Archive for ‘Chicago