Archive for September, 2018

September 14, 2018

Don’t lose your pillion!

Hang On! Make sure your lassie keeps a good hold of you!

It reminds me of an old folk song we sang at school:


I’ve been to Haarlem, I’ve been to Dover,

I’ve traveled this wide world all over.

Over, over, three times over.

Drink all the brandywine and turn the glasses over.

Sailing east, sailing west,

Sailing over the ocean.

Oh, you’d better watch out when the boat begins to rock,

Or you’ll lose your girl in the ocean.

September 13, 2018

Gan canny!

Pitmatic – a motorcycle shop in the fifties on Station Road in the North East mining village of Ashington. Proper Geordie Bikers!

September 11, 2018

Words of Support


September 10, 2018

Pilots Seat

Cockpit – flight ready is how the Tigers controls look to be. Perfect upright perch to view the world from. Wide bars offer superb control in a natural stance for my long arms. Easy to reach buttons, and clear instruments. The Garmin navigator completes highway needs ($15 on eBay!).

September 9, 2018

North Flight

Tony Tiger – it’s G-R-E-A-T! Fun ride up north with a regulation brunch at Emily’s in Zion. Le Corbeau behaved impeccably.

September 8, 2018

Naked Mountain

Alpine Style – back in the Fifties, what was considered the Golden Age of mountaineering, those from the continental stomping grounds were considered the best. Here (right) is Hermann Buhl who took his experience from the Tyrol to the greater ranges of the Himalaya becoming one of the first to summit Nanga Parbat an 8000’er solo and in lightweight alpine style. Many climbers have used motorcycles to get to and from their cliff faces and peaks… me? I used to hitch rides to the crag.

September 7, 2018


Rita Nebraska – Lauren Hutton takes on a perfect pose with this track’d Bonneville. She starred with Robert Redford and Michael J Pollard in the 1970 comedic drama Little Fauss & Big Halsy flick about motorcycle racing. With her distinctive gap-tooth grin she still models into her seventies.

September 6, 2018

Dueling Banjos

The Bandit – 70’s actor Burt Reynolds passed away today at the age of 82. His breakout role in ’72 was in the acclaimed John Boorman film Deliverance, pictured above. His other notable character was Bo “Bandit” Darville in Smokey & the Bandit, a goofy car chase film set across middle America involving truckers, police, bikers and a high power Pontiac Grand Am.

September 5, 2018

River Crossing

Rain – been wet weather of late… looks like Tigers can swim… photo from the antipodean NSW launch where reviewers took the XC through its paces in the gnarly bush.

September 4, 2018


The Eye of the Tiger –

“Risin’ up, back on the street

Did my time, took my chances

Went the distance, now I’m back on my feet

Just a man and his will to survive

So many times, it happens too fast

You trade your passion for glory

Don’t lose your grip on the dreams of the past

You must fight just to keep them alive

It’s the eye of the tiger, it’s the thrill of the fight

Risin’ up to the challenge of our rival

And the last known survivor stalks his prey in the night

And he’s watchin’ us all with the eye of the tiger”

September 3, 2018

Pale Sands

Manticore: The White Tiger. Back in ’14 a pair of stock Triumph Tiger 800XC’s were fettled to take part in the Baja 1000. Both prepped by Motoworks in Chicago; one being piloted by shop owner Johnny Scheff. Though up against more purposeful off-road motocross bikes these middleweight managed to make the finish line.

Manticore was the white tiger that Siegfried & Roy used in their Las Vegas Show…

September 2, 2018


Dusty Cat – we still have some late summer heat here. Temperatures in the 90’s today. That would make for clouds of dust thrown up by a speeding Tiger.

September 1, 2018

Drowned road trip

Wash Out- on our drive out of Chicago today for a weekend in Cleveland Ohio we encountered a flooded West Loop causing a 2 hour back up. We needed the Tiger with its long legs to splash through the deluge.