Archive for July, 2016

July 16, 2016

July Jaunt

Simply smashing ride this afternoon. Perfect weather and roads not too busy. Bikes running like the preverbial tops.

July 15, 2016

The Great British Baking Show

Cake – the current season of the baking show which features ordinary folk test their cooking skills under a white tent in an English manor houses garden. Mary Berry the octogenarian judge has a sweet disposition that mirrors the delicious offerings conjured up rack week. No, she doesn’t zoom around on a Ducati superbike! That’s the other judge Paul Hollywoods ride. Keen gear head and rider he’s just taken possession of a ‘silly-fast’ Kawasaki H2. 200hp on the road, track version 300hp. 

Gas Mark 7 for 30 minutes and you’ll be well and truly baked!

July 14, 2016


Kashmir – one of the jewels of the Indian Crown. Flower heavy valleys with tea fed villages amidst soaring mountains dappled in an icy grip. Ideal ground to take an old Triumph or, even better, a Royal Enfield. One of my dream journeys.

July 13, 2016

Clearing a Cough

Gertie the GTI was blowing an exhaust connection so I had a back alley shop lift her up and weld a new sleeve on. Her tune is bright and clear now. 

July 12, 2016

Rickman Rocket

Green Goddess: what a beauty. Racing green Metisse Trident with plenty of go-faster goodies such as Norman Hyde 850cc jugs . It’s got a for sale notice on it too! This one is made for the road.

July 11, 2016

Brexit Brouhaha 

A new Prime Minister was announced today back in blighty. After all the political shenanigans of the last couple of weeks where the population voted to leave the European Union and those that laid the way have jumped ship then a new leader was seen to be the best option… Good luck everyone in the UK… You’re gonna need it!

July 10, 2016

Stop Motion

Triptych – sequence of movement: one, two, three. Fun with overlays and composition to evoke a sense of speed along the road. 

July 9, 2016

Of shadows & light

Saturday morning ride – crisp 60’s weather and light traffic for a splendid jaunt up through the northern suburbs. The three mile stretch along the Skokie Lagoons offered an opportune moment for a photo stop. 

July 8, 2016

Fierce Friday 

Queen of the Rockers – with a sharp glint in her eye this biker babe is r-r-r-ready to R-U-M-B-L-E! Tres Instagramme…

July 7, 2016

Diorama #3

Oil Thumbed Haynes manual, packet of Players No6 fags, and a well used pein hammer. Yes, it’s another scratchbuilt diorama fabricated from base plastic and wire. Scaled reality.

Based around the sublime BSA Goldstar it’s a watchmakers motorcycle restoration. Love the daylight beaming in from a roof light.

July 6, 2016

Diorama #2

The model maker is Anders Malmberg from Sweden and I am astounded by the level of 1:35 detail. Everything has a patina, it looks like it’s been worked in for years by the same elf mechanic. Paint spills, old tubs on shelves, 

There is even a junkyard out back… Pinup gal on the wall… It keeps going!

July 6, 2016


Amazing Intricacy – a well used motorcycle workshop in miniature. As well as moto’s being worked on there are shelves of parts, walls of tools, machinery, posters and a cursing mechanic.

So much detail to explore, you can smell the oily workings or metallic contrivances. Even a corrugated roofing. I bet the Whitworth set is articulated too!

July 5, 2016


Three by Three: a grid of Triumph vignettes from the recent Motoblot show. Old and new, fast and slow, chrome and color. Just love looking at the details

July 4, 2016

North Star State

Fourth Fun – July Japes : with celebratory fireworks crackling in the skies around Big Lake Minnesota I took mybrother-in-laws Harley Davidson Super Glide Sport. Cool evening northern air wafting off pine woods and the haunting call of the occasional loon from a nearby lake.  

July 3, 2016

Garage gubbins

Workshop worship – on a Sunday if not road bound I’d rather be in the garage. Here’s a well lit, amply tooled, bench backed space ready to work on any two wheeled vehicle.

One day I’ll have one as good as this… One day.