Archive for April, 2018

April 15, 2018

Engineering Drawing

Technical Lines – side elevation of a racing spec Triumph T120TT. Reminds me of a draughting table, set square, and 0.15, 0.25, 0.5 & 0.7 Rotring drawing instruments.

April 14, 2018


Smart attire – Motorsports photographer Don Morley looks seriously dapper with his Trials Norton. His career capturing action of two and four wheels is legendary. Being an author his several books surveying classic British motorcycles are also considered legend. A lifelong trials rider he obviously enjoyed life behind the handlebars as well as a professional one behind the viewfinder.

April 13, 2018

Fifty Seven

Beach Body – surf breaks along a sun-kissed sandy coastline whilst a one-piece swimsuited gal poses coyly astride a pre-unit Triumph sled.

April 12, 2018

To ride a rocket into the Dark

Star Man – today marks the 57th anniversary of Colonel Yuri Gagarin’s flight into space.

Poyekhali!Let’s go!

April 11, 2018

Sand optional

Hump Day – need to lead your dromedary down the highway? No problem; the camel driver just scoots ahead of their utilitarian ungulate and they trot along quite attently.

April 10, 2018

Po-po on a moto

Police Steed – bobby on a Beeza. When British motorcycles reigned supreme the local forces used the best of ’em to get along the road with speed. Nice monochrome ink painting advert with a happy sergeant copper swinging his police boots over an A10 escorting some VIP no doubt.

April 9, 2018

Guerrillero Heroico

Che – standing in proud resolution as if photographed by Alberto Korda, who captured the famous Ernesto Guevara image, this Triumph Cub evokes its mid Century heritage. The black headlight nacelle is elegant engineering against the steel blue tank.

April 8, 2018

Five Corbies

Five Crows – companions on a ride. Appropriately a Triumph 6T Thunderbird. The linocut is quite perfectly composed, with the necessary dark and light creating the image beautifully. The crow is one of my favorite birds; intelligent, curious, blue black plumage as dark as a storm. From the capable artisan hands of Matylda Mcilvenny from Sweden. See her work at the Etsy shop GoneUndoneSthlm.

April 7, 2018

Who do you think you are kidding Mr Hitler?

Dad’s Army – classic BBC comedy from the seventies. Currently being repeated on Netflix; well written, and superbly acted. Captain Mainwaring and his second in command Sergeant Wilson in charge of the Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard which includes Lance Corporal Jones, Privates Frazer, Walker, Godfrey and Pike…

April 6, 2018


Tat’s a nice motorbike- late sixties Bonnie laid up outside an Inking establishment. Lifetime Tattoo is a parlor located in Denver so our Coloradan ‘Lydia’ enjoys mile high biking of the British kind.

“Lydia, oh! Lydia, say have you met Lydia

Oh! Lydia, the tattooed lady

She has eyes that folks adore so

And a torso even more so

Lydia, oh! Lydia, that “Encyclopedia”

Oh! Lydia, the Queen of tattoo

On her back is the Battle of Waterloo

Beside it the Wreck of the Hesperus too

And proudly above the waves

The Red, White and Blue

You can learn a lot from Lydia…”

Attorney J. Cheever Loophole

April 5, 2018

Moto Parameters


Make Model

Triumph Trident T150 750


1968 – 70


Tansverse three cylinder, pushrod OHV, 2 valves per cylinder


741 cc / 45.2 cu in

Bore x Stroke

67 x 70.5 mm

Compression Ratio



Air cooled


Dry sump


3 x 26 mm Amal MK1 carburetors


Individual points & coils



Max Power

58 hp @ 7250 rpm


4 Speed, constant mesh

Final Drive


Gear Ratios

1st 13.00 / 2nd 9.00 / 3rd 6.64 / 4th 5.26:1


Single downtube, duplex cradle


Telescopic fork, hydraulic


Swingarm, dual shocks

F Brakes

8 in TLS drum

R Brakes

7 in TLS drum

Front Tyre

3.25-19, Dunlop K70

Rear Tyre

4.10-19, Dunlop K70


Length: 86.0 in

Width:   33.0 in

Height:  43.5 in


56.3 in

Ground Clearance

6.5 in

Seat Height

32 in

Dry Weight

460 lbs


5.0 US gal / 4.2 Imp gal

Top Speed

105 mph

April 4, 2018

Chocks Away

WAAF – Women’s Auxiliary Air Force, furthering our WW2 flight theme look at this tiger gaped Bonneville. Jerry can pannier is a appropriate detail, and the big wartime yellow ringed roundel seals the deal. As they say: ” Smoke me a kipper, I’ll be back for breakfast!”

April 3, 2018

Wings & Wheels

Air Force Blue – here’s what the pilots would have used to tear across the airfield to get to their aircraft and take off to fight against the Luftwaffe. A BSA M20 in splendid condition sitting under the wing of a Hawker Hurricane.

April 2, 2018

Remember to lean into the corner

Mike the Bike – born this day in 1940 Mike Hailwood went on to become one of the most naturally talented road racer of all time. As well as a maestro at GP in all sized engines he could also beat the best of ’em at the Isle of Man TT. His 1978 comeback for the Senior TT is the stuff of legend. Mike looks most comfortable as pillion to James Bond Film actress and ’69 Miss World Eva Rueber-Staier on a Triumph motorcycle. photo taken at Thruxton, UK, on 1st August 1971

He was awarded the George Medal for bravery after pulling Clay Regazzoni from his burning F1 car at the S Africa Grand Prix in 1973.

April 1, 2018


Royal Air Force – turns 100 today. From beginnings during The Great War, through protection of various Empirical Territories it revealed its true strength in the skies over England during The Battle of Britain where, in Churchill’s words “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few,”