Archive for ‘Clothing’

September 20, 2017

On Patrol 

Vietnam – there is currently a phenomenal documentary on PBS by Ken Burns about the dreadful conflict in south west Asia during the sixties. Though mostly fought on foot through dense jungle, of from helicopters, here are some images and information about the use of some lightweight motorcycles utilized for single-track reconnaissance…

You Meet The Nicest People On the Trails of War Zone C

TAY NINH – Like Hell’s Angeles, the Rat Patrol, and the Wild Ones all rolled into one, the Reconnaissance Patrol of the 3d Battalion, 22d Infantry Regulars prowls War Zone C with 175-cc motorcycles leading the rest of the patrol.

The four motorcycles were introduced into the patrol by the Regulars’ battalion commander, Lieutenant Colonel Robert Carmichael, who wanted a fast and efficient way for his reconnaissance element to investigate the swarm of trails that twist through the marshes and jungles of what used to be a reliable sanctuary for enemy troops.

“Knowing where the enemy is not is almost as good as knowing where he is,” Carmichael says. “This mobile unit can cover a great deal of territory in a very short time, which enables us to gain information on the whereabouts of the enemy.

In addition to the motorcycles, the reconnaissance unit includes Rat Patrol Type vehicles equipped with machine guns.

Patrol Leader First Lieutenant Stephen Campbell, Falls Church, Va., takes his men out at dawn every morning, with the flack jacket, crash helmet-clad cyclists leading the way. The unit has already uncovered several mortar and rocket sites used by enemy forces.

Major Jospeh Hacia, the Regulars’ executive officer, is convinced of the value of using the motorcycles. “At first I was very leery of the whole idea, but now I am confident it was a good one,” Hacia says. “Recon has provided us with valuable information which normally we would not have.”

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September 15, 2017

NYPD

Need a Light? Urban roadster gal with Big Apple attitude looks ready to take on the Upper East Side with a new vintage Bonneville in black ‘n’ grey. Ripped stockings, pearly Chuck Taylor’s and a Spade badged lid complete the Biker chick look.

September 8, 2017

Tunnel Vision

Go towards the Light – Friday night and the weekend is here… put your hair down and let it wave in the breeze as your scoot zooms along the sun drenched lanes.

September 3, 2017

Summertime Special 

Denim Days – perfect September weather was a treat today as we took the Bonnie’s for a spin north. Not too busy on the roads and a few nice stretches to open ’em up. I did see an odd tree here and there with very early fall color… yup the years getting on!

September 1, 2017

Chess

Chequered Ruby – Blue leathers, denim, silk scarf, and shades. The pre-unit Triumph certainly looks the part. 

Labor Day weekend coming up. Woo-hoo!

Photo by Douki Patrick

August 25, 2017

Rouge Rebel

Red Rogue – Mango Tango is the color of this tank. Nice compliment to the blacked out bobber bike. Classic lines of a hardtail in a clean execution. 

August 19, 2017

Sit on it!

Heeey! When you want to play it cool nobody does it better than The Fonz (Arthur Herbert Fonzarelli) played by Henry Winkler. His bobbed Triumph TR5 became as iconic as his hair-do and thumbs. 

August 9, 2017

See a Needle pulling Thread

Badge – colorfully embroidered patches to adorn your leather garb. These aren’t your usual gang colors but a way of celebrating your Brit ride.

July 29, 2017

Boxing Clever

Beemer Smile – perfect riding weather today. A smashing round trip of 125 miles into Wisconsin, where the smooth roads roll across hay fields and shady woodland. We stopped at the ever hospitable Ed Zenders where row upon row of classic bike lie. We spied an older BMW parked on the grass, Ed’s current daily ride; he got it from the original owner who purchased it in 1953 new at Abt, a Chicago dealer. Period photo from ’57 shows proud said owner. He said ‘take her for a spin.’ It’s a 1953 BMW R68. A 600cc solidly built teutonic speedster which when given enough throttle smoothly wound up effortlessly to a die straight 70. A truly nice gesture on Eds part that put a grin on my face.

July 26, 2017

The Transporter

Raindrops keep fallin’ on my head! Through the dappled shade of a dreamy scene Brit actionman Jason Statham, who turns fifty today, enjoys a blue Bonneville blast with a blonde beauty. 

July 21, 2017

Biker Lass

Leopard Print Saddle – the winklepicker shod bloke thumbing his drainpipe jeans and holding his tab like the cool surly chap he is is no match for the lass. An enigmatic smile ready for a spin along the North Circular.

July 19, 2017

Skiffle Band?

Spy vs Spy – lip curling proletariat Billy Bragg looks the rocker part on a sweet Speed Twin. The cardigan wearing guys with their thumbs up is 80’s Hull band The Housemartins, Paul Heaton (R) and Stan Cullimore (L). 

July 3, 2017

Ohio River Road

Biker Memorobilia – leather jacket, old lid, tasseled shirt and vintage photographs of a bygone motorcycling scene. We’re in Pittsburgh today so the Prowlers jacket seems appropriate…

June 2, 2017

Whiskers Galore

Cats Meow – feline rider on a Bonnie SE. Cute kitty ears on her lid will catch the breeze.  

May 26, 2017

Sunset Strip

Two by Two – bunch of Moto lassies take to a warm dusky evening on their shiny bikes. A red hot Thruxton takes the lead. Weekend again: so more two-wheeled fun awaits.