Archive for ‘Chopper’

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 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.

December 31, 2017


Happy New Year – as another year passes and the beckoning days of the year ahead loom large let’s consider the excitement of heaving a Triumph chopper into a wheelie and gunning it along the road…

November 18, 2017

Toucan Twin

My Goodness – a stout tank’d pre-unit custom Triumph in polished aluminum and black with a white frothy head atop the pint-sized tank. Brewed in Dublin since 1759 Guinness is one of the most recognized and successful beers in the world. The iconic harp motif is modeled after the Brian Boru instrument displayed in the Long Room of Trinity Colleges Old Library and itself is a symbol of Éire.

November 7, 2017


Hardtail – lowbrow chopped British twin framed under a harsh sun. Raked front, low seating, stacked lighting. Straight highways good; twisties bad…

November 2, 2017

Proud Owner

Bronze in the ‘Burbs – extended forks at the front end of this chopped custom. Peanut tank and thin chesterfield upholstered saddle adorn the shiny engine and stretched frame.

October 18, 2017

Horse Drawn

Mort – spooky custom in a SoCal style by Don Cates. The hearse-like carriage on this Triumph three wheeler Hansom with extended fork is pure sixties.

July 4, 2017


Hell’s Angel – we stopped in to an Irving Penn exhibition at the Frick Museum Pittsburgh. One of his series was capturing the late sixties counterculture, and in particular the Californian Biker gangs. This platinum palladium print from ’67 captures a surly Panhead chopper owner in an evocative portrait. 

May 24, 2017


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!”

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. 

March 29, 2017

Music Fights Entertainment 

Let’s Go! A destination to get beer, burger and ink. Halfway between Dubuque and the Quad Cities it sits on the east bank of Old Man River Mississippi… 3 hours by hog from Chicago: pure Americana by the looks of it. 

February 25, 2017

Brr a bit parky out there…

After last weeks brush with spring-like 60’s temperatures the true nature of February claws its icy talons back into our locale. We’re experiencing close to single digit wind chills right now. An inventive Triumph chopper owner takes snow removal into his own hands with this street-sign homespun plow. No snow here right now… perhaps if a whiteout beckons I’ll finagle a shovel attachment onto the Cub…

January 14, 2017

Learn to Fly

Foo Fighter! Dave Grohl is 48 today; hope he gets to take one of his motorcycle’s out for a spin. Drummer, guitarist, lead singer; he is rock’s Lord Commander.

“I think people should feel encouraged to be themselves.”

January 5, 2017

Frank Sings but…

Walt Disney – The Magic Kingdom’s rodent master Mickey takes to the lanes on a slick chopper. White gloved thumbs-up, leathers ‘n’ Levi’s keep our squeaky voiced lil’ feller on the cool side.