Archive for November, 2018

November 15, 2018

Mercury sinks

Snow Days – we had a brief flurry of winter weather today. A wee reminder that the coldest season will soon be upon us. This silver-grey ’52 Triumph Tiger T100 looks quite striking under a mantle of snow. Better get out the woolens!

November 14, 2018

Rally Tool – Tramontana: a tall desert sled with an attitude suitable for a Paris-Dakar odyssey. Fresh off the boards this race ready enduro machine is being spanked across the brutal terrain of the 1,242 mile PanAfrican Rally.

November 13, 2018

Curiosity is the lust of the Mind

Calvin & Hobbes – my favorite comic strip of ALL time is the wonderful adventures of a boy and his tiger. The world needs more insights of a curious six year old and his feline companion.

November 12, 2018


Excelsior! “You know, my motto is ‘Excelsior.’ That’s an old word that means ‘upward and onward to greater glory.’ It’s on the seal of the state of New York. Keep moving forward, and if it’s time to go, it’s time. Nothing lasts forever.” – Stan Lee 1922-2018

November 11, 2018

The Memory of Loss

Armistice- on this day One Hundred years ago saw the end of hostilities of The Great War. A global conflict whose influence ripples to this day. Tragic in outcome; it saw the loss of a generation through industrialized warfare, epidemic disease, boundary reconfiguration, and political & societal upheaval.

November 10, 2018

Big Choice

Richard Parker – Triumphs choice to call their rugged everyday models after Panthers tigris was a good one to promote their machine for worldwide distribution.

November 9, 2018


Chevron – we’ve arrived at the week end so here’s a Friday lass with a Triumph to cheer The World up. Dynamic framing of the subject; focal length choice for the overhead view angle; and shallow depth of field focus achieve an impeccable portrait.

November 8, 2018

Design Development

Concept Art – early sketch elevation of the modern 800 Tiger during development. The integrative body panels augment the tubular frame off which the dark three cylinder powerplant is suspended.

November 7, 2018


Vector – technical illustration of the Tiger. Nice lineweights for suitable definition.

November 6, 2018


Thing 1, 2, & 3 – A fun photo taken by Charley Boorman during a press release in Spring ’18 of the current Triumph Tiger 800 XCA. Three Moroccan kids enjoy the tall feline perch. Snowy Atlas Mountains beyond. This machine is a global travelers tool.

I had an almost constant layer of snow across my visor as we headed into the mountains…

November 5, 2018

Bonfire Night

Remember Remember – in 1605 Guy Fawkes and his Catholic conspirators were thwarted in their plan to blow up parliament. V for Vendetta, V for five, V or Victory. The Triumph Bonneville gains an extra gear in 1972 from four to five. They celebrated this added ratio with a Roman numeral V to the side panel decal.

November 4, 2018

On the Prowl

Lakefront View – the Tiger looking fine with Lake Michigan defining a level horizon beyond. The sun sets on summer time. Clocks changed and we’re into the longer dark evenings of winter time.

November 3, 2018

Lean left, lean right – repeat

Esses – A quick trip north to drop-in to a project job site gave me a chance to enjoy the continued color we’re experiencing this Fall. The winding part through Glencoe’s ravine is especially picturesque. Heated grips on!

November 2, 2018


Sunny Smile – someone’s girlfriend sitting astride their pride and joy. Late Thirties Triumph Speed Twin 5T with girder forks, rigid rear end and only available in the luscious amaranth red. These were in production until the 14 November 1940 when the German bombing of Coventry led to the destruction of the Triumph factory. An order of thousands of military spec 5T’s were destroyed as well as all of Triumph’s technical records, drawings and designs. Post War an updated 5T helped rebuild Triumph to become the worldwide leader for another couple of decades.

November 1, 2018

Naive Art – this piece is called Rosie’s Chopper by artist Stuart Swartz. Image statement:

“Here’s another whimsical painting of “Rosie”, this time proudly posing with her Triumph chopper. 
This image was painted in a neo ’70s style reminiscent of velvet art and model box illustration from that era.”