Archive for August, 2016

August 31, 2016

Three Rings for the Elven Kings under the Sky

Poseidon’s Pitchfork – or The Trident. A triple lunged lout from the seventies. It saw good form on the track both in Meriden and Small Heath BSA trim; look up Slippery Sam. Aearly superbike so to speak. This example is for sale locally, the owner asking $4,500. I’d like to give one of these a go. 

August 30, 2016

Spanner or Wrench

My buddy Dean saw this sales card in a Sears store where the automotive tools were. Craftsman ratchet and spark plug socket being put to good use on a bobber Triumph. The image is used in a number of advertising guises. 

August 29, 2016


Blow your own Trumpet – an illustrators version of some internal combustion instrument. Taking the exhaust via sissy-bar piping to a flute-like horn. Kiwi artist is Kelvin Mann who creates a kind of Heath Robinson quirk.

August 28, 2016

You Have Mote Fun

Spot the Reedus – people on the Mighty Interweb have come up with classic photoshopped images using vintage photos, postcards or adverts dropping in Norman Reedus. This Johnson Motors Triumph ad is one such example, just needs his winged leather vest.

August 27, 2016

Dixon Dirt

Stormin’ Norman – Reedus that is, zombie hunter, crossbow wielder, and motorcycle rider. Likes his Triumphs as see here with a Hammarhead Jack Pine set-up scrambler. A decent scoot for haring around an undead populated Georgia.

August 26, 2016


Riding Dead – we’re binge watching our way through six seasons of The Walking Dead. The wandering ‘biters’ just don’t stop. Unless they have their heads cudgeled in, chopped off with a katana, of blown through with a 45. Here is actress Lauren Cohan who portrays Maggie Greene at some promotional event on a Triumph Scrambler. 

Daryl Dixon, (Norman Reedus) crossbow wielding Triumph Chopper rider looks on. Playboy bunnies are the backdrop. We shall continue over the weekend with Mr Reedus who likes his Brit Iron.

August 25, 2016

The Stars Look Down

Evening Ride – a truly pleasant venture up north as the dusk settled into dark. Scent of trees wafting across the road and peeping cateyes define the winding road ahead. Bike was running like the proverbial top. 

August 24, 2016

Saddle Up!

Hump Day – advert from seventies chopper magazine. When you need a break lush ride for yourself and the pillion then look no further than Chi-Town Products. 64 colors!

August 23, 2016

Lake Shore Drive

LSD – There’s a road I’d like to tell you about, lives in my home town

Lake Shore Drive the road is called and it’ll take you up or down

From rags on up to riches fifteen minutes you can fly

Pretty blue lights along the way, help you right on by

And the blue lights shining with a heavenly grace, help you right on by
And there ain’t no road just like it

Anywhere I found

Running south on Lake Shore Drive heading into town

Just slippin’ on by on LSD, Friday night trouble bound
And it starts up north from Hollywood, water on the driving side

Concrete mountains rearing up, throwing shadows just about five

Sometimes you can smell the green if your mind is feeling fine

There ain’t no finer place to be, than running Lake Shore Drive

And there’s no peace of mind, or place you see, than riding on Lake Shore Drive
And there ain’t no road just like it

Anywhere I found

Running south on Lake Shore drive heading into town

Just slicking on by on LSD, Friday night trouble bound
And it’s Friday night and you’re looking clean

Too early to start the rounds

A ten minute ride from the Gold Coast back make sure you’re pleasure bound

And it’s four o’clock in the morning and all of the people have gone away

Just you and your mind and Lake Shore Drive, tomorrow is another day

And the sunshine’s fine in the morning time, tomorrow is another day
And there ain’t no road just like it

Anywhere I found

Running south on Lake Shore drive heading into town

Just snaking on by on LSD, Friday night trouble bound.

Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah 1971

August 22, 2016

Rough Rider

Patina is Everything – I’d keep the surface finished and merely wipe them all down with an oily rag. Make sure there’s compression and the brakes work and shocks give a supple ride then this sled would be a fun beast to pound a dusty lane on. 

August 21, 2016

I’d like to buy the World a Coke

The Grand Hotel – back from a weeks much needed vacation touring Michigan. We spend a night at the much lauded establishment on Mackinac Island, where only hotlrses and bicycles are used for transport. I spied this vintage Coca Cola delivery bike in the the foyer in red paint and shiny bell. 

Oh, and the roads in Michigan are wonderful, I now need to plan a motorcycle trip there someday…

August 19, 2016

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Road Worthy – So, after checking carburetor slides are moving in synchronicity a timing light can flash to ensure ignition sparks fire correctly. The bike should sound like a Swiss Watch. Fill ‘er up and get out on the road youth!

August 18, 2016

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Two Thou in, Fout Thou out – cold engine for valve adjustments on the tappets. I listen for a barely audible tic-tac from the rockers. Also respirator filters to be clean. Carburetor tomorrow folks!

August 17, 2016

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Tighten Bolts – no use things being loosey goosey!

August 16, 2016

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Cable News- clutch adjustment today.