Bike Builder Spotlight!

•September 20, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Well HELL!  Finally got some stuff squared away so now I can do some catchin up in here.  I know it’s been a little bit, so thanks for all those that have been patient and stuck around!  So now, on to what you’ve been waiting for…

~BIKE BUILDER SPOTLIGHT!~

This week, I got a hold of…

Gasoline Alley's

HawkedWarrior Dark Watch/ Gasoline’s Alleys is my shop/ Kinship M/C Club kinship is a famly oriented mc club

SLM: What got you started on building motorcycles here in Second Life?
tryed a few thing like cars and home and was not to happy with that so i tryed a choper parst stro i saw and loved it and desided tyo build wht i cant afrod in r/l lol

SLM: How long have you been building bikes?
around 6 months

SLM: What type of bikes do you build (cruisers, superbikes, etc.)?
manly cruisers but realy wht ever comes to mine and  and i like.

SLM: Do you still have/remember the first successful bike you built?
ya acualy i do it was called bad mother f****r

SLM: Can you spill any beans on any current and future projects?
not realy have a few ideas boincing arond in my head but the knomes are still ponding them out.

SLM: Do you ride in real life as well?  If so, what do you ride?
i do but i lost my bike a to w years back and been taking care of my r/l wife that is fightihng cancer so have not had time yto get a nother one let alone the cash to get one.

SLM: How did you learn to make bikes in Second Life (read a lot of material, apprenticed, worked for another)?
acualt i had no clue how to oput one to gether so a find of mone sead thay know some one willing to show me  so shr intrududsed me to tnangel Shinn and i sepnt a houre or so with her sowing me the basicks and then whent home and practes a copel of days til i got one i liked.

SLM: What would you say is the most important thing in regards to how you make your bikes?
well that i like what i see and if i woulr rid it in rl is them most.

"Bandit"

SLM: Out of all the bikes that you’ve built, what would you say is currently your crowning achievement and why?
Bandit is my crownjewel right now.

SLM: What’s one thing that you’d like to see in the future of bike building?
more prims to work with 32 is cool but we could do so mutch more if the prims were higer onlow prim builds.

SLM: Motorcycle building aside, what’s one thing you’d like to see in the future of Second Life?
realy i guess i would say a copel of things. ones moe acsepting of kid avi’s that r age ver more unity in the builders worlds and a lot more t and a lol

SLM: To all the people reading this, anything in particular you’d like to say?
hay you all sl is a hell of a lot of fun and thats why were here so lets not make r/l our s/l

Thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule to answer my questions HawkedWarrior! If any of you get the chance to check out Gasoline Alleys, be sure to let ‘im know that Duranu sent ya! Beautiful family by the way Hawked! 🙂

Hawk's Family

If any of you know of a builder that you think deserves a spotlight of their own, let me know and we can see about doing one! 

See ya on the road!

Comanche Nation Bike Show

•September 15, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Show information now on it’s own page!  Check listings on the menu to the right or click this link for the Comanche Nation Bike Show info.

Weekly Roundup!

•September 10, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Yipes, what a week… Keeping super busy, BUT still working to get you all the info that you’ve come to expect to find on this blog! Semi-quite on the builder front with school having started, Fall having creeped it’s way in, and people gettin ready for winter and the holidays that will be upon us before we know it. Still plenty to find if you look though, not to mention a couple shows ending pretty soon!

~Weekly Roundup~

Lexy Oller over at FAB is still working hard to get new parts out for those seeking something new and different in their builds. Kinda hard to figure out where to start with all this… First, she’s got a new one prim fire extinguisher which replaces her older two prim version. Earlier this week, she released a 1 prim wheel and tire set with all maps and textures included. Coming in blank, four, and five spoke configurations. Also, if you’re in her chopper parts group, don’t forget to check the notices as she had a free oil tank released earlier this week.  If you didn’t get it or haven’t been on the last few days, check your notice history and grab that part!

