Archive for ‘cafe racer’

May 21, 2017

Where two roads meet

Highway 41 & Route 21 – Mid ride was held at The Point roadside diner. Skillet plate of eggs, sausage links, hash browns and a couple of pancakes, all washed down with coffee. Mostly overcast with the odd patch of blue sky. Bikes running well for a fine Sunday afternoon trip.

May 3, 2017

The Bee’s Knee’s

Blood of Life – this gorgeous lively Norton Commando turned up on the ever fruitful interweb. It’s a smasher! Enough suitable upgrades to make it a very useable tool on today’s roads.

April 3, 2017

B&W Dude

Straddled Strider – Proud owner and his cafe’d Triumph. Nice monochrome portrait perfect narrow depth of field and crisp focusing of subject. It looks like my bike, with big tank, however the twin disc forks and bum-stop seat are added extras.

April 2, 2017

Citrus Cycle

X-75 Redux – Here’s a good looking beast: a nineties 900 triple revisioned in the punchy orange and yellow color scheme used by Craig Vetter on the mud seventies 750 Trident. 

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 9, 2017


Tank Art – some cafe youth look on whilst the steadiest hand puts the finishing touches to a mammoth tank for their Triumph Norton hybrid. 

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.

February 13, 2017


Built like a Gun – or so their advertising header says. Now from the sub-continent, these classic singles look like they hark from the fifties; but with modern day build. Some polished models with pinstripe details, others in olive drab military garb. The single-minded cafe racer Continental GT certainly looked that part too. All still have their kick-starts as standard too!

February 12, 2017


Customs Officer – there were some superlative one-off builds at the show. Here are a couple of period Triumph bobbers in similar style yet very different execution. One has a brushed finish, luscious tank paint, open primary case, and a Jow Hunt magneto for spark. The other was polished to a mirrored finish – nearly to the point of distraction- with a sublime red flake frame paint job.  All great work though. 

December 30, 2016

金曜日 (Friday)

Tickler – every classic bike owner knows this procedure: petrol tap open; push in the carburetor tickler to enrich the bowls and fuelling; whiff of throttle; then a healthy hoof of the kick-starter. Here’s a gauntlet donned rider of the fairer sex carrying out such a start-up. Nice Photo from a Japanese rocker outfit.

November 18, 2016

Redhead Ready

Racing Trim – fiery tress’d lass aboard a slim trim Triumph racer. She just needs some snug boots, soft gloves and a sporting daubed helmet to reign in the carmine locks.

October 25, 2016

The greens of summer

Amber & Teal – there is a movie makers technique where strong orange and blue coloration is used to evoke a certain edginess. Here’s a link to an in depth discussion of this color correcting

Me? Give me my Kodachrome…

October 15, 2016

Bend It

H&M -the latest advertising campaign of the clothing company Hennes & Mauritz has footballer David Beckham and comedian Kevin Hart playing buddies in a couple of long adverts. As well as snappy men’s outfits and quippy banter A new Triumph Bonneville is utilized in the short tale. 

Cup of Tea? Don’t mind if I do!

October 9, 2016


Pillion Paw – after my mothers pose with the Bonnie yesterday, here’s the other half. We look like Che & Alberto ready to cross South America. “¡Hasta la victoria siempre!”

October 7, 2016


Polka Dot – a pair of red cafe racers meet for a roadside chat. Matching boots, holdall, and lid.