Archive for March, 2017

March 31, 2017

Woman Strong

Ladybird Biker – handling a powerful machine effortlessly takes confidence, care, caution, and cat-like reflexes. Well, just so happens women have all of these; so I’d be as happy riding alongside a group of gals as blokes, if not more so- there are some real bozo riders out there…

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March 30, 2017

Thursday Ride

 Mœbius- famed French comic book artist Jean Giraud had an impeccable hand for vivid graphic illustration. Mostly futuristic in vision his imagination stoked the creative minds behind Alien, The Empire Strikes Back, and Blade Runner. Here his moto related style shows off his line, use of color, and balance of the everyday with fantasy. I like how he shows the literbike slightly off the ground to define speed . .ROARRRr!

March 29, 2017

Music Fights Entertainment 

Let’s Go! A destination to get beer, burger and ink. Halfway between Dubuque and the Quad Cities it sits on the east bank of Old Man River Mississippi… 3 hours by hog from Chicago: pure Americana by the looks of it. 

March 28, 2017

Totally Negative 


Motorcycle Land Art – ‘Circular Planar Displacement Drawing’ is a piece of large scale art made by Michael Heizer on a dry Nevada lake in 1970. The artist rode a motorcycle in circles allowing the tires to gouge their mark in the dirt. 

March 27, 2017

The Rat Race

“You Dirty Rat, You!” This is the grotty underbelly of the biking world: where owners let their rides gather the accouterments of the highway and beyond. Odds and ends, flotsam and jetsam, bric-a-brac… junk. Under this palimpsest of knickknacks is a hardtail Triumph, complete with sheepskin (or buffalo skin) seat cover, these typically attain high mileages with well cared for engines… just the patina of life adds character and individuality.

March 26, 2017

McQueen Moto

Sled – Glory Motor Works owner Justin Kell standing with a ’64 500 Triumph. Found in a dusty south California aircraft hangar it was determined to be one of Steve McQueen’s desert racers. There is talk of restoring it; I would hope they’d keep its aged patina and stop further corrosion, wipe the engine down with an oily rag, get the engine sorted to run like a champ, new Dunlop tires, and take it to the Mojave.

March 25, 2017

MMMMM

Five times Three – in the late sixties Triumphs triples were a force to be reckoned with when tuned for speed and power. Especially when under the engineering magic of Doug Hele (on the left). Instrumental in most major British fast bikes for the mid century decades. I can’t see the Sun setting on these machines… watch out Slippery Sam the Trident wielding gods are abroad!

March 24, 2017

Friday Cool

The Dudley Dude – a factory fresh Triumph TR6 being taken for a cruise around the Streets of London. To mark Steve McQueens Birthday here he is in his element looking cool: desert boots, jeans and Triumph tee-shirt. This moto was his number 278 steed for the upcoming ISDT that was held in East Germany. Year is 1964. B reg plate. NX designates Dudley registration.

March 23, 2017

My co-pilot is dog

Man’s Best Friend – a nifty rig for a modern Norton with leaning capabilities this owner is enjoying the company of his hound on road-bound outings. These rideable combinations from Schwenker allow the true motorcycle experience that normal rigidly mounted rigs can’t achieve. Doggles let pooch alllow the “wind to blow through his feathers”.

March 22, 2017

Supermarine 

Spitfire! The V12 Rolls Royce Griffon engine belches into life of one of the most marvelous machines ever created. This is a Mk XVI 

March 21, 2017

Formula Um

Senna – The Brazilian racing great would have been 57 today had he not been taken from us on that fateful MayDay at San Marino in Italy in 1994. As well as racing at the top of the game for teams such as Lotus and MacLaren he enjoyed the two wheeler. With Honda supplying engines for the mid-eighties Lotus he has a pit bike supply; later on Ducati took him under their promotion wing with their Monster line-up and the super sport 888, 900 and the classic post posthumously introduced Senna 916 in grey rather than the traditional red or yellow.

March 20, 2017

Twin Cities Twin

Bell ‘n’ Whistles – my nephew Marcus saw this beaut in Minneapolis earlier today. So being a diligent blogger assistant captured a photo… Thruxton with all the goodies. In red too. Lovely.

March 19, 2017

Bunny O’Hare

Bank Robbery – a 1971 film starring Ernest Borgnine and Bette Davis as an unconventional pair of thieves. In wigs and fake beard disguises their getaway vehicle is non traditional too: a Triumph Trophy 250, bit of a cream-puff when it comes to power. I know this was the bike I had when first arriving in the ‘States and indeed got my motorcycle license on. I wouldn’t do errands on it never mind a bank robbery!

March 18, 2017

A Journey begins with One Step

Boots – sturdy footwear for feet that get stuff done. I need by boots to be supportive, comfortable, enduring, and good looking; in that order. Here are a few of past and present pairs I use for everyday wear as well as specialized utility. Top to bottom, left to right.

Scarpa Walking Boots – these have seen countless miles over field, up mountain, across bog. I haven’t worn them in twenty years but they became like slippers to me as the fathoms were yomped.

Sherpa Work Boots – Stout blood-red, heavy soled clompers to take care of your tootsies on a work site. Thick socks needed for these.

Doc Marten Work Boot – blonde version of the ubiquitous ‘Docs’. Vibrant soled and light. These were a good daily shoe that could take some abuse when required.

Doctor Marten Air Wear – my 8-Hole ‘Docs’ were found in an alley on top of a dumpster. A bit heavy soled, but like walking on air. Great on the Triumph when kick starting.

Blundstone 500C – my current dailies; the ‘Blunnies’ are super comfy, supportive, durable, light, slip on quickly. Two years in and the sole is barely worn. Waterproof as heck with the oiled leather upper. Hopefully I’ll have these for a while…

Justin Roper – a light and comfy tall boot. I had the leather soles redone with a thin Vibram tread. Again, these should last.

Tony Lama Western – my black cowboy boots have a good heel which necessitate a deliberate gait. Comfy boot to be worn with Levi’s and plaid shirts only…

Sidi Monza – these zip-up vintage motorcycle boots are Italian made and fit like a glove. Good heel to kickstart with and grip foot pegs well. Gear changing protector atop the toebox, and supple but strong leather. A perfect riding boot in my mind. 

Vintage Motocross – acquired for the Cub, these well buckled protective boots can be used on the road too. A certain ‘Mad Max’ air to their appearance may give drivers second thoughts before messing with you.

Not on this list and no longer in my possession: a couple of other pairs of Sidi, Frank Thomas’, some Clarks desert boots, and Asolo winter climbing boots. 

But remember these boots are useless without a pair of fresh clean socks.

March 17, 2017

Viking Lass

Frige’s Day (Frigedæg in old English)- Norse goddess who had the power of foreknowledge. A sturdy TT Triumph is a suitable Valkyrie-like ride for possible warming spring weather that is in the foreseeable future.