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Monkeetrip Episode 1

Posted on August 6, 2012 by Scott in Video. 27 comments

We recently featured the Wrenchmonkees CB750 which was purpose-built for this monkeetrip. Now here’s the first episode of this 10 day ride which clocked up around 3000km across Europe. The Wrenchmonkees are working on their own line of work wear in collaboration with KANSAS and thought they’d do there own product testing. What better way to see how your clothes hold up than wearing them everyday for 10 days riding through rain, wind, storms and anything else mother nature threw at them. Filmed by Simon Weyhe & Mathias Nyholm Schmidt, all edited together with a superb music track by Ormen at WSLS Records.

Watch episode 2&3 after the jump.

Update: Final Episode #3

  • Awesome. Can’t wait for further episodes…

    • Just posted episode 2

      • Rob Love

        episode 3 is up on the vimeo channel… go!

  • revdub

    That Norton was looking oh so good. I’d be polishing it too!

    • You mean the Triumph with the featherbed frame and the Norton decal at the tank?

      • revdub

        Good call. I didn’t catch that. Yeah, that one!

      • GuitarSlinger

        Ahem gentlemen . I do believe the proper moniker for said bike is a ” Triton ” Jeesh doesn’t anyone know their history anymore ? And y’all call yourselves motorcycle enthusiasts . Hah ! I say !

        And yes …… I’m back .

        • arnold

          Did you bring Swivel with you?

        • Would it be a proper Meriden Twin, i would agree with you. And i know that it’s called Triton, but i wanted revdub to know, that there’s a Triumph and no Norton in there. Here he comes Gentlemen, GS, the self-called preacher of fucking motorcycle-abbey! 🙂

          • arnold

            Shall I light the bonfire master?

          • arnold

            thems evil witches deserve wot they git.

          • arnold

            Perhaps a simple dunking will do?

          • arnold

            if’n they live an hour by the church clock after they are set under the water, They are innocent of crimes.

  • davesee

    i love the bikes these guys make, and those clothes look cool, but 3000km in 10 days is not exactly grueling.

    • Anonymus

      🙂 Was thinking the same. The last camping they arrive at, seems familiar. Look slike one I have been to in France once (near Lyon). That trip took us 3 days to cross Belgium (departing from Holland), because of broken parts. And then through France in 1 day (600km) to make it to our appointment on the camping.
      On a 50cc moped.
      None the less, long trips on any bike are just soooooo nice to make.

    • True. Although, sometimes it depends on where you’re riding.

      • arnold

        1850 miles. Maine to Daytona.

        • arnold

          Sorry, Maine to the Keys.

      • bagookas

        Yeah that autobahn is pretty rough going.

    • 3000km, most of it on german highways with crazy dutch, swiss and italian cagers, hard rain and overprized truckstop food. I call that hard! Same amount of km in the US, wearing no helmet and enjoying the sun of Arizona. That sure sounds better to me.

  • J.Trias

    I actually have a question:
    I love wrenchmonkees and his machines, I really do…but what it makes me doubt about them is, after 10 days of riding, 2 of the 12 broke? after 10 days? I suppose these guys do an amazing job and they prepare every bike to perfection, no problems. But in the video, there is always a guy fixing them, and, for example, I have no idea about bike´s mechanich, so I could have one of these if I have to be everytime fixing things. It´s cool if you are a mechanich, but for the rest it´s not very useful, don´t you think? I have a 1990 yamaha virago 535 and i´ve been riding it for a hole month, every kind of weather (rain, snow, cold, hot) from Seville (south south spain) touring around Europe, and no problems (just a flat tire, bad luck). Can you answer me, please? thanks a lot and sorry about my english. And I keep saying I love theses motorcycles and this garage!

    • motog

      Your English is fine – es mejor que mi español. Just keep in mind that most of the bikes in the movie are over 30 years old. Despite what people have said above, 30 year old bikes take a lot of work. Bikes from the 1970s aren’t as reliable as ones from the 80s. Bikes from the 80s aren’t as reliable as ones from the 90s. They needed a lot of care back in the 70s, they need a lot more now. I ride a 1972 BMW – a bike that was considered very reliable back then. I carry a very large toolkit and a few basic spares on every ride of more than 100kms. If you haven’t got a bit of basic mechanical knowledge, these aren’t the bikes for you (that’s not meant to be insulting or disparaging – it’s just the truth).

      • The truth sometimes is not pleasant, and I agree in everything you are mentioning in your comment about old bikes.
        The only thing I don’t know by experience, is how reliable can an old bike be after a full restoring. And by full, I mean everything like the day that was bought by the dealer.
        I know that the cost for something like that will be high, maybe prohibitive high, if you compare it with the price of a brand new, (trouble-free for several years with the proper maintenance), bike.
        But…., there is always a but…, having an old bike besides your main bike, sounds ideal to me !

        • Motog

          I might have overstated what I said above. An old bike will require more
          work than a new one but I regularly take my 40 year old bike on day
          rides of over 300kms. My bike is moderately well maintained and serviced
          (by me) and I haven’t had a single problem with it in 5+ years. That
          said, I wouldn’t use it as a daily rider nor would I do a 1000km ride in
          a day on it (I’ve done that on modern bikes but it wasn’t fun).

          GeoKan: Can a fully restored old bike be as reliable as the day it was
          made? In some ways yes, but in most ways no. Where parts are updated
          with modern equipment (eg points replaced by electronic ignition)
          reliability can be better. But a 40 year old bike is still a 40 year old
          bike – metal, plastics and ceramics age and wear out and are more
          likely to fail with time. Also, as I said, bikes from the 1970s were not
          as reliable as modern machines even the day the rolled off the assembly

          All of that is not to say that you shouldn’t get an older bike. I love my 1972 BMW R75/5 and will probably never sell it.

          J.Trias: if you’re going to buy a 1979 R100 I’d say go for it. Here’s a
          couple of things to look out for: The rear differential needs to be
          rebuilt or replaced about every 100,000kms it is a good idea to check
          the wear on the one you’re buying. The bottom ends on boxer BMWs are
          very good but expect to do a top-end overhaul about every 100,000kms.
          All BMW boxers will blow smoke from the left side exhaust if they are
          left on the sidestand for any amount of time but it should stop quickly.
          If it doesn’t stop blowing blue smoke after a minute or so or it blows
          blue smoke when you are going down through the gears, it may need a top
          end overhaul. BMW parts are more expensive than those for most bikes but
          those for a 1979 bike are still mostly widely available. Check to see
          if oil is leaking out of the gearbox into the driveshaft or from the
          driveshaft into the rear diff. Check to see that it has been properly
          and regularly maintained. Scratches on the bottom front of the valve
          covers are sure signs that it has been in at least a minor accident.

      • J.Trias

        thanks for the reply! i wish i knew, cause i love old bikes. Actually i´m thinking about buying a 1979 bmw R100, but I need to be sure that i won´t have problems after 100kms, for example. And i´d love to know mechanical basics, i´ll work it ! cheers!

        • Honk

          just because someone is working on the bike, it doesn’t mean its totally broken. Maybe one of the wrenchmonkees mechanic would find 10 flaws on your bike, which you didn’t even knew they exist. sometimes you just want to stop in the middle of a tunnel, to give the fuel mixture a twitch. I have a 1980 R100RT. Had some small issues, but has always brought me home. even with wrecked ignition or a torn up membrane in the carb. ever heard of moder motorbikes completely died, because the sensor on the kickstand had a defect? now thats fucked up!

  • Camp

    pretty badass