heimlich maneuver when Travis looked across the restaurant and yelled out “SIR ARE YOU CHOKING” to all our surprise at the table and the staff the lonely gambler was choking badly! Travis and I ran to the man’s aid, I proceeded to administer first aid until his blockage had cleared while Travis directed me yelling “Hit him again Clay”! until the man was breathing again. Zach gave him a gentle belly rub until he settled down and we shook hands and headed back to our rooms in utter disbelief an the series of events…"
Bud Ekins is the Godfather of the Modern Classic movement. He is the guy that jumped the Triumph into the barb wire fence in "The Great Escape." The guy that built Steve McQueen's Desert Sleds, and the guy that saw raw talent in a 16 year old upstart from Palmdale.
"I started out just riding and breaking bikes, which naturally lead to working on them. After fixing them came attempting to make them better, then building them from scratch. The more you do, the better you get and most importantly, learn who to listen to. Listen to criticism. A fresh set of eyes is critical to learning. You’ve got the rest of your life, be patient and do things right. Your bike will come out a lot better."
Skip Van Leeuwen was considered the best TT Steeplechase rider in AMA history, and over his highly successful career as a Triumph rider won multiple AMA nationals and numerous West Coast regional championship titles. Van Leeuwen was born in Iowa...
"I’m a pretty chill guy, so the first question people usually ask is "What’s up with the dark name? The answer to that question dates back to November 2011, and it’s the reason why Death Collective exists."
The Ace Cafe was built in 1938 as a roadside cafe to cater to travelers on the newly-built North Circular Road. Since it was open 24 hours and also close to the new arterial network where speed limits were higher, it quickly started attracting motorcyclists.
The Peoria TT is known to be one of the more exhilarating races in the circuit. The track is ⅝ of a mile long, and features a notably long front stretch and a long turn one. Coming out of turn one is a jump with a blind landing that has to be hit at speed—which is a terrifying move in and of itself. Due to the challenging nature of the track, and the caliber of racers who competed there, the Peoria TT has rightly earned its place in the AMA’s history of premier races.