Other big news comes from TAMA with their new Subsculpt System. A new and versatile plugin for use with the Sculpt Studio! This one only works with the Sculpt Studio and can be used in conjunction with the Sculpt Studio’s many tools and other plugins from other 3rd party merchantes. Designed by Eleanora newell and Fox Obviate of Tama and in cooperation with Blade Spargel. You can find the TAMA Subsculpt System at the TAMA store in Market Square, Mystica.

Voting commences at the 21 Gunz Bike Show! I haven’t done so myself, but I’ll be heading there shortly to put my own votes in and do some of my own judging. Keep your eyes open for the winners to be announced this weekend!

Potter Dinzeo has his new Freedom Riders Motorcycle Mall opened up today. Showcasing bikes from builders all around, spots soon to be filled to allow people a chance to take a look at what the motorcycle builders of Second Life have to offer. With demos available to rez and try out as well as a nice, little sim to test them out on, this is definitely a place to check out.

Like I said earlier, my week’s been super busy, but I’ve been keeping my eye out for any notices and news that gets thrown my way. If I missed anything, definitely let me know so I can either include it in this current post, or send it out in next week’s Weekly Roundup!

See ya on the road!

Weekly Roundup!

•September 3, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Some of the biggest news in regards to the new stuff for the week goes to Redtail Magic of Lakhota. A bunch of new parts including a vintage indian style scout frame, 36 spoke wheels, single AND double cap tanks, and new leaf spring forks was just recently release. Get the kit and the twin cap tank is free! Also available at Lakhota, Trinity’s much celebrated Bucklehead motor now comes without the oil tank to better fit a larger variety of frames.

MLCC has released the new Dyna Classic motorcycle. Based on a popular Harley style of bike, with four included paint jobs as well as I-paint capability for those that want a truly custom paint job. Including all the gizmos, gadgets, and detail work that you’d expect from Motor Loon.

For those that have already bought the Deep South Choppers Road King, a new update is up and ready! Just rez your bike for the update. Don’t have a Road King yet? With the new release out, this is the perfect time to pick one up!

At my own shop, Razorfen’s Custom Motorcycles, I’ll be starting a Labor Day Weekend sale starting tonight and going on through to Monday night. Save 30% on all regularly priced bikes this weekend only! Bikes already discounted, on sale, custom jobs, or the RCM Specials are exempt from this offer. Sale prices will be reflected on the vendors at the discounted amount.

Not the busiest week this week, but if I missed anything, definitely let me know!

See ya on the road!

Bike Builder Spotlight!

•August 30, 2010 • Leave a Comment

I know this is a little later in the day than usual, but this week’s been hectic for me. Thankfully a special builder I’ve known for a while has managed to step up and keep the spotlights goin!

This week…

~BIKE BUILDER SPOTLIGHT!~

Chas Blackheart of Blackhearts Bikes

Chas Blackheart/Blackhearts Bikes

SLM: What got you started on building motorcycles here in Second Life? Love bikes in rl so why not in here lol

SLM: How long have you been building bikes? Umm like 2 weeks after i started wasnt that many builders at that time so i wanted to build some for me then it just took off

SLM: What type of bikes do you build (cruisers, superbikes, etc.)? Old Skolz but i can build anything and have

SLM: Do you still have/remember the first successful bike you built? ya the Slayer was my best seller and the Punisher

SLM: Can you spill any beans on any current and future projects? More realist textures and more of my own sculpts to help keep ahead of the rest of the pack

SLM: Do you ride in real life as well?  If so, what do you ride? I used to, Had a shovel that rattled it self apart once a week and had to pop start it it was awesome lol

SLM: How did you learn to make bikes in Second Life (read a lot of material, apprenticed, worked for another)? I learnd the hard way is why my script is so diffrent then most i made 3/4s of it from every script i could find i started with the free basic script and used every one i could find lol

