Archive for November, 2011

November 16, 2011

Bang Bang

The actor Ryan Phillipe with his black Bonneville.

Taylor Kitsch aboard an ebony Bonnie too; with camera. The link?

They both star in the film ‘The Bang Bang Club’ about a group of photojournalists in South Africa during the demise of apartheid; a period on unrest, violence and their pursuit to stand witness to it for the world.

Kevin Carter

The savage and iconic picture that Kevin Carter took in 1994 that gained him a Pulitzer Prize; A starving Sudanese child slumped in the sun while a vulture looks on. Sadly he took his life a few months after that unable to take the horrific images he’d wintessed from famine and war zones.

The Bang Bang Club (2010)

The Welsh band Manic Street Preachers had a song ‘Kevin Carter’ from their award winning 1996 album: “Everything Must Go”.
…another hit of theirs is ‘Motorcycle Emptiness’ a great early nineties rebel song from their debut album ‘Generation Terrorists’.  Inspired by SE Hinton’s book ‘Rumble Fish’ it was made into a cult youth/counter culture film by Francis Ford Coppola starring Mickey Rourke and Matt Dillon.
Rumble Fish (1983)

November 15, 2011

Rocker Rebel Tattoo

Dedicated to the lifestyle of the motorbiker rocker.
Danger ~ “Live Fast Die Young!”

November 13, 2011

The Wild One

Johnny Strabler taking a laid back approach to life as the Black Rebels Motorcycle Club leader in the classic biker picture The Wild One. A movie loosely based on the events of a fictiionalized hell-raising by a motorcycle gang in Hollister CA in the early Fifties. A Time magazine article spread the word about the Bad-Boy image of bikers that still lives to this day; helped with a not too bad part of Brando in the lead role.

Atop his Triumph Thunderbird 6T, this film andoubtedly promoted the popularity of Triumph motorcycles in the US when they, along with BSA, were the dominant world force of motos. A reign that would last two strong decades until the Japanese bikes came along. His white t-shirt, askew cap, black leather jacket, engineer boots and turned up jeans and surly sideburned appearance became the image of the rocker-rebel for generations.
November 12, 2011

Pitt the Motorcyclist

Another action guy used to hauling around on or being seen with British Iron is Brad Pitt. Obviously at one with the cool value offered by this great marque. Here he is in the retro-life Benjamin Button.

The silver blue Thunderbird coloured Tiger with nacelle headlight is a beaut!
Trying on the McQueen mantle of two wheeled freedom.

November 12, 2011

Adamant Rider

Hugh Jackman a.k.a. Wolverine is a keen motorcyclist it seems. Being seen here with a nice looking 70’s Bonnie.

Even the comic-book Logan is seen cruisin’ on a Trumpet…

Of course in the X-Men: Origins movie has Jacko haring around on a big American Iron. Get those claws out!

He’s the baddest, meanest, best superhuman mutant out there!

Of course, as with all Stan Lee creations the supporting merchandise must follow!
November 11, 2011

Short Back & Sides

In the satirical movie Shampoo Warren Beatty plays a womanizing hairdresser haring around Beverly Hills on his Triumph Tiger; his Mason Pearson hairbrush sticking out of his back pocket. Julie Christie & Goldie Hawn play the love, or more accurately sex, interest. Nevertheless he looks cool on the 500.

n.b. this was a pre-Princess Leia debut role for Carrie Fisher with a very Lolita-esque character.
November 10, 2011

That’s one point to Slytherin!

You can keep yer Nimbus 2000! Get on yer bike and ride! This here’s Tom Felton; known to folk as the sly bleach headed young Draco Malfoy. Good black & white photography with a 60’s look to it: looks like ‘es ready to ride down Carnaby Street.

November 8, 2011

Ooh err Missus:

Seen on Craigslist today:  ’95 Triumph Speed Triple (885 cc). $2,950.00. A storming naked muscle-bike from the nineties. In black…

November 8, 2011

A Fairer Race Line-Up.

Rosie the Riveter watch out! Here are some gals ready for the off at a period hare across some sun drenched desert. Hair scarves to keep the locks in check, bikini (see the second one on the Triumph dressed for a tan) as cooling attire.

A mix of British and Yankee Iron.

November 6, 2011

The Sand Pebbles

A McQueen film from ’66 was The Sand Pebbles; seeing him play a gunboat engineer, Jake Holman, parolling the Yangtse River in the twenties amidst the turmoil of a chinese revolution. He received his only Oscar nomination for this role.

Here’s a great shot as the actor relaxes with co-star Richard Crenna, who played the ‘boat captain. Steve atop a fresh loooking Triumph, Crenna a rickshaw.

November 5, 2011


Cleaned up the large british Triumph tank; couple of dings filled and smoothed; liner applied (after 2 attempts!), and rubben down.
Placed on bike to see how it looks…

Much more solid looking, nearly Guzzi-like even; the longer 70’s frame’s line need this tank to give it a visual balance.

The seat sits okay, but a wide nosed one will improve the line too.

November 4, 2011

Foursome Triumph ….

Scrambler; Thruxton, Speed Triple and a Bonneville: what beautiful models to admire.

November 4, 2011

It’s Easy on a Triumph – the further adventures!

Whether running against a stagecoach, ascending an alp, laying bricks (with a hod), or eloping to Gretna Green, it is, as they say ” Easy on a Triumph!

November 3, 2011

Slap a Sloper

Whilst searching for the M21 outfit information I happened upon this item needing much TLC. It’s the earlier M33 ‘sloper’; the early thirties model with distinctive engine angle. About 6 hp thumping from the single pint sized jug just enough low end to haul around a chair. Suitable for the country lanes of England at the time for sure!

Here’s a happy owner on their BSA enjoying the delights of a countryside jaunt.

n.b. “slapping slopers” is a climbing move practised in the rounded but rough gritstone edges of the Peak District. Here’s a climber craggin’ on a Stanage Edge classic: Congo Corner HVS 5b stretching out on a long reach sloper. “Slap it youth!”
November 2, 2011

Pull a Chair up and have a sit down!

The combination wartime ride was the enlarged BSA single, the 600cc M21. Again my grandfather George Lawrie is seen atop this machine during traffic control and other MP duties in Egypt, through Tunisia and Libya. No doubt shadowing Monty’s Eighth Army as they chased Rommel ‘The Desert Fox’ back through El Alamein into Tunisia. Amongst his medals and cap badge is a cloth badge of the Jerboa, used as the Desert Rats insignia of the 7th Armoured.

Here’s a recently restored hack with sidecar trunk in lieu of the chair; also emblazoned with the AA (Automobile Association) emblem. George was an AA man both before and after the war, the roadside assistance skills being useful for MP work; and, indeed many AA men ended up in that branch of service.