September 23, 2018

On Show

Vintage Stuff – perfect weather and a super turnout for the second annual Evanston Motorcycle Classic. Over one hundred bikes on display, including my shabby owld gal, under a Blue September sky. Another couple of hundred newer machines parked-up too so plenty to like ok at. Everyone was in fine spirits for the outing and polished offerings looked superb.

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September 22, 2018

Ma & Pa

Joan & Robin – with the folks visiting from blighty I had to show off the new Tiger. I took my mother ’round the block for a quick spin. She gave two thumbs up on the pillion perch.

September 21, 2018

Happy Days

Summer Smile – heading into Fall now the Autumnal Equinox is on our calendar (22nd) Hazy days of a sweltering season are past with a cooling time ahead when temperatures are more manageable. Roll on more riding in the months ahead!

September 20, 2018

20 liters

Jerry Can – the cunning folk at Icon 1000 have given this Tiger 800 a definite utilitarian brutish appeal. With a finish like machine pressed galvanized steel sheet, ready to roll through some dystopian military industrialized kingdom.

September 19, 2018

Over & Under

A Bridge too far – black and white stark graphic of zooming Bonneville with the arched trusses of a span overhead. Nice composition, with essence of speed and support both.

September 18, 2018

Embroidery

Patch – roaring leaping Tiger . Big teeth and massive paws.

September 17, 2018

Ripping

Claws – the sharp retractable nails of a feline paw. The weapon of choice to grab and hold prey. Deadly stealth.

September 16, 2018

Santa Fe or Bust

Art of the Motorcycle- prominent American artist Georgia O’Keeffe smiles as her Harley Davidson rider, contemporary painter Maurice Grosser, takes off along some dusty New Mexican trail looking for high desert inspiration.

September 14, 2018

Don’t lose your pillion!

Hang On! Make sure your lassie keeps a good hold of you!

It reminds me of an old folk song we sang at school:

TURN THE GLASSES OVER

I’ve been to Haarlem, I’ve been to Dover,

I’ve traveled this wide world all over.

Over, over, three times over.

Drink all the brandywine and turn the glasses over.

Sailing east, sailing west,

Sailing over the ocean.

Oh, you’d better watch out when the boat begins to rock,

Or you’ll lose your girl in the ocean.

September 13, 2018

Gan canny!

Pitmatic – a motorcycle shop in the fifties on Station Road in the North East mining village of Ashington. Proper Geordie Bikers!

September 11, 2018

Words of Support

IF

September 10, 2018

Pilots Seat

Cockpit – flight ready is how the Tigers controls look to be. Perfect upright perch to view the world from. Wide bars offer superb control in a natural stance for my long arms. Easy to reach buttons, and clear instruments. The Garmin navigator completes highway needs ($15 on eBay!).

September 9, 2018

North Flight

Tony Tiger – it’s G-R-E-A-T! Fun ride up north with a regulation brunch at Emily’s in Zion. Le Corbeau behaved impeccably.

September 8, 2018

Naked Mountain

Alpine Style – back in the Fifties, what was considered the Golden Age of mountaineering, those from the continental stomping grounds were considered the best. Here (right) is Hermann Buhl who took his experience from the Tyrol to the greater ranges of the Himalaya becoming one of the first to summit Nanga Parbat an 8000’er solo and in lightweight alpine style. Many climbers have used motorcycles to get to and from their cliff faces and peaks… me? I used to hitch rides to the crag.

September 7, 2018

Smile

Rita Nebraska – Lauren Hutton takes on a perfect pose with this track’d Bonneville. She starred with Robert Redford and Michael J Pollard in the 1970 comedic drama Little Fauss & Big Halsy flick about motorcycle racing. With her distinctive gap-tooth grin she still models into her seventies.