Archive for ‘Sidecar’

March 23, 2017

My co-pilot is dog

Man’s Best Friend – a nifty rig for a modern Norton with leaning capabilities this owner is enjoying the company of his hound on road-bound outings. These rideable combinations from Schwenker allow the true motorcycle experience that normal rigidly mounted rigs can’t achieve. Doggles let pooch alllow the “wind to blow through his feathers”.

January 8, 2017

A Whole lotta Funny

Dan & John – just, just because…

December 25, 2016

One Way to Notting ‘ill please

Bayswater Road Santy – smashing image of mini-bike zooming Santa Claus haring through London with sidecar bear. Fake cotton wool beard is holding up well to the foggy atmosphere. The red bus and fringed coat would have made this a perfect seasonal image in colour.

December 24, 2016

Ho Ho Ho

Good ol’ Saint Nick – combination reindeer hack. What better way to get around on Christmas Even than a spotless Triumph Thunderbird ‘Bathtub’. The cars registration OV denote a Birmingham location, the bikes NX reg. pinpoint Dudley. 

September 19, 2016


Hacking Family – cute snapshot of a sidecar driver and his passengers. Twin disc brakes up front help slow proceedings in modern traffic. Hey! I’ve seen a tank like that before! Fun abounds for all!

June 3, 2016

It stands to reason

Silly Old Moo – cockney mysogynistical racially bigoted homophobic anti-Semite, anti-Catholic, anti-Irish and West Ham supporter Alf Garnett pilots chair bound long suffering wife Else and pillion perched friend Min in this wartime outfit (BSA M20). Voicing an ugly post war psyche of Britain he ranted against all around him. However Else could cut him down with a curt response or withering glare as he spiraled into a tirade.

Warren Mitchell 1926-2015

May 1, 2016

The Little World

Don Camillo – the post WW2 Roman Catholic priest in the small fictional Italian village on the River Po. His japes and escapades with the left-wing mayor Peppone a a thing of legend written by Giovannini Guareschi who was born on this day in 1908. The pair seen scooting about in a Moto Guzzi combination in true comradeship.

This movie poster has them dealing with a biker gang who comes into town. I loved the stories growing up- simpler times after the tumult of a war. 


April 4, 2016

Need a light?

“Over There! The week ahead is just around the corner!” Here’s 20’s light entertainer Leslie Henson pointing the way with wife Madge Saunders acting as driver. Outfit is a late teens Douglas. 

March 19, 2016

Hold On!

Delightful pen-and-ink drawings by Cat Bowman Smith used to illustrate the ‘un-education’ books by Amy Macdonald. The combination is piloted by Aunt Mattie and ably passengered by Uncle Philbert. The line work reminds me of the penmanship of Edward Ardizzone who added imagery to much loved children’s books such as The Otterbury Incident by C Day Lewis and Stig of the Dump by Clive King, among others.

March 18, 2016


Golly! The Robertson Preserve Company make the second best orange shredded jam. My father makes the best! Their mascot was used for enamel colored metal badges that were collected. This is a cute combination.

March 13, 2016

Look Back

Upon reflection this is a good idea. I acquired a near side mirror to attach to the handlebar end offering a little more all-round visibility. I still always to a head check on both sides before moving across anyways- this just adds to the sense of awareness. Both mirrors are by California based CRG the left is a 3″ dia. Model Hindsight. The right is the smaller 2″ dia. Blindsight. 

March 7, 2016


Alec Baldwin takes pilot role whilst Jason Schwartzman rides pillion. Amazon has a new interactive device for information and media: called Alexa (the other Siri). Like some quirky scene from a Wes Anderson movie these two look intent on adventure and shenanigans.

December 24, 2015

Better the Devil you know 

Krampus: Saint Nick’s hornéd counterpart who takes care of bad kids! He’s the one who rides motorcycles; Santy just sits in the chair… Good old pagan rituals still strong during this season of goodwill…

Merry Christmas!

October 21, 2015


Motorcycle ambulances, like the one pictured, are saving lives in remote villages that are not accessible by cars or trucks. As well as Riders for Health who do a great job of putting medical staff out to remote areas on lightweight dirt bikes, Unicef have a rugged combination ambulance to haul patients to and fro.


August 16, 2015

MCC Villa Park Vintage Motorcycle Show 

Though it was a hot 90 degree day we managed to get out to the west suburbs where a well attended show took place at the Triumph Ducati dealer in Villa Park. The parking lot was divided into show bikes and parked bikes. I had mine in the common or garden parked bikes. There was a great selection of clean examples of old rides in both areas. This little original condition Benelli starts things off. Small in stature but grand in character.

A ’73 Harley Davidson combination owner was very proud of her outfit. She had toted a tree in the chair earlier this year. Wherever she drive it people would wave and cheer!

Another outfit: this time a BMW r75 wartime rig. Fully dressed for European action with MG34 machine gun, jerry cans and trailer. A true enthusiast.

The parking lot contained new Triumphs, this new Royal Enfield Continental GT, Beemers, Kawasakis, Hondas, an odd Harley or two. Motorcycle gawkers heaven! This week I’ll show the congregation of Nortons, Beezas, and other fine examples of older machines.