Archive for ‘Design’

January 13, 2018

The Best Thing since Sliced Bread

Use your Loaf – here is what I would call a “nippin’ clean” example of a Triumph Trident. Immaculate from head to toe with what I believe is a well proportioned look complete with the idiosyncratic “bread bin” tank.

Historical note: the first commercially produced sliced bread was July 7th 1928.

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January 9, 2018

Toy Motorbike

Tinman – clockwork motor wound up with a small key. These brightly colored toys are fun to look at; both the illustrated mechanics as well as the riders clothing. Some original examples can reach prices like a real motorcycle… my favorite is the couple riding smartly on the top right.

January 3, 2018

The Rob Roy Bike

Sage Rage – a wonderfully detailed Thruxton in mint green with a nicely balanced Dunstall fairing. Built by Mike Sadler of Division Motorworks in Canada as directed by owner Patrick McGregor. The side panel is adorned with the clan crest and the motto: Royal is my Race.

December 18, 2017

Trois sur Cinq

Five of Three – though only in production from 1968 until 1975 the deathbed gasp of Meriden based Triumph was a stout hearted machine that came a little lacking and a little late with the appearance of Honda’s CB750. But in those short 7 years while the company was self destructing the model adapted as it could to meet the demands of the riding public. The first part of its life as the T150 saw a 750cc three cylinder, dry-clutch, with drum brake giving way to disc, and imaginative detailing such as the now classic ray-gun silencers. It’s final iteration under the T160 designation saw an electric start fitted, gear shifting moved to the left, and the confine tilted forward to improve weight distribution. The tank colors aren’t bright primary or indeed complementary ones, but are quite sophisticated hues that are very much associated with the late sixties and early seventies.

December 17, 2017

Cyclone Cycle

X75 Variant- typically the orange and yellow blaze tanked three cylinder Hurricane sits under a Triumph badge. Developed by bodywork guru Craig Vetter they have become much sought after Motorcycles. Here’s something a little more different and in some ways even better looking. A BSA Rocket Three ‘gin shoehorned into a Norton Featherbed frame… NorBSA X75s is the sublime creation. One-Two pipes, alloy rimmed wheels and decent front stoppers say this bike means business.

December 14, 2017

Newton’s Inspiration

Green Goddess- one of my favorite colors is apple green (well, Kawasaki Green to some…) so I particularly like that hue perfectly used on this late 60’s Trident. The black accent swoops on the tank balance perfectly with the eyebrow tank badges.

December 9, 2017

Hunting Dog

Buonacittà – the Triumph twin engine used in the Bonneville was imported to a town called San Lazzaro in Italy where Leopoldo Tartarini designed a limited run motorcycle called the Grifon. Built by Italjet around 600 were made between 1968 & 1971.

December 7, 2017

Woplet

Wooler – one of the more esoteric motorcycles from the mid Twentieth Century was the swansong of John Wooler. A vertical flat four with truly inspiring styling for its day – (vertical H) The petrol tank extending beyond the steering head with front mounted headlight are signature.

Sidenote: I grew up in a village in North Northumberland called Wooler.

December 5, 2017

A to B

Black Electrical Tape – this about sums it up. After poring over maps to memorize roads, junctions, towns, and other landmarks; you’d take a folded-up map and either stuff it in a front pocket or, as in this case, tape it onto your bike. Ideally in a waterproof Ortlieb clear map case.

December 1, 2017

A Hooligan

Oranges are not the only fruit – singer Julia Haltigan sitting pretty in rust colored jacket, sienna corduroy pants

November 29, 2017

T120 Engine

Computer Aided Design – AutoCAD – here are a couple of views one of the timing side, the other the primary. Line weight is perfect to achieve a good level of apparent solidity.

November 7, 2017

Red 

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

November 4, 2017

Speedster

White Lotus – spied on my site visit drive yesterday in Wilmette. A small mid-engined sports car from the British racing car company Lotus. Very low profile with a 4 cylinder 1.5 l Renault engine offering nippy speed for a lightweight chassis. 

October 24, 2017

Thirty Three and a Third

Vinyl LP – fun graphics in cheery colors and swift illustrative gestures for the period cover artwork on a 1960 record. 

October 23, 2017

What would you rather Bee or a Wasp?

Sunshine Yellow – sublime automobile parked at Twin Lakes WI. 350 Chevy Camaro. RS package with Soft top, hidden-headlights, Hurst 4 speed shifter, big V8 engine. Originally developed and sold as a strong reactive competition against the Ford Mustang. I prefer these muscle cars.