Archive for ‘Indian’

June 24, 2017

Motoblot 2017

Bikes etc. – the annual gathering of the ‘alternate’ motorcycle scene on Fulton Street was enjoyed with plenty to look at. Here’s a taster in a four panel collage. The Kawasaki KZ was in more-than immaculate condition. A bobbed Triumph in ratty patina had a fun tank badge and leopard motif. A 1912 Indian with oily rag wipe down appearance. And a latter-day Royal Enfield looking the part for twisty secondary roads.  More to come!

February 16, 2017

Twin

Big Opposing Twins – whether from Springfield MA, Milwaukee WI, Berlin Germany, or Mandello del Lario in Italy; these beauties all have a pair of cylinders in flat or vee form, longitudinal or transverse. But, the all make good power and each have individualistic looks, sounds, and heritage. Dang! This is all good stuff! Current motorcycle models on offer make the prospective owners spoilt for choice.

March 28, 2016

Roll up, roll up, roll up

  
The bloke’s blokey bloke has just ridden a motorcycle around a 120′ diameter wall of death at var nigh eighty miles an hour establishing a new speed record. Training under the master of vertical riding Ken Fox for a year or so he managed this feat Live on Channel 4.

The g-forces he attained was just over 5G. Similar to an F1 car or WW2 fighter in dive.

February 22, 2016

Roadmaster 

  
Well, the trip is over and the bike had to go back today. It handled admirably on smaller roads and bigger highways; solo and two up. The engine and pipes get a bit hot as traffic slows but cools off with speed and the adjustable windscreen gives superb protection. 

February 21, 2016

Where the Streets Have No Name

  
Joshua Tree National Monument- quite a lovely road through the desert surrounded by Henry Moore-like rock formations and the sentinel Yucca that give the park its name.

February 21, 2016

Injun

  

1800cc motor – ample sized vee twin lump lets the bike stroll along at a good clip even two-up. Some highway miles, town bumbling and mountain ascents were all taken with great aplomb.

February 19, 2016

Indian Reservation

  
Picked up the big hauler today. Pulls like a train and is as comfy as a Chesterfield. After the aged but lithe Bonnie it was a little ponderous but once you swing it around along the road your muscle memory syncs in with its needs. 

February 18, 2016

Palm Springs SoCal

  
Here we are in the hinterland of Southern California catching some winter sun, enjoying a taste of mid-century modernism and heading over to Joshua Tree on an Indian (which we’ll be picking up tomorrow). 

The weather is just perfect!

October 17, 2015

Eight Ball

   

Another wartime doll offering Lady Luck to this Indian motorcycle rider. Olive drab with perfect decades old patina for a nostalgic ride.

 

October 12, 2015

Skelington Velositee…

  
Monkeynaut: a Etsy sourced linocut printer has an efficient graphic in B&W illustrating a bony feller racing through a poplar backed countryside. 

July 1, 2015

More Goodies

there was plenty of eye candy at Motoblot. Each belonged to a dedicated owner who loves showing off their steed. Each washed to a mirror shine reflecting admirers faces in their perfectly designed curves. Each represents a history unto itself.

What was old now is new:

  
Indian. The new cruiser looks set for a haul along Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles. The old police bike would be a great ‘big road’ rider. 

  Kawasaki? Team Green knows about power – like this canny Eddie Lawson bicep is set for action.  
The Purple People Eater:  two stoke powerband terror of the seventies would scare the mane off a lion. The Mach IV 

 
The bumblebee world traveller is the much desired BMW GS1000. Big legs for long distances. 

   
A weary looking edge worn Beemer yearns for Barvarian strasse to plod along…

 More fun than a barrel of baby sloth (look it up you’ll agree that’s a lot of fun!)

March 25, 2015

Burt

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Another birthday today: this time antipodean fast-man Burt Munro. He of the fastest Indian fame, whereby when others look to allotments and fishing into retirement he decided to see what his 1920’s Scout could do on The Salt. The story is told excellently in the Anthony Hopkins movie for a decade ago “The Worlds Fastest Indian” a cracker of a yarn. Born in 1899 he spent a lifetime racing motorcycles. Living his life out of Invercargill way down on the South Island of New Zealand.

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A great photo of him fettling his beach-rod. A world travelers Triumph sits behind.

March 1, 2015

Cowboys & Indians

The two major American motorcycle makers have bikes going back well into the last Century.

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Here is an original condition 1915 Indian from Springfield MA. Just needs a few essentials for a go at the Coast-to-Coast Cannonball Run.

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In another corner sitting idly and in more complete condition is a late 30’s/early 40’s Harley Davidson Knucklehead. My favourite Milwaukee Moto.

Again both are located in Pickers Store …. Photos by Dean Rennie.

December 7, 2014

Smokin’

One of the motorcycles at the Vroom show was a Steve McQueen owned Indian from 1939.

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Beautiful classic American iron in a sky blue with black trim. Story goes Steve had it painted to match his favorite cigarettes:

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Viceroy. He promoted them.in his early TV career when playing Josh Randall on Wanted: Dead or Alive.

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November 1, 2014

 Día De Los Muertos

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The annual celebration of those departed when candy skulls and marigold adorn the gravesites of family and friends. Calacas, or skeletal, figurines denote the life of the passed living.

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Though a Mexican tradition it roots stem from precolonialism Aztec culture.