Archive for ‘60’s’

May 24, 2017

Kool 

Aped Cub – Well; if you must. Forest green Tiger with hi-rise bars being hustled ’round some rustic park setting. Burgundy outfit, complete with stirrupped legs, add to the jolly nature of this period photograph. “Come in number five two seven, your time is up!”

May 23, 2017

Let’s raise an eyebrow

Bond, James Bond. Sir Roger Moore (1927-2017) . Known around the globe as Ian Fleming’s spy he played that role for 7 films. As well as the cars and ladies he was also seen occasionally on two wheels. Other dashing roles he portrayed nincluded Ivanhoe, Beau Maverick, Simon Templar, and one of the Persuaders (the other being Tony Curtis). 

May 16, 2017

When the Bike comes in.

The Days Catch – An all washed up, seaweed covered, rusted, beach combers find. This old sea-dog of a Triumph Cub rests on a pebble beach after some marine journey. The engine, tank and seat must have been liberated by Poseidon, though the tires may have given some buoyancy ‘neath the waves.

May 13, 2017

Shoot!

Blow Up – another frame from yesterday’s photo-shoot. This time the photographer comes into focus. Like Michaelangelo Antonioni’s masterpiece from the sixties I cropped in closer to see if a murder had taken place… 

May 11, 2017

Don’t hold your breath…

A Quarter Litre – the diminutive and underwhelming Trophy seen here in period advertisers garb. It’s held aloft with a banner of circus show exhuberance. How many different fonts can you spy? 

May 6, 2017

Roond an’ Roond

Flat Track – oval dirt aboard a stout tire’d Triumph Cub. Steel toe down on the inside bends and a death grip on the bars. Wrong the throttles neck and hold on!

April 30, 2017

Half a Century ago

Fifty Years – like some scene from MadMen here’s the brochure from a New England showroom a guy and his gal out for some fresh air. Precision, Power, Performance… the cards were on the table though. Honda’s sublime 750 was on the drawing board in Japan ready for release and two-wheeled domination in ’69. 

April 26, 2017

Tuesday to Thursday

Chopper Wednesday – we haven’t had a long-fork special for a while, so to get us over hump day here’s a stretched wheelbase Triumph rumbling down the highway, sunward bound. 

April 18, 2017

Convergence 

Vanishing Point – as the parallel lines of the road converge ahead, the shadow of trees above open up to an advancing bright spot in the country lane. The enclosing headlight nacelle of a Triumph Cubs controls pulls you along.

April 12, 2017

Cinq Moto

50-59-68-72-06-16 Five of the Best. From Ed Turners Speed Twin, through the original Bonneville’s of the late fifties, sixties, and early seventies; to the New Century Bonnie’s right up to the latest Twins. 500cc’s up to 1200. 

April 11, 2017

Flat Tracker

Screenprint- artist Ryan Quickfall has some evocative motorcycle illustrations. Go to his site Here. This particular one is of AMA great Gary Nixon. 

April 1, 2017

I’m a lot like you were

Blokey MacBlokeface – after yesterday’s post for the lassies here’s a one for the lads. A leather boy  and his greaser quiff kicking an old Bonnie into life. Seems like a happy Ton-Up lad!

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 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.