I’m high-fiving myself right now. I love delivering good news.
I’m happy to announce that Bandit9 was featured in this month’s GQ France. I think the French edition is one of the cooler ones so it’s a huge win for us here. Obama’s on the cover so we must be doing something right.
A special thank you to Kelian Henry for sharing this with us.
please forgive us for our recent radio silence. we’ve been incredibly busy juggling a number of projects.
a lot of you have emailed us about Nero’s price and availability. i’d like to make one thing clear: we do not repeat designs. when we say “one-of-a-kind bike,” we mean that in the most literal sense because we believe in originality and we believe we can do better than the last. Basically, no clones. And we always look forward, not backward.
regarding Nero’s price. we haven’t pinned a price tag on our latest baby but we’ll be sure to do that as soon as we have a moment.
we’re very close on releasing a couple of new machines. we’re doing the finishing touches on them now and we’ll be shooting these bad boys soon enough with the same gloss as the bikes themselves.
We’ve been very fortunate with all the recent press. Megadeluxe has just published an extensive interview with me, which is a huge honor. There are some really wonderful interviews with people from all sorts of disciplines. I probably spent a good hour (during work) just reading.
These guys only pick the cream of the crop including custom motorcycle stars such as Shinya Kimura, Dustin Kott and Scott T. form the Tarantulas. When they first approached me about the article, I wasn’t exactly comfortable being on the same page as those guys. It’s like “Daryl who? Bandit what?” But this was too large of an opportunity to pass.
A big shout out to Wes Garcia from Megadeluxe. It was an incredible pleasure to work with you and I hope you’ll have us back on your site soon. Atlas is coming.
This is amazing. Bandit9 made it on one of the coolest design sites EVER. Uncrate has just published Nero. These guys feature only the latest, hottest toys guys dream about. These guys are really picky. This is one of those places we’ve been trying real hard to get at and now finally…we’re in.
I’ve been trying to position ourselves as more than just a garage. I really want Bandit9 to be seen as one of the best design shops around and getting on Uncrate is a major step for us in that direction.
Okay so the guys that run Pipeburn are like…my heroes. It is a magical place where beautiful bikes and unicorns live. I’ve spent several hours on that site in one sitting. That’s no exaggeration.
If you’re a machine maker, I suggest you shoot your work over to them. If your work is up to par, you’ll get amazing coverage. Nero’s been on there for about an hour and I’ve got 5 emails from people interested in the bike. Where else can you get that? And the boys that run the show are great to work with. I’ve met a lot of guys in this biz who have been drinking their own kool-aid for far too long. Something that’s supposed to be fun becomes…unfun.
So this is a real breakthrough for us at Bandit9. Nero is on the cover of one of the hottest custom bike magazines out there - Iron & Air.
We are only about 8 months old so we’re really proud of the way things are going for us. We’re really thrilled to be amongst the biggest names in the custom motorcycle world and that is really encouraging for us. Some of these guys have some serious work and it’s quite a humbling experience to be a page-flip away.
There are 5 glorious spreads of the newest beast born from our very modest workshop in Beijing. The pages are filled with really gorgeous shots of Nero, which took us an eternity to perfect.
But here’s what’s cool about Iron & Air. While other magazines and blogs focus on specs and random nerdy details that wouldn’t interest the casual reader, Iron & Air invests a lot of time and energy to paint a holistic portrait of the builders, the bikes and the inspiration. They write great stories. And they wrote a good one for us. Michael Hilton’s words make us sound a lot cooler than we actually are…we’re just a bunch of motorcycle geeks that build bikes that we would ride. Nothing more.
So here’s what I suggest to all you folks that dare to start their own garage - go get yourself a subscription to Iron & Air’s magazine. There’s a serious wealth of inspiration in their pages and it’s just damn good training.
Okay…now I’m going to get into my creative ad mode and market the bejesus out of this bike. Make sure you visit our site and check out some more shots of Nero. Here’s another shot of Nero. Pretty hot stuff.
So you guys really have to follow Iron & Air. They’ve got the coolest bikes…including Bandit9 bikes…hehe.
