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Kevils BMW (Ruby) photographed by Andrew Butler

Kevils Speed Shop’s “Ruby” 1983 BMW r100 cafe racer style bike, photographed by Andrew Butler of Design Credo in Exeter, Devon

Features include,

  • Ruby helmet inspired custom paint work
  • Wrinkle finished blacked out engine
  • Bonita seat
  • Raask rearsets
  • Conti go tyres
  • Floating rotors
  • Digital speedo

The bike was commissioned by Marek of Poland,
Kevils BMW (Ruby)

You can find Kevils Speed Shop on their Facebook page, say hello.

All shots on Leica M9, most 50mm Summilux

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Another Trip To Kevil’s

Another trip to Kevil’s, a couple of fine BMWs this time, and a quick tease on page-2 of the gallery for tomorrow’s offering (write-up to follow)

Kevils Speed Shop’s “Sparky!” 1980 BMW r100 scrambler style bike,

Features include,

  • Chrome powder coated tank
  • Custom high level stainless two into one exhaust
  • Retro fit rocker covers
  • Polished aluminium side panels
  • Fully upholstered cafe seat
  • Digital speedo

 

The bike was commissioned by John from London.

You can find Kevils Speed Shop on their Facebook page, say hello.

Leica M9, Summilux 50mm, Summicron 28mm

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MCN Use Kevils Photos by Design Credo of Exeter

Motor Cycle News, Kevils feature, photographed by Andrew Butler

Motorcycle News Use Kevils photos photographed by Andrew Butler for Design Credo of Exeter. Is this the ultimate freebee or just stringing it all together?

OK, here’s the story. I like motorbikes, I like riding them and, I like photographing them. I could simplify this to ‘that’s what I do.’

I have already mentioned some of this here. No, the story I want to touch on is how all this online stuff can work.

Consider,

 

  • I photograph a bike and post the images on the DesignCredo blog
  • Kevil’s link it to their Facebook page
  • My blog gets several hundred hits via Kevil’s Facebook within a day or two
  • Motorcycle News (MCN) call Kevil’s up with an idea for a feature
  • Editor of MCN phone me to ask to use the images (I assume this is someone joking with me)
  • MCN publishes Kevil’s feature (100,000 ABC circulation)
  • Facebook and blog get yet more hits
  • I found Kevils through eBay and Facebook
  • Kevil’s didn’t have to pay for this

 

Emprical Data Supports Hunch (shock-horror)

Sometimes it is hard to point to empirical data but WordPress in particular is great because the built in Stats allow us to see analyse traffic that has come to a site. We can see what posts get visited most and what sites people have been referred from (eg Facebook and Tumblr.) It has only been a couple of weeks since these photos have been posted but I can already see that there are quite a few links to the post from people’s sites including Tumblr and niche interest websites. The total number of hits to the Kevil’s post continues to rise daily.

Kevil’s have a product that people want. Design Credo take great bike photos. Between us we have made a bit of noise, for not a lot of effort.

Oh, and yes MCN are paying for the shots.

Footnote


I posted this at 10:13, Tweeted to my account, posted it to Linkedin and Facebook. By 10:32 it had been re-tweeted in Wilkinson Grant’s Daily online news.

At DesignCredo we don’t just make websites or take photographs, we show you how to use them as tools to work for you.

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Kevils BMW Café Racer Photographed by Andrew Butler

Born in the late fifties, kept away form the sixties I guess most of my damage was done in the seventies. Yep, late to the table in many ways, the Stones or Beatles question was replaced by Yes or Genesis? Thank god for punk.

“Winnie” the biology teacher rather unfathomably had a maroon Reliant 3-wheeler van and a Ducati 450 single, I’m not sure any of us really understood this but the 450 sat rather awkwardly by the sixth formers’ Lambrettas and the odd FS1E and SS-50. If you’d got a Puch never mind that you were in the elite set of youth with transport, your ‘ped just didn’t cut it.

Saints or Saintly?

It was across the road that things got interesting though, the secondary-modern school. Our girls wore bottle green, their girls wore St Trinian’s navy. Ding dong. Our blazers had an oak tree on the pocket, they didn’t bother with blazers, why would you wear a blazer?

Our headmaster had a gold mark one Capri their caretaker had a Vincent. I shall repeat that.

Our headmaster had a gold mark one Capri their caretaker had a Vincent. I really should have failed the eleven plus.

And on the school bus home I lived for the moment when the Robert Pat boy overtook us on his cafe racer, a Triumph Saint, a police bike with an aluminium tank. Oh yes!

From the seventies with the fifties and even sixties fading away this was a glimmer of something soon to pass, the British bike industry. Born in an era when cafe was pronounced caffee not cafai, these bikes were part of a time when motorbikes were transport for the masses but machinery that could be understood and personalised.

So to the bike above. For heaven’s sake, who would imagine turning something as inane as a police bike into a cafe racer? Err, the Robert Pat boy did. Recently BMW bikes have become a bit bonkers, some of them are really rather fast, others get starring roles in TV shows but few realise that back in the day they were also rather fast.

Time for The Eighties (series 7)

Look, I rode down to Kevils earlier down in Paignton, Devon. On a BMW too, but nothing at all like this.

Well that’s not true actually, you see, it’s my belief that a motorbike is all about the engine, it’s what gives it soul and it would be hard not to look at my bike and this one and spot the lineage even if you knew nothing about bikes.

However this one if I understood it right started out as a R80 series 7 and has been built to order as a café racer and I love it. The bike is called The Joker, there is a reason and a story to that, I am sure Kev would be willing to share with you

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