Wednesday, March 18, 2020

The Royal Enfield Trials

So last year Royal Enfield launched a new varient of the Bullet 500 and 350 the Trials edition. The bike was more or less just a nod to the past with some edits to the the existing Bullet into a trails edition very much like the bike Johnny Brittain rode to victory back in the day. 

The fun part of the launch was that Royal Enfield brought down an actual Trails rider to teach us how to enjoy the sport. They put together a small course with three stages and we rode it and competed against each other. 

Stage 1
The stages were not long but they are full of all sorts of fun bits and bobs. Stage 1 it had a tricky last sandy turn which I totally botched up coming into and I thought I would stall the bike (you can hear the engine in the video I almost killed the engine). That’s the worst a stall is 5 points and that is just a nono. I ended putting my foot down at one spot because I felt I would end up dropping the bike (also 5 points) and ended up snagging one point for it. 

Stage 2
Stage two was the toughie. I got to see many many people go up and not make it up without a dab or make it up at all. It was uphill and one side was sandy and not so steep while the other side was more firm but steeper and more packed. By the time I had my go most of the other teams had torn up the field but no one had made it to the top without without gaining a point or five. Until I got my turn and it seemed I found the line eveyone had been looking for all morning. 

Stage 3
Stage 3 was longer with elevation changes and clayey muddy green bits. There was a moment before the descend I felt my leg was going to go down but I made it through in one piece without picking up points.

Stage 4
Stage 4 was just a race around a track for the best time. 


Such a fun way to spend a day playing with a motorcycle. Royal Enfield really has learned how to host fun events for the launch of their motorcycles. 

What was the icing on the cake was it turned out that Royal Enfield was actually taking down all the points and all us media monkeys were competing with each other and there was a trophy waiting the winner at the end of the day. 

Whats even funnier was that the winner for the days trails event was me...

Monday, March 16, 2020

A year later...

A week or so ago before this virus scare hit the world I put out on Instagram stories a question that should I go back to blogging all the fun stuff we are upto? Seems Instagram has taken up all our bandwith and the blog is just kinda dying away. Which is a shame because I mean the blog is the blog and Instagram is cool but it aint the blog you know. 

So I think we at Helmet Stories should take this time that we have been grounded to catch up on one years blog posts. 

So here goes let me check on what we did last year in March and start updating asap. 


Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Oil In The Blood: A film about custom motorcycles

We saw the full Oil and Blood film at Mama Tried a few weeks ago and all I can say is I came out of the film fully motivated to start chopping up some of our bikes. The question is should it be the Himalayans or should it be the Continental GT.

If you get a chance to watch the film do it!

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

The Mama Tried Show 2019

Ever since Instagram I find we blog less. Its not because we are lazy and we don't ever get down to it (ok sometimes that may be a reason) but I think people dont have the focus to check out a longer post than on Instagram so we end up focusing on that more. Sadly a brilliant show like Mama Tried is very hard to showcase on just Instagram. I mean we would be at it forever to show all the madness that ensued there. 

So what I have been able to do over the last few days is get together just a few shots (like 200) of what the main show looked like. All the motorcycles are not here just the ones that piqued my interest. 

The Mama Tried show is an is an indoor invitational held in Milwaukee, WI (That is the US for people who dont know) that connects motorcycles and builders to fans and riders alike. Keeping the fire stoked all winter long. The Show features over 100 motorcycles from builders of all calibers—flat-tracker, hill climber, chopper, and bar hopper.

I tried putting them in some format but when they got uploaded something went wrong and it just went haywire. So if you have any questions on any bikes best thing to do is drop me a line on Instagram (Vir Nakai) and we can chat about the stuff there. Or you can add a comment at the end here and I can get back to you. 

So here it is check it out. Just Some of the motorcycles from the Mama Tried Show 2019