Archive for ‘20’s’

August 1, 2017

Roof Crossing

Covered Bridge – a quick stop on the ride was to see this older creek crossing located at Long Grove just off Old McHenry Road. Steel plated tire tracks and a few roofing shingles missing, I had seen better days. It is a metal half-hip pin-connected Pratt pony truss. Built in 1925.

April 10, 2017

Le Moto Paris

Place de la Concorde – a vintage gathering Gallic style. As well as some older Citroen, Mercedes, deux chevaux there is the odd British bike. 

January 26, 2017

Newman’s Own

Fast cars and a smile – Happy Birthday Paul. He would have been 92 today.

December 23, 2016

A Bridge Too Far

Sixty Eight – a pair of freshly minted Bonneville’s with their owners under the delicately suspended span of the Mount Hope Bridge between Bristol & Portsmouth on Rhode Island across Narragansett Bay. Engineering marvel is a backdrop to a motorcycle marvel. The bridge opened in 1929 a decade or so before Ed Turners development of the parallel twin engined machines that would culminate in the classic 60’s Bonnie’s.

November 15, 2016


Sherlock jr. – Physical actor Buster Keaton can be regarded as one of the most revered actor directors in motion picture. His deadpan expression allowed viewers to read his emotions through pure movement. 

The motorcycle is a 1924 Harley Davidson JD. 

April 4, 2016

Need a light?

“Over There! The week ahead is just around the corner!” Here’s 20’s light entertainer Leslie Henson pointing the way with wife Madge Saunders acting as driver. Outfit is a late teens Douglas. 

June 20, 2015

Le rouge drapeu à damier

If you just so happen to be at the old banked racetrack in Montlhery France this weekend you could do a lot worse that go and see vintage racers haring around the velodrome. This years promotional poster is aptly graphic for a period event. Three color screen is just perfect! (Well a couple of other colors too) Red haired checker waver is suitably elegant. 

June 1, 2015

Chuck Yeagers ride

It is known that Ian Fleming, the creator of none other than James Bond 007, also wrote the children’s yarn Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. A tale about an inventor called Caractacus Potts who took his children on voyages of land, sea and air in their old rebuilt racing car with speedboat carriage work. Well if you’re going for a two-wheeled version then a period Triumpg Speed twin is a suitable candidate; rocket powered too. Not steam punk more rocket-punk. 50’s style technology. Hey I’ve just invented a new genre…

Looks like Leonardo would have been proud of those wings! I believe the front mudguard registration plate holder acts as the vertical stabilizer… (Aka pedestrian slicer)

Concept art by 

Side note: the original Chitty was a 20’s race car built by Count Louis Zbrowoski who used a Mercedes chassis with a 23 liter 6 cylinder aero Maybach engine…  

… Just add wings!  

March 14, 2013

A Fork in the Road

When men were men and roads were barely tarmacadam’d from the cobbled and dirt roads of yestercentury; there was a need to give some shock absorption to the steering proceedings. Otherwise anything above a running pace and the ‘bars would be whipped out of your gauntletted hands. Not Good. Unless you enjoy testing your Tweeds and cloth cap! Here’s the Coventry Company’s early efforts of a girder fork. Simple action, serviceable and met the needs of the expanding moto-denizens. Indeed Phil Vincent used this system on the classically sublime Vincent over its lifetime of much sought after models.


December 17, 2012

“If you’re not having fun, you’re doing something wrong.”

Rufus T. Firefly: “I’m in a hurry! To the House of Representatives! Ride like fury! If you run out of gas, get ethyl. If Ethel runs out, get Mabel! Now step on it!”

The Freedonia ruler in ‘Duck Soup’ along with the small kingdoms agent provocateurs Pinky and Chicolini use a ’26 Harley Davidson JS outfit to get about from escapade to escapade. These three are of course Groucho, Chico and Harpo – as well as straight man Zeppo. The silent one taking the reins of this ride.

“Hello, I must be going, I cannot stay,
I came to say, I must be going.
I’m glad I came, but just the same,
I must be going.”