James McBride

James McBride is the editor of Silodrome, the website devoted to Gasoline Culture. With a father who was a mechanic and an off-road enthusiast, James was exposed to cars, trucks, 4x4s and motorcycles from a very early age.

Fossil fuelled machines still take up most of his leisure time: and when he says “most of,” he really means “all of.” James currently lives in Hong Kong and rides a red Honda GB250 cafe racer.

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Suzuki GN400 custom

This 1981 Suzuki GN400 is one of those increasingly rare custom motorcycles that was built for under $1,000—without actually looking like it was built for…

Vintage Motorcycle Jackets

Three months ago, Chris and I put our heads together and created the first in this series of Silodrome Selections. The subject we chose was…

Motorcycle Armor

The exoskeletons enjoyed by insects and crustaceans have a big advantage over our endoskeletons. In the event of an impact, they distribute force over a…

Motorcycle Backpacks

Motorcycles have an almost spiritual allure. When you’re in the saddle hammering down the tarmac, the world and all its worries disappear in the rear…

Motorcycle Gloves

I’ve often heard it said that when a person comes off a motorcycle, the first part of their body to hit the ground is a…

Textile Motorcycle Jackets

There are many upsides to living in warmer climates. You get the sunshine, the barbecues and 365 days of riding weather each year. But there’s…

Motorcycle Jeans

Wearing standard jeans on a motorcycle often sounds like an excellent idea to new riders: Denim is generally seen as being a hard-wearing fabric that…

Full face helmets

If you ride a motorcycle, you’ll know there’s discord between full-face and open-face advocates. Proponents of full-face lids disavow anything that doesn’t provide complete protection,…

Motorcycle Jackets

The gear you choose to wear whilst riding says a lot about you. Our squidly counterparts on GSX-Rs will invariably cloak themselves in patently absurd…