I’ve always believed in the need for documentation. Not only as part of the process of building something, anything, but also as part of recording a finished product and thereby it’s place in the world at any particular time. Next week I hope to formally release the first volume of The Machine Files. Of course I am starting small, a most basic format, but I hope to quickly expand and grow the concept. The idea is to document motorbikes. One motorbike per volume. One hundred photographs of each motorbike showing every detail of each bike, right down to frame lugs, components and wiring. It will not be limited to any marque or style. There will be an informed history and detailed description of the bike including a specification and also owners questionnaire. At first it will be released as an online digital volume, available 4 times per year, however if the response is good enough up front I hope to go straight to print with a limited edition, numbered, hard-bound print copy. The first bike is a bike I consider to be one of the most beautiful ever made, the 1975 900 SS DUCATI. I hope to have the online version available for download to all devices for $2.50 per issue or $8.00 for a years subscription or very close to that mark. I hope I can provide a diverse mix of bikes that cater for varied tastes and therefore present a motorcycle that someone may not have been informed about or even interested in, possibly sparking a desire to investigate further. Anyway, that’s where I’m headed. New Facebook page The Machine Files is up and running, new website and store etc to come next week. Sorry for the extended long post, thanks everyone.