Archive for March, 2012

March 16, 2012

Der König reitet schnell in das Holz

A superb image of McQueen as a ’64 ISDT rider taking his TR6R Trophy steed through its paces along a wooded gravel trail in East Germany. The concentration is intense.


March 15, 2012

Tickle the Carbs, give her a Whiff of Gas…

…and hoof it down! On a hot day you need to dress appropriately; here Steve is checking out his racing desert sled, prior to or after one of the California Sunday events. A speed worn patina enlivens this moto perfectly.


March 14, 2012

HB or not 2B

Nice pencil sketch of a 1937 Triumph Speed Twin. nearly like some charcoal scribbling by Leonardo of a future 2-wheeled transport.


March 13, 2012

A Tasty Danish Pastry

Brick by brick by brick: a full size model Triumph bike constructed entirely of LEGO blocks. The streamlined fairing and black engine superbly fashioned.

The original Daytona; the beefy triple from Triumph in the mid-nineties. A modern classic!


March 12, 2012

B.S.A. WM20

I spyed this on a posting over the weekend on the local Craigslist motorcycle listing. A 1944 wartime Beeza in near ‘original’ patina condition – a wipe down with wd40, oil change, new sparkplugs and tires; I’d bet she’d kick over and thump along the road with nary a beat missed from decades holed up under a dusty canvas tarp in the back of some Midwestern shed. That strong half litre single lunged engine pulling like an old mule. $3,750 and she’s yours! Now where did I put that penny jar?




March 11, 2012

The Tonight Show with…

The talk show host  Jay Leno is a discerning collector of all things automobile and motorcycle. An envious number of both two and four-wheeled items in his garage. Here showing a liking for the Hinckley badged Thunderbird moto.

As Ed would say: “Heeeeere’s Bonnie!”

March 10, 2012

It’s Triumph Time

A successful installation of a ‘new’ timing cover to the old gal today. Well ‘new’ from Ebay anyroads! A fairly straight forward job as I had ensured the electronic points were replaced in exact realignment so no timing had to be done. She kicked over first hoof of the kick-start lever. Now what do I do with the old cover? Well some folks place a suitably sized clock in it and hang ‘er up to count the misspent hours fettlin’ the bike in the ‘mancave’. Back to Ebay….

March 9, 2012

The Brighton Run

One film where the bikers lifestyle plays a part is the classic Quadrophenia. The Who soundtracked, Phil Daniels starred story of mods versus rockers. An antagonistic rowdy London crowd: on one side the anorak wearing, Vespa and Lambaretta riding guys and gals; the other a rough, oily leather clad gang of Triumph and Beeza rortin’ lads and lass rockers.
Here a moped mod gets gunned down on the A3 by a swarm of British iron…


March 8, 2012

When the Wind Blows

Nice graphic; evocative of the open road on a Triumph. Indeed there is a dedicated site to our Mr. Toepfer and his motorcycling and photography exploits. It’s better in the wind. There’s even a great short film there.


It’s Better In The Wind – Short Film from Scott Toepfer on Vimeo.

March 7, 2012

Norton Transformed

After the CAD bike a couple of posts ago here’s a video which takes it a step further. A full real life/animated short. A neat wee story about the trials of Norton ‘ownership’. Masterfully created by Steve Twist as part of an Undergraduate Degree in Computer Visualisation and Animation at Bournemouth.

March 6, 2012


Fettling a bike is getting it set-up to ride ‘just right’ for speed, roadhandling, stopping and enjoyment whilst riding it. Here are a few examples of such machines that have been truly fettled.

First off: a pre-unit engined cafe trimmed for a streamline repose with nice adjustable bars, ‘way-back’ rearsets (including a handy-bendy kick start lever to clear those pedals) and well padded bum-stop seat. Fast flashes of blue over white complete the look. 

A Trident is the marriage of a well tuned Triumph ‘gin, most typically in pre-unit spec, and the well handling Norton featherbed frame. Here’s a superb example fettled for the track. Wired fasteners an’ all. The seat is upholstered like a 50’s diner stool. And that big, big, big tank ideal for crouching over and laying chin on for the straights.


A couple of proud garage hands with #72. An OIF 650 (just like mine) straight through pipes will give this one a raucous sound and a bit more (Tri) oomph. Flat bars, low saddle for bobber stance, a and trimmed or omitted tins lighten the load.

March 5, 2012

Virtual Vroom!

Here’s a rendered 3D computer generated model of a Triumph bike. A mathematical vector image of the cycle of choice…  Perhaps a future ride for Woody and Buzz Lightyear in another “Toy Story’; or a modern recreation of The Great Escape? Hope Not!

 Plenty of hard work here!

The wireframe model shows how the elements of the moto are formed as solids, surfaces and shapes.

March 4, 2012

On The Road..

A few choice images of Triumphs in various guises: be it travelling with your mates, racing or touring. Whatever the scene smiles abound!   The mud covered, big tanked and laden moto is a classic shot of a true motorcyclist!

March 3, 2012

Jacques à coté de sa Triumph … la bougie est belle !!

Checking out the condition of his spark plug (la bougie), Our french friend Jack smiles mid ride of a damp and muddy yomp through some wintery copse (bois). From the looks of the leathers, boots and hairstyle this looks like early seventies. (The high front mudguard of the trailly behind him gives it away too!)

March 2, 2012

Three in a Tub…

A simply marvellous image of youthful fun. Here are three friends crammed saddleward atop a lovely ‘bathtub’ Thunderbird. Hope they kept up two-wheeled enthusiasm in later life!