SLM: What would you say is the most important thing in regards to how you make your bikes? Realistic look is the most inportant to me

SLM: Out of all the bikes that you’ve built, what would you say is currently your crowning achievement and why? The Marader and The Hustler they are my most realistic to date The Hustler isnt finshed yet but will be soon 🙂

SLM: What’s one thing that you’d like to see in the future of bike building? Less crappy bikes gives us real builders a bad name you get a crappy bike you may think they are all crappy

SLM: Motorcycle building aside, what’s one thing you’d like to see in the future of Second Life? A vewier that works lol

SLM: To all the people reading this, anything in particular you’d like to say? Its easy to say i have the best bikes in sl but is way harder to prove it come by the shop if you dont see what your looking for send me a note card and we can see what we can do and take the test bike out for a ride and you be the judge.

Thanks Chas! When I first came back to Second Life, Blackhearts Bikes were some of the first bikes I’ve ever purchased, and for that they hold a special place in my inventory. Heck, even the pic I use in the group picture isn’t one of my own bikes, but one of the Blackheart bikes I’ve purchased. Awesome work bro! If you give him a visit, make sure to let him know that Duranu sent ya!

See ya on the road!

Vaquero’s Bike Rally-**Show Ended/Results Posted**

•August 29, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Check out the contest links to the right for results information or click here!

Congrats to all the winners!!!

Weekly Roundup!

•August 27, 2010 • Leave a Comment

It’s admittedly been kind of a slow week in terms of parts and bikes this time.  Unless I’ve missed a few things…

Oh well, everyone deserves a nice break now and then. 🙂

~WEEKLY ROUNDUP!~

From the looks of it, seems like everyone’s busy building or crafting up new bikes and parts. Which is just fine really.  Good parts and bikes take time to create and certainly can’t have something new come out each and every week. 

Unfortunately for me, that doesn’t give me a whole lot to write about for the week.

For those still looking for something new, if you haven’t done so yet, check out the contest information pages over to the right. Affi’s Bike Show, Vaquero’s, 21 Gunz, and the Blaze of Glory shows are still underway and there’s plenty of interesting builds to look at. With builders all over SL placing there entries in with hopes of a trophy, it makes for an interesting shopping experience if you’re looking for something fresh and new. While at some of the shows, check out some of the stores nearby. Usually another builder either owns the sim or sponsors the show and their stores tend to be nearby making for pretty convenient shopping.

KCP has the new X3 Forward Controls released. Single prim with 5 different size variations and 3 textures.  Maps included for one low price.

FAB International still keeps busy with more than just parts. They’ve recently opened the Push Rod, their new biker strip club as well as a Best Biker Body photo contest. From what I understand, slots are still open, so if you’re interested in possibly winning a good deal of money, as well as other prizes, definitely check it out! If you’re not looking to enter, then might as well peruse the goods and vote for the one that catches your eye.

Back from a short hiatus, Leogoth Ulrick is back on the scene with his custom paint shop, Rabid Graphics. One of the first, if not the first shop to provide custom paints for paintable bikes, such as MLCC, CC Customs, and HSCC. Looking for something unique and to make that bike you purchased truly a one-of-a-kind piece of art? Drop him a line and see what he can do for you!

As far as my own store, I’ve started a line of extremely affordable bikes that run between L$150 to L$200 each. Only four bikes currently in what I call the Specials line. These bikes are meant for those that want a great bike, but find the cost of many bikes to be a little bit out of their reach. While not visually up to the standards of their more expensive brothers, they handle just as well and have many of the same options. I’ve also got a weekend special where I pick two of my regular bikes and place them at 50% on time limited vendors. Once they’ve been on there once, they won’t be there again, so here’s the chance to nab some great bikes at a huge discount.

I’ve tried to hop around and catch what I can, but I know that a week is a very short amount of time when it comes to checking out the builders of SL. If you’re a builder and you’ve got something new that you’d like to share, drop me a line, let me know, and I’ll do what I can to get the word out!

