Why Hell-the fuck – O? Please enjoy the music with the read, I was told that music sets the tone for certain stuff.
its been a long time coming but we’re back. Judging by the post count of Blog Entries this year, it may seem like we weren’t as busy as we’re supposed to. The reason for the inactivity, blame a new program called Instagram@standardfunctions, go ahead, you may have heard about it haha
In all seriousness, as much as I would love to write on here, there’s just way to much going on. Traditionally, when I’d write a post, I’d spend hours on end filling as much content as I can to really fill you in on a “day in the life” kinda post. No half steppin on our shit, if you haven’t caught on already… With that said, lets jump fourth with what has to be one of the harder more thought out things to include in this wrap up for the 2013 calendar.
Whats new. Whats old. Whats worth a post.
For starters, A new and more focused entry this year would be the highly anticipated Grom125 brought to you by Honda.
For years now, Our main Focus was that of the Ruckus before Yamaha came in with the Z125. There was a void somewhere, something that needed a change because I’m sure everyone, us included, The Ruckus hit a peak. This “peaking point” stayed where it was and I personally felt like it slowly started to come down if not maintain this stream of… ah fuck, who am I kidding. Its been boring. Really F’n boring.
When the official notice was released, you already know we were on our way to Honda to leave a deposit for a unit or two. Fast forward to August, we were able to get one for ourselves and boy did we enjoy it.
We may be a little over our heads with this, but I have to say… Honda Nailed it with this one. The question EVERYONE and their moms ask, “Will it replace the Ruckus?” I sure hope not, but I can hope that it builds up as much of a Scene as the Ruckus did. I mean Why not? It is the breath of fresh air everyone has been asking for.
The tuning Scene for this little thing is still new, and I’m loving what everyone’s doing with them so far. Another reason why I’m happy that 2013 is over, because I can’t wait to see what 2014 has to offer. I think a lot of the “know it all” guys now a day can bore them selves so quickly over something that they can build over night. Coming from the Golden days, when you had to wait months on end for cool replacement / upgrade parts, this Grom125 really brings me back. The happier and more fun days of tuning, Not to mention a New style of riding. Alot of these guys have never even rode a “Moto” before jumping onto a “scooter”. Its natural to want to learn more and I think that the Grom is here to change that in the mini moto scene. The YSR came close, but really, how many years has that been. The Growth in Socal wasn’t what I thought it would be since release, but with time, I hope to ride with even more shifters and with KillerScooters 2014 Super Sunday right around the corner, I have a feeling my prayers will soon be answered.
2013 also brings for me, an end of a Love/Hate relationship. Maggie May, I surely will miss you.
Through her MANY changes since conception in 2009, I felt the need to give her one last upgrade before the inevitable. From the Signature Kameleon Purple and multiple engine transplants, to her final Teal effect and 66cc heartbeat of a Factory GET for Super Sunday 2013. She’s been a hell of a learning experience.
A few months back, some of the guys offered me some deals I just HAD to refuse but with times changing for me personally, she just had to go. Offers started pouring in after I took it off the sale thread and she was parted out 20 different states to be exact. With time, I’m sure I will add another Ruckus to my Stable, but for now, I’m just enjoying the Grom more than I should be haha
2013, was also a year of Collaboration that I did not see coming. I get an email from Garrett of CycleWorld, a meeting and a few phone calls later, A film Crew was on its way to StandardFunctions as well as a certain Individual this collaboration build will be with, and that is of Mr. Jeff Staple, who trusted us to add a bit of our funk for his daily cruiser around the jungle that is New York City.
Another Project that we dabbled into, the Introduction of our Brass Monkee line. A limited 300pc numeric collection set for all the Alternative smokers out there. It completely blows my mind when I say, it sold out a few weeks before the final production even came out.
Thanks to our friends and team at V-APES, TrendyVape, and Vape Blvd, we were able to introduce to the Vaping world our small collection of these Mechanical Mods and RDA Atomizer kits. Everything from looks, weight, production, packaging, and COST came to mind when we set fourth to make these things. Another reason why I’m waiting for 2013 to end so we can get started on the next one.
Another notable 2013 event, some of the company trips and people we met along the way. Definitely stories that will go down in history for us.
Getting to hang out with Sekizawa-San of TokyoParts and Yu Yamamoto at HawaiiCon2013 was good for the soul as well as finally getting to meet Yutaka of Rat Koubou and the MotoChamp fellas, Nari and Tomo.
Its never a bad thing getting to share a rental property with these clowns either! Although the restroom portion and timing was kinda “shitty” right Jay? Haha
Saying bye to some of my friends that I rarely get to see kinda sucked like usual, but it just gives us a reason to work harder to come back for the next trip.
Speaking of Trips, We also had to privileged of making it up for the annual BLOX event in Northern California to spend time with some of our best friends in the Ruckus world and out. The brotherhood we’ve made through out the years doing this was something NO ONE expected. Our passion for this has really led up to some stories better off shared over a shot of Cognac… or five… or ten. Good times in San Jose, CA. If you only knew. #KIWI2racing
KillerScooter SS2013 was amazing.
Honda USA hosted the first ever GROMPRIX, a definite highlight for us this year
A short trip to Chicago with LOS garage was fun
Utah was cool…
My personal car got a nice feature for USDM magazine in Japan with my friend Yogi
The more important of the features this year is getting into a USA publication by the name of “SuperStreet Magazine” is pretty cool too. Talking to the guys during the whole process, I was damn happy it was them to gave us the time to represent for the Ruckus during a time of change. JDM Wong and Crew, Thank you guys.
(Photos are courtesy of SuperStreet. Full feature can be found : HERE )
I’m sure there’s more, but we’ll leave it simple and sweet.
My friends and fellow colleagues, we’ve all seen the up’s and down’s but through it all, we’re still here doing what we love.
What more can we ask for because without you guys, there wouldn’t be a StandardFunctions, Makoa, Composimo, Mnnthbx, Rucksters, Bowls Los Angeles, ChapsGarage, the list goes on.
When we Started off, No one wanted to be caught on a Ruckus… hell any Small displacement moto at that. Our goal as a Collective was to change people’s perspectives.
Have we succeeded? Maybe. Is our Job finished? Far from it.
It brings us great joy to say that 2013 will go out with a Bang. With 2014 quickly Approaching, I wonder what WE as individuals will bring to the table to keep this “scene” going. We’ve seen the guys who come and go. It’s the one’s that’s still here that play a role and influence and inspire to keep the ball rolling.
To the ones who’ve read up to this point, this beer in Hand is a SALUD to you. Why? Because you’ve cared enough to read up till this point like you usually do. The true fans and friends that we at StandardFunctions value. The one’s who pay attention to what we post or say. The one’s who refuse to simply Scroll through pictures because they want to stay updated. The one’s we work so hard for.
Thank you for supporting as always, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Its 2014, What will you do?
Full steam ahead
-Ming of StandardFunctions