Archive for ‘Bobber’

May 5, 2020

Scaled Down

Plum

Well detailed model Triumph bobber. Propped next to a fifty five gallon oil drum.

April 15, 2020

A Caper

The Muppets

– The wonderful felted creations from genius Jim Henson was a regularly watched TV show in the late seventies. Made for kids but written for adults. Gonzo’s antics; Fozzy Bears insecurities; Miss Piggy’s ego; and Kermit’s gregarious verdance.

April 8, 2020

Correct- Amun’s o

The Fonz

– great image of Arthur Fonzarelli on his TR5 Triumph bobber in Al’s Diner parking lot.

February 28, 2020

Graveyard Shift

Vincent Priceless

Friday night was typically late night horror films on my 6” B&W TV. Under the bed sheets with a mono headphone I’d watch such classics as Dracula or the Wolfman. here our Friday lady on a bobbed classic Triumph in a graveyard… in monochrome.

January 6, 2020

Under the palm

Winter | About this time in Chicago ones mind wanders to the warmer days sometime in the distant future. Under a blue sky sittin’ on a bobbed Bonnie you need to wear a black exposing armfuls of tattoos. A beard, yes you need to grow a beard.

November 16, 2019

Painted Horse

16th St | we were exploring the near South Side and the extensive murals along some railway embankments. Glinting under the clear skies was this rust edged vee twin parked up. The Hayburner was a Bonanza episode where Hoss and Adam buy a Thoroughbred and find themselves competing with Little Joe for the Virginia City Sweepstakes. Or it could just be the slang for a second rate racehorse…

August 28, 2019

Woman Strong

Racer, metal fabricator, mechanic, TV personality Jessi Combs was killed while trying to push the envelope for a women’s speed record. She died tearing across a dry lake bed in Oregon in her rocket powered car at over 400mph. A strong talented person, she was an encouraging inspiration to girls and women nationwide. RIP Jessi Combs (1980-2019)

August 2, 2019

Pork

Bacon | Hogs can be other bikes too! Here’s a perfectly well engineered custom machine which has an adapted 3 cylinder Diesel engine that can be run on bacon grease. This was commissioned by Hormel Foods who make Spam.

Watch it in action here: Black Label Bacon Motorcycle

June 22, 2019

Two Wheels Good

Motoblot | The annual pilgrimage to Chicago’s main open air motorcycle gathering was had today. Weather cooperated after stormy forecasts. Plenty to look at amongst the offering. The KZ900 in sparkly brown and oranges was a notable example; as was a display of the Danish in-line 4 workpony’s Nimbus.

June 18, 2019

Bolt from the Sky

Lightning | The evening sun gave a stark outline to this brat-Bob Yamaha spied in a Home Depot parking lot. Somebody is obviously having fun out there! I bet it grunts like a mongrel straining at the leash.

March 25, 2019

For want of a spade

Kustom Kat |For over five decades the custom motorcycle scene has been dominated by one name Arlen Ness. He passed away over the weekend leaving a void in the genre. Taking the laid-back Californian attitude and rebuilding bikes into crazy vestiges of their former self he would use mostly Harley Davidson’s to create multitudes of choppers, bobbers, and, like this Triumph, diggers. This latter style was a needle thin profile with stretched out forks – highly impractical but look beautiful. Arlen Ness 1938-20019 RIP

February 8, 2019

14 Holers

Oxblood Docs – whizzing hardtail bobber being piloted by a bandana masked gal who wears jeans under her skirt. Badass! A Wild Cat indeed! Old time Triumph twin motor with a surefooted attitude.

May 8, 2018

Jake’s Auto

Dempster Street – passed a couple of parked American bikes as I drove between job sites today. Hefty Milwaukee Iron owned by garage mechanics. Well, when you spend all day crammed under an automobile, swingin’ your leg over a motorcycle at the end of the day is a perfect antidote.

April 25, 2018

Three deaf men

Windy today! No it’s Thursday! So am I, let’s have a drink! A sunny antipodean outlook is set off with some competition winner who takes home a spangly new Triumph Bobber.

Remember it’s Hump-Day so…

April 24, 2018

Where was basketball invented?

Springfield MA – I spied this current model Indian Scout at the weekend. I really dig its lines, detail and character. If I had a Bobber it would be one of these. Tan leather saddle looks the business with the bronze tank badge.