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Matthew Roberts

Creative Director, Speedtractor in Tokyo

Building Motorcycles for One

PRESENTED ON APR 30, 2014
IN TOKYO @ VOL 113

Matthew Roberts, Creative Director at Speedtractor Industries, is part of a global movement to reestablish motorcycles as casual, cool forms of transportation, and he's doing it by creating beautiful, unique custom-made motorcycles for one client at a time. Matthew goes into depth on the new wave of motorcycle riders -- not the circus performers you see on TV -- a group of individuals looking to build something of their own, and take on new adventures on the road. (Images courtesy of Bikeexif.com)

"Presentation of the Day" on May 16, 2014.

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Building a Playground for All

BY ROB KERR
@ VOL 17 ON OCT 09, 2013

Rob Kerr wants to revitalize Christchurch. His plans for this include significant chnages to Christchurch's waterfront property along the central river. One such plan is the world's largest playground. To design this playground, they consulted the winners of a playground design contest that over 8000 kids participated in.

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Nashville Design Lab

BY DAVID GRISHAM
@ VOL 14 ON OCT 14, 2014

David Grisham is an architect in Nashville who ventured into making custom mailboxes for people around the United States. He explains the processes and surprises through his continuing journey as an entrepreneur. He started off very small but now has built his own business called Nashville Design Lab. To see more of his work visit https://www.etsy.com/shop/NashvilleDesignLab# 

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Its Not What You Ride, But How You Ride

BY MATTHEW ROBERTS
@ VOL 124 ON APR 22, 2015

Matthew Roberts of Speedtractor Industries, a custom motorcycle and design studio in Tokyo, shares his passion for the true essence of motorcycle riding. With custom motorcyle design becoming ever more accessible, Matthew discusses how he guides clients to design the bikes that are just right for them.

"Presentation of the Day" on May 15, 2015. 

Images: Bikeexif.com, Mottomucci, Speedtractor, Brian Scott Peterson, Autofabrica, Old Empire Motorcycles, Hepcat_624, Iceblock Films.

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Transformative Motorcycle Design

BY MATTHEW ROBERTS
@ PECHAKUCHA NIGHT SPECIAL @ AUTODESK POP-UP ON NOV 08, 2015

"The easiest way to describe what we do is like a two wheeled equivalent of the Eames LCW. We're looking for something that's timeless and embodies the essence of motorcycles."

Matthew Roberts of Speedtractor Industries, a custom motorcycle and design studio in Tokyo known from its elegant and personal custom creations, believes motorcycle design has finally come of age, to a place and time where people can appreciate the truest essence of motorcycling. Matthew discusses how a movement of bespoke design houses like his, offer riders and non-riders alike a glimpse of how a a new wave of contemporary design sense won't necessarily have to be rooted in a bygone time, nor will it likely loose it's mod look decades from now. An ultimately cool PechaKucha.

 

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Gearheadism

BY BEA BOMBARDIER
@ VOL 2 ON JAN 21, 2016

Speaker Bea Mehlhorn brings us into the world of gearhead, fashion, furniture building, and local pinup community.

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Disowned Customs - Motorcycle Fabricator

BY DANI PAJAK
@ VOL 27 ON FEB 18, 2016

"When I was younger, I never thought that I would be a motorcycle builder."

In Disowned Customs - Motorcycle Fabricator from PechaKucha Night Cleveland Vol. 27Dani Pajak shares on his life as a custom motorcycle builder. Pajak is a builder in Cleveland who got his start in his own garage. He learned how to weld from a local company – Lincoln Electric – in a work-study type program when he was trying to turn his life around after the birth of his daughter.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Thursday, August 12th, 2016.

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Defying The Stereotype

BY WINA HAFIZA
@ VOL 7 ON MAR 26, 2016

A tale of how one woman turned rookie to grease monkey, and how she built her reputation in the male-dominated world of custom motorcycle. Wina Hafiza may miss out on manicures, but when it comes to sparklies, there is no holding back.

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Two Wheeled Tomorrow

BY MATTHEW ROBERTS
@ PECHAKUCHA NIGHT SPECIAL X MINI @ BMW GROUP TOKYO BAY ON JUL 20, 2016

"There aren't many things that have survived this sanitization and overly safety focused modern life like the motorcycle has."

In Two Wheeled Tomorrow from PechaKucha Night Special x MINI @ BMW Group Tokyo Bay, Matthew Roberts makes the case that raw, gritty, internal-combusting motorcycles are here to stay. Roberts argues that custom motorcycles are one of the last outlets for the human desire to be daring and adventurous.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Friday, August 26th, 2016. 
Images Courtesy: Throttle Dolls, Brian Scott Peterson, Cafe Racer Dreams, Hazan Motorworks, El Solitario, Deus Ex Machina, Bikeexif, Pipeburn.

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The Roost Movie Project - Japan's Custom Moto Culture on Film

BY MATTHEW ROBERTS
@ VOL 149 ON JUL 26, 2017

Motorcycle builder and film producer Matthew Roberts (aka Speedtractor) lives, breathes and dreams custom motorcycles from his Tokyo based studio for some of the icons of the industry. In 2016 Roberts and his collaborators, Iceblock Films, decided the world needed its first feature length film exploring Japan's Alternative Custom Moto scene. Now, 10 months of filming, 6200kms and many, many lost races later, as the project enters its final phase, Roberts treats listeners with some behind the scenes glimpses of custom motorcycles as a lifestyle.

SpeedtractorとしてPechaKucha Nightではお馴染みの、バイクビルダーで映像クリエイターのMatthew Robertsさんは、東京のご自身のスタジオでバイクのカスタマイズに夢中になって取り組んでいます。 2016年、MatthewさんとそのコラボレーターのIceblock Filmsは、日本のオルタナティブカスタムバイクシーンを探求する長編映画が世界から求められていると決起しました。 10ヶ月の撮影、6200kmsの道のりを経て、そして多くのレースが後に続く中、プロジェクトは最終フェーズに入りました。Matthewさんが今回のPechaKucha Nightで、ライフスタイルとしてのカスタムバイクシーンを覗いた舞台裏を、熱く語ってくださいます。