November 8, 2016

It’s the end of the world as we know it!

It’s all looking a bit scary out there…

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November 7, 2016

Bantamweight 

Ickle Motosickle – Small Heath cuteness. One seven five cee cee’s. Everything was in miniature on it, the speedo was like a wristwatch. It would make a good city runabout for one of smaller stature. My six five would be too comic. The two-stroke needs pre-mix using the tank cap instructions. There are rumors of close to half a million of these built and distributed to all corners of the globe. This is a nifty survivor.

November 6, 2016

Morries Place

Tanks a Lot – one of the reasons for scooting about the boonies beyond Chicagoland yesterday was to stop in to see Ed Zender at Morries Place in Ringwood. I enjoy just looking around the place; always interesting British esoterica on hand to ogle. Some of the classic details are just marvellous to peruse: the sunny orange and chrome Victor tank; worn out pinstriping over a sky blue AJS tank; mid century orange scheme on the chrome framed Rickman; and the jewel-like ruby starburst badge on a Lightning. Better than an art gallery for me…. 

November 5, 2016

Everett Road

Before the Clocks go back – Super November 5th weather and a cracking ride out to McHenry County. Nice roads up there with long curves bounded by the coloring trees. The new upright bars are a treat to ride with; good neutral feel with less back strain. 

November 4, 2016

The Girl with the Pearl Earring 

Suspenders & Pigtails – Friday’s lass is ready for a countryside cavort. Throttle hand at the ready, eyes waiting for the hare ‘n’ hound race to be commenced. The flat cap might blow off on the first corner mind you! 

November 3, 2016

Steerage 

High Bar – the Bonnie has new ‘andles. I’ve installed braced enduro bars giving an upright, yet still forward, stance. Some fanagling of controls was needed, and I’ll have to lose the tachometer. Heck: we’re getting it set up like Daryl Dixons moto!

November 2, 2016

Day of the Dead

Día de Muertos – let the dead ride out! Mustachioed mariachi thunders across the prickly desert slurping his tequila. Illustration by David Lozeau.

November 1, 2016

Barbara Gordon

BatGirl! The Gal Wonder zips through the dark crime riddled streets of Gotham on her BatBike. Early Detective Comics had her zooming ahead of the Dynamic Duo as the distinctive Bat Signal is shone skyward by her father, Commissioner Gordon. POW BAM 

October 31, 2016

All Hallows Evening

Jack o’ Lantern Trumpkin: evil eyes and toothy grin adorn this orange Speed Four. A Moto for the macabre.

October 30, 2016

Closer than they appear…

Objects in Mirrors- as the past recedes to a point of perspective; the current moment blurs by. The future? Well the road ahead is filled with only a hint of what awaits. If you keep a good hold of the bars, not too firm mind, lean into the corners, the trip is assured to be a good one.  

The Existential Rider

October 29, 2016

Remembered Zion

Fall Freewheeling- for a late October day and temperatures brushing 70 degrees; with a fiery foliage backdrop, and quiet roads: it was a perfect autumn ride. Bikes running well too. 

October 28, 2016

Small is Beautiful 

Tigress – the she-cat and her cub. A happy rider is the proud owner of a clean looking Triumph Cub. The Chaplin stick on the front forks is curious, but for a Baby Bonnie this one is full marks!

October 27, 2016

TBT 27102016

Oil in Frame – this is what my current Bonneville would have looked like rolling out of the factory. Mustard yellow, conical front drum brake, and a hefty oil filled backbone in the frame. Doesn’t look like that now! It’s a unique Geordies Bike!

October 26, 2016

Marlon Shakespeare 

Vote Ch🙂pper – Extended Forks? Check! Ape Hangers? Check! Sissy Bar? Check! Stars ‘n’ Stipes Peanut Gas Tank? Check! Cool Dude who looks like Warren Beaty? Check.

We’re voting for a new president in a fortnight. It’ll be my first chance to have my day as such now being a US citizen. This British moto in American livery and style is what I’ll feel like at the voting booth.

October 25, 2016

The greens of summer

Amber & Teal – there is a movie makers technique where strong orange and blue coloration is used to evoke a certain edginess. Here’s a link to an in depth discussion of this color correcting http://theabyssgazes.blogspot.com/2010/03/teal-and-orange-hollywood-please-stop.html?m=1

Me? Give me my Kodachrome…