Archive for ‘Motorcycle Poster’

May 24, 2018

Jim Stark

James Dean only starred in a handful of films, but what movies he did have remained powerful examples in the media. This Triumph Thunderbird advert puts a twist on one such title with the promotion of uncompromising motors. “You’re tearing me apart!”

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May 22, 2018

In the Halls of the Mountain Kings

Mountain View – taking your gal on an alpine tour behind the controls of a Speed Twin is good as it could get according to this advertising illustration from the fifties. The yellow frock doesn’t seem like suitable attire for high altitude pass cresting. Of course the Amaranth Red is picture perfect for the sublime scenery.

May 15, 2018

Le Moto

4810 – with a premiere writing instrument such as the gold nibbed Mont Blanc you need a suitable means to carry it around. A continent buster such as the burly ’99 Triumph Trophy will do. Sign your John Hancock on the contract down in Marseille, pop le biro in the pannier, zoom up the autoroute to Geneva for supper.

May 3, 2018

Good Town

MPH – Sodium Chloride NaCl Natronium with negatively charged Chlorine… it’s an abundant compound found in our oceans and the ground. Thousands of uses and essential for our bodily health. Evaporate a brine inland lake allowing the salt to crystallize forming a flat hardback ‘roadway’. Perfect for long straight runs to see ‘how darn fast you can go!”

April 30, 2018

Scissors

Rayguns – the signature exhaust mufflers of Triumph’s T150 sounded a heraldic trumpet to other bikers as the Trident hared past them.

Very seventies photography with blurring focus and a hint of movement during exposure.

April 10, 2018

Po-po on a moto

Police Steed – bobby on a Beeza. When British motorcycles reigned supreme the local forces used the best of ’em to get along the road with speed. Nice monochrome ink painting advert with a happy sergeant copper swinging his police boots over an A10 escorting some VIP no doubt.

March 20, 2018

Coiled

Suspended Season – On the First Day of Spring let’s look at what the boffins at the Triumph factory conjured up to make the ride smooth and rider content. It’s all about damping: taking the uneven jolting from the rough surface and dispersing the imparted kinetic energy into heat energy, typically an oil filled shock absorber, before it can transfer into the saddle.

March 7, 2018

Sixty Seven PPP

Fuchsia Fun – a darling sixties couple enjoying the laziness of a verdant lawn on a summers day.

February 2, 2018

Sex Sells

Descriptive Leader – when illustrating the superlative virtues of a new and better item it was all the rage to label obvious physical particulars as top-notch characteristics you couldn’t do without. Of course… draping a lassie along the length of it goes a long way too…

January 27, 2018

Side by Side

Combination Lock – ready to drive around the Ring of Kerry with your partner by your side is this emerald patterned sidecar outfit a la Trident. Quite daring in its appearance but back in those days all this psychedelic were the rage.

“Oh, we ain’t got a barrel of money,

Maybe we’re ragged and funny

But we’ll travel along

Singing a song

Side by side.”

January 26, 2018

cycle guide

‘Zine Cover- sunny lemon backdrop and a profile portrait of a racing green Trident and coo’ing model in pure sixties vibe. Fifty years ago when the T150 was introduced.

January 18, 2018

Bike British

NVT – as the motorcycle industry’s last gasping breaths rattled across 70’s Britain the offerings from the combined Norton Villiers Triumph were what held the meager company together. Commando’s, Trident, & John Player Racer. Classic stuff. Powerstuff!

January 17, 2018

bœuf anglais

Beefy Bonnie – classy rear-end view of a 70’s Triumph. A magazine advert promoting the good price of this five speed model which at £501.93 or you could get the doughty Tiger for £459.56. For reference the weekly wage was £40 a week, a loaf of bread 10p, a pint? 25p.

January 15, 2018

Zulu for Zed

Ascent – a motor needs a means to move. The Triumph Trident T160 is a pretty decent example of the whole is greater than the sum of parts. It reminds me of welsh actor Stanley Baker; a solid and memorable performance.

Lieutenant John Chard : Do you think the Welsh can’t do better than that, Owen?

Pte. Owen : Well, they’ve got a very good bass section, mind, but no top tenors, that’s for sure.

January 8, 2018

It’s a State of Mind

ATGATT – safety information poster from 1983 published by the Ministry of Transport to promote wearing the gear for to ensure protection from the elements as well as any mishap on the road. You can tell this is aimed at the British due to wet weather oriented garb. “Don’t be a bonehead!”