Archive for January, 2014

January 16, 2014

What we already know!

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‘Nuff said!

January 15, 2014

Hump Day

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Wednesday, being the middle of the work week is traditionally the point at which the uphill battle of the start of the week begins its downward course towards the weekend. So here are some other humps to enjoy: Seat Humps! Of course for some it’s ‘ump day every day!
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January 14, 2014

Citrus uses

To strip the old paint off some parts I’m using the interior friendly Citrustrip. It is working great for a couple or three coats of orange, white and black enamels.
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Daub it on, leave for a day and it bubbles the old paint allowing it to be simply scraped off. A couple of applications should see the parts sorted ready for cleaning, priming and spraying. On another Vitamin C note I’m cooking up a batch of Kumquat marmalade.
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A hefty bag was brought north by my bosses Claire & Ryan; picked from their tree in Louisiana.
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I haven’t even scratched the surface of this bushel!

January 13, 2014

Power! Man!

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Superlative Sales: back in the day if you wanted power and speed it had to be Triumph. It says so on the tin!
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US distributors Johnson Motors plied its prospective customers with roads of adventure across the length, breadth and height of the country.
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Clean graphics, supporting descriptions and colorful layout could entice any two-wheeled devotee.

January 12, 2014

Capnap

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When eyelids droop and limbs tire here’s a swell little bed to have a quick forty winks. A spot to reverie the roads you’d like to be swooping along in seasons to come. Getting in and out of this cit might be troublesome with a knocked knee or stubbed toe… However: “Sweet dreams!”

January 11, 2014

If the shoe fits…

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An open day at Motoworks Chicago I just HAD to try the latest Thruxton for size. “Like a Glove” is my response. Looks good from all angles and detailed nicely! Now where did I put that piggy bank?

January 10, 2014

Page Three

A frequent glamour model for The Sun’s third page pinup was the curvy Samantha Fox. The British tradition in the late Twentieth Century of adorning the tabloids with young nubile girls to maintain a ‘phwoar’ for the working male population. As well as sellin’ millions of inky ‘news’ rags to line the pockets of media moguls like Rupert Murdoch.
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We have scanty fronted leathers here for Ms. Fox and a razor sharp looking Harris GPZ 550 – pure 80’s: Phwoar! And in another pic with probably one of the last Meriden models off an assembly line we have our Friday Fox aboard a Triumph…
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She also had a singing career, but, let’s not get into that….

January 9, 2014

Incoming Wounded

It was the keen eared Radar who spoke those words on one of my favorite TV shows. M*A*S*H whereby the insanity of war is given comedic status in a serious belly laughing manner. The staff of the 4077th bump through the highs and lows of a mostly forgotten Korean war.
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Though it was mostly Jeeps and bubble canopied Bell choppers some promotion oriented company took it upon themselves to develop a Hawkeye Pierce motorcycling doctor.
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It looks more like a cafe racer with broad fairing. He even wears his white surgical apron…whilst looking for this I happened upon a Triumph TR6 and Spitfire advertisement with none other than Alan Alda at the open topped wheel of the sunny yellow TR6.
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That’s as good an endorsement that you could want for me!
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“I will not carry a gun, Frank. When I got thrown into this war I had a clear understanding with the Pentagon: no guns. I’ll carry your books, I’ll carry a torch, I’ll carry a tune, I’ll carry on, carry over, carry forward, Cary Grant, cash and carry, carry me back to Old Virginia, I’ll even ‘hari-kari’ if you show me how, but I will not carry a gun! –” Hawkeye

P.S.
BJ Hunnicut did have a yellow moto….
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San Fransisco 5426 miles

January 8, 2014

(½)+ (½)

Take a couple of beat up old Cubs, with plenty of parts missing, and with some thoughtful reassembly you could end up with a whole…
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These forlorn relics of youthful two-wheeled exuberance have seen better days but a restorers eye and greasy fingers and furrowed brow dripped in sweat; as well as the ubiquitous emptying wallet, could very well let them, as One, ride the lanes again!

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E pluribus unum: out of the many one…
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January 7, 2014

Of Stamp & Toy

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This small cast metal toy motorcycle has a clunky charm to it that would surely fill any youngsters imagination with two wheeled deeds of daring-do. Indeed it has a striking resemblance to the noted stunt team of the Royal Signal Corps.
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Here’s a First Day Cover type commemorative posting of a Royal Mail stamp with the classic Triumph and uniformed white helmet rider tearing across the mailing in fine style. This actual mailing was even more special using Forces mail to an Earls Court Cycle exhibition in 1980. Charming stuff…

January 6, 2014

Be sure to wear flowers in your hair…

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Scott McKenzie’s counterculture anthem of the late sixties gave young folks to heed Tim Leary’s phrase “turn on, tune in, and drop out” and head west… Well the cool were already there! Here’s Steve above the Bay on a splendid Triumph in a pose that makes me want to saddle up, kick over, and ride out to the west…

January 5, 2014

Snow Days

A Winter Weather Advisory: drifting snow and plummeting temperatures here in the Midwest allow alternate moto activities to be planned and undertaken.
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Winterize your ride! Don’t let a salty ice crust build up or an errant plough tip it into the road side snowbank. Take it into a dry indoors where the typical preparations, maintenance and upgrades could be undertaken. Plenty have written about the furlough storage needs so I’ll not go into them here.
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Or you could put studs on your tires, dress in weather appropriate hard and whizz around a frozen lake oval. Here’s a Tiger being put through such paces. It looks fun!
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Tomorrow morning temperatures are expected to be -20 Fahrenheit… With won’t chill reaching fifty below…. Stay Warm! Me? I have my Cub Project to plan!

January 4, 2014

Warbird

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When cars were named after heroes: the Triumph Spitfire was one such; a two-seater 1500cc powered roadster that heralded the best of British spirit. WWII ace Ginger Lacey cheekily grins from his flying cap, he saw tremendous action in the 1949 Battle of Britain over the southeast as well as flying over Japan during the close of hostilities. This car needs a white silk scarf a-flutterin’ behind the driver to evoke its namesakes legacy. Ginger is true ‘boys own’ stuff  with 28 definite downed aircraft to his name he gained the DFM with Bar.
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January 3, 2014

Havin’ a Fantastic Friday!

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Mr ‘Foxy’ Fox says so; so there! Here waving enthusiastically whilst piloting his beemer combination. Son Ash Fox rides pillion whilst nephew Kristofferson Silverfox, and Kylie the possum takes the chair. Obviously upbto some cunning highjinx.

The original characters were created by the colorful mind of Roald Dahl and brought to life by Wes Anderson. Marvelous!

January 2, 2014

January the Second

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A braw Scot’s based advert proclaiming the virtues of another mode of transport in the garage… Thus could be revisited for today! Perhaps it could say: ” make your first car a motorcycle!”
Again, good clean graphics of a cartoon nature. Two-color printing used to great effect from the kilts tartan, swooshing scarf, and the red “2”.