See ya on the road!

Bike Builder Spotlight and More Bike Show Info!

•August 23, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Another weekend gone by and a new week begins… With how busy things have been, I almost forgot the weekend was even here.

This is Second Life. It’s supposed to be an escape from the hectic and stressful Real World.

Take a breather. Remember those around you, the family, the friends, and yourself. Keep the Second Life as an escape from the Real World, before you end up needing the Real World to escape your Second Life. 

Now, on to Monday’s…

~BIKE BUILDER SPOTLIGHT!~

This week we introduce…

Six Denimore/SSCC – Six Shooter Custom Cycles/The Chosen MC

SLM: What got you started on building motorcycles here in Second Life?
-I’ve been in SL for 4 years and I was the second custom painter to ever be in SL, and it had always caught my interest and I finally got the nerve to persue what I’ve always wanted to do here. Bring great quality bikes to the bikers of SL.
SLM: How long have you been building bikes?
-I just opened shop August 21st, 2010
SLM: What type of bikes do you build (cruisers, superbikes, etc.)?
-Choppers, Old School/Classics, Trikes
SLM: Do you still have/remember the first successful bike you built?
-No, I do not have the first successful bike unfortunately, but all others after that bike have become even better.
SLM: Can you spill any beans on any current and future projects?
-All I will say is…just keep an eye out on SSCC, there will be many great bikes brought into SL, and perhaps raise the bar of SL bike building 😉
SLM: Do you ride in real life as well?  If so, what do you ride?
-I do ride, but unfortunately I lost my motorcycle due to an accident. GSXR. Hopefully in the future I’ll come across another bike that’ll catch my attention.
SLM: How did you learn to make bikes in Second Life (read a lot of material, apprenticed, worked for another)?
-I’ve always been building since I started SL, so it’s almost second nature to me.
SLM: What would you say is the most important thing in regards to how you make your bikes?
-I put an extreme amount of hours into these motorcycles, to bring out the best quality bikes I can offer to the best of my ability.
SLM: Out of all the bikes that you’ve built, what would you say is currently your crowning achievement and why?
– The SSCC Undertaker. It’s just an incredible build from the time I came up with the design, to the time I made it happen here in SL…not to mention many compliments, which is always great to hear.
SLM: What’s one thing that you’d like to see in the future of bike building?
-I can’t exactly say…it’ll blow my cover 😉
SLM: Motorcycle building aside, what’s one thing you’d like to see in the future of Second Life?
-Those meshes LL has been going on about for the longest time.
SLM: To all the people reading this, anything in particular you’d like to say?
-Thank you for taking the time to read this article, I appreciate everyones continued support towards myself and pushing forward SSCC. I’ll be bringing some incredible bikes into the market in the near future, so keep an eye out for that. Join my group ” Six Shooter Custom Cycles “, to stay updated!

Thanks Six for takin the time to answer my questions and good luck on the new endeavor! Can’t wait to see what you have in store for the future!

~A NEW (and different?) BIKE SHOW/CONTEST!~

Blaze of Glory contest information has been added to the Contest Info Pages!  Registration is currently running, so be sure to check the info and hop to it!

Good luck to all who register!

Want to be notified of updates to this blog? Be sure to subscribe! There’s also a Second Life Motorcycle group that can notify you of updates to not only this blog, but from builders too. It’s a great way to stay up-to-date on everything motorcycle in Second Life. To join, drop me a line or you can find group joiners here. You can join the regular group (best), or you can join the subscriber if you don’t have room for groups (won’t take up one of your 25 group slots). If you join the main group, and are a builder, make sure to let me know because all builders get notification rights to the group.

