Stories of Bike

08/06/2013 @ 7:04 pm, by Jensen Beeler13 COMMENTS


“Stories of Bike is simply about the sharing stories of riders and their custom bikes. Motorbikes aren’t only a machine from which we derive a basic pleasure in riding, but rather something which connects us to many things: friends, family and our environment both urban and natural…It is these connections, these stories, I wish to share with your fellow riders,” writes Cam Elkin on the Stories of Bike website.

Based down under in Sydney, Australia and feeding of the area’s café racer scene, Elkin has put together a budding web series that focuses on individual motorcyclists and the unique machines they ride. It won’t take you long to realize that there is a clear moto-hipster vibe that’s going on with the Stories of Bike series, which to be honest gets old pretty quick if it’s not your thing (it’s not ours).

But, at the end of the day the video series is all about motorcyclists talking about their bikes, and the stories thus experienced from the saddle — so, what’s not to like about that? Five episodes deep so far, we have to say that the production and storytelling here is some of the best we’ve seen. Enjoy the episodes after the jump — we did, despite the skinny jeans.

Source: Stories of Bike via Return of the Cafe Racers

  • emem

    I live in Sydney, and I hope get the chance to pull up next to these guys just so I can bitch slap them. I can’t give you a definitive answer as to why they make my blood boil, so until then I’ll stick to bitch slapping.

    I really wish this ‘culture’ would go away. Please make it go away.

    Can’t deny the quality of the films though.

  • Jones

    Emem, why the bitch slap? Surely these blokes aren’t out to hurt anyone. They clearly like their bikes and are part of a culture that they enjoy.

    Is it because they’re young and they (well some of them) embrace a style that was in its peak decades before they were born that they were not really a part of?

    Who cares.

    I reckon people just need to get past a whole “hipster” mislabelling thing and appreciate the fact that these guys do what they can with what little money they have to ride bikes.

    If you can’t appreciate that, then you’ve missed the whole point of motorcycling.

  • Gutterslob

    Some of it does seem a bit “poser” in places, I suppose, but it’s nowhere near as offensive and intelligence-insulting as what I see on American Chopper TV and Co.

  • paulus

    cheap bikes, having fun, enjoying the ride… well done!

  • Pietro

    Hell…at least they’re riding, but they definitely need better looking helmets. AGV anyone?

  • Dan

    Gutterslob, well said.

    The hipster scene, much like the grunge scene from which it sprang, is very played out. Like anything that started out unique, it now has it’s sheep that follow the next trend. My only beef is seeing really nice classic bikes being hacked into oblivion. sad to see them go. I recently sold a CB350 on Craigslist. I posted it in the Portland and Eugene listings and had a dozen offers in 24 hours, some offering cash sight unseen. I sold the bike for double what I paid for it, but felt better knowing it was going to a “normal” guy with ambitions of restoration. Just can’t stand to see one more classic hacked up for a poser at the coffee shop. Cafe’ racers and bobbers are ok, just overplayed.

  • Shawn

    I don’t understand why people (like emem above) feel the need to bitch about a segment of motorcyclists. Especially one that doesn’t even give other motorcyclists a bad name. In my experience 90% of motorcyclists are posers. Guys with supersports and faster who have never turned a wheel on a track, often riding around in sandals and t-shirts and often in a way that makes the general public hate us. When a reckless motorcyclists does 300 kph on public roads (like that guy in BC), it makes the cops and John Q Public want to limit our access to motorcycles. A guy on a badly running Honda Hawk with an ironic mustache and a Bell Star helmet doing 5 under the limit doesn’t get much hate, relatively. Same goes for an HD rider in sleeves with a super loud exhaust. They annoy the hell out of the public and get the rest of us unwarranted negative attention too. Or the BMW 1200GS (or dualsport/adventure) guys at starbucks. All of these groups are posers. At least the hipsters are interested in motorcycles, and when they get older/more experienced they may find a life-long love of motorcycles, or not. If any of these “posers” get you mad enough to want to bitch slap them, or as another comment on another post at A&R has suggested, clothesline them, then you’ve probably got a problem, not them. I’m willing to bet dollars to donuts that someone wants to bitch slap emem for his behavior.

    Full disclosure: I ride an 09 KLR, and definitely do not go off road as often as it’s capable of doing, but I don’t cruise starbucks either.

  • TRL


    Because its not about the bike as an experience, it’s about the bike/open face helmet/tattoos/watch/hair/flannel/skinny jeans/beer as a lifestyle accessory. A personal definition based on appearance instead of substance (too bad because some of these guys seem to have some skill). Same as the Harley boomers. If it was about the bikes (and there is nothing wrong with the resto craze, I love seeing the new takes on the bikes of my youth) they would put on a proper set of tires. Thats the dividing line for me. No reason to put crap tires on a bike you plan to ride unless its a restoration. Like everything else watch the wheels, not the driver….

    hipster: person with a particular appearance purchased from a store that contains a conglomeration of neo-agricultural-neo-industrial styles from other stores that sell to people who do actual labor, like Farm and Fleet , or Walmart, that the hipster would never actually set foot in…plus facial hair.

    These guys will be gone with the next fad, just like the Harley boomers are transitioning to fancy bicycles.., and then the’ll tell their kids what outlaws the were, instead of telling them about how much fun it was to hang out and ride with their friends…

    But with only 5% of the U.S. population riding. There’s more than enough room for everyone. I just hope my daughter doesn’t decide she likes one…

  • Norm G.

    re: “But with only 5% of the U.S. population riding.”

    5%…? we wish.

  • Daniel Aldo

    I don’t know. I just can’t listen to these dudes talk. They are boring. Art is cool, and I like jean jackets and all, but the content of these videos and their Thomas Crown affair rip off editing, general non-excitement about life, and dialogue that makes my conversations with my Grandma seem exciting, makes me want to get a Goldwing and not associate with these 5D wheeling, follow focus, clay molded mouth breathers. Cool has become boring, which sucks. I’m really not comfortable with being uncool, but just need to separate from all of “this”. I just wish they would shave their beards, because I like mine.

    Long time reader, first time poster. Cheers brah, keep killing it with your outstanding coverage and great relation with the other top blog by Emmett.

  • emem

    I was expecting most of these comments as it’s nigh on impossible to discuss or theorise on a comments section.

    I asked myself these same questions but it came down to this:

    If you asked these guys to ride without the image that goes with it, I doubt they would keep on riding.

    Similar to TRL’s conclusion.

    I’ve watched Deus from inception to the hugely successful brand it is now, and they are selling the essence of motorcycling to the masses. People who would not normally be associated with motorcycling buy into it because they want to be cool by association.

    Next time I’ll think twice about hitting the play button I think!

  • Hipsters are what keep me in business. And, most of them are really a great bunch of guys. At least they ride! I like what Shawn says… you are right everyone on a motorcycle has a click or something they feel the need to “belong.” I am not a cruiser guy but I can imagine myself wearing my AGV Rossi helmet with my Icon leather on a Harley, that would get peoples pannies in a bunch. hahaha.

  • Sam Adams


    You hit the nail on the head…Hard.