I'm into my 13th year of making Sideburn, and I'm pleased to say I'm as excited about SB45 as any issue we have previously published. I know, I know, sounds like marketing codswallop, but it isn't. I think of the business of Sideburn endlessly. I consider the content of the magazine, what will hit, what might miss; what should be in and out; who should be interviewed before who. Then I realise I'm overthinking (everything. All the time) and jam as much fresh stuff into the 108 pages as possible, while not crossing over with any of the big custom bike websites or the myriad leech-like 'curated' feeds that spot the landscape like black mould on a fleapit motel's bathroom wall.
So, this is it. ORDER Sideburn 45.
Deep in the Georgia backwoods, country as a chicken coop, Chastin Brand went hunting for a new project, and found an abandoned 1959 International Harvester Metro van. It had been there for years, sinking into the ground, but he thought he could resurrect it. He was right, and now it's the most memorable bike hauler we can think of.
Elsewhere in SB45 we have a wild mix of events from Travis Pastrana at American Flat Track's Atlanta SuperTT, to Russia's second ever dirt track race, plus the neatest bikes, for virtually every budget, from 1970s short trackers to flying desert racers, and handsome hooligans.
COVER: Chastin Brand, Honda Elsinore, Georgia
BIKES: 2021 AFT KTM 450; Honda Elsinore; Devitt Vanoni Ducati Scrambler hooligan; Hombrese 1978 Yamaha SR500 dirt tracker; Hombrese 1978 Honda XL500; 2019 Norton Commando street scrambler; 1974 Yamaha MX250 dirt tracker; Ducati Desert Sled desert racer; Evil Hours Triumph Thruxton hooligan; 1938 Triumph Speed Twin grasstrack sidecar; 2019 Have Fun!! Fantic Caballero 500 dirt tracker;
PEOPLE: Travis Pastrana; Dalton Gauthier; JD Beach; Jose Aguilar; Tammy Sessions; James Rispoli
INTERVIEW: Dalton Gauthier
ARCHIVE: Tammy Sessions; 1970s racing trailblazer
PORTFOLIO: The art of Samuel Lee Turner
HAULER: 1959 International Harvester Metro van
EVENTS: AFT Atlanta SuperTT; In Dust We Trust, Moscow; Biltwell 100 California desert race