Archive for January, 2015

January 31, 2015

A Fit Collection

I stopped in to the foyer of Worlds Gym along Montrose Avenue earlier today. No, not to join the crowds of treadmill crunching, weight hefting fanatics! But to have a gander at a superb collection of a dozen mint vintage motorcycles. An exceptional X75 Hurricane…

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…next to its standard Trident brethren.

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A crimson Norton Atlas.

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Nearby its papa M30 International. Black & Silver monochromatic corker.

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Matchless. Clean. Stout hearted. G80.

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The cats whisker. A Panther M100 Redwing. Distinctive by its sloper engine.

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The collection belongs to Al Philips. An alcove behind the entry foyer had the hat trick. Three Vincents… Here’s the superlative Black Lightning.

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January 30, 2015

Zzzzzzzzz

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Weekend here! Time for a lie-in methinks.

January 29, 2015

Di she ain’t

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The big triple makes her look kinda wee.

Camilla Parker Bowels (spellchecker correction for Bowles). Duchess of Cornwall to the denizens of Blighty. Chaz likes his motors, in particular Aston Martins, but here’s his gal on a mighty Triumph. Albeit sidesaddle.
Diana? We know the story of the paparazzi on fast Beemers, a Paris tunnel and a nation in mourning.

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Here she gives the lads biking inspiration for a future of motos which they both share.

January 28, 2015

Seeing Double

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Wha’? A pair of twins side by side to make a four. Unique engineering to link cranks and set up valves and timing. 1300cc and a fifties frame and sixties brakes. Wobbly at speed I’ll bet! About this time Honda’s CB750 was quickly being cleared from the showroom floors. This Triumph was of course a one off so it was up to the factory triple Trident to go up against the Honda.

January 27, 2015

Dalziel & Pascoe

Watching an older episode of the Yorkshire police show Dalziel & Pascoe one of the characters, who also works down what must be one of the last pits, rides a late 90’s Triumph T595 Daytona. He’s a main suspect so being a stereotypical rowdy biker maintains suspense.

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He wheelies along colliery row houses and near allotment gardens.

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Grumpy Dalziel (PR. Dall eel ) is played by the late Warren Clark. Starting his career as Dim in A Clockwork Orange.

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“There was me, that is Alex, and my three droogs, that is Pete, Georgie, and Dim, and we sat in the Korova Milkbar trying to make up our rassoodocks what to do with the evening. The Korova milkbar sold milk-plus, milk plus vellocet or synthemesc or drencrom, which is what we were drinking. This would sharpen you up and make you ready for a bit of the old ultra-violence.”

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January 26, 2015

Needs Home. Wrenches. Patience and GSOH

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Going through tough times. In need of some rear support to gain traction. No gas in the tank, indeed no tank. Saddle-up? Well, no saddle. Flat tired. Rusty around the edges as well as middle… And underside. Wiring loom needs reweaving. Amal is AWOL. Seen better days. Would like to enjoy retirement. Or willing to be organ or limb donor!

January 25, 2015

25th January

Farewell to the Highlands, farewell to the North,
The birth-place of Valour, the country of Worth;
Wherever I wander, wherever I rove,
The hills of the Highlands for ever I love.

My heart’s in the Highlands, my heart is not here;
My heart’s in the Highlands a-chasing the deer;
A-chasing the wild-deer, and following the roe,
My heart’s in the Highlands wherever I go.

Farewell to the mountains high covered with snow;
Farewell to the straths and green valleys below;
Farewell to the forests and wild-hanging woods;
Farewell to the torrents and loud-pouring floods.

My heart’s in the Highlands, my heart is not here;
My heart’s in the Highlands a-chasing the deer;
A-chasing the wild-deer, and following the roe,
My heart’s in the Highlands wherever I go.

Robbie Burns (1759-1796)

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Triumph Bonneville in Glencoe

January 24, 2015

The Weakest Link…

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Chain slung over the new whopping sprocket. All 66 teeth on it. To ensure it wouldn’t rub against the hefty trials tire some engine realignment was also accomplished. Just need 3 new high strength  3/8″ engine to frame bolts. The rear brake pedal lever was also given a little more of an s-bend.

January 23, 2015

Don’t Think Twice It’s All Right

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I spent today drafting planting plans, devising associated details and writing specifications. No ‘phones ringing to distract me! So I put on some Dylan music to hustle the hours along. Worked like a charm!

January 22, 2015

Round and Round

Old bicycles have beautiful features that hark to the craftsmanship that went into these popular modes of transport. The chairing where the pedals attach typically have the name or logo of the maker. Here’s Triumph.

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Look at that rod operated rear brake and the rubber tread pedals.

January 21, 2015

What’s in a Name?

a great victory or achievement.

the state of being victorious or successful.

joy or satisfaction resulting from a success or victory.

a highly successful example of something.

These are the descriptions from a dictionaries  of the noun Triumph. What a great word to utilize for a motorcycle, the idea of a journey, its speed and a destination as well as the item itself. It has the vision of some banner fluttering in the wind in regal success. Other Marques are family names: Honda, Ducati Barley Davidson to mention a few. Others the name of a location: BSA, BMW. Indeed few have a moniker regaling a people such as Indian. But it’s Triumph that fill you with spirit once your heading off down the road with the mere whiff of throttle.

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“Well, it says what it does on the tin!”

Matchless?…. Victory? Yes, yes, yes. Point taken!

January 20, 2015

A day at the office

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Buzz Aldrin turned 85 today. Fighter Pilot, Orbital maneuvering specialist, moonwalker, science advocate and Mars Mission promoter. Here he is in Apollo days arriving to work in his small Corvette Stingray coupe smallblock. Well he’s gotta go slow sometimes!

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Gemini 12. Spacewalking selfie. A life lived rich in history.

January 20, 2015

MLK

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Martin Luther King Jr. Would have been 86 today. He gave a heartbeat,  voice, and power to the unqual citizens. Promoting human rights to a minority. He has a dream that lives on.
This cycling image shows the humility of  the man.

January 18, 2015

Annabel

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Splendid line drawing with character of someone’s beloved ride. This was a commissioned piece used to adorn a mug created by a ceramist in the UK.
Www.emiloumakes.co.uk

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Get the kettle on!

January 17, 2015

Ink and Wash

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Fun little loose sketches by an artist called T Vasco. My style of quick capture. The little hint of red on the ’62 tank adds a splash of color to liven the machines up.