Madness Photography started as an official, serious company in 1998.
But the history of Madness Photography started long before. Onno “Berserk” Wieringa, founder and owner of Madness Photography, has been a self-taught photographer since he was a little kid and started to take pictures of something he loved since the day he was born: motorcycles!

His motorcycles
After he finished high school, he started working for various Harley-Davidson shops, where he learned to work on bikes. At the age of 17, he already owned two Triumph’s and when he was eighteen he had four Triumphs and a Suzuki GT 750. After getting his drivers license, when he was eighteen, the Triumphs all had to go and were replaced by a bike that he had wanted since the day he was born; a Harley-Davidson. This bike is still in his life; it’s an FXE-F 1200 Super Glide Fat Bob, which has been rebuild and modified endlessly and ridden for many miles. Going everywhere on the bike, there was one thing he always had in his pocket; his camera!
At the age of 23 he started drag racing, and he and his team named “Midnight Madness”, raced the bike on all the major races and drag strips all over Europe. He has competed in many classes; starting with the Street bikes, than Ultimate Street Bike, Super Stock, Pro-Stock, and then finally in the fastest gas burning class; Top Gas! Also again taking thousands of photo’s of everything interesting, at every racetrack! Being a racer for more than 18 years gave him insight in the world of fast bikes, and he’s still involved in the world of drag racing as a helper/mechanic and of course photographer / reporter.

Latest News in the Custom Bike World

Harley-Davidson invests in Alta Motors

Harley-Davidson invests in Alta Motors

Harley-Davidson has announced that it has made an equity investment in San Francisco Bay area MX E-bike maker Alta Motors, “a leader and innovator in lightweight electric vehicles”.
The two companies will collaborate on electric motorcycle technology and new product development. The collaboration will “advance the application of EV motorcycle technology and expand the electric motorcycle marketplace.” 

"Earlier this year, as part of our 10-year strategy, we reiterated our commitment to build the next generation of Harley-Davidson riders, in part by aggressively investing in electric vehicle (EV) technology," said Harley-Davidson President and CEO Matt Levatich. "Alta has demonstrated innovation and expertise in EV, and their objectives align closely with ours. We each have strengths and capabilities that will be mutually beneficial as we work together to develop cutting-edge electric motorcycles." 
Harley-Davidson has already announced the planned launch of its first electric motorcycle, informed by Project LiveWire. That motorcycle is on track for release in 2019. 
“Since its inception, Alta Motors has designed and commercialized some of the world's most advanced electric motorcycles, enabling everyone from pro riders to new riders to experience the future of fast. 
"Riders are just beginning to understand the combined benefits of EV today, and our technology continues to progress," said Alta Motors Chief Product Officer and co-founder, Marc Fenigstein. "We believe electric motorcycles are the future, and that American companies have an opportunity to lead that future. It's incredibly exciting that Harley-Davidson, synonymous with motorcycle leadership, shares that vision and we're thrilled to collaborate with them."

Marc Fenigstein, Alta Motors Chief Product Officer and co-founder

Harley-Davidson went on to say that “as electric-drive innovation brings new levels of ease, accessibility and control, Harley-Davidson and Alta Motors aim to attract new audiences who are inspired by motorcycles and drawn to the "twist-and-go" ease and exhilaration of an electric motorcycle with no gears or clutch.

"We believe that EV is where global mobility is headed and holds great appeal for existing riders as well as opportunity to bring new riders into the sport," said Levatich. "We intend to be the world leader in the electrification of motorcycles and, at the same time, remain true to our gas and oil roots by continuing to produce a broad portfolio of motorcycles that appeal to all types
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alerie Thompson and her Team 7 and Land Speed Record legend and AMA Hall-of-Famer Denis Manning to the 28th annual Speed Week Southern Australia.

As you read this …

As you read this, Valerie Thompson and her Team 7 and Land Speed Record legend and AMA Hall-of-Famer Denis Manning are headed to the 28th annual Speed Week competition (March 12-19) at the Lake Gairdner salt flats in Southern Australia.

Their mission? After some Speed Week shake-down runs, the plan is to mount a serious challenge on the existing Motorcycle Land Speed Record during three subsequent days of FIM sanctioned World Speed Trials racing on March 17, 18 and 19.
One of the remotest areas on the planet, where WiFi and cell phone signals go to die, AMD spoke with Denis Manning the day before he was due to fly out, and he told us “the reports are good. We’re being told that there are 12 miles of perfect salt waiting for us, so provided the work we’ve been doing on the bike pays off, we should have every opportunity to go fast. Really fast!

“The bike is already in Australia and has passed through customs and all the other formalities. I’ll be hiring a truck in Adelaide and then taking the streamliner to hook up with the full ‘Team 7’ and MN8 Films/P51 Pictures crews.

“The work done on the bike has been extensive, and as far as we can tell, the engine is in a first class state of tune and the aerodynamics are great, so … who knows, we’ll see.
“We have a great rider in Valerie, who is already no less than the world’s fastest woman on a motorcycle, an accolade she garnered in the ‘7’ Streamliner no less. We have a great crew, and I genuinely think we have a great opportunity. But we’ll only know when we know. I’ve spent my entire life chasing the dream, achieving it, chasing it again and so on, so I know better than anyone to take nothing for granted and know the myriad factors and details that can catch you out.

“However, let’s just say that we wouldn’t be entering into such a huge and expensive undertaking if we didn’t feel we were ready!”
Formally known as the Bub 7 (the 7th Land Speed Record Streamliner that Manning has built) and previously piloted by Chris Carr, the team owners are John Jans and Joe Harrelson, with designer Denis Manning as team leader. 

Originally designed and built from a clean sheet of paper specifically to set a new motorcycle land speed record, at the heart of the bike is a 500 hp, 3,000 cc dual overhead cam, 4-valve, turbocharged V4 engine, mounted in a 21 ft carbon fiber monocoque frame with MoTeC power command and methanol fuel.

That’s the ‘go’, but how about the stop? Well, if the three parachutes (Hi Speed, Main and Reserve and six-piston PM brakes aren’t going to do the job, then it’s a good job they’ve got 12 miles to play with! However, with more miles available at Lake Gairdner than has been the case at Bonneville for decades, and three World Land Speed Records already under its belt (setting a top return average of 367.382 mph in 2006), Manning and the 7 Streamliner have the pedigree, the team and the pilot with the experience, and they appear to have the salt – all that is needed now is that great unknown, some luck!

The record they are after is the 376.363 mph mark set by Rocky Robinson
woensdag 7 maart 2018/Author: Onno Wieringa/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Artikel rating: Geen rating
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