Archive for ‘70’s’

May 24, 2023

We don’t need another hero


What a voice and charismatic presence the indefatigable Ms Turner had. Stretching from the 50’s into the 21st Century her impact in the music industry was colossal. She was also a motorcycle rider. A favorite bike being an Electra Glide HD. Though here is a younger gal with a sixties BSA.

Tina Turner RIP (1939-2023)

April 17, 2023

Breathe Easy

Fresh Air

Is one of the benefits of riding motorcycles. This TV commercial was for an asthma medication Fasenra, utilizing an old Triumph 750 being uncovered in a garage and ridden out along a sunny road.

April 5, 2023

Pontiac Muscle

‘70 GTO

Bottle green with a V8 Big Block good for 500 lb ft of torque and 360 horsepower. Spied on Devon Avenue on my drive home. “Mid-size” in its day! Loverly, just.

April 1, 2023


Bloody Sore Arse

BSA through the woods. A hippy couple take a trip under leafy boughs, fifty years ago. The cover of a parts catalogue.

April 1, 2023


Bloody Sore Arse

BSA through the woods. A hippy couple take a trip under leafy boughs, fifty years ago. The cover of a parts catalogue.

March 31, 2023

Pineapple Posing

Fresh Air and a Smike

Hardtail chopper using a pre-unit Triumph motor is photographed like a prized possession. Bikini clad model says its two-wheeled summer fun ahead. Weather is improving here in the Midwest and a Sunday ride is planned. Pina Colada anyone?

March 12, 2023

Cut from a Different Cloth

Ooh, you are awful, but I like you.

Such was the catch phrase of comedian Dick Emery, whose ribald humor was very much of its day. He was also an avid motorcyclist riding big powerful machines such as this Kawasaki, BMW R90’s and Honda 750’s.

March 8, 2023

Red Bob

White Wall

Rigid with springy saddle. But a tooth rattler no doubt. Bright fire engine red and Hunt mag’d ignition. Long smooth roads through the high desert. Not for urban pothole rich streets.

March 2, 2023


Liter Lump

Sweet power from the classic in-line four from Kawasaki. Engineering art if there is such a thing.

February 27, 2023

Man Activated by Compu-puncture Hyperpower

John Probe

A direct ripoff of the Six Million Dollar Man was introduced in 2000AD. A secret agent with computer brain implants strengthened by acupuncture. Wizard boffins in MI6! Here he chases a terrorist riding a Triumph Trident. Hmm, the belligerent is firing the Uzi with his throttle hand.

February 26, 2023


Comic Creation

46 years ago today this published collection of futuristic stories burst onto the newsagents shelves. I was just 6 at the time but the fabulous artwork was an amazing feature that I loved looking at. Dan Dare, Flesh, Invasion, MACH 1, and the Harlem Heroes. Joined by Judge Dredd in Prog 2. I still have the early profs; now threadbare after numerous readings.

February 24, 2023

Long Legged

Capt’n Blighty

Some special treatment to this Triumph. The Acme custom parts catalogue was ransacked to fettle this beauty. Of its time.

February 12, 2023

Big Greet Caddy

When boats roamed the roads.

Wa introduced to a friends old car last evening. Tucked away in a nice garage space in the suburbs of the Twin Cities. Pulling the dust cover back revealed a large American car from the early seventies. A behemoth of a convertible with massive 8.2liter v10 engine. Long trunk and matching interior. I was told it rides as smooth as a cloud.

February 4, 2023

Supersonic Seat

Mach 2

Agreement in Union – Concorde. Developed from early studies in the fifties, joint collaboration between the British and French in the sixties, first flight in ‘69 and into service late 70’s. Sadly way ahead of the worlds travelling needs and retired in ‘03. The cockpit was extremely complex requiring a pilot, copilot and engineer. Maintaining a cruise speed of 1,347mph at 60,000’ takes a special machine that needs constant oversight.

December 30, 2022

Anarchy in the UK

Punk is Dead

Long live Punk! Dame Vivienne Westwood (1941-2022) passed away yesterday. Heralding the punk scene in 70’s London, along with Malcolm McLaren (r), for a disenfranchised youth who needed a music and fashion scene to reflect the counterculture lifestyle they were exploring . As well as safety pins, ripped t-shirts, tartan and outspoken graphics, the leather biker jacket was also utilized.

“You’ve got to invest in the world, you’ve got to read, you’ve got to go to art galleries, you’ve got to find out the names of plants. You’ve got to start to love the world and know about the whole genius of the human race. We’re amazing people.”