Archive for June, 2016

June 30, 2016

Down & Out Triumph

Thruxton Thursday – together with wax masters Barbour International, Triumph Motorcycles D&O Customs created a real road racer from the apparent superlative twin moto. It’s called BIT2 and in silver, black and gold looks a rear hoot!

Here’s a video of its creation:

June 29, 2016

You’ll wake the neighbors!

The Moggy – Tiger Cub takes her first tentative, and loud, paces along a Chicago alley. Rough engine but the gearbox shifted smartly up and down a couple of gears, clutch action light. Who says we can’t start having fun with this bike?

June 28, 2016

Bandits at 3 o’clock

Fun on Three Wheels – as I was wandering the motorcycle show this vehicle trundled up. A couple with big grins where sat as pilot and navigator. Gleaming v-twin engine afront, grey fuselage, and amaranth wire wheels with knock-off hubs. As British as tea & scones with a whiff of a WW1 ace heading into the French skies to see off Hun. “Smoke me a kipper I’ll be back for breakfast!”

June 27, 2016

Razzo Rosso 

Cool Cockpit – I really liked this racing set up on a 450 Desmo Ducati. Everything is spare and just-so for track speeds. Tuck and put yer chin on the tank.

June 26, 2016

Blot on the landscape – Not!

A few more images to share highlighting the varied vitality of the Motoblot scene. Choppers, custom engines and saddles, gams on the go and hotrods. Oh, and not to mention motorcycles. Look out for that picnic basket laden Moto Guzzi scooter!

June 25, 2016

Rockers Reunion

Motoblot – a hot, hot, hot day in the City. Winding through slow weekend traffic for an hour to attend the rockers biker gathering. Music, pinup gals, local beer, hot rods, and bikes; hunnerts of bikes. No two alike, each individual. Love it!  Rode home along Lake Street (under the long straight el tracks, a la French Connection) along Wacker Drive, padded along Michigan Avenue then a zoom north up Lake Shore Drive.

June 24, 2016

F8 @ 1/250s

Bob Carlos Clarke born this day in 1950 was a prolific and influential photographer of the latter half of the 20th Century.- here his first wife Sue Frame poses languidly on a high piped big named TRIUMPH. 

June 23, 2016

Hear Me Roar!

The Tiger Cub gave its first yowl tonight! Engine back in, oil lines and ignition reinstalled, exhaust pipe plumbed. A few hicks with ground but once that was disconnected an easy hoof on the kickstart and a healthy bark. A bit a coughing and spluttering. But hey! “It’s Alive!”

June 22, 2016

Highway Song

Boots made for Riding – record producer Mickie Most takes singer Nancy Sinatra on his BSA Shooting Star. Aptly named single the registration on the number plate signifies a’69 or ’70 model. She was in London to record The Highway Song. 

June 21, 2016

‘Gin ‘n’ Tonic

Gearbox buttoned up this evening. Smooth kicker action and crisp changing ‘clunk’.

Just need to put on the head with adjusted valves then drop it back in the frame. Hopefully get a firing soon!

June 20, 2016

Run in the Sun

Dappled Shade: the motorcycle is running well and is looking good. Let’s see if we can get a riding season without any mechanical of electrical gremlin’s!

June 19, 2016

Mad Dogs?

Midsummer Moto- a warming June Sunday morning saw a splendid 80 Mike round trip to the Wisconsin state line. A new leafy backroad through weekend-quiet commercial districts and horse farms was mapped. Pancakes ‘n’ coffee in Zion and back through the shady turns of Sherudan Road.

June 18, 2016

I give this my full support

The Other Triumph – a lingerie manufacturer that has been making intimate apparel since the 1880’s used a nice ribbon-like logo with crowning motif. Our faithful motorcycle makers marque has been using a swooshing leg’d R for decades. A new bra and pantie maker jump on the latters look. Adore Me – complete with swoosh… Trademark infringement? 

June 17, 2016

Call Me!

“It’s for you hoo!” Or so they said back in the eighties when selling off British Telecom. Well let’s take the Way Back machine a little further to enjoy a big tire’d Triumph flat tracker a la Gary Nixon. “appelle-moi mon cherie!”

June 16, 2016

Pin-up Girl

Schools out for summer: get on your scrappy jeans, don a pair of pumps and slip on your shades. T-shirt? Triumph of course!