Archive for February, 2015

February 13, 2015

Wot! No Bike?


Artist, bassist, motorcyclist. Punk. Paul Simonon is the greasy biker, musician painter with a new exhibit of his leather ‘n’ cigarette imagery.  On show at the Institute of Contemporary Arts ICA in London.

The Clash set the music scene on fire with such greats as London Calling and Rock the Casbah. He was the Fender Precision Bass wielding rocker on the cover of the bands third album.  Hailed as the greatest music photograph of all time taken by Bennie Smith at The Palladium in New York.image

February 12, 2015

#TBT minus 80 years


Back in 1935 you could pick up this moto for 77 quid. About five grand in today’s money. However this tractor of a bike was a commercial failure. Being expensive, non interchangeable with other Triumphs, heavyweight sidecar hack, and competition from the Austin Seven and Morris Eight motor cars. Only a few hundred were made. Though being Triumph first parallel twin it is overshadowed by Ed Turners superior Speed Twin a couple of years later; itself the precursor to half a century of models.

February 11, 2015

The Countess and Enzo

Today marks the 81st birthday of John Surtees OBE. Undeniably one of the greats of two AND four wheel racing. He won both Grand Prix championships on motorcycles 1956, 1958, 1959 & 1960 and cars 1964. Riding and driving MV Agusta and Ferrari respectively.


Why he is not Knighted is one of the deepest mysteries of modern history… Well, he’s a Sir in many a book.


February 10, 2015

Dead but not Gone…


A classic British light entertainment detective mystery was Randall & Hopkirk ( deceased). Transmitted in ’69 it starred Mike Prattle & Kenneth Cope as the respective titular characters. Marty Hopkirk met an untimely demise in the pilot show and, dressed in a ghostly white suit, could only be seen and heard by his partner Jeff Randall.


Some still images from village scenes or London streets with some Triumph Cub riding character show period rural and urban scenery. The leather blazer and pudding basin lid set the tone.


There was a remake in the early 200p’s starring Vice Reeves & Bob Mortimer.

February 9, 2015

A leaf ripped from a book….


An interesting mix of Triumph Cub image atop a dictionary page, itself mounted on a postage stamped paper. Etsy artwork …

February 8, 2015

No slack chain here…


… Installed a spring loaded chain tensioner today. It both takes any slop out as well as lifts the low run due to the whopping sprocket off the ground.

There will be a little more adjusting to do one we get closer to roadworthyness and I need to a an outer stabilizing bar on the tensioner pivot.

February 7, 2015

Speed Hound


Love this painting. Looks like our Geordie the greyhound racing along on a road going dirt bike. Though in ‘his day’ he didn’t need wheels; his legs powered him up to 35 to 40 mph around the Dairyland track at Kenosha Wisconsin between 2005 and 2008. He was a Champion… And to us still is.


Here he is in fine form fresh off his track career.

His race number is 20721 63E. Race name Broadview Tyler.

February 6, 2015

6th February


As every laddie knows he gets most of his curiosity from his father. When it comes to things mechanical my dad seemed to make sure I wasn’t afraid of fettling with things. Taking things apart is the only real way you can start to understand how things go together. Putting them back together? Well that’s another story!

“This here is the petrol tap”.

Happy Birthday Paw!

February 5, 2015

The First Motorcycle Race


…was when the Second motorcycle was built. Here’s a besmocked racer ready for a long scoot from one end (Land’s) to t’other (John o’Groats). The ride is a 3 1/2 Hp Triumph.

February 4, 2015

Tipped Ink


Interesting graphic: sometimes you need to change the angle of your viewpoint. I like the technicality as well of the realism of reflected surfaces of this Triumph Oil-in-Frame Bonneville. I hope I don’t see my moto at this angle with me aboard. As they’d say: “goin’ arse o’er tit”.

February 3, 2015



Beginners bikes: smaller ‘cycles such as the Cub were ideal machines to gain experience on the roads. Working your way up to the big machines like the Bonneville. The fairings look like bra’s of the day…


Perms-lift: we’re learning.

February 2, 2015


Progressive Insurance have a strong ongoing advertisement with their character Flo. Since 2008. She assures insurance premiums are competitive with other companies. Here are a couple of frames from a particular TV spot where motorcycle insurance is promoted. She pulls up to a stop sign next to a Ducati.


Her moto is a pearly white Triumph Daytona. Which matches her usual white outfit.


The quirky, chipper sales clerk, typically seen wearing a white apron and blue Chuck Taylor’s,  is portrayed by comedienne Stephanie Courtney.


February 1, 2015

Sunday Wrenching


Got the engine firmly bolted in. Oil return lines attached and starting to get the clutch adjusted – missing a ball bearing that seats between the push rod and lever. Made a simple support stand so I can shuffle it around easily. Will need to amass some stainless fastenings for the oil tank, fenders and other ancillaries.