September 10, 2016


Pacific Time – the highway that skirts the coastline of California is, in my opinion, one of the greatest roads I’ve been on. Here’s a old sixties photo of some guys hanging out at Point Dume near Malibu. Better than Instagram. That’s a 1969 Ford LTD they’re leaning against.

September 9, 2016

Shangri Las

The Leader of the Pack – 

Mm–“Is she really going out with him?

“Well, there she is, Let’s ask her”

“Betty, is that Jimmy’s ring you’re wearing?”


“Gee, it must be great riding with him”

“Is he picking you up after school today?”


“By the way, where did you meet him?”

Bad Girl band composed of two pairs of New York sisters who in the sixties recorded this hit about teenage love and tragedy. The revving engine is some kind of English racer and the album cover has a biker aboard a big Matchless single. 

September 8, 2016

Bob’s Deli

Balmy evening – another cracking run on a late summer night through the leafy suburbs of the affluent North Shore. Quiet roads with none of the sluggish day or weekend traffic. An odd maple tree is turning color.

September 7, 2016

Van Life

White Van – the US precursor to the Transit: Ford Econoline. Ideal road trip conveyance in which you could haul your Moto to SoCal for the winter and enjoy the surf whilst basing yourself on the road. Nice immaculate late 60’s Bonnie too.

September 6, 2016

Red Chopper

Intrigue – I would really like to ride one of these stretch fork’d, low saddl’d, ape bar’d, red, red, red bobber chopper. Probably very particular in corners and surly over potholes but with a tightened belt, and steady throttle grip. It’s called Hard Knox


September 5, 2016

Crazy little thing called Love

Freddie Mercury- today he would have been seventy, impossible to fathom; forever seen as that exuberant performer who stole the worlds attention at Wembley in ’85 for LiveAid. I remember when this video would come on Top of the Pops and the big motorcycle playing a pivotal role in his leathered persona was impressive to an eight year old.

I gotta be cool, relax, get hip

And get on my track’s

Take a back seat, hitch-hike

And take a long ride on my motorbike

Until I’m ready (Ready Freddie)

Crazy little thing called love

September 4, 2016


Naught to Sixty – half of a decent Lzbor Day weekend ride earlier today. However the electrical gremlins woke up 40 mile out. Cut short Lake Geneva destination and sauntered back without lights. Nothing a strip of black tape can’t fix…

September 3, 2016


Home Straight – I might have said that before but I believe we’re out of the tunnel and enjoying the scenery. New muffler with chicanery mounted piping allows a few runs up and down the alley. New front brake shoes, sorted a catching throttle cable and the riding feels more plated. Still a little honing but nothing too serious. 

It was April 5 2013 when I picked up the frame and engine cases.. 

September 2, 2016

La Moto et la Femme

La Seine – 

Sur le pont des arts

Mon cœur vacille

Entre deux eaux

L’air est si bon

Cet air si pur

Je le respire

Nos reflets perchés

Sur ce pont
Upon the bridge

My heart does beat

Between the waves

We will be saved

The air we breathe

Can you believe?

Learn to forgive upon the bridge.

Vanessa Paradis

September 1, 2016

Drawn Line

AutoCAD – someone adept at the ubiquitous vector graphic drafting program created a clean side view of a featherbed framed Triton. Triton was Poseidon’s son – per yesterday’s post with his Trident. 

August 31, 2016

Three Rings for the Elven Kings under the Sky

Poseidon’s Pitchfork – or The Trident. A triple lunged lout from the seventies. It saw good form on the track both in Meriden and Small Heath BSA trim; look up Slippery Sam. Aearly superbike so to speak. This example is for sale locally, the owner asking $4,500. I’d like to give one of these a go. 

August 30, 2016

Spanner or Wrench

My buddy Dean saw this sales card in a Sears store where the automotive tools were. Craftsman ratchet and spark plug socket being put to good use on a bobber Triumph. The image is used in a number of advertising guises. 

August 29, 2016


Blow your own Trumpet – an illustrators version of some internal combustion instrument. Taking the exhaust via sissy-bar piping to a flute-like horn. Kiwi artist is Kelvin Mann who creates a kind of Heath Robinson quirk.

August 28, 2016

You Have Mote Fun

Spot the Reedus – people on the Mighty Interweb have come up with classic photoshopped images using vintage photos, postcards or adverts dropping in Norman Reedus. This Johnson Motors Triumph ad is one such example, just needs his winged leather vest.

August 27, 2016

Dixon Dirt

Stormin’ Norman – Reedus that is, zombie hunter, crossbow wielder, and motorcycle rider. Likes his Triumphs as see here with a Hammarhead Jack Pine set-up scrambler. A decent scoot for haring around an undead populated Georgia.