Scotch & Iron Look Book Beach Shoot
We’ve had these images sitting around for a little while, but they are too good not to make a blog post. In case you were not aware, Fort Lauderdale is located on the beach…haha…and we often find our way to the beach for photo shoots. This was another great shoot featuring Cam featuring our United Moto V2 gray tee.
Enjoy the images and you can find this tee along with many others HERE
Scotch & Iron Spring 2018 Collections
We are excited to drop part of our Spring 2018 Collection on April 18th, so we sent the boys out to look their best chugging beers and doing burnouts in the new gear. Included in this product drop will be two hats that I have been super excited about. We took one of our original Ride More Work Less Badge logos and put them on laser etched leather patches. We will have two color ways in a red and black trucker and a dark khaki curved bill hat.
Also in this collection will be a new heather gray flannel and as always we will have more of our essential collection “Brain Bucket” hats and hoodies.
Check out a few images that we captured of some of the new items below and keep a look out for more items to drop on April 18th.
VolksBlast 2018 Miami, Florida
It was that time of the year again, and a perfect time to enjoy some South Florida weather and check out some of the best examples of Vintage V-Dubs in the South East. This is one event that I truly look forward to. I started coming to this event back in 2007 when I lived in New York. It was a really good reason to make the long trek from the cold north to help medicate my seasonal depression. Fast forward to 2018, and I still get excited at the end of January approaches.
I spent a few hours walking the show venue at Sunset Place in South Miami with camera in hand. There is always the veteran cars in attendance, but each year seems to bring out a few new builds to the event, and this year was no exception.
Have a look at the images from this years even and leave a comment below on which is your favorite. If you can get free for next years event, I highly suggest it.
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J. Webster Designs Honda CB550 Scrambler
Very few of us have the huevos to jump in with both feet and attempt to grab our dreams — failure be damned. We are all-too content to sit back, hoping our dreams fall into our laps. Justin Webster built this slick, urban scrambler, utilizing hand-made parts and a singular vision. He built it in the garage he owns and operates as a “one-man band.” Justin has a dream.
The bike — a 1974 Honda CB550 — came together on a shoestring budget, though the results belie any financial limitations. Justin had an order for a café racer build, but when the customer backed out in favor of a nondescript Ducati sportbike, Justin was left free reign to create whatever he wanted. He chose to build a bike he thought Honda might have built in the CB’s heyday, had the concept occurred to it. But first, Justin had some work to do.
“(It) was your typical ratted-out CB550, owned by a person that had no business working on a motorcycle,” he says. “The paint was stripped off and it was rocking a bare-metal tank. The frame was poorly spray bombed and the accessories, electrical harness, and motor were the victims of the resulting overspray. But it ran, and the price was right.”
The engine overspray played right into Justin’s hands. He is the owner-operator of J. Webster Designs in Florida, specializing in custom-made, CNC-machined vintage Honda parts like tappet covers and tachometer drive plugs. Here was a chance to showcase his wares while building the fully functional and street-legal scrambler that never was. How could he pass it up?
When it hit dealerships in the 1974, the CB550 was an instant hit. Its 50-horsepower in-line four was fast for its time, and Honda borrowed its single overhead cam and two valves per pot straight from its earlier racing engines. The CB was considered a super sport, and its popularity makes them easy to find still. Justin says there weren’t any surprises when rebuilding one.
Honda’s enduro-styled CL350 twin was already kicking up dirt upon the CB550’s introduction, but a larger-bore scrambler was non-existent. Builders often transformed them into choppers or café racers, but Webster’s urban scrambler concept is a uniquely modern take. It is an obviously popular concept today, but a 550cc scrambler would have been a monster in 1974.
Justin tackled the scrambler the same way he did his first CB build. He stripped it to its bones and set to removing every extraneous tab and bracket. A clean, less-hooligan, powder-coated frame, wheels and headlight bucket emerged. He modified the triple tree and rebuilt the forks, then he drilled and lightened the brake rotor. The rebuilt engine received some light port work and full J.Webster Designs parts treatment but is otherwise stock.
