Archive for September, 2016

September 15, 2016

Trim Shape

Low Bars – I replaced the handlebars to a flatter profile Renthal motocross shape. Much better in looks and feels more steady. I’m not a fan of ‘sit-up-and-beg’ steering. The work table is making thing a treat to mess about with too! I also rode around the parking garage  columns in left and right figure eights. Getting  time on the saddle (or not when standing on the pegs!) in slow-mo.

September 14, 2016

Wandering Mind

Midweek Musings – September is the cusp of seasonal change when the balance of the summer heat begins to give way to a cooler autumn. Green abounds, hints of golden or red leaves, clear skies of fresh air. Enjoying rides during this time with a good running Triumph feeds the soul like an elixir.

September 13, 2016

The way ahead is your future

Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step; only he who keeps his eye fixed on the far horizon will find the right road.  Dag Hammarskjold

September 12, 2016

Trial by Dury

SSDT – our bloke Guy Martin took part in a pre65 course at the Scottish Six Day Trials on a typically damp April weekend earlier this year. He’s dabbing along on a nice Ariel 350 single. Boiler suit, mountain bike helmet and Dainese race boots complete the appearance.

September 11, 2016

Lean Left – Lean Right. Repeat

Favorite Roads – talking about the PCH yesterday inspired me to have a quick spin along a local road with sweeping corners. No Pacific sharing the curves, just some lagoons. But hey, you gotta get it where you can!

September 10, 2016


Pacific Time – the highway that skirts the coastline of California is, in my opinion, one of the greatest roads I’ve been on. Here’s a old sixties photo of some guys hanging out at Point Dume near Malibu. Better than Instagram. That’s a 1969 Ford LTD they’re leaning against.

September 9, 2016

Shangri Las

The Leader of the Pack – 

Mm–“Is she really going out with him?

“Well, there she is, Let’s ask her”

“Betty, is that Jimmy’s ring you’re wearing?”


“Gee, it must be great riding with him”

“Is he picking you up after school today?”


“By the way, where did you meet him?”

Bad Girl band composed of two pairs of New York sisters who in the sixties recorded this hit about teenage love and tragedy. The revving engine is some kind of English racer and the album cover has a biker aboard a big Matchless single. 

September 8, 2016

Bob’s Deli

Balmy evening – another cracking run on a late summer night through the leafy suburbs of the affluent North Shore. Quiet roads with none of the sluggish day or weekend traffic. An odd maple tree is turning color.

September 7, 2016

Van Life

White Van – the US precursor to the Transit: Ford Econoline. Ideal road trip conveyance in which you could haul your Moto to SoCal for the winter and enjoy the surf whilst basing yourself on the road. Nice immaculate late 60’s Bonnie too.

September 6, 2016

Red Chopper

Intrigue – I would really like to ride one of these stretch fork’d, low saddl’d, ape bar’d, red, red, red bobber chopper. Probably very particular in corners and surly over potholes but with a tightened belt, and steady throttle grip. It’s called Hard Knox


September 5, 2016

Crazy little thing called Love

Freddie Mercury- today he would have been seventy, impossible to fathom; forever seen as that exuberant performer who stole the worlds attention at Wembley in ’85 for LiveAid. I remember when this video would come on Top of the Pops and the big motorcycle playing a pivotal role in his leathered persona was impressive to an eight year old.

I gotta be cool, relax, get hip

And get on my track’s

Take a back seat, hitch-hike

And take a long ride on my motorbike

Until I’m ready (Ready Freddie)

Crazy little thing called love

September 4, 2016


Naught to Sixty – half of a decent Lzbor Day weekend ride earlier today. However the electrical gremlins woke up 40 mile out. Cut short Lake Geneva destination and sauntered back without lights. Nothing a strip of black tape can’t fix…

September 3, 2016


Home Straight – I might have said that before but I believe we’re out of the tunnel and enjoying the scenery. New muffler with chicanery mounted piping allows a few runs up and down the alley. New front brake shoes, sorted a catching throttle cable and the riding feels more plated. Still a little honing but nothing too serious. 

It was April 5 2013 when I picked up the frame and engine cases.. 

September 2, 2016

La Moto et la Femme

La Seine – 

Sur le pont des arts

Mon cœur vacille

Entre deux eaux

L’air est si bon

Cet air si pur

Je le respire

Nos reflets perchés

Sur ce pont
Upon the bridge

My heart does beat

Between the waves

We will be saved

The air we breathe

Can you believe?

Learn to forgive upon the bridge.

Vanessa Paradis

September 1, 2016

Drawn Line

AutoCAD – someone adept at the ubiquitous vector graphic drafting program created a clean side view of a featherbed framed Triton. Triton was Poseidon’s son – per yesterday’s post with his Trident.