There are a lot of amazing things going on in the UK and we are thrilled to spotlight some of the people, places, and things that make their motorcycle community uniquely diverse. Get to know Boots from Rebels Alliance
Where did Rebels Alliance originate from and who founded it/ the history of Bike Shed? Born rather than formed, Rebels Alliance has grown through the passions of like minded individuals and the driving force/vision of the artist D*Face. The first bike, a CB550 was built around 6 years ago over a period of months in the stolen hours at the end of the day, born more as a form of escapism than a desire to build a 'custom bike’, a project away from daily thoughts and a passion to create something different. That 550 was D’s baby and call me biased, but I think it still stands as the best looking CB550 out there!
What is your position at Rebels Alliance? Head down, elbows in and full throttle.
What is the Rebels Alliance all about? Rebels is the result of a melting pot of subcultures and influences that encompassed our lifestyles, motorcycling, skateboarding, punk music, rag trade, graffiti and our individual involvement within these subcultures, the spirit of doing it yourself and doing it differently.
Tell us about your life in motorcycling. How long have you been riding / favorite bike / what are you currently riding? Having ridden all sorts of bikes for a large part of adult life and a sudden realisation, brought around by a speeding camera on Tower bridge followed by a hefty fine, that there was little need to have a bike capable of doing crazy speeds in a city with 20 to 30 mph limits… it was only going to lead to a loss of licence! Something needed to be done, not wanting to give up on bikes the idea of a classic bike seemed like the perfect fit. Of course you start by making them look good then thoughts turn to making them faster so the problem doesn’t really go away. We're big fans of 70’s Japanese bike’s in the yard, mostly Yammies and Honda’s. There were millions of them built and spares are readily available so there is no need to feel overly precious about cutting them up, the CB550 and ever popular SR500 are firm favourites, although both are getting harder to come by now day’s. Lately we’ve been concentrating on smaller bored bikes and have been having a whole lot of fun on them, the year started with a couple of kickstart only Puch maxi’s, bored out to 75cc, lowered with racing forks, a racing carb and race exhaust these little beauties will leave you beaming from ear to ear…so much fun! Currently we have two early 70’s CB125’s, both bored out to 190cc, they are perfect for the London commute, quick of the line and small enough to cut though spaces where bigger bikes hold you back.
Tell us about your best moto trip: Working with D, we’ve had the privilege to travel the world and visit most of the major cities to paint large murals of his artwork on the side of unsuspecting buildings. Once we land are our first thoughts always turn to finding the best coffee shop to get our morning caffeine fix, shortly followed by the local bike builders to give us something to look at while we are away from our own loved ones. Hawaii though offered us something different to try our hands at, something new… surfing! Both being absolute novices we thought the 'big island', home of surfing would be the perfect place to break that duck. We spent three days painting in full Hawaiian sun with the goal of spending our last day becoming master wave riders. However we woke to find the beaches closed due to an encroaching storm! ARSE!! What now, we pondered over our morning coffee, if we can’t ride the waves. lets ride bikes! A quick search online gave up the name ‘Big Kahuna Bikes’, too good to missed, we downed our coffee’s and headed out to find some Harley's to ride, when in Rome and all that. An exchange of readies and we were off, with the choppy North Pacific to our right, the lush green volcanic mountains to the left and nothing but a strip of black tarmac dividing the two we followed the coast of the island, mile by mile each in our own thoughts with nowhere to be, no destination in mind, just the view and the ride our only focus, the freedom to ride a bike for the pure joy of it.
How did you hear about Babes Ride Out? I first heard of Babe’s Ride Out, through following the work of the Portland based photographer Lanakila MacNaughton. I spotted an image of her's while back and was really taken with it. I made note to look out for more of her work and found the ‘Women’s Moto Exhibit’ and her images of the Joshua Tree ride out. I love that she shoots medium format film and the spirit she captures through her lens.
What makes you interested in supporting Babes Ride Out UK? London’s is a pretty tight community and the bike riding community is even tighter, although welcoming finding your way in could be pretty daunting, we are all for supporting any event that encourages people, guy’s and girls alike to pick up some glove’s, slip on a helmet and give it a go.