Archive for ‘60’s’

March 23, 2018


Black Bike – low seat, aped bars, hard tail, straight pipes… we’re talkin’ ATTITUDE! Don’t mess with this sister; she’ll chew ya up and spit you out so much as glower at you. Ebony chopper matches her black tank top and bandanna.

March 19, 2018


QA/QC – Ex-racer Sidney Tubb gives a “hot-off-the-presses” T120 Bonneville’s a once over as they roll of the factory line. He was ‘shop foreman in the early sixties when this photo was taken.

March 14, 2018

The Wheel

Full Circle – March 14th which in the US is also known as pi day 3.14

Top Left: Model H (1914)

Top Right: Tiger 90 (1937)

Lower Left: Tiger Cub (1963)

Lower Left: Bonneville T120 (2017)

March 10, 2018

Uneasy Rider

Rusty Relic – keeping the chopped, stretched, hacked, hammered, sawed, bolted, welded and patina’d on the road. It probably rode straight from the Summer of Love into a musty shed for half a century.

March 9, 2018

After Arlen Ness

Psychedelic ‘Cycle – Candy colored paint scheme; long legged springer front end; drag barred steering; sissy saddled; peanut tanked; and Triumph Twin hearted. A chopper of sixties style. Kool!

March 7, 2018

Sixty Seven PPP

Fuchsia Fun – a darling sixties couple enjoying the laziness of a verdant lawn on a summers day.

March 3, 2018


Peanut – stretched out with a sleepy rake and hard triangulated tail that would necessitate long straight and smooth roads. Nicely built with good proportional chopper architecture. If Meriden had custom shop that mirrored the American scene of the day i believe it would prepare machines like this.

February 27, 2018

The man who put the MPH in Triumph

Tuning Maestro – On this day in 2007 saw the passing of one of the great Triumph engine mechanics of the sixties. Jack Shemans cut his engineering teeth on Daimler cars and Armstrong-Whitworth aircraft before joining the Meriden factory of Triumph Motorcycles. In the thick of engine development he took the 500cc Tiger engined bike’s to racetrack victories such as Percy Tait’s Works 500GP seen in the posts image. Incidentally this months edition of Motorcycle Classics has a detailed article about this bike. Jack also helped beef up the horsepower of the Triples to get their Daytona successes. From the people who knew him he was a kind, generous and knowledgeable man.

February 26, 2018

It’s the Real Thing!

Enjoy Coke! A couple prepares for the off aboard their aped Triumph bobber. Complete with springer front end and tall sissy bar it has West Coast biker gang written all over it.

February 18, 2018

Racing Tiger

The Beach – like the 650 Bonneville was named after a speedy run on the famous salt flats the smaller 500 Tiger was used to winning effect by Buddy Elmore in 1966 at the 3.81 mile course at Daytona. Lapping an average 96.6mph aboard a works special it inspired Doug Hele to rename the following years Tiger T100T with its twin carburetor setup after the Florida circuit. Gary Nixon took a fettled Daytona Triumph T100R to a subsequent win in ’67 firmly placing the 500cc in the annals of racing heritage. Indeed current Triumph models continue the Daytona name in true worthy machines.

February 16, 2018


The Comets Tale: ex-RAF strip at Church Lawford near Rugby saw speed events such as this drag racing in ‘65. A half liter Vincent is the perfect vehicle upon which swiss-miss Margret Reiser has a snappy launch along the quarter mile runway. Apparently she rode the Comet all the way from Switzerland.

February 7, 2018

Painted by Hand

ROAR! Midweek Cat on a tank! Seen at last years Motoblot bike show, hipster fun on two wheels. It’s like some WW2 warbird nose art.

February 6, 2018

Slight rust, found in hedge

Ran when parked – however if it was parked in a damp chicken coop then it’s probably too far gone to fulfill the dream, and empty the coffers, of a restorer. Better just wipe ’em down with an oily rag and prop ’em against the wall as a warning to those who set their sights too high…

February 4, 2018


We have all the time in the World – Double Oh Seven actor George Lazenby only played James Bond once; however feeling that the Cold War misogynistic spy was a dated character he didn’t sign on for further adventures. He took the role to heart however enjoying a sixties lifestyle knowing he was the coolest fellow in a tux toting a Walther PPK. The superbike of the day was the Trident/Rocket 3 from the Triumph/BSA stable. He got hold of one to commute to Pinewood Studios when filming began.

February 2, 2018

Sex Sells

Descriptive Leader – when illustrating the superlative virtues of a new and better item it was all the rage to label obvious physical particulars as top-notch characteristics you couldn’t do without. Of course… draping a lassie along the length of it goes a long way too…