Archive for June, 2012

June 14, 2012

Ride to Work

My co-worker Emily snapped this couple zooming to work near Lake Shore Drive. Big blue Triumph, shades, a gal clinging on the back, albeit flip-flop shod, but cool nonetheless!

June 13, 2012

We’ll be cruising at 35,000 feet

As the old adage says “Bike’s defy gravity, cars just suck”. Well here’s a triumph Daytona 675 not only keeping things balanced on two wheels but apparently flying too!

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:Tech 2 and Centurion Racing joined forces to establish a new race team in 2009 with full Triumph factory support. MAP Centurion Triumph Racing entered the Fuchs-Silkolene British Supersport and Metzler National 600 Superstock Championships next season and the team competed on Triumph Daytona 675′s in the two prestigious BSB support classes.

June 12, 2012

Olive not so Drab

After yesterday’s dabble in militaria here’s a modern interpretation using an up to the minute Bonneville, plenty of green paint, knobbly boots, and blacked-out shiny bits.

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Now that would be a good scoot to retrace George’s wartime escapades across Monty’s African campaign.

June 11, 2012

it’s a long way to Tipperary

They keep coming out of old barns’ woodwork: a wartime Beeza, the utilitarian M20. My grandpappy’s North African Moto. This one is for sale locally; wanna get one someday but at four G’s it’s a little steep. Apparently they ended up in hedgerows acros England after dubblya dubbla two. There must be one or still under an oily tarp somewhere ready for a smudge of great, petrol fed into its infernal veins then kicked to life. Someday!

June 10, 2012

Ab Fab

Watching an old Top Gear today they had the delightful Joanna Lumley as their Star in a Reaaonably Priced Car. Though currently known as the colorful Patsy Stone on Absolutely Fabulous she was an action girl with attitude in ‘the day’. Her role as Purdy in The New Avengers was iconic due to that stylish haircut: I remember my sister wanting that very cut back then. Her mode of transport was typically a little roadster but I’ve unearthed this great shot of her on an appropriate Honda dirt bike; probably used when the TR7 got bogged down along some country lane.

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June 9, 2012

Texting

The correct way to Text whilst riding: pull over to a safe spot, extract ‘phone, and text to your hearts delight! Here a Triumph Speed Triple owner heeds these simple rule… Nice black on black Moto. All the proper kit too; not like the other 90% of riders I’ve seen on the Chicagoland roads today… Sure it’s hitting 90, but a t-shirt, shorts, tennies and NO helmet. That is just plain DUMB!

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June 8, 2012

Get down Shep…

…and put that ruddy gearbox back together. Tsk, tsk; the sheep out on t’fell are having a break whilst this Border Collie gets busy with moto-mechanics. This is a BSA B31 gearbox. “7/16″ Whiworth spanner please Shep!”

June 7, 2012

We don’t need another Hero

You can keep yer Krypton might; do away with Spidey-web; and Bats? Schmatz! Here’s Captain Triumph to the rescue! A little Teutonic in appearance, but a tough boot ready for any villainous ne’er-do-well’s out there to be stomped on.

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And a ride? He needs an over styled, over bored, lump of a moto with sweeping Art Deco lines such as the titular manufacturers latest offering Thunderbird Storm.

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June 6, 2012

A Greatest Generation

Sixty Eight years ago to the day was the launch of Allied Expeditionary forces into Europe to deal with Hitlers domination of the mainland. The D-Day landings: Normandy beaches of Omaha, Sword, Juno, Gold and Utah; served as the stepping-off point to stymie Nazi domination. There were the waves of paratroopers and landing craft troopers that showed their bravery on this day of days but it was the tenfold support behind them that supported their grueling efforts. Here a couple of courier riders disembark from a LCT (Landing Craft Tank) down special ramps to head into the fray running important messages and papers. These motorcycles are Matchless G3 350cc.

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June 5, 2012

A Race to the Finish Line

One of the mid-range models of Hinckley Triumphs in the early 2000’s was the Sprint. A doughty do-it-all Moto equipped for quick speedy jaunts (hence the name I suppose) as well as day long mile munching on windy back roads or fast autobahn. It’s 955cc triple engine, as in the Daytona and Tiger models, is tuned to serve these needs comfortably yet with scoops of fun. As well as the Triumph yellow and classic racing green the Sprint was available in Red, White & Blue (I had to throw in a Union Flag reference in there somehow to round off the Jubilee celebrations!)

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June 4, 2012

Her Majesty’s a pretty nice girl

HRH is indeed a Motolady of the past: more than sixty years ago during the Blitz she was giving hands-on support to the ladies in the ATS Auxiliary Training Service. As part of her training, along with engine servicing, tire changing, she also learned to weave adroitly on a wartime spec BSA C10 250cc. Look at the lass go!

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June 3, 2012

Diamonds are Forever

Carbonized Twin: A Triumph dealer in Staffordshire has created a Diamond Jubilee special for this year… Silver-white tank with swooshing Union Flag motifs and a side panel marker depicting the commemoration.

… Or as Elizabeth Two might say, “Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend”, and she should know, she owns a few!

June 2, 2012

Golden Years

Roll on twenty five years and we’re up to the Golden celebration. To commemorate a half century with a crown balanced on her Royal Bonce the Hinckley lot came out with a latter day Bonneville like the aforementioned silver model – this time called a Golden. Here they are together looking jolly spiffing: just requiring a sash of bunting to complete a royal party.

June 1, 2012

A Jubilation

HRH Queenie Betty has been the Monarch of Blighty for three score years now; and to celebrate this momentous occasion all the citizenry of The Isles have a four, yes read that as a 4, day bank holiday weekend…. Well, it seems appropriate to recall a limited edition Triumph from 1977, Lizzies Silver Jubilee. The T140J 750cc Bonneville. Only 1,000 were made of this silver, blue and red pinstriped special. A royal blue saddle with red piping surely a throne for royal riders all.