Archive for ‘Photography’

September 17, 2017

Parthenocissus tricuspidata

Ivy League – dusted-off and kicked the wee green tiger to life earlier today. Took it along a few alleys and around a couple of parking lots. It’s a friendly little thumper that is light to maneuver in tight turns and when bumpy undertire. Need to plan for a trip to some off-road facility to get it around a trail, over a dune, or through some woods.

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September 11, 2017

Summit

Mountain View – September is a good month to be in the hills: lush flanks with a promise of snow on the rugged peaks. A curvy road and distant views. Full tank of gas, sunglasses, and no immediate place to be…

September 8, 2017

Tunnel Vision

Go towards the Light – Friday night and the weekend is here… put your hair down and let it wave in the breeze as your scoot zooms along the sun drenched lanes.

September 4, 2017

Three on the near-side

Mirror Moto – A collage triptych from yesterday. Lmph 

September 3, 2017

Summertime Special 

Denim Days – perfect September weather was a treat today as we took the Bonnie’s for a spin north. Not too busy on the roads and a few nice stretches to open ’em up. I did see an odd tree here and there with very early fall color… yup the years getting on!

August 29, 2017

Route 12 

West Dunes Highway – one of the best stretches of the weekends trip is a section through the wooded back dune. The canopies arch overhead and there’s just enough bend in the road to keep your swooping motion fun. 

August 27, 2017

South Shore

Coaling Tower – the ride today took us along Route 12 into Michigan. It runs parallel to various rail lines including the South Shore. This structure stands just outside of Michigan City and was used to refuel steam locomotives. 

Calumet River span – another distinctive structure was the raised bridge over the Calumet. Great engineering. This was in its up position for maintenance. The detour took us over the 95th St Bridge; another bascule structure, which was used to dramatic effect in the Blues Brothers car chase. 

August 24, 2017

Named

Badge – makers mark or manufactures marque. 

Recognition and Trademark are what give these motorcycle companies a dedicated following. Signage of the machine.

August 23, 2017

The details are not the details. They make the Design

B&W – beautiful ’38 Velocette KSS. This single cylinder 350cc is vintage platinum best. Kam (Camshaft) Super Sport these saw racing success in the Twenties.  It’s the same model Charles & Ray Eames sat on in this wonderful portrait.

August 22, 2017

Mr Universe

Pumping Iron – each of these were forces to be reckoned with in their day. From the ’71 BSA Rocket Three which briefly had its moment in the spotlight before Honda’s CB750 turned up on the scene. Honda’s 450 Black Bomber heralded reliability in mechanics and electrics. The scaremongering H2 Mach IV 750 from Kawasaki to quote a contemporary Moto journalist  “scarily fast, good-looking, no holds barred motorcycle”. 

Finally the grandsire of all modern superbikes Kawasaki’s Kz900. The example here was sublime in finish, a looked like its engine was straining at the seams for a good thrash along the highway. It was also for sale…

August 20, 2017

On Reflection…

Window Shopping – I went to the Norton Owners of Chicago’s Vintage Motorcycle Show earlier today. It was held in the parking lot at MCC in Villa Park – Triumph, Ducati & KTM dealer. The blog posts next week will cover the exhibited offerings; but in the meanwhile I had a gander at the newer motorcycles neatly lined up in the showroom. This is a T120R Bonneville..  quite splendid.

August 17, 2017

Red is the Tank

Cherry Pie – a year ago today we were enjoying Michigans best cherry pies in Beulah up near the  Lelanau Peninsula. Well, this fine example of a pre-unit Triumph sure is a tasty treat wrapped in pastry, a la mode. 

August 16, 2017

Son of the Desert

TE Lawrence – born on this day in 1888.

“All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.”

August 14, 2017

A Right Pair

’69 & ’72 – the two Bonnie’s looked good at The Lake Cafe in Antioch yesterday. For a nearly combined age of a hundred years they’re holding their own on the highways.

August 10, 2017

Lights, Camera, Action

GoPro ’63 

In the olden days if you wanted to film from the riders eyepoint a cameraman holding firmly to a Boulex 16mm whilst standing on the pillion pegs.