Over the past couple of years, one of the most common requests we’ve had from readers has been for the ultimate motorcycle book—‘the book of Bike EXIF’. We’ve finally found the perfect match for this project in the Berlin-based publisher Gestalten.
Gestalten books sit on the cutting edge of design, photography and popular culture. The company is famous for its spectacular production values, and has worked with Diesel, MTV, Nokia, Red Bull and Volkswagen.
Over the past few months, I’ve been editing the book with Robert Klanten, Gestalten’s CEO—a confirmed petrolhead who rides at every opportunity he gets. To help with writing The Ride, we’ve brought on board several big names in the motorcycling world.
They include Paul d’Orléans (The Vintagent), David Edwards (former Cycle World editor, now running BikeCraft) and the leading UK journalist Gary Inman (founder of Sideburn magazine and a regular contributor to Bike).
The Ride will feature most of the world’s top custom motorcycle builders, spanning the alphabet from Ad Hoc to the Wrenchmonkees. It’ll be a luxurious hardcover format with 320 pages of the finest photography.
In June, many of our featured builders from Europe travelled to France for the Wheels & Waves motorcycle festival in Biarritz. We took a film crew there, and shot footage for a documentary that will be released when the book is published. Here’s short teaser—enjoy.