November 1, 2017

treinta y tres o doce 

 El Día de los Muertos – sideways into the corner and a toothy grin from the skulled skeleton riders. Like Hallowe’en was derived from pagan rituals The Day of the Dead has origins from the Aztecs. Beautiful artwork by David Lozeau

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October 31, 2017

Ghost Rider

Hallowe’en – or Samhain  a pagan celebration midway between the autumn equinox and winter solstice, a time when the spirit world intersects this one, the dead were welcomed back into the home and offerings of food made to safely see through the oncoming winter. People pass through the neighborhood as mummers or guising to move amongst the ghosts and faeries. 

October 30, 2017

A colourfully colorful language

English and American: same language different vocabulary. The rear page of a Triumph Haynes manual includes this handy-dandy translation key for motorcycle mechanics. 

October 29, 2017

James Howlett

The Wolverine – we watched Logan last night. The final outing of Hugh Jackman as the X-Men clawed heavy. Here is an atmospheric black & white photo of the actor riding a 70’s Bonneville along an empty industrial backdropped highway. A side note: I am one eighth Logan. 

October 27, 2017

Brown Jacket

Profile – right to left and the windblast in your hair. White landscape rushes along behind a black Thruxton.

October 26, 2017

Cycle World – 

Cardigan & Loafers – off the showroom floor and into the desert. Here’s a sweet couple looking set for a two-up jaunt. They seem to be college types.  The Bonneville is a T120R Speedmaster. The center stand return spring is in need of attention…

October 25, 2017

Eat my shorts!

¡Ay Caramba! – The voice of Bart Simpson is 60 today. Nancy Cartwright vocalizes this cheeky misbehaving brat. 

October 24, 2017

Thirty Three and a Third

Vinyl LP – fun graphics in cheery colors and swift illustrative gestures for the period cover artwork on a 1960 record. 

October 23, 2017

What would you rather Bee or a Wasp?

Sunshine Yellow – sublime automobile parked at Twin Lakes WI. 350 Chevy Camaro. RS package with Soft top, hidden-headlights, Hurst 4 speed shifter, big V8 engine. Originally developed and sold as a strong reactive competition against the Ford Mustang. I prefer these muscle cars.

October 22, 2017

Hurricane

Triumph by Vetter – these a lovely looking machines.. a combination of the BSA triple engines and the sleek bodywork of Craig Vetter, visionary motorcycle designer. These saw limited production for the US market to create a trendy look whilst the early Japanese superbike invasion was underway. The color scheme, three into three exhaust, and a solid looking motor give it a confident roadworthy air.

October 21, 2017

Autumn Day

All Fall in – we’re still experiencing unseasonably mild weather for late October day. A good ride out was planned, undertaken and enjoyed.

We stopped off at Morries Place in Ringwood McHenry County before a 40 mike sojourn into Wisconsin. I always enjoy peering at the old stuff Ed Zender has in his ‘showroom’ . A sample of vintage ‘cycles from the 30’s to the 70’s. The signs on the walls a suitable backdrop too. His workshop is lined up with many projects, maintenance jobs and carefully catalogued and shelved parts. 

October 20, 2017

Rose Pose

Flowery Friday / British TV presenter Anthea Turner is draped florally over a maroon & silver Bonneville for some 90’s photo shoot. 

October 19, 2017

The camshaft’s connected to the connecting rod

Technical Exploded Drawing – parts in a state of disassembly. I always like to see how the engineering draughtsman put the components together in a form so you can visualize how they fit together. 

October 18, 2017

Horse Drawn

Mort – spooky custom in a SoCal style by Don Cates. The hearse-like carriage on this Triumph three wheeler Hansom with extended fork is pure sixties.

October 17, 2017

Sure, I’m decent!

Gilda – actress, dancer and wartime pin-up Rita Hayworth would have been 99 today. 40’s femme fatale she headlined many of the top films of the day. This is such a happy photo of her on a spanking new Triumph Speed Twin.