Archive for ‘Bobber’

April 23, 2017

Bumble Bee

Baseball Tee – here’s bike builder Bryan Thompson’s t-shirt for Steve Caballero’s Scout special. I’m ordering one to add to my ever growing tee collection.

April 22, 2017

Indian Brit

Go Skate! – Vert maestro Steve Caballero shows off his immaculate pre-unit ’52 Triumph custom with builder Bryan Thompson giving it a thumb’s up. The nostalgia oozes all over the bike: from the script tank badge and gold pinstriping, to the girder forks and saddle-maker leather seat or the leather handgrips with reversed control levers. It’s called ‘The Scout”. Good name.

March 16, 2017


Whiskered Warrior – let your beard flow free in the wind. Cockney advertising of a Doc booted bobber rider . Spring is nearly here! Old Man Winter has overstayed his welcome…

February 17, 2017

Try Triumph 

Three Twins and a Triple – let’s close the week off with this clutch of Hinckley goodies. The new cafe 900 Street Cup in bumblebee yellow striping and black engine cases certainly looked the part. A pearly tanked Speed Triple sitting like a repose cat ready to strike its prey. ‘Hard tail’ Bobber sits low and purposeful (I felt a bit cramped on it) ready to customize with a catalogue full of eye candy. Finally the sublime Thruxton in ‘Go-Faster’ red: I could look at this all day…

For some reason I didn’t take any photos of the Tigers… the 800 seems to be the most practical bike out there.

December 22, 2016


 Serpents Kick – brass pedal and hoof: some brutally ornate bobbers have bespoke components such as this well wrought kick-start lever. Something quite sinuously pleasing about it.

December 10, 2016

Red Tank

BSA Bobber print – crisp ink impression of a lowrider Beeza by artist Blake Wiley. Thumbprint signature is a neat touch. 

August 30, 2016

Spanner or Wrench

My buddy Dean saw this sales card in a Sears store where the automotive tools were. Craftsman ratchet and spark plug socket being put to good use on a bobber Triumph. The image is used in a number of advertising guises. 

August 5, 2016

Goodbye grey skies hello blue

Happy Days – a musical version of the seventies TV show about the fifties will star include Pinky Tuscadero. Super promo shoot of an aptly attired Fonzie girlfriend with bobbed Triumph.

December 28, 2015

Do you want the good news or the…

Funky sixties bobber flat tracker: Bad News! With loud high pipes, lowered front end and nice wide bars this sparkly brown beast must be a funky chunk to tool around on.

December 13, 2014

Fast Girl


Fast. Blacked-out engine. Hardtail. Big ox-blood Docs.

Wild Cat is a good name…

June 28, 2014

Naked Wheel


My front fender (mudguard) stays snapped today on the ride. The typical vibrating Triumph and bumpy roads put paid to the poor 70’s design ( which was redesigned later with more sturdy connections). So now the front is fenderless.
Not too bad a company… Bobbers, The Fonz, Evel Knievel.

June 15, 2014

A Pagan Party

Blot is a Norse word for sacred gathering; add the important coming together of vintage and new motorcycles all of which mean more than just transport to their owners. Cafe racers, classics, sports bikes and bobbed chopped iron. Motoblot.


Red framed Triton: Terrific!


Union Flagged Bonneville: Jack is Nimble then Jack is Quick!


A proper kitted Hog: Swine and Roses.


Brand Spanking New Royal Enfield Continentals: Thumper Thoroughbred in cherry red or lemon yellow.


Scooters from the Med and from the Orient: both sixties items; both looking hip.

March 17, 2014

A leprechaun’s ride


Low Rider lightweight bobber from a custom JJ ‘shop in Denver CO. Apple green and a smatterin’ of blarney details to celebrate St Paddy’s day. Not my glass of Guinness but a finely crafted tool for smooth roads and a straight line nonetheless.


B’gorrah look at that shiny engine!

“Think you’re escaping and run into yourself. Longest way round is the shortest way home.”

James Joyce

October 8, 2013


’52 T100 given a light bobber treatment complete with an appropriate feline grimace for the original Tiger…


It’s for sale too. At $12,500 a hefty price but it is very well detailed to maintain a period appearance worthy of any street drag hound.


The pre unit engine from the mind of Edward Turner looks balanced and purposeful. Sweet in any frame be it a Triumph rigid or Norton featherbed. Here it’s a mechanics jewel.


July 11, 2013



After yesterdays graphic here’s a clean image of a moto a la wartime calendar gal. Its a hardtailed early seventies oil in frame bobber a choice look for a forties vision. Keepin’ the troops happy? Yessirree!