A Time For Thanks

The Bike EXIF office
It’s hard to believe that Bike EXIF started just four years ago. It’s now one of the largest motorcycle sites in the world.

So today feels like a good day to offer thanks. Firstly to you, the reader, for sharing our passion and joining us for the ride. Your presence and opinions—whether via the comments or social media—are vital for improving the breed, and driving the direction of the custom scene.

There would be no Bike EXIF without the builders, too. Their skills and ingenuity are the lifeblood of this site. Whether it’s one guy in a garage or five guys in a workshop, I tip my hat to you for making the motorcycling world a better place.

For me the unsung heroes are often the photographers. It’s easy to shoot a motorcycle badly, and difficult to shoot one well. The style and quality of Bike EXIF comes from your efforts.

Running a site with around two million pageviews a month requires a team of support people and considerable expense. Fortunately, there are motorcycle companies who share our vision, including big names like Icon Motosports, Triumph North America, Moto Guzzi and Ducati. Without them, there would be no Bike EXIF.

Over the past year, smaller companies have also played a big part in keeping our rubber on the road. Like the gear and clothing companies Davida Helmets, Les Ateliers Ruby, Maple Jeans, Vitesse Moto, Corazzo, Esemplare, Ugly Bros, Iron & Resin and Davida South Africa. Plus Urban Rider, the London-based online retailer.

Several bike builders have pledged their support of the wider scene: step up Zero Engineering, Deus Customs, CRD, El Solitario and Australia’s Rocker Classic Motorcycles. If you’re searching for components for your own bike, Dime City Cycles, Progressive Suspension, British Customs and Lowbrow Customs are the guys to go to. And from the media world we’re helped by the Australian magazine Just Bikes and the US television series Cafe Racer TV.

2013 is shaping up to be a great year for the custom scene. May your own 2013 be just as good. Happy New Year.