Archive for August, 2014

August 13, 2014

Three Pee’s

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Yup: that about sums it up! In its day a machine to be reckoned with… This smiling fella looks like he’s pushing his. I’ve been there! But it does look nice!
Peerless
Purposeful
Perfection

August 12, 2014

This guy ain’t dead…

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The other Rob Williams; Robbie that is; once Take That lead singer who went on to a terrifically successful solo career. Tries the ‘Cool’ look further with an off road Triumph a LA McQueen.

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Desert road, dusty highway, knobbly tire’d sled.

August 11, 2014

Shazbot!

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He could make you laugh so hard you’d cry; he could make you cry hard too. From off-planet Mork, to on-air hell-raisin Vietnam DJ Cronauer , influential teacher Keating at a stiff prep school in Dead Poets Society, a dogged doctor in Awakenings; his ragged professor of Good Will Hunting a true zenith of roles. And more. Stand-up to the heights of a frenetic manic colossus. He rode and collected bicycles too.

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“O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done,

The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won,

The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,

While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring;

                  But O heart! heart! heart!

                   O the bleeding drops of red,

                    Where on the deck my Captain lies,

                                  Fallen cold and dead…”
Walt Whitman

August 10, 2014

Watling Street or Bust

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Another painting of a Thunderbird. Enticingly sitting there ready to put hand to throttle and sneck it into gear.

August 10, 2014

Watling Street or Bust

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Another painting of a Thunderbird. Enticingly sitting there ready to put hand to throttle and sneck it into gear.

August 9, 2014

In Golden Flight

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The much idolized Thunderbird- last of The pre-units in the Triumph line-up with the nicely enclosed headlight. And broad balanced mudguards. Well illustrated in this lively painting. A glint of blue skies on the chrome.

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Here’s what it looked like in real life.

August 8, 2014

Here Comes the Sun

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On this day in 1969 the Fab Four walked out of one of their final recording sessions together at the eponymous studio on Abbey Road and strolled across a zebra crossing into history. A great album full of depth in their music – however separate strengths were evolving to maturity.

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Each in synchronized stride, with Paul out of step with a bare right foot forward… It is arguably one if the most recognized album covers in history…. The music ain’t that bad either. The crisp notes of Harrison’s plucking opening side two are truly sublime.

August 7, 2014

Throw-back-Thursday

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My Pa dug out this old snap of me on my chopper bicycle. Not your common or garden Raleigh but an esoteric 5-Speed big chunk of a ride. Before I got my racer this was the mode of transport around Wooler. My trouser leg is tucked into my sock – Classic!

August 6, 2014

On the Canvas

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Oil on canvas rendition of the legendary ’69 Triumph Bonneville. Crimson base with silver great swoosh. This 8″x6″ piece is by a painter called Ron Wilson. It has a reflective ‘glint in its eye’.

August 5, 2014

Rearset

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Nice adjusted set up for a gear change and foot peg for the left side of this Bonneville. Nicely backlit to accentuate the shapely timing cover and gearbox. An hourglass figure?

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Norma Jean thinks so!

August 4, 2014

“Fix Bayonets!”

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One Hundred years ago today Britain declared war against Germany starting over four years of one if the most bloody military campaigns the world would experience. The young, brave. and healthy sent to fight in horrific trench warfare. Advances made in feet and yards across northern France and Belgium. Bayonet charges and machine guns DO NOT mix!

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Dispatch riders using Trusty Triumph Model H. 500cc’s and 4hp. Got important information and messages from the rear commanding echelons to the blunt, muddy, louse ridden Tommy on the Front Line.

The whistle blows..

“Over the Top!”

August 3, 2014

Clutched

Back into the Workshop Manual to brush up on the innards of the Bonnie as I get ready to reinstall the clutch plates. I cleaned them with a heavy degreaser soak, then washed with the solvent brake cleaner and gave the metal plants an etch with muriatic acid and a sand as well as sand a roughen tot he friction plates.

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I also deburred the tangs to ensure a cleaner shift (hopefully). I’ll do the same with the basket tang slots. 

August 2, 2014

What a god awful mess..

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Here’s a Palestinian family evacuating from their home with a few meager possessions. Shelling continues and counter-attacking rockets blaze. Displacement the world over due to incompatible beliefs, want for entitled lands, demand for power over others …. We need more worlds for everybody and their respective peoples…

August 1, 2014

Friday Horizon

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The weekend is here… An open weekend ‘road’ ahead…

Bike is off the road: repairing the clutch and putting new sump plug/filter in. Waiting for a couple of parts. So I’m busy with house projects…