Weekly Roundup

•August 20, 2010 • 1 Comment

Every week on Friday, I run around and see what I can find that’s just recently come out or starting, and post it here on a Weekly Roundup to help keep all of you informed. If you have something yourself that’s new this week (or coming up next week), drop me a line and I’ll do what I can to get the word out! Now on to the…

~WEEKLY ROUNDUP!~

Lexy Oller at FAB is still churning out the new parts with a high-detail, up draft, duel throat, carb manifold and aircleaner- linkage and throttle cable. Say that ten times fast… Other new parts literally all over the store as well as many of these going on special pricing for this weekend. Check the store out to see what’s available and act quick. No idea how long some of these specials will last.

Stacy at Stacy’s Custom Choppers has two new bikes released; the SS Razzor Cross and the Double Cross! New parts are also available at her store, such as a cross seat, tail lights, fender, and tank. Even more parts coming soon!

Jonathan of JAZ Custom Bikes has released what he feels is his most detailed bike yet, the Iron Outlaw! Equipped with TONS of features, including 27 sex and cuddle poses (rawr…) that JAZ is well known for. Check it out now for a demo over at his main store.

I’m a little late in coming with this one, but I’ve been told that Amphibian Beebe of BUR Classic Motorcycles has had a couple new bike releases. I haven’t yet had a chance to take a look for myself, but from what I recall, these are low priced, but NOT low in detail. Gonna try to shoot over there to take a look, but if anyone beats me to it, drop me a line and let me know what you see.

Not to be outdone myself, been working hard on multiple projects, but managed to release two new bikes of my own! The RCM Dragon’s Breath and my latest RCM Renegade motorcycles are available now and can be viewed at my main store, Razorfen’s Custom Motorcycles. I’m also running numerous specials, such as my very first bike release, the Big Boy and also the HIM Tribute bike, on a special vendor for 50% off regular price! My ongoing weekly raffle is still running as well for a free Firefly motorcycle. Free to enter and open to Second Life Motorcycle group members only!

21 Gunz had such a successful turnout on their last contest, that they’re starting a new one tomorrow! Updated information can be found on the contest pages, so be sure to check it out and enter, as spaces will be limited!

Good luck to those who enter, and if I missed anything, please don’t hesitate to let me know!!!

See ya on the road!

Bike Builder Spotlight & A New Contest Added!

•August 16, 2010 • Leave a Comment

I’ve been kinda trying to stay out of this considering I’m the one that actually runs this thing… I also hate tooting my own horn (especially since I can’t play a single note without destroying half of civilization, you should hear me try playing violin). I’ve had a bunch of people ask me when I was going to do this myself though, so while I wait for a few responses, figured I might as well get it out of the way…

~BIKE BUILDER SPOTLIGHT!~

Duranu Razorfen of Razorfen's Custom Motorcycles and the Second Life Motorcycle Blog.

Duranu Razorfen of Razorfen’s Custom Motorcycles & the Second Life Motorcyle Blog

SLM: What got you started on building motorcycles here in Second Life?

I had a strong interest in motorcycles here when I first set foot in SL and saw someone careening by on a motorcycle of their own. Shortly after, I began collecting motorcycles. Purchasing from many different builders here and there as well as inhaling various freebies that I’d come across. On another blog I frequent (Virtual Neko), I became known for collecting pretty much anything on two wheels, and the owner of the blog (Stacia Villota) shoved a boot up my arse to get my own blog started about motorcycles in Second Life. With a great amount of help, she helped get this blog started and as I would look around for information and other interesting tidbits to fill these pages, I’d meet more and more interesting people, many of them bike builders. Naturally, I had to try to build one myself, at first just to see if I could even do it. Like one person told me though, once you get one started, it isn’t long before you try your hand at another, and another, and another, and now I have my own store full of ’em.

SLM: How long have you been building bikes?

Just about over two months I think… At least since I’ve created my very first and working bike. I’ve had some parts put together for a very long time, but never really took it seriously until after I started writing the blog.

SLM: What type of bikes do you build (cruisers, superbikes, etc.)?

