Archive for April, 2016

April 30, 2016

Light the Blue Touch Paper

The Shape of Fast: kinda scruffy, in need of attention, but all there. For sale recently on EBay this forty odd year old Metisse (Mongrel) framed Triumph needs a caring home to enable this fiberglass faired fancy to fly again.

April 29, 2016

Muhammad send me a camel

Arabia in California – Riverside dealer Skip Fordyce at Indio California National Date Festival with Melanie Todd, Rachel Stegall, Gaye Jenning.

April 28, 2016


Knolling- a new verb to utilize in my life of disorder. I do it unconsciously already for some assembly tasks. It is the laying out in a squared away fashion all of the items and components of the thing to be built. Here’s a Knolled wartime Triumph TRW 500 from Burton Bike Bits.

It was coined by sculptor Tom Sachs who adopted the term from a janitor at Frank Gehry’s furniture workshop, Andrew Kronelow, who, whilst working on a range of Florence Knoll’s furniture, would lay all tools, materials and fixtures in a right-angled arrangement. 


  1. Scan your environment for materials, tools, books, music, etc. which are not in use.
  2. Put away everything not in use. If you aren’t sure, leave it out.
  3. Group all ‘like’ objects.
  4. Align or square all objects to either the surface they rest on, or the studio itself.
April 27, 2016

Come up and see me, make me smile.

Perfect Couple: pillion happily hugging the pilot as they zoom along. Nice cafe’d pre-unit looks the part. 

April 26, 2016

Johnny’s Ink

Inked Skin: a Brando by any other name. The Triumph Thunderbird. “What are you rebelling against?”

April 25, 2016

The Hot Line

Spring warm up here: temperatures into the 80’s. I like the tenets of riding: pleasure, economy & health. Well said that sign!

April 24, 2016

Tin Sign

Rust edged enamel signs: from the walls of a dealer to the sliding door of a workshop. Primary bright and long lasting. Plastic signage fades under brutal ultraviolet. I should look for one for my workshop space…

April 23, 2016

Red Adair: oil leak specialist

Black ‘n’ White & Red all over. No not a newspaper but someone’s smart Triumph Mountain Cub. Clean and spare detail with fire engine red color scheme. 

April 22, 2016

Earth Day

Earth Roamers – a family from Tasmania have travelled over 120,000 miles on Triumph Bonnevilles over the past 3 1/2 years circumnavigating the world collecting stories, friends, adventures and I’m sure a better understanding of what the global village is all about. 

Great blog giving updates of their travels too:

April 21, 2016

QE2 ninety

19 year old Princess Elizabeth riding slalom on a military 250cc BSA during the Second World War as part of the ATS (Auxilliary Territorial Service). Her main role was maintaining ambulances and ’tilly trucks.

April 20, 2016

Hump Day

Mid-Week: also known affectionately as hump day, sees us half way through the five day stretch from weekend to weekend. What better way to celebrate this zenith than a shiny brown leather seat (saddle) for a modern Triumph Bonneville complete with rear racing hump.

April 19, 2016

Warm Feet

I have always said: “there’s nothing quite like putting on a fresh pair of socks.”

Plush and padded for boots here is a pair for the Triumph enthusiast.

April 18, 2016

Sailing east, sailing west…

Here’s the return image of last weeks gal Friday. A-pillion with German friend at a Tridays event in Glemseck. Cafe racers gather to zoom a short 1/8 mile run, sup lager and talk motorrad.

April 17, 2016

You’re nicked!

Sunday evening humor- let’s round the weekend off with some fun. My current spate of expensive dental work is a big close to the mark with this pithy ‘toon.

April 16, 2016

Smashing just

Sunny, sunny, sunny. Bike is running well, new wheels and tires are confident underboot, and the new lid is a comfy brain-shed. 

It doesn’t get much better than this!