Archive for September, 2016

September 30, 2016

Rocketry on Two-Wheels

Thruxton – of all the delicious motorcycles gathered together on Sunday the tastiest was the be Thruxton. It just looks superb and talking to some owners rides superb too. Someone had a British Racing Green color scheme that was sublime… But I do like the rocket-red one.

September 29, 2016

Throw Back Thursday

TBT – I know that less than a week has passed since the weekend ride, but some other people’s photos of the day are better ng published. I found a couple with me zooming by… Well that’s just neat!

September 28, 2016

Rogues rouge gallery

Black ‘n’ White & Red all over – more goodies spied at the weekend. A one lunged shark motif Suzuki grimacing down the road. The half century patina on an original complete Triumph Cub. The beautiful lines of a BSA A10 with stacked rifle emblem on the three cornered timing cover. And the L-twin Ducati which in this case included a bevel drive sight glass, polished tank completed the cafe style.

All good stuff.

September 27, 2016

Let’s Roll!

Crowds Garherng – a buffet breakfast was laid on by the folks at the Cobra Lounge. Bacon, sausage, eggs, pancakes and fruit. Fresh coffee from an oft topped up urn washed it down. 

I was putts my mom n the air of some Goodwood Festival mechanic type. Just needed a Morgan to work on in oily fashion. “Pass the Whitworth 3/8th spanner mate!”

September 26, 2016

Two Wheels Good


The bikers took over the City yesterday. Nearly 400 en masses snaked through the grid aligned streets. Horn blared, engines roared and pedestrians cheered. Everyone was smiling. 

September 25, 2016

Distinguished Gentlemans Ride 2016

Dapper – a great turn-out for the Chicago DGR on a warm September Sunday. Lots a great bikes with riders and many pillion dressed to the nines as a convoy of over three hundred went through The Loop, along Lake Shore Drive, had a quick stop at Holiday Club and back to the Cobra Lounge. My garb was overalls, shirt and tie, black Doc Martin brogues and white socks. 

September 24, 2016

Here we are now, entertain us

Nevermind – the  seminal album from the Seattle band that broke the mold and ushered in an angst ridden style and desensibility for the end years of a tired Twentieth Century. It turns 25 today. Kurt, Krist and Dave became a voice for the disenfranchised Gen X. I would turn it up to ’10’ and lie on the floor when getting home from my first ‘real’ job after collage. 

1966 Chrysler Newport in the garage of this ‘grunge’ band. 

September 23, 2016

The Boss

Born in the USA – 67 years ago today! New Jerseys voice and son: Bruce Springsteen who gave a pulse to the working mans plight in the Heartland. He’s enjoyed Triumphs since he was teen with a new guitar.

September 22, 2016

Nightmare Bloodbath

Biker Movie – one of the lesser known Outlaw Motorcycle Gang films from 1969 has a bunch of two-wheeled anarchist take to the highways on British Iron. 

The tag line is: “Vicious bikers go on a killing spree in the desert, causing would-be victims to seek grisly revenge.” 

Starring Russ Tamblyn better known as Riff leader of the Jets gang from West Side Story. In this vehicle he play leader ‘Anchor’. Violence ensues but bikes across a stark desert landscape add much needed respite.

September 21, 2016

Zig Zag Gal

Traffic Zapper – scooter traveler to carry out much needed shopping in a gridlocked urban environment. A very elegant lady in her a-line dress will be like Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday.

September 20, 2016

Beemer in the City

Goose Island – I spied this nicely set-up BMW 75/5 in the City this evening. Black on black. The Teutonic lines of the bicep cylinder’d motor look mean under the streetlight.

September 19, 2016


Hacking Family – cute snapshot of a sidecar driver and his passengers. Twin disc brakes up front help slow proceedings in modern traffic. Hey! I’ve seen a tank like that before! Fun abounds for all!

September 18, 2016

Marathon Air Ice

Brit Bikes in Porter Indiana – 7.30am start for a terrific outing around the bottom of Lake Michigan, through Gary and the Dune shoreline to Three Oaks MI. Roads for the most part were quite low trafficked, apart from LSD at the last lap of the return leg! 

September 17, 2016


Light Emitting Diode – swapped out my incandescent bulbs for low wattage high output LEDs today. Nice and bright with less draw off the battery; so now I can put a brighter halogen main beam in.

September 16, 2016


Dry Transfer Graphics – sheets of lettering, symbols and line work were used for crisp artwork before desktop publishing on computers. I remember rubbing down titles and labels letter by letter, or tracing fonts from the extensive catalogue. Here’s their motorcycle line work used for scale elevation or plan drawings. It’s all CAD Adobe Photoshop or a plethora of other graphics programs we use today. Now don’t get me started about Letratone or Letraline…