The undersized Bates-style headlight and lack of fenders may not suit everyone’s taste, but they undeniably work on this one-off build. A super-light Shorai lithium battery runs modern electronics like a Motogagdet Motoscope mini digital instrument cluster and matching M-Unit smartphone-controlled computer. His CB550 scrambler functions like a new motorcycle, but Justin’s rich and retro paint job on the rescued tank and the gaiters with J.Webster Designs collars scream vintage. The whole package looks more like something the scrambler would have evolved into had it never disappeared, much more so than any of the current retro crop manages to achieve.
Justin’s modern take on the classic scrambler includes the obligatory upswept pipes, which alone can give the modern manufacturers’ versions a vintage vibe. He bent those beauties himself, tucking them around the engine, through the frame and under the seat so that they don’t need the heat shielding that almost prevented those old scramblers from singeing the inside of riders’ legs — almost.
“The way I designed the pipes leaves plenty of room in all the right places,” he says. “High mount ‘scrambler’ styled pipes are always a give and take design. Even the factory offerings have given riders permanent reminders of past adventures. This bike is no different. Just consider them leg warmers for the winter months in Florida.”
Justin’s love of the CB platform started with his first bike, a 1976 CB750F. Though he loved motorcycles as a child, he wasn’t allowed to own one. When he went away to college, he says he figured, “What momma don’t know won’t hurt her.” He came upon his first CB by happenstance, but he was in love. He bought it to rebuild it, and he literally scraped change to buy it. He says has his wife to thank — or blame — for everything.
“Being a college student,” he says, “I didn’t have any money, and the couple hundred dollars that I needed to round up was a stretch.” He saved what he could, and he coaxed his then-girlfriend out of the money she’d saved since childhood to get the rest, stored as it was in an oversized Coke bottle in the closet.
“That bike was immediately disassembled to the bare frame as soon as I unloaded it from my truck and built back up on a college budget, using every budget-cutting trick in the book,” he says. “It looked cool and got me on two wheels, and that’s all that mattered.”
Justin started J.Webster Designs in 2012, at age 25, beginning it as side project like so many small businesses are. He worked nights and weekends, then was fortuitously fired from his day job for “some rather ridiculous reasons.” The firing was the kick in the pants he needed, though.
“It forced me to realize that the time was right and I was just prolonging the decision to go full time in trade for the comfort and safety of a cushy and safe job,” he says. “So, I decided to go all in and give it everything I have.”
Justin Webster is chasing his dream, and he’s giving us a window through which to view that dream with each new part he creates and each unique bike he builds. Focusing his early efforts on one of the most popular platforms in the history of motorcycling might seem safe for a person of his obvious talent, but it’s a shrewd move. More bikes and more universal parts on the horizon. For now, he’s doing what he loves, and he’s enjoying his work.
“Have fun” he says. “Life is short and there are adventures to be found. Don’t be afraid to go find them.”
Be sure to check out J. Webster Designs
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Bad Ass Bagged and Rotary Powered Datsun 510
During my late night insomniac driven interwebz crawls, this build came across my screen and I had to come to a screeching halt. I’ve been itching to actually spend some time on my current projects, but I find that running an online business is pretty time consuming for one person. But seeing these images is some insane motivation to stop all the excuses.
As I type this I am aware that this car is on display at SEMA Show in Vegas and I can’t wait to get there on Wednesday to see it.
According to the owner Phil @twistedimages the car had sat dormant for many years having been chopped around by students at WyoTech. Phil had the opportunity to scoop the car up in hopes of bringing life back into it.
After sitting around for a bit more his buddy Miles @shortrodeo a member of Severed Ties offered up his fab skills and garage space. And so the project began.
I have to admit, having been involved as a member of Negative Camber Truck Club back in my day…this type of stuff brings back great memories.
Be sure to follow Phil and Miles on Instagram and show some love.
So on with the images. Visit the full build thread HERE.
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10 Awesome Scrambler Motorcycle Builds
At the Scotch and Iron studio, we spend a lot of time in front of our computers doing the dirty internet work required of this business. We can’t help but get distracted from time to time browsing some of the best cars and bikes we can find on the interwebz. So when we stumbled on a few Scrambler Motorcycle builds we had to compile a few more of our favorites.
Pinterest is always a go to site to quickly scan some of the best bikes hitting the moto scene. We saved a few of our favorites and wanted to share them here with you. Check out these bad ass builds and be sure to stop by the builders websites.
Yamaha SR500 by Powder Monkees and Federal Moto / Source BIXEEXIF
Ducati Scrambler by Krugger
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