Archive for ‘Gals’

May 24, 2017

Kool 

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!”

May 19, 2017

Old Boot

Lasses on the Lanes – Hip shoe designer Lynsey Hand and her pillion pal zooming around on her 1959 Triumph T100. Photography by Nick Clements

May 13, 2017

Shoot!

Blow Up – another frame from yesterday’s photo-shoot. This time the photographer comes into focus. Like Michaelangelo Antonioni’s masterpiece from the sixties I cropped in closer to see if a murder had taken place… 

May 12, 2017

Nikon ready

Furious Filly – in the grounds of some manor house a glamorous gal shows off her pair of go-go boots. Her pew is the unrealized Triumph Bandit, also known as the BSA Fury, a 350 contender for a mid-sized ton-capable machine planned to go against Honda’s three fifties. Alas, not to be. Though it makes good modeling props…

May 5, 2017

Dame Rider

Pink Lady – Proud Helen Kiss Main on a her delightfully colorful Indian Scout. She was the first treasurer and one of the first 51 charter members of Motor Maids the oldest continually operated women’s motorcycling organization established in 1940.

(Bike make and model corrected)

April 30, 2017

Half a Century ago

Fifty Years – like some scene from MadMen here’s the brochure from a New England showroom a guy and his gal out for some fresh air. Precision, Power, Performance… the cards were on the table though. Honda’s sublime 750 was on the drawing board in Japan ready for release and two-wheeled domination in ’69. 

April 28, 2017

Greaser Gal 

Taming Tigers – a cheery lass on her fifties Triumph enjoying the scene at some rockers reunion. All stylin’ in turnipped denims, James Dean shades, bouquet in curly hair, Bakelite bangles. 

April 21, 2017

Vincent Black Lightning 1952

Said Red Molly to James that’s a fine motorbike

A girl could feel special on any such like

Said James to Red Molly, my hat’s off to you

It’s a Vincent Black Lightning, 1952

And I’ve seen you at the corners and cafes it seems

Red hair and black leather, my favourite colour scheme

And he pulled her on behind

And down to Boxhill they did ride
Said James to Red Molly, here’s a ring for your right hand

But I’ll tell you in earnest I’m a dangerous man

I’ve fought with the law since I was seventeen

I robbed many a man to get my Vincent machine

Now I’m 21 years, I might make 22

And I don’t mind dying, but for the love of you

And if fate should break my stride

Then I’ll give you my Vincent to ride
Come down, come down, Red Molly, called Sergeant McRae

For they’ve taken young James Adie for armed robbery

Shotgun blast hit his chest, left nothing inside

Oh, come down, Red Molly to his dying bedside

When she came to the hospital, there wasn’t much left

He was running out of road, he was running out of breath

But he smiled to see her cry

And said I’ll give you my Vincent to ride
Says James, in my opinion, there’s nothing in this world

Beats a 52 Vincent and a red headed girl

Now Nortons and Indians and Greeveses won’t do

They don’t have a soul like a Vincent 52

He reached for her hand and he slipped her the keys

He said I’ve got no further use for these

I see angels on Ariels in leather and chrome

Swooping down from heaven to carry me home

And he gave her one last kiss and died

And he gave her his Vincent to ride

April 14, 2017

Easter Egg

Louche Lady – I’m sitting in the car listening to the haunting sound of Elliot Smith and the fresh sunny April skies hint at the seasons awakening. Trees are budding in response to earlier rains. Grass smells of growth. Good Friday sits astride Spring from a receding chill with the promises of warmth ahead. Hope I can get out on the bike this weekend.

April 7, 2017

Bollyville 

Indian Beauty Gul Panag is the latest belle du jour for the current classic Triumph models, specifically the Mighty Thruxton. Like many Indian people she started on two Wheels at an early age. 

April 6, 2017

The Polka Dot Scarf

Blue Thursday – absolutely stunning ink drawing by the indomitable Alex Oxley who did some great cartoon motorcyclethemed illustrations in the fifties. His work included ‘It’s Easy on a Triumph’ ads and caricatures of racers of the day. This one captures brush ink work at its best. From the thin line of a delicate nose to a heavy line of the lid and glisten of lipstick. Superb!

March 31, 2017

Woman Strong

Ladybird Biker – handling a powerful machine effortlessly takes confidence, care, caution, and cat-like reflexes. Well, just so happens women have all of these; so I’d be as happy riding alongside a group of gals as blokes, if not more so- there are some real bozo riders out there…

March 17, 2017

Viking Lass

Frige’s Day (Frigedæg in old English)- Norse goddess who had the power of foreknowledge. A sturdy TT Triumph is a suitable Valkyrie-like ride for possible warming spring weather that is in the foreseeable future.

March 3, 2017

Sunglasses 

Looking Up! Here’s a blue sky backdrop for a studious owner and her nipping clean silver-grey and black Triumph Cub. 

February 24, 2017

Pup

Pre Cub- a smaller Triumph before the Tiger Cub was the Terrier. At 150cc the diminutive scoot was a pocket watch against the larger carriage clock scaled 500 & 650 motos. But hey when you just need it to be motorcycle o’clock any two-wheeled machine will do! Miss Bobbie certainly appears happy.