Archive for May, 2017

May 16, 2017

When the Bike comes in.

The Days Catch – An all washed up, seaweed covered, rusted, beach combers find. This old sea-dog of a Triumph Cub rests on a pebble beach after some marine journey. The engine, tank and seat must have been liberated by Poseidon, though the tires may have given some buoyancy ‘neath the waves.

May 15, 2017

Roadside Maintenance 

There’s a’wys summat! When your machine is reaching half a century in age even a 100 mile jaunt can uncover a mechanical snafu. Here Dean finds that the small timing pin plug behind the cylinders decided to jump ship somewhere between Glencoe and Antioch. Upsetting pressure and spewing a fine mist of oil onto the frame he had to get a 1/2″ bolt from a Napa auto parts store to make a temporary fix.

Knowing your bike inside and out means these impromptu repairs just delay an otherwise smashing weekend ride… 

May 14, 2017

Weekend Goal

Sunday Best – a glorious day to be out on two wheels. 70’s with clear blue skies and not to busy roads. A couple of lesser travelled routes for variation and a coffee stop in Antioch (we didn’t see Brother Maynard and his Holy Hand-grenade…) . I’m sportin’ my new tee from Bryan Thompson. Bike running pretty good though the return leg had a ten mile section of 15mph Sunday drivers… it’ll drive yer bonkers!

May 13, 2017

Shoot!

Blow Up – another frame from yesterday’s photo-shoot. This time the photographer comes into focus. Like Michaelangelo Antonioni’s masterpiece from the sixties I cropped in closer to see if a murder had taken place… 

May 12, 2017

Nikon ready

Furious Filly – in the grounds of some manor house a glamorous gal shows off her pair of go-go boots. Her pew is the unrealized Triumph Bandit, also known as the BSA Fury, a 350 contender for a mid-sized ton-capable machine planned to go against Honda’s three fifties. Alas, not to be. Though it makes good modeling props…

May 11, 2017

Don’t hold your breath…

A Quarter Litre – the diminutive and underwhelming Trophy seen here in period advertisers garb. It’s held aloft with a banner of circus show exhuberance. How many different fonts can you spy? 

May 10, 2017

Weekend Goals

Midweek Blues – wish I was out on the road taking the Bonnie for a spin. Busy work means I need to wait until the weekend to get some wind to blow the old cobwebs out.

May 9, 2017

100 Years Ago


Red Cross – A serious young medical sargent on his 1917 Triumph. Agile enough to zip along behind the lines ensuring critical supplies get to where they were critically needed. 

May 8, 2017

Speed Silica

Frank – plump ‘n’ knobbly shod dune-bustin’ Triumph Speed Triple sat in repose under a clear sky ready for a romp in the sand. 

May 7, 2017

One for the Vine

Sunny Sunday Outing – though the air was chill, beautiful clear blue skies, blooming crabapples & redbud lining the roads, and a diner stop in Zion halfway on the ride made up for the fresh lakefed breeze.  

May 6, 2017

Roond an’ Roond

Flat Track – oval dirt aboard a stout tire’d Triumph Cub. Steel toe down on the inside bends and a death grip on the bars. Wrong the throttles neck and hold on!

May 5, 2017

Dame Rider

Pink Lady – Proud Helen Kiss Main on a her delightfully colorful Indian Scout. She was the first treasurer and one of the first 51 charter members of Motor Maids the oldest continually operated women’s motorcycling organization established in 1940.

(Bike make and model corrected)

May 4, 2017

“Look sir, moto’s.”

These aren’t the bikes you’re looking for. Here’s trooper TR-595 aboard his Speed Triple on an Empries errand. Today is Intergalactic Star Wars Day ‘May the Fourth”.

May 3, 2017

The Bee’s Knee’s

Blood of Life – this gorgeous lively Norton Commando turned up on the ever fruitful interweb. It’s a smasher! Enough suitable upgrades to make it a very useable tool on today’s roads.

May 2, 2017

City Gent

Bowler Hat & Cane – how else are you going to scoot about like a gentleman on your Bonneville. Silk scarf ready to fly like a pilots pearly white neck warmer. Smart rider gets appreciative nods from other bikers.