Jacob Johnson and I sat down and started brainstorming ideas for a video. Fasthouse wanted us to capture what we felt represented me and my love for motorcycles. I asked Jacob what he thought about including both the cafe racer and my motocross bike in the video, since each one has made just as big as an impact on my life as the other has. He immediately was on board. I grew up riding dirtbikes. As a kid, dirtbikes were the only kind of motorcycle I cared about. As I grew older I realized that it was somewhat ignorant of me to think that dirtbikes were the only kind of motorcycle that were important. I started embracing other types of motorcycles, which eventually led me to building my own 1978 XS650 cafe racer. I have since then fell in love with riding street. I feel that all too often there are riders out there that do not appreciate all the different facets that motorcycles have to offer. Dirt guys don't appreciate street, street guys don't appreciate dirt, and so on. My goal was to show some cool and unique aspects from both motorcycles in hopes of shedding some light to the those that feel that way. Regardless of whichever one I may be on any given day, I still get the same rewarding feeling of riding a motorcycle.
-Ricky Diaz (Guest Contributor for Cafe Racer XXX)
Film/edit: Jacob Johnson/Thirty3 Films
Rider: Ricky Diaz