It was 2012. The new custom wave was in absolute effervescence. Trends dictated the status quo, and at El Solitario Ranch we’re already bored about the scene’s devenir, which we had closely monitored from a privileged standpoint since its very early steps in 2008. We felt the need to start a revolution from within. The style invented by Bratstyle, in Tokyo in the 90’s, later introduced in Europe by the Wrench Monkees, adding their personal Dark scent, was feeling symptoms of its exhaustion, and the action of commercial copycats like Cafe Racer Dreams didn’t help to its sustainability anyway.
Like knights on a holy crusade, we decided to make a statement and destroy all the tabus the recent bikeExif herds had stablished as the new cool. To hell with the cheesy paints and minimalistic disciplines. A motorcycle was supposed to be a dangerous and complex machine, intended to catapult humans at high speeds and so it should look like. We decided to break all the rules and the concept of El Solitario Petardo was born.
4 years later and with many miles on her back, we can proudly say that she has stood the test of time, and our debauchery, rather well. In the hands of our brother Frederic, countless satisfactions has given to this mad house, as the grateful child she has become. Racing on tarmac, gravel or ice ( ! ), as well as cruising peacefully on long distance rides like the last Don Papa across the beautiful Corsican country side.
Don Papa Ride – Corsica Oct. 2016
Photography by Laurent Nivalle©