September 9, 2017

…going thrice; sold!

“I don’t believe it!” – the catchphrase of character Victor Meldrew from 90’s sit-com One Foot in the Grave. An ornery old got played perfectly by Scottish actor Richard Wilson who can be seen here on a ’93 Triumph Trident for a publicity shot of a TV show ‘Under the Hammer” about a London auction house. Back then this was the best way to zip about the Big Smoke.

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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 7, 2017

Bic Bike 

Dean’s Doodle – riding buddy’s post-weekend scribble on his desk notepad. Obviously reminiscing about a weekend ride when jotting down tasks for the week ahead! 

September 6, 2017

This’ll keep yer busy!

The Projection – lost under a tarpaulin for several decades here’s a suitable time and money sink. Complete of sorts and a bit of a mongrel with a Beeza pre-unit chassis and similar vintage Triumph engine. It needs elbow grease, vision and moderately deep pockets. 

September 5, 2017

Trailie 

Long Legged Lout – another reincarnated Moto using a Triumph twin lump to power its knobbly tyres. Blacked-out engine shoehorned into a svelte twin/shock off-road frame. Wide bars steer the mile high forks whilst the rear springs allow any airborne antics to land with fair stability. I’m sure I can make room for one… 

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!

September 2, 2017

Retro

What was old is new – this would be a corker of a project. Take a newer chassis with eyesmarting brakes, supple suspension and other choice bits; drop in a tuned Triumph twin then twist ‘n’ go! Double takers all around. Your face would hurt from grinning!

September 1, 2017

Chess

Chequered Ruby – Blue leathers, denim, silk scarf, and shades. The pre-unit Triumph certainly looks the part. 

Labor Day weekend coming up. Woo-hoo!

Photo by Douki Patrick

August 31, 2017

Cycle Specialist 

Moto Maestro – another window find in Michigan. Old flyer for the Hobart workshop. 

August 30, 2017

DIY Triumph

Hardware Store – over in Three Oaks MI we spied a mint condition ’79 Bonnie in the window of a proper US ironmongery. “A bag of 6 penny nails, a quart of royal blue gloss enamel and a box of 100 watt bulbs please!”

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 28, 2017

A Dime

Century Art – today would have been the great Jack Kirby’s One Hundredth Birthday. A fluid line work always added a dynamism to his creations. Known for Hulk, Thor, X-Men, and The Silver Surfer to name a few here is the cover of a collaboration with Joe Simon (Captain America) for Boy Commandos. One particular character ‘Brooklyn’ seems to be the adventurous rake with wool sweater and bowler hat. The red Harley lookalikes seem a bit garish but the energy is there!

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 26, 2017

Flagged

Banner – like some horse mounted knight of yore these Triumph riders carry the pennant of moto coat-of-arms.