Archive for May, 2015

May 16, 2015

Robin Hood 


I went to pick up my tank and fenders today. One is one, two is two, green grow the rushes oh! Can’t wait to get ’em back on the Cub. Sherwood trails here we come; as long as I don’t have to wear tights!  

May 15, 2015

Kodachrome Kustom 


Custom Colors for an end of week reveille and a Triumph Bonneville daubed in a gaudy paint scheme. The surly chick at the controls looks a bit too cool for school or perhaps just knows she has a nifty ride. It’s a little too circus for some but the stance looks set for a great road going Moto.
Here’s the riders blog:
Her nom de plume is Babila.

May 14, 2015

Ernie & Edie


My granda would have been 100 years old this week. Here he is back in ’65 with my nana on my Uncle Dave’s scooter. The pair look so cool like Gregory Peck & Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday,

ROMAN HOLIDAY, Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck, 1953

ROMAN HOLIDAY, Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck, 1953

Though it’s a close call I think Ernie & Edie are the cutest!

May 13, 2015

100 years ago…


After yesterday’s beautiful example of a century-old survivor here is an old image of the Trusty Triumph when it was the cutting edge two-wheeled speedster. This is a 1915 view of an owner and his ride in New Zealand. Even commemorated on a stamp…


Tin sign of some flat capped chap haring along on his H across a rural landscape. Hints & Tips? Watch your trousers don’t get caught in that ruddy leather belt drive chain!


May 12, 2015

on Ilkley Moor baht ‘at

Noel Whittall, 77, a writer and motorcyclist from Rawdon, England, on his 1918 Triumph Model H near the Cow & Calf at Ilkley. His period tweeds: jacket plus-fours and flat cap, are a perfect Yorkshire outfit for a ramble on’t moor. His nearly century old machine would transport you lazily from Leeds along the A65 through Otley and on to Skipton wi’ Wart on t’Wharfe peering down from across dale.  

Yorkshire is a most beautiful country (locals do consider it an independent State). 

May 11, 2015

What do you care what other people think?


Richard P. Feynman’s birthday. Curiosity feeds the mind.

May 10, 2015

Happy Mothers Day


We all have a mother and, for the greater part, owe our upbringing to become the sensible (!) people we are. They made sure we didn’t waver from our path ahead: holding our hands when it was rocky, listening when it looked daunting, and an encouraging nudge when it seemed foggy. Most importantly they are the first love of our lives, unconditionally!

“Ma! I’m getting a tattoo!”

May 8, 2015

Starry Starry Night


Just listed….. Gonna sell my kidney….. Or my soul…. 

“Offered for auction is a restoration project from HARRIS VINCENT GALLERY, in Austin, Tx.  This motorcycle is a completely non-matching bike!  The purpose of it being rebuilt is to move outside the traditional lines of VINCENT sales and offer a just-restored bike to riders who want to have the “Vincent Experience” and not but put into poverty!  The engine cases are not sanded or polished, but exactly as made a half-century ago.  The outer cases are the original polish and we haven’t redone them so they’re like it was when sold (plus 60 years of patina!)

The engine unit is a 1949 VINCENT H.R.D. engine, completely restored by us.  The transmission has new internal components.  New pistons, bearings, valves all combine to produce a solid and fresh VINCENT for the successful bidder.

Maybe you never had a VINCENT and want to try one.  This will be the bike for you and if they’re not for you, so what!  You aren’t locked into a big auction house to sell it.  It’s a rider’s bike.  New tires, new bearings, fresh seat, rewly overhauled, genuine SMITHS Rapide correct speedometer, new grips, built to ride.  Sure, we do show – winning restorations and our bikes win the big shows.  But, we like to see guys enjoy our bikes and on this one, we know you will.  

Engine number is: F10AB/1/1432. upper frame number is R3495 and there is no number on the rear from number because we had to replace the lugs.

The Rapide does not come with a title but it does come with a bill of sale.  This is motorcycle is a really nice rider and a great motorcycle to enjoy.”




May 7, 2015

always good for a quote


“We make a living by what we get,
but we make a life by what we give.” 

— Winston Churchill

May 6, 2015

George Motorcyclist

 Yup, he’s the other Geordie Biker. Our Mr Clooney turned 54 today. Likes his motos too! His cool demeanor makes him a favorite with moviegoing fans. He makes gray look good, well we’re all heading that way at some point. 

May 5, 2015

Diggin’ Life


Desert Sled in oil. Fag loosely attached to his bottom lip our Triumph racer Steve McQueen takes a rest at some fast ‘n’ dusty event in SoCal mid-sixties. The Moto looks spare and ready for gravelly action. 

“Diggin’ Life” – original oil on canvas painting (28″ x 37″) by Tom Fritz 

May 4, 2015

May the Fourth


Han Solo captain of the Millennium Falcon; could be taking to the cosmos again soon with his sidekick Chewbacca the wookie. Here he is under Californian sun on a 90’s period Daytona. Chunky motorcycle for the iconic action hero.


..who has been Indiana Jones in other capers; and Sean Connery was his pop. Here the two archaeology professors ride combination style. Sean isn’t quite as whiskered as Chewie!

May 3, 2015

Diner Stop


May has well and truly dug it’s teeth into spring! The weather is simply perfect for riding. 70’s with hints of cool air off the lake under clear blue skies. Back roads up through Lake County with trees tinged in fresh green leaf shoots. You can smell growth as the back roads lanes skirt the oak woodland. Emily’s Pancake House in Zion for egg skillets filled grumbling bellies. A grand few miles under the rubber.

May 2, 2015

Geoff Duke rip


The passing today of one of motorcyclings greats. Lancastrian Duke was a dominating figure in the fifties on the GP circuit as well as the Isle of Man TT. No better picture of him that taking a Manx Norton at speed in front of s cheering crowd. 


May 1, 2015

Lady in Red


A nice mile-worn Lewis Leathers jacket goes with a Triumph rider like cheese and pickle between slices of bread. Horiko on her immaculate ’48 Speed Twin  and matching red accessories certainly looks the part. The Dominator jacket she’s wearing… £775.