PechaKucha Presentation

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Matthew Roberts

Creative Director, Speedtractor in Tokyo

Its Not What You Ride, But How You Ride

PRESENTED ON APR 22, 2015
IN TOKYO @ VOL 124

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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Duplex Ride

BY MARCO CACCIAMANI
@ VOL 1 ON FEB 26, 2012

Duplex Ride is a cultural association founded in 2010 and interested in all forms of art, which mainly organizes events for electronic music and video projections. 
Duplex Ride is an idea in motion, it's an art collective, electronic research, experimenting in all its forms, including painting, photography, and writing. (in Italian)

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Building Motorcycles for One

BY MATTHEW ROBERTS
@ VOL 113 ON APR 30, 2014

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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EV Motorcycle PJ

BY HIROTSUGU HAMADA
@ VOL 8 ON FEB 28, 2015

Hirotsugu Hamada is the president of Motorcycle PJ, a company developing a 2WD electric motorcycle, with the aim of launching it in time for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

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Ride Bikes, Make Things: How I Got to Do What I Love All Day

BY RHYS MAY
IN ATLANTA

Rhys May is living the dream making jewelry in her studio and bicycling. She won a state championship and is thankful to the bicycle community for supporting her studio practice.

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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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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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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。

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What if you live your life the way you ride your bike?

BY GEORGIE WOOD
@ VOL 18 ON SEP 07, 2017

Georgie Wood is the founder of creative communications agency Wood Wood Culture Club. During her career, she’s explored youth culture links with Fred Perry, inspired people to head outdoors with Regatta and helped Londoners fall in love with vintage steel road bikes.

In this talk she looks into the question: "what if you live your life the way you ride your bike?"