November 18, 2017

Toucan Twin

My Goodness – a stout tank’d pre-unit custom Triumph in polished aluminum and black with a white frothy head atop the pint-sized tank. Brewed in Dublin since 1759 Guinness is one of the most recognized and successful beers in the world. The iconic harp motif is modeled after the Brian Boru instrument displayed in the Ling Room of Trinity Colleges Old Library and itself is a symbol of Éire.

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November 17, 2017

Toucan Traveler

Beyond the Pale: head-on portrait of a black & tan clad cailín astride a speed-striped Triumph Thruxton. Serious pout under a shade visored helmet. It’s reminiscent of a pint of Guinness; which just so happens to be appropriate as we’re flying to Dublin for the weekend. Then onward to Geordieland to see the folks.

November 16, 2017

He is the Law!

The Cursèd Earth – one of the all time classic comic covers has Judge Dredd blasting out of the prog towards the lawlessness that was a post apocalyptic land beyond Mega City One. Outlaw biker Spikes Harvey Rotten is on his shootin’ side and the all-terrain Raider Command 2000. Which was also sold as a Matchbox toy. Artwork very ably carried out by Cliff Robinson (after Mike McMahon).

November 15, 2017

Plastic

Kit – simple plastic model of a BSA C15. Grey molding still fresh on the sprue ready for removal and assembly. This looks like a typical 1:32 scale kit. I’d keep it as-is and frame it.

November 14, 2017

ATGATT

Luminous – here’s a fella enjoying the November roads today. Wrapped in his spacesuit-like Aerostich, white Arai lid and rumbling along Sheridan Road on a rocket red cycle. I was in my car driving from job site to job site…

November 13, 2017

Blighty Bloke Berlin Bound

BeeBeeBeeBeeBee – after the remembrance weekend here’s a fun card promoting a victory over Germany. On His Majesty’s Service

November 11, 2017

WW1

11-11 we’re up to ninety nine years since the armistice of 1918. The end of The Great War… as well as the horror of the trenches, heavy bombardment of the guns, the first aerial bombardment, some units used early motorcycles, such as this BSA, for despatch duty.

November 10, 2017

Bōsōzoku Babe

Nippon Cafe – leathers, boots and a goggled lid look perfect on this stern owner of a Thruxton. The framing of this monochrome image is perfectly balanced with the overpass backdrop.  A plum portrait.

November 9, 2017

Green with Envy

Incredible – Lou Ferrigno better known as The Hulk from the 70’s TV series is 66 today. Here he is as bearded Hercules  in Gold’s Gym garb making a full dresser Harley Davidson look like a scooter. 

November 8, 2017

ISS

Endurance – great lecture this evening by astronaut Scott Kelly who has spent over 500 days in space, including one mission of nearly a year. From this lofty perch he would spend his spare moments gazing down at the earth from the observation cupola. 

November 7, 2017

Red 

Hardtail – lowbrow chopped British twin framed under a harsh sun. Raked front, low seating, stacked lighting. Straight highways good; twisties bad…

November 6, 2017

Going Once…

Sold!  From Auctioneers Charterhouse listing: “We are selling six of the world famous Royal Signals Motorcycle Display Team Triumph motorcycles on Thursday 16th November. More commonly known as The White Helmets, the display team was a group of serving soldiers from the Royal Corps of Signals who performed public displays of motorcycling skills, aerobatics and stunt riding. Beginning 90 years ago, in 1927, the riders were normally dispatch riders and the team have had several names in the past including ‘The Red Devils’ (before the Parachute Regiment Team of the same name existed), ‘Mad Signals’ (on account of the poor brakes on the motorcycles), and only adopted the name ‘White Helmets’ in 1963.

The Triumph T140 motorcycles the team rode around on are non-standard and customized to help them carry out their amazing stunts include no rear suspension, a solid steel frame, larger rear sprocket and a sticky throttle. Of the 26 Triumph motorcycles in the team, 20 have been either gifted, given to a museum, donated to sponsors or returned to LF Harris who supplied all the bikes. The remaining 6 are being auctioned off the highest bidders. Estimates £5-8,000.”

November 5, 2017

Show a bit of leg

Quad Bike – Tattoo of a Triumph devotee. Inked in detail and wrapped around the thigh.

November 4, 2017

Speedster

White Lotus – spied on my site visit drive yesterday in Wilmette. A small mid-engined sports car from the British racing car company Lotus. Very low profile with a 4 cylinder 1.5 l Renault engine offering nippy speed for a lightweight chassis. 

November 3, 2017

Another brick in a wall

Pout – a doll posing her looks with the elegant complementary lines of a hard-tail bobbed Triumph modeling prop.