Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Gisele Bündchen goes Max Max for DT

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Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen gets on a bike for DT magazine...

Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen has gone all Mad Max for DT magazine, who’ve featured Ms Bündchen in their October 2010 issue. Born in 1980, Gisele is the highest-paid model in the world and with about US$150 million in her bank account, the sixteenth richest woman in the entertainment industry.

Shot with Giese astride a Harley, the DT feature was photographed by Mario Testino, who seems to have gone for a stylised version of the grungy, post-apocalyptic look used in those Mad Max movies that we loved so much. We like the pics, though we do wish Mario had shot pics of Gisele riding an S1000RR or RSV4 Factory rather than a Harley. Next time, maybe...?  :-)

Monday, November 22, 2010

Motorcycle Photography: What it takes

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'Taking images of objects moving at speeds of up to 320km/h goes beyond what textbooks teach about panning,' says pro photographer Chris Martin...

Like us, you probably enjoy watching. Glorious, beautifully shot, high-resolution photographs of the fast motorcycles we love so much, that is. But we’ll admit we don’t often think about the effort, perseverance and sheer talent that goes into getting those photographs.

For their October 2010 issue, Master Photography magazine caught up with British photographer Chris Martin, who’s been shooting motorcycles as a professional for more than a decade. He’s shot pictures at various MotoGP races around the world, as well as BSB and WSBK events. He was the official team photographer for the Rizla Suzuki British Superbikes team for three years and official photographer for other prominent motorcycle racing teams as well.

‘As with other forms of photography, moving position can make all the difference to the composition and lighting,’ says Chris. ‘Taking images of objects moving at speeds of up to 320km/h goes beyond what textbooks teach about panning. I have found myself in situations where wheels and backgrounds are still blurred even when using shutter speeds in excess of 1/1000th of a second,’ he adds.

‘Another challenge is hand holding long telephoto lenses. I use a monopod ocassionaly but it makes it difficult to duck quickly,’ says Chris. ‘Most of my images were shot in raw mode and slightly overexposed to preserve shadow detail. The exposure was pulled back in raw conversion and the resulting JPEG was given a boost in the shadows, with less chance of noise creeping in, which gives the images more dynamic range,’ he concludes.

Umm… we’ll admit that we do all our photography (whatever little there is, of it…) with a Sony Cybershot, in full-automatic ‘Program’ mode. So we don’t completely understand what Chris is talking about. But we suppose most of it means that shooting good pictures of bikes travelling at very high speeds is bloody hard work. We’ll remember that and the next time we look at a photograph of The Doctor pulling a wheelie at 200km/h, we’ll appreciate the skill and the hard work of the photographer who took that photograph.

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Friday, November 19, 2010

Boots Langley: Building Kawasaki Triples for the 21st Century

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Boots Langley's Kawasaki 750 Triple Ultimate Cafe Racer is rocking...

Boots Langley has been a fan of Kawasaki’s two-stroke, three-cylinder bikes since 1973, when he first bought a brand-new H1D 500. ‘Today, I can build you a 2010 Kawasaki H1 or H2. What I mean by that is, I build not only a freshly restored bike or engine, but it's now designed to run on today's 91 Unleaded fuel,’ says Langley on his website.

The bike you see here is Langley’s Ultimate Cafe Racer (UCR), which he says he is the best triple he’s ever built. ‘It is the culmination of over 16 years of building and rebuilding my 1973 H2 750. You see it in its 4th reincarnation,’ he says. The spec is pretty impressive – the two-stroke three-cylinder 750cc Kawasaki engine produces 90 horsepower, the bike rides on 18-inch magnesium wheels from a TZ750, brake discs and callipers are from a TZ250 and GPZ550, the 43mm adjustable front fork is off an FJ1200, the aluminium swingarm is from a GPZ750 Turbo and the fuel tank is from a KR750.

If the medley of parts from half a dozen bikes don’t get your attention, the paintjob definitely will – Langley has had the bike painted in DuPont’s ‘Hot Hues’ Urethane paint with custom graphics. We can only try and imagine what this thing sounds like when it’s fired up. Should be freaking awesome! :-D

For more details, visit Boots Langley’s website here

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Top Gear Live chooses Suzuki GSX-R600 for its 2010-11 World Tour

The Suzuki GSX-R600 will now make an appearance on Top Gear Live, though we'd bet Mr Clarkson wouldn't be riding one anytime soon...   :-)

Top Gear Live has selected the Suzuki GSX-R600 as the only motorcycle that will be used for the program’s 2010/11 World Tour. ‘I’m keen to have more motorcycles at Top Gear Live and sportsbikes like the Suzuki GSX-R600 turn as many heads as a Nissan GTR. Our show features some of the fastest cars in the world, tuned almost beyond their limits, so any bike that braves our arena needs to have some serious performance backing it up,’ says Top Gear Live Executive Producer, Rowland French.

‘For us, the GSX-R fits the bill perfectly and features in a sequence with Stig driving a 600bhp supercharged Mustang. With Dougie Lampkin, one of our highly experienced stunt riders onboard, the GSX-R600 definitely gives the cars a run for their money,’ adds French. Visiting seven cities around the world and playing to over 300,000 spectators, the GSX-R600 will feature alongside Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond, as it visits London, Birmingham, Dublin, Brisbane, Melbourne, Johannesburg and Oslo.

In the meanwhile, we wonder what Suzuki are doing about the 2011 GSX-R1000 - there hasn't been any official word on that. Soon, we hope!

Here's a look at Top Gear Live...



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