Wednesday, December 14, 2011


The title of the GQ spread...will Enduro become chic again?  It was in the 1970s...
While on the Eurostar from London to Paris last week, I was delighted to discover a 12-page spread of classic dirt bikes flinging mud in the pages of French GQ (the December 2011 issue).  And who should be the photographer but Dimitri Coste, whose own adventures on his racing Triumph have been covered previously on The Vintagent.
Sam with his Bultaco Mk10 Frontera
When queried on the magazine feature, Dimitri explained, "I was asked by French GQ to shoot a "Biker" fashion story back in October. As I was kinda fed-up with the usual "biker" fashion story, I told GQ I wanted to shoot in the mud, with off-road vintage bikes, and they were down for it."
Tearing up a perfectly good field...
"So I called Franck (Chatokhine) with his pre-unit Triumph Tiger 100 Rickman Metisse, Stephane and his cute B50MX and Sam, Franck's brother-in-law, with his killer face and cool Bultaco. We shot at our off-road paradise in Beauval-en-Caux, hosted by famous Fabrice & Marion Bazire, and had lots of fun. They were allowed to get dirty, and went full throttle all day long."
Franck Chatokhine, a demon rider on tarmac and mud
The photos are a breath of fresh outdoor air tanged with exhaust, and a healthy change from groan-worthy 'model in the pool' fashion, this is probably the best advertisement for vintage dirt riding I've seen since the infamous Steve McQueen Honda commercial...
Stephane with his BSA B50MX
Yes, we're selling clothes here
Dimitri Coste, in his competition Ruby outfit


GuitarSlinger said...

Yes .... SS'ers had this up a bit ago as well

I'm really beginning to hate these damn French lately

Beautiful women
Great food
Fantastic wine
Quirky fun cars

And now their Fashionista magazines are featuring classic M/C's

Damn French .

Oh well..... at least we've ( US ) still got better music

Anonymous said...

Mr d'Orleans,

I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know how much I enjoy your site and the depth of knowledge you bring to it. I wanted to let you know that based on the frame and forks, Sam's Pursang is actually a Mk10 Frontera. I couldnt resist sharing this with you as it swims in my personal kiddie pool of vintage bike knowledge. Cheers and Happy Holidays to you.


The Vintagent said...

Many thanks Philip! I admit to taking a guess when calling it a Pur Sang...but much prefer to be accurate!