Archive for November, 2015

November 30, 2015

I am the Law!

  
Let’s bust into this week with Joe Dredd roaring his Lawmaster through the page. Classic Brian Bolland artwork that has never been bettered. 

  

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November 29, 2015

Giddy Up

  
Just back from a few days in the Southwest. What you need down there is horse power…

November 27, 2015

Twins

  
We’re in New Mexico for a few days so here’s an image that has an echo of the past… A pair of old wagon train codgers captured in an old ink etching on display at the art museum in Taos.

I love line work as fluid and expressive as this.

November 25, 2015

Thruxton R

   
 
The picture say it all! This new bike is an absolute gem to behold. Enjoy the details.

November 24, 2015

Words

  
With my Geordie Biker blog postings linked to Facebook then the word use count obviously picks up the Moto-oriented writings. Surprise surprise that Triumph is #1…

November 23, 2015

Reborn

   
This is the centerpiece of the show: T120R Bonneville. It’s exciting, nimble looking, beautifully executed and is a visual clone to the sublime ’68 Bonnie. From a narrow corseted waist that you experience when sitting on, to the appearance of the engine with hints of Edward Turners original twin from the 30’s.

 
Silver and crimson separated by a gold pinstripe. Knee pads to hug the tank when whittling along curvy roads. Fuel injected engine with a suite of mapping for different road conditions behind the Amal look alike Concentrics; just needs a tickler button.

   
Named fender support fork brace, rubber bellow fork boots, twin clocks and a beautiful headlight offer a clean prow.

 
Even from the rear the hourglass shape is evident. A generous pillion loop allows two-up fun; hopefully a lively 1200cc motor will mean ease of passenger carrying.

Bonnie is Back!

November 22, 2015

My name is Julius and I am your tvin brudder!

   
The new smaller sibling to the 1200cc Bonnie’s is the Street Twin. A 900cc model that will be supported by a hefty catalogue of customization parts to suit any hip rider. It should be a nimble tool for city zipping and backroad scratching alike.

 
The black on black was subtle and the cherry bomb red cool too. They should attract a new wave of Triumph owners!

November 21, 2015

Party time

 
Early snowstorm blew a wintry atmosphere to the Bonneville launch event being held in the multipurpose space Revel on Fulton Market in the old meat packing district. The big trailer on its first night of a countrywide tour displayed its ‘livestock’ across its broad side and rear. Bonneville Triumph projected through the sleet onto an adjacent building.


Inside we were warmly welcomed with a ‘goody-bag’ of a seasonably appropriate wool hat, Bonneville embossed leather key fob, and a beer bottle foam holder. Local microbrew beers were on offer. The amber IPA was perfect for wandering the rooms with like-minded bike fans.

Music was deejayed and stylalized film showing the motos in action projected onto the walls between indigo spotlights.

  Cheers Triumph!  
  

November 20, 2015

A Trump Card has been played

  
At the Triumph new model launch this evening under a snow bleaching sky I saw the outstanding design detail that has gone into these machines. The Thruxton R was truly sublime. I want one! It fits me perfectly with exactly the same riding geometry as my ’72 Bonneville. 

November 19, 2015

The Motorcycle Affair (a two-wheeled espionage caper)

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The latest redux is the classic spy duo Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin.  Starring John Cavell and Arme Hammer in the respective roles. It looks like a Triumph is used to good effect by one of the protagonist’s.  It turns out to be a beautifully made Metisse.

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The Grey bodywork and chrome frame along with knobby tires are perfect. High and wide dirt bike bars with high exhaust pipes top it off.

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United Network Command for Law and Enforcement aka U.N.C.L.E. was one of my favorite shows growing up.

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McCallum and Vaughn were perfect in their roles.

November 18, 2015

Under the Sun

 
McQueens production company which backed films such as Les Mans  as well as the documentary On Any Sunday. Clean graphic. 
 
#66 was his Porsche 908/2 number he used on the disused airfield track in Holtville CA. 

  

November 17, 2015

Hit the road Steve!

   
This bottle green Chevy truck with a custom aluminum camper sitting in its long bed was once owned by Steve McQueen. Towards the end of his life he used it to go cross country and see the USA from the road. 

 
Purchased from a migrant farmer the 1952 V6 engined 3800 was purchased from a migrant farmer from the side of the road. 

   
Big mattress, plenty of storage and a tent-like inner ceiling it would be the perfect thing to scour the back roads and lost towns of the continent. The camper unit is called a dust-tite and was built by Harold van Hoosen. 

This was up for auction this year… Unsure if it sold but the anticipated price was $600-800k.  

November 16, 2015

Good Memories

  
About a year ago my wife and I were planning our great trip to the west coast. Riding two-up around and beyond the hilly streets of San Fransisco was one of the highlights. Not quite Steve & Jaqueline taking a break from filming Bullitt but close!

November 15, 2015

Le moto libre

  
Such a powerful image to our times. The freedom of a biker zooming through Paris. 

Acknowledgements to Bonnefication your one stop source for everything Triumph Bonneville (apart from Geordiebiker).

November 14, 2015

Vice la France

  
Pont Alexandre III in Paris which crosses the Seine near the  Champs-Élysées . It leads the eye up to the Arc de Triomphe.