As you can see, Iron & Air will be releasing their very first issue real soon annnnndddd we’ll be in it. We’re really excited about it…just as much as the opening to the Dark Knight Rises, which we’re traveling all the way to Hong Kong to see. In like 3 hours.
I have to apologize for our recent radio silence. It’s not like I’ve locked myself in a room with 3 other nerds playing Diablo 3 obsessively with my now level 60 Demon Hunter.
That’s not me on the left playing Diablo 3.
Bandit9’s been busy. I’d love to tell you everything but unfortunately, we can’t disclose much. Top secret stuff.
We’re building two bikes that we’re stoked about. We’re venturing out of the Chang Jiang, which is exciting. We love Changs but it’s time to move on. Bandit9 is still in its youth so now’s the time to try new things.
I’ve been trying to find ways to get the Bandit9 business a little more automated. Automated in a sense that I shouldn’t need to be around to keep things moving, both in the design of the bikes and getting press. I’m juggling an ad job at the same time and it’s a real pain in the ass. It’s a love-hate thing. God knows this is probably one of the most dysfunctional, non-sensical industries but I’m not ready to leave it behind. Yet.
Aha. I’m working like mad-cow disease to expand the Bandit9 business. A lot of partnerships, a lot of shows, a lot of emails. We’ve got an aggressive business plan but I can’t go into much detail about this one. Be patient. It’ll happen.
We’ll be appearing in a number of sites and magazines soon with the release of Nero. We’re really happy to be working with the guys out there helping us get our 15 mins of fame. There are some really intelligent folks in the world doing some incredible things. Really creative minds with business sense. I like that.
Alrighty, that’s all for now. You should be hearing from us again soon.
We are fast approaching the finish line with Nero and we’re stoked to get this badass custom chang jiang out on the streets. We’re still working on a lot of the details and experimenting with some of the parts so what you see may not make it. In any case, it’s a nice glimpse of what we’re up to and our crazy design lab.
After many months of bending, hammering, welding metal, we’ve finally finished and perfected the tank. Colors are incredibly tricky…getting the right black was incredibly tough.
Now before you tell me I’m all crazy, let me tell you that black is never black, just like white is never really white. Achieving pure black is nearly impossible. Plus Nero’s got a special texture if you look carefully.
This should give you a good idea of where Nero is headed. As you can see, this bike’s sort of an experiment. There’s nothing “chang jiang” about this one. It’s just our canvas.
Bandit9’s really pushing our creative boundaries with this project. Nero’s not going to be for everyone. I think motorcycle purists and chang jiang enthusiasts will probably have our heads for this. I’m even toying with the idea of being selective with the buyer.
Okay, so we’ve been a little slack on updating our progress online. It’s been a hectic month with 3 bikes in the pipeline, adworld, and other parts of the biz we need to take care of. Anyway, we’ve decided that Bandit9 should jump onboard with Instragram and send you guys the latest from us - whether it’s new projects, road trips, coffee time, nap time, weird crap that happens in Beijing, anything and everything.
This is surreal. Bandit9 is one of the first motorcycles to be featured on the latest, hottest motorcycle magazines around - Iron & Air. It’s really cool. I’m on the front cover and everything. It’s a beautifully art directed site with well crafted articles.
The Bandit9 article’s a great read not because it’s about me (I’m actually pretty boring), but because they dive into our story. The first thing I told Michael and Brett from Iron and Air was that I’m not interested in reading about bike specs. I’m interested in the origins and philosophy behind a great bike builder. There’s an art behind building bikes. Sometimes you gotta understand the painter to appreciate the painting.
That’s enough philosophy for now. Click here for the article.
"If you’re not failing every now and then, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative." ~ Woody Allen
I know it sounds weird but this is the theme I have in mind for this bike. We don’t have any expensive machines to do the job, but still, I wanted to push our guys into making something great. We’ve been working at it for weeks and we’ve failed over and over again. Finally, we have the shape we imagined. And we are excited.
So here’s a first look at Nero. What you’re seeing is the gas tank. Check out our webpage for some larger shots. I’ll update everyone with more juicy images soon.