Cruisers, choppers, anything that catches my fancy really. 

My very first, working, motorcycle... The Big Boy.

SLM: Do you still have/remember the first successful bike you built?

It wasn’t too long ago, so it’s not exactly easy to forget. The Big Boy, with monstrous ape hangers, was the very first bike I’ve ever gotten to work, and is still in my vendors for sale. Regardless of what other bikes I put out, it’s still one of my top favorites simply because it was my “gateway” bike and it started this whole building habit.

SLM: Can you spill any beans on any current and future projects?

I’m pretty spontaneous when it comes to building bikes. If I get an idea in my head, I’ll usually put a few parts together so I don’t forget what I was thinking about, then I’ll tuck it away for later. Eventually I’ll pick it back up and finish it when inspiration slaps me in the face. I’ve probably got at least 5-10 unfinished, partially built bikes in my inventory now. I can say that I have a few older styled bikes as well as a steampunkish type I’d like to complete soon.

SLM: Do you ride in real life as well?  If so, what do you ride?

I don’t ride in real life, but I know quite a few that do. I intend to get my first actual bike hopefully by next summer. Got my eye on several so I can’t really say what it’ll be yet.

SLM: How did you learn to make bikes in Second Life (read a lot of material, apprenticed, worked for another)?

Observation primarily. As I’d wander the grid and meet people, I’d see how the bikes were put together, and usually get plenty of tips from the builders themselves, at least for as long as they’d tolerate my inquiries. Quite a few builders were particularly helpful to me, solving issues, and helping me through tough spots. Wouldn’t have gotten where I was without Bud Starsider and Fox Obviate especially.  Numerous builders have been extremely helpful with there own tips, too many to name them all. What’s great is the amount of people there are in the community that are more than willing and eager to help a new builder start out, shrugging aside competitive pride and welcoming a new builder with support and understanding.  

Yet to be released, the RCM Dragon's Breath.

SLM: What would you say is the most important thing in regards to how you make your bikes?

I have a big thing for details. The more detailed the bits, the better. Also proportions. I’m still learning alot about this and although many of the bikes I build don’t exactly follow any real life works, I refer to a lot of real life photos to get an idea of how big a certain part should be, or where something should go.

SLM: Out of all the bikes that you’ve built, what would you say is currently your crowning achievement and why?

I’m a far cry from probably having a “crowning achievement” considering the fact that I learn something new about building almost every day. I also haven’t been building for a particularly long time, so it’s still a bit in the future before I can probably say I have one. I’m quite proud of a particular bike that I’m currently still building, but since it’s still in the building stage, it’s hard to say if it’ll be my crowning achievement. Of course I’m going to work for it though, as I do with every bike I build.

SLM: What’s one thing that you’d like to see in the future of bike building?

I’d like to see a higher prim limit without having to resort to attachments. There’s a lot of things other builders have mentioned, like some mesh thingy… Let’s just say, if the other builders are looking forward to future enhancements, I’ll be right there with ’em.

Razorfen's Custom Motorcycles

SLM: Motorcycle building aside, what’s one thing you’d like to see in the future of Second Life?

Like everyone seems to mention, less lag, smoother sim transitions, as well as an end to copybotting as well as copybot “witch hunts.” That’s plenty more than just one thing, but if LL fixes at least one out of these, I can’t really complain.

SLM: To all the people reading this, anything in particular you’d like to say?

Thanks for all the help that everyone’s provided in helping me get started with building bikes, the information that everyone is more than willing to share, and to those that have helped me make this blog something special. If it wasn’t for people like you, a lot of what I have now would have never existed.

Keep doing what you guys do, and I’ll be right there with ya.

See ya on the road!

~AFC Bike Show!~

Affi Flux of AFC has his own bike show started in order to celebrate his new sim opening! Check the contest pages  for information and get those bikes entered!!!

Good luck to you all!