Archive for December, 2014

December 31, 2014

Speed Twin

Here’s the original: Triumphs Speed Twin.

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A bucolic vision of England’s scenery. Villages, churches, rolling fields and the odd country pub or two. Or take a jaunt to the coast to watch the scudding waves …

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Distant times and faraway places.

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December 30, 2014

The Shape of Things to Come

Espied jaunting around the highways and byways of Mediterranean climes is what the motopress believe to be Triumphs next monster-killer. Basically the Thruxton on steroids and given a Gold’s Gym membership. The 900cc engine pumped up to an assumed 1200, 180 shod rear wheel, Popeye like front forks, forward leaned stance.

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Big front stoppers, proud mufflers, wire-spoked wheels. Apparently it may come out in the 2016 model line up. Possible name is Street Tracker. I’d rather see it called the Speed Twin. Better start saving my pennies!

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They should go bold too and offer it in both black and the historical Amaranth Red…

December 29, 2014

Leap

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As a New Year approaches sometimes you just need to hang on and have trust in the captain of your ship. A determined pilot is looking for a suitable landing and his pillion clings closely. This is a late 30’s G3 with the girder forks. Once the teledraulic forks arrived a year later the Matchless single cylinder 350cc became one of the most popular wartime bike.

December 29, 2014

Perfect Cub

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Earlier Cub in technically clean appearance. Plunger rear end, nacelle headlight. The overall lines are balanced with a just-so form.

December 27, 2014

Toy

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An exhibit about vintage toys at the Museum of Minnesota in Saint Paul included this collection of Evel Knievel’s stunt bike, ramps and trailer. I had the chopper and remember revving it across the playground at Wooler First School.

December 26, 2014

Boxing Day

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NOT a good look! Someone had mounted a BMW boxer fairing to a Bonneville. True affrontery!

…discuss:

December 24, 2014

Tannenbaum

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G’day mates! Here’s a pretty bauble to adorn your crimbo tree this year…
Better yet… Just make your whole tree a branching of classic motorcycles like this one at the Barber Museum.

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If you’ve been good this year!

December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas

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Old Saint Nick gets out and about in style. I bet he has well honed tire studs in too!

December 23, 2014

Rusty owld iron

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Sometimes you get to the end of the year feeling like a worn out Triumph. Sludge in hidden crevices, collapsed seat, flat tires, dull finishes, all the oomph has gone and scarpered… Well, another year rears its head as well as the downhill side if the decade (whatever that means!).

December 23, 2014

Number Three

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The Metisse Triumph is a purposeful looking motor. Green is the right color, good off-road details too. I can use these for some finishing details on the Cub: high pipe, chain tensioner, handlebar with crossbar pad, clean cable routing, big comfy saddle.

December 23, 2014

Number Three

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The Metisse Triumph is a purposeful looking motor. Green is the right color, good off-road details too. I can use these for some finishing details on the Cub: high pipe, chain tensioner, handlebar with crossbar pad, clean cable routing, big comfy saddle.

December 21, 2014

Winter Solstice

What better way to recognize the true end of the old year and beginning of the new one than a jaunt to the grandest of Ancient Monuments: Stonehenge. Sitting proudly on the Wiltshire plain as it has done for over five millennia it truly is a connection to our prehistory and its mystic ways.

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Lately (well the last hundred years or so) it becomes a gathering spot for neo-druidism. Here’s a photo from the seventies with the winter sun peeking through a pair of standing stones. I found this photo of some travelers stopping off at the site in the mid sixties. A Triumph steed sits with baggage for a decent looking roadtrip.This was when everyone could stroll across the lawns to it. A Morris Mini sits parked nearby.

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December 20, 2014

David Bowie is

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We went to the Bowie exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art today. A wonderful combination of Sound & Vision. His fashion, art, inspiration all wrapped up with his music and range of persona; be it Ziggy Stardust, Major Tom, or Aladdin Sane.

December 19, 2014

Cubs Angels

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Sixties Canadian TV show with biker gang member toting around on a Triumph Cub…. Must be an initiation thing!

December 18, 2014

Monkey

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Nothing is as fun as a monkey on a motorcycle…

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Ape in tartan with a BSA: “dinnae mess wi’ me ye sassenach!”

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Unless you dress up as a public schoolboy, blazer cap and all. Form Captain?