Super Motor Company was founded early 2009 by two petrol veined cousins.
Both had love affairs in the past with classic motorcycles and subsequently fast motorcyles. But also lots of near death experiences racing or crashing them. After growing up a little the conclusion was simple: “Been there and done that”. Inherently they were looking for a different kind of transport. Less costly (if you crash it), fast enough, stylish, not likely to break down, easy and cheap to maintain and one they could sell to like minded enthusiasts.
In this blog you'll also find some other stuff we like. Enjoy!
Happily we won twice. The salt shaker rules. Nobody wanted to race it afterwards. That says it all.
Battling it out with El Solitario. Dirt Quake was a great venue. Lost it on horsepower in the end.
Yesterday I was instructing students of the Dutch Film academy how to use and ride a Super 50. Kill switch was a word they had never heard of. I am pointing at it to make sure they understand the workings of it. Within the next month hopefully 6 full blown Super Motor Company commercials will come out of it. Let's wait and see what they come up with.
The first weekend of June is the Dirt Quake event organised by our friends at Sideburn magazine . Riding a speedway track with your chopper or normal road bike. It is insane, we know. But fun nevertheless. We will enter my own daily driver for to participate in the in appropriate road bike class race. See photo and post below...
The guys from Sideburn made a short video to annonce the second edition of this crazy race event. Check it out
We did not have the money to adverstise big time so we do it this way. This Tuesday is the crowning of our Prince Pilsner. King of beers or Beer of kings... I do not think he ever was a big fan of the Budweiser brand. Czech nor American. Okay it is in Dutch. Translated it reads: Indeed, lets keep it sober. Our reigning queen called for a sober crowning. Well, we would have been willing to help her out. BTW, the AA registration plate is only reserved for the Dutch royals. And nobody probably is sober during Queensday in Amsterdam. But that is another fact of the matter.
Just finished a raw custom mock up of my own daily driver. Hoping to make it for the Paname motociclette event. All over sudden I got chased by a girl in a MG and she blocked the road with her car . I was in a dead end street so I could not go very far. She wanted to buy my bike on the spot. I told her it was meant for the Paname show in Paris. How stupid I was, I should have sold it to her right there. Well if you are still interested and read this let me know. Once our new shipment is in at the end of May I will deliver it to you personally.
Racing flat track at Rye House in England. What a thrill. I went down 3 times. Knackered a clutch lever along the way and my head/helmet. It was fun though...
photo's courtesy of Sam Christmas
It took almost 4 months but they have finally arrived. One set of speedway tires (3.00-17 front and rear) that will fit another custom super cub that we are preparing. Meaning we are colecting parts we are not building it yet. A pair will set you back only 80 euro´s.
And these Mitas flat track tires that were very hard to get hold off. Road legal and all, DOT and E8. These are for for yet another project we are preparing. They come in the following sizes: front 130/80-19 and rear 140/80-19. Minimum rim size is 2.15 front and 2.50 rear. If you want a set I will sell you the front tire for 85 euro´s and the rear for 95 euro´s inc VAT ex. shipping. Road legal drifting is yours now....
If interested drop me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For shipping cost please check this link. Check the 10/20 kg column for the cost.
Snapped by Gary of Sideburn Magazine .
This is the second publication in Riders Magazine. But there is more to come. End of February we'll have a full feature in this hot Italian Motorcycle magazine.
Sven made this movie but forgot to keep it level. Good content nevertheless. Maurizio the ex machanic of Haga makes sure the bike survives the torment of it's first runs. It vibrated so much every nut and bolt had to be tied after every 3 runs around the block. But Maurizio was great. It was like getting in for a proffesional pits stop at WSBK. Thanks for the good care; Maurizio!
We know it is a bit out of the blue. But we've created something special. It is the Super Salt Shaker. Soon to be rippin' the streets of Milan during the EICMA show. We've included some random pics of the built. Please check "Hell For Leather Magazine " or "Bike Exif " for more specs.
How hard can it be. We've been looking for this engine for 2 years now. A few months ago we really thought we were searching for something that did not excist, a true phantom. The engine is an engine that Polaris used for their atv's before the coop with KTM. But atv's have a reverse gear that you do not want on a motorcycle. That was actually the hardest bit. Finding this engine without the reverse gear. But we did...
The boys from the Amsterdam Polytechnic ( sadly no bright & beautiful women are involved) are working hard to put the whole bike into 3d. Tomorrow we'll be updating with more acurate pics.
Keep ya posted
We finally found a suitable engine for a city scrambler. 500cc DOHC and 50 usable horses. Pics will follow soon. A bike that we have been looking forward to bring to the European market for ages. But it is still in its infancy as you can see. This is the first try to define a shape for a fuel tank. With PU foam we made a mold to apply the modeling clay to. It does look a bit weird, doesn't it. The mold that is. The pics are a bit doggy sharpness wise but you will get the idea.
Developing a bike from the ground up is not easy. The process introduced a whole new Dutch saying: 'moeilijk, lastig, past niet...' meaning: 'difficult, hard, it does not fit...'
From the beginning we knew it was going to be difficult & hard but that nothing seemed to fit together is a true night mare. Okay the forks fitted the triple clamps ( which were to wide, so we had to design new ones) and the clip-ons fitted the forks but that was that. As mentioned in previous posts we asked for the help of the HVA Polytechnic Amsterdam to help us out. The first step was to digitize the frame and bodywork. We are still waiting for the bodywork scans but the scans of the frame are in. The task force of the HVA are now straighting every out making sure every future part does fit.
Keep ya posted.
Our special thanks goes out to our intern Daniel Marchant
Point 3 of the previous post can be ticked off. But now a new problem occurs. The top half fairing is too narrow and/or the forks are spaced too wide. In the end we get a new box to tick off.
ill fitting parts etc etc... lots of swearing... the lot. But finally it stands.
The to do list:
1. The fork bottoms will never work with the disc brake setup ( 300mm front disc) and need to be re-cnc-ed. With the axle right under the fork instead of the way it is now, including a proper radial caliper mounting.
2. Wheels axles need to be sourced or made and we are still waiting for some info (sizes) about the wheel bearings .
3. Tank/seat combo broke in two while putting the bike on its wheels and need to be patched up.
4. Rear sets need to be fixed on the frame meaning welding up some mounting points to the frame.
5. Rear brake caliper hanger needs to be designed and cnc-ed.
6. All the other stuff that the Polytechnic of Amsterdam is going to be working on. We've never mentioned it but we got help from this institution to get it ready for a small production run. They will be digitizing the bodywork and chassis, re-desiging and cleaning up the engine mounting points and designing and fabricating an underslung exhaust that will be incorporated in the engine spoiler.
Lots to do....
We just installed some adjustable racing shocks on our Super 100. This is the stuff they use in the Cub Prix Asian Championship. The real Mc Coy. And they do work a lot better than the standard shocks. Especially when you hit the throttle after clipping the apex. It does not get any smoother and faster. The price is still to be determined. Let you all know soon.
After lots of mishap; a broken down truck and subsequently being taking of the road by a salvage truck 100 kilometers from Paris. We finally made it to the city of light and this is the result. We're happy with it. What we're also happy with is the hundreds of hits on the internet. Google "Super Motor Colette" and see for yourself. We're all over the place...Good thing.
While the back orders from our dealers are piling up (we are sold out at the moment) which is not a good thing. I still had to do some sanding on the bodywork. And I got it done. Super smooth it now is. After 2 weeks of blood, sweat and tears. But taking orders does kill the pain. And look at those beautiful 8 spoke cast rims. We are going to powder coat these in a matt black finish.
Good things do not come easy. But from the 23rd of May we are present at Colette. This is no show boating. Colette will really sell our cubs. Of course we did a special edition. We think it fits the bill. Just like a cool mint ad from the 70´s. See you there. We´ll be in paris from the 20th on.
Short track racing the Innocenti De Tomaso. Great sound and Sicilian enthusiasm. Citroen eat your hart out....
Citroen is trying to convince the public that this is the way forward. Personally we want a car without all the nonsense. No blips, no satnav, no bullshit. We love the innocenti and have it any time instead of any Citroen. Do your research marketing people. This does not make any sense. Simplicity rules...
Another word of this day was sanding. Little by little our pocket rocket is taking shape. Probably we need a few days more to finish the bodywork. Oh... and forget about the wire wheels because we got some really nice straight 8 spoke cast rims for it. Up next is to get a decent pair of triple trees and put the Marzocchi USD fork in it. A beautiful 600 mm work of art and fully adjustable. Hurray
More to come....
After almost 1 year of preperation our racing prototype is in the making. Check out the picture of the frame building and below a photoshop design mock up . We will keep you posted about the process. Much more to come.
Ever hankered after some good old 70's motorsport lifestyle nostalgia! Check this ITV documentary.
How F1 star James Hunt and motorcycling legend Barry Sheene conquered the world and captured the public imagination with their playboy lifestyles in the long hot summer of 1976.
Julian takes his first dates very seriously. On his way to a possible future misses a leisurely ride turns into a mild trashing. It's fun though.
A new shipment of Super cubs have arrived. Not only can we deliver from stock from now on but we also got one new flavour in. Our indian summer copper gold variation. Yes we know it is a mouth full to describe a specific colour. One of our friends descibed it as a bowling ball. Well, whatever, we like it and it draws a lot of attention. Especially for those of the lonely hearts club.
One of our customers participated in a hard core Honda enthusiasts run down the Haarlem/Zandvoort area of the Netherlands. A remake cub in Honda's dragons den. Surprisingly he and 2 others were accepted without hassle. The saying is true. You do meet nice people on a Honda.
Racing a true mountain grass course without brakes. Oh..and people do get killed practising this sport. The video is quite shitty but you'll get the idea.
Bergring 2009 - MyVideo
The aftermath of crashing. After avoiding a collision with a car that did a 180 without using its indicators, I went down. Bang... bruised ribs & soar hips. Well, been there before but it still hurts. Remarkably the Super 100 I was riding only suffered a broken off indicator. Last but not least my jeans were partly shredded. Never affraid to show my effeminate side I ended up behind the sewing machine. Patch it up baby...
Again we were present at one of the oldtimer fairs in the Netherlands. And crowd pullers yes we were. We actually love Van Veen Kreidlers but none of the ordinary Kraut stuff. €2000,- for a clumpsy restored 1978 Florett. Who fouls who! Buy a Super and save the change for a weekend break with your love in Paris.
The way to ride your 2 stroke.
Finally. Our first shipment has arrived in Amsterdam and after a lot of hassle found it's way into our lock up.
Bergrennen, gare in salita, course de cote, hill climb racing. Youtube queries to enjoy yourself on a rainy afternoon.
Not the prettiest sportscar but surely the best sounding.
Its not what you ride... but how your ride it
How about 18 bhp and 78 kilo's. And these kind of looks. We think it rocks. Oh and a disc brake conversion is in the making to stop this thing.
Or just doing a delivery
Just an ordinary day commute
The Crossle 9s sports car. The epitomy of cool and less is more. Classic looks combined with modern technology. Powered by a Duratec 2 liter engine with up to 280 BHP. Check you the video. By the way
it is in german or.. better some Swiss cheese dialect. Make the best of it...
Finally after months of waiting we can tell you our first order is on its way. Expected delivery is the first week of december. Keep you posted.
Our friend Dave Pearce the owner of Tigcraft built this little beast already about a year ago. We think its one of the coolest racers alive. Check this link for more detailed pics.
Black, black, black and black. Bodywork, legshield, rims and hubs in all black. Available as a 110cc motorcycle, a moped and a non helmet law moped. A true sign of the times.