Archive for ‘70’s’

July 15, 2018

Proper Job

Road Racer – sharp corners and hard stone walls. It’s the TT circuit on Man’s Island in the Irish Sea. This is none other than the Kirmo Kid Guy Martin taking a Triumph Trident through its paces under leaden skies.

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July 5, 2018

Moto Jaune

Ten Seconds – they say to cheer yourself up for the day is to stare at something yellow for 10 seconds… well, here goes!

July 4, 2018

High Chapparal

Cowboy Rider – last day of vacation saw us have a visit to Denver Art Museum. Here’s a sketch by eccentric fashion illustrator Jim Howard. Plaid shirt ‘n’ Stetson are suitable attire for rounding up the cattle on a little Honda dirt bike.

July 4, 2018

Fat City

Freak Power – another Coloradan piece of folk lore was the 1970 election for Sheriff in Aspen which included on the ballot Gonzo reporter extraordinaire Hunter S Thompson whose goal was to shake-up the incumbent conservative leaders. Though unsuccessful it did pave the way for liberal reformation later that decade.

June 28, 2018

For Brass Monkey weather

On The Rocks – whilst driving though a seasonably hot Colorado thought is given to the other end of the annum. Sunshine yellow ’73 TR5T ice racer for sale in Elkhorn WI. Frozen lake for a Track is all you need… that and sharp tire spikes.. and some solid nerves.

June 25, 2018

It’ll buff out!

Rocket Three B&W – seem better days and in need of TLC; this 1970 BSA Triple is languishing at Ed Zender’s. A decent project for some unsuspecting soul willing to trade sanity for the chance to own a fairly rare motorcycle.

June 17, 2018

Orange is not the only fruit

Hurricane – in an attempt to win over a flagging US customer Triumph and BSA employed industrial designer Craig Vetter to create bodywork for the new and fast triple that would appeal to the American market. Though a BSA Rocket Three at heart, by the time the X75 was released it was emblazoned with a Triumph badge. The deep orange with yellow swoosh are inspired with an hourglass shape that provides a sexy line to this muscle of a motorbike. Triple stacked silencers on the timing size are keenly futuristic. This example was built by Ed Zender for a customer. He says it runs well with a powerful and tight power unit. In the sun it’s a sublime example of a special British motorcycle.

June 14, 2018

Rovers Return

Corrie Bonnie – leather clad actor and 1970’s children’s television presenter Derek Griffith is looking calm and collected perched aside this classic Triumph. The setting is Coronation Street, location of the long, long running kitchen-sink soap opera.

May 10, 2018

Spaceman Spiff

Worldwide Wanderer – Jovian traveler Ted Simon looks quite snazzy in his mod shades as he rides across some dusty trail. This is an original Instagram photo.

May 9, 2018

Black Cat Turquoise Trident

The Mother Road – beautiful crisp graphic art by Antonio Ortega showing a MotoGirl sitting recumbent on her speeding triple. A lucky cat sits contentedly at pillion. All is Good in the World.

May 2, 2018

Triple Trust

Simple Truth –

April 30, 2018

Scissors

Rayguns – the signature exhaust mufflers of Triumph’s T150 sounded a heraldic trumpet to other bikers as the Trident hared past them.

Very seventies photography with blurring focus and a hint of movement during exposure.

April 22, 2018

South Western

Motoworks – open house down at Johnny Scheff’s excellent dealership. Triumph, Ducati, Royal Enfield and Vespa all represented. Service also caters for BMW. Sunny weather, burgers and good chat. The vintage license plate with 68 GIT was an old Bonnie.

April 21, 2018

Play Well

LEGO – a brick set from the mid seventies just when I was taking notice of motorbikes. Not bad when there was limited styles of pieces.

April 19, 2018

Nostalgia

Boyhood Desire – this is the oldest memory of things two-wheeled: the Black and Gold Norton Commando. As pointed in use as a Fairbairn Sykes fighting knife used by the Scottish Highland trained Special Forces.