Archive for ‘Ducati’

June 9, 2018

Swedish Vigilante

Trouble with a capital T that rhymes with Tattoo – Stieg Larsson’s protagonist tough punk gal motorcycle riding, leather clad hacker Lisbeth Salander’s latest outing will be portrayed by Claire Foy. Fresh from her solid role as a youthful Queen Elizabeth she turns 180 to be another Liz; but this time one steeped in badassery. The cafe’d Honda from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is replaced by a more than capable Ducati Monster in The Girl in the Spiders Web. Release date: November 9

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April 22, 2018

South Western

Motoworks – open house down at Johnny Scheff’s excellent dealership. Triumph, Ducati, Royal Enfield and Vespa all represented. Service also caters for BMW. Sunny weather, burgers and good chat. The vintage license plate with 68 GIT was an old Bonnie.

March 16, 2018

The Lasso of Truth

Wonder Woman – Friday’s Femme Moto is Gal Gadot who is the current Amazonian Princess superhero from DC Comics. She looks the part by her black Ducati.

September 10, 2017

Italian Geordie

Bellissima! – a fun errand today. Some very good friends celebrated a double 50th birthday and their 20th anniversary together. As part of the event we had to shuttle a few of his ‘cycles to the venue. I plumped for the Ducati Hypermotard . It was like taking a thoroughbred racehorse for a trot… eager to rapidly go fast… and able to stop on a dime. 

June 3, 2017

Brother in Arms

Sultan of Swing – Dire Straits lead man and impresario guitarist Mark Knopfler knows how to bang out a catchy tune or two. But another aspect to his musician life is collecting classic motorcycles; here proudly leaning on a legendary HRD Vincent. That would be a perfect ride to take along the seafront between Cullercoats and Whitley Bay.

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 21, 2017

Formula Um

Senna – The Brazilian racing great would have been 57 today had he not been taken from us on that fateful MayDay at San Marino in Italy in 1994. As well as racing at the top of the game for teams such as Lotus and MacLaren he enjoyed the two wheeler. With Honda supplying engines for the mid-eighties Lotus he has a pit bike supply; later on Ducati took him under their promotion wing with their Monster line-up and the super sport 888, 900 and the classic post posthumously introduced Senna 916 in grey rather than the traditional red or yellow.

November 17, 2016

The Purr-fect Ride

Du-Cat-i    Poise, balance, independence, soft, sharp-claw’d. Felines would ride motorcycles if they could. Whether Italian or British…

September 28, 2016

Rogues rouge gallery

Black ‘n’ White & Red all over – more goodies spied at the weekend. A one lunged shark motif Suzuki grimacing down the road. The half century patina on an original complete Triumph Cub. The beautiful lines of a BSA A10 with stacked rifle emblem on the three cornered timing cover. And the L-twin Ducati which in this case included a bevel drive sight glass, polished tank completed the cafe style.

All good stuff.

July 15, 2016

The Great British Baking Show


Cake – the current season of the baking show which features ordinary folk test their cooking skills under a white tent in an English manor houses garden. Mary Berry the octogenarian judge has a sweet disposition that mirrors the delicious offerings conjured up rack week. No, she doesn’t zoom around on a Ducati superbike! That’s the other judge Paul Hollywoods ride. Keen gear head and rider he’s just taken possession of a ‘silly-fast’ Kawasaki H2. 200hp on the road, track version 300hp. 

Gas Mark 7 for 30 minutes and you’ll be well and truly baked!

June 27, 2016

Razzo Rosso 


Cool Cockpit – I really liked this racing set up on a 450 Desmo Ducati. Everything is spare and just-so for track speeds. Tuck and put yer chin on the tank.

May 12, 2016

My Rushmore


If you had to pick four motorcycles to be carved in Dakota granite like Gutzon Borglums  mighty heads of US history what would they be? Here are mine: Washington is a Vincent Black Shadow; Jefferson is a Kawasaki Z1; Roosevelt a Ducati 916; and Lincoln a Bonneville, new 2016 or old 1968 model.

November 5, 2015

Well it ain’t no Bonfire Night…

…but our stunt rider Evel Knievel sure can make leaping through flames look easy!  

 
A clip from some late seventies pulp comic book to challenge the might of Marvel or DC, as well as promote toys.

May 30, 2015

Buenocittà

  

The Italians sure can make a pretty motorcycle. I was wandering around the block at work yesterday taking Geordie for a stroll and spied this red gem. Ducati’s GT 1000 Sport Classic. Based on the early 70’s Ducs it has a timeless quality very much like the Triumph Bonneville. If I wasn’t so into Meriden or Hinckley items this would be a suitable desire…

October 2, 2014

The Exotic Gentleman’s Ride

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European vintage esoterica, and a Honda Dream. As well a a healthy dose of Triumphs (oddly no Norton’s) these interesting models were risen (not hidden) at the weekends event.  The Paul Smart Ducati, though a modern classic, is sugar to the eyes; a sunshine toned Gilera like a wind-up toy; the Teutonic cream framed Beemer; and the nicest peoples favorite in tomato red round off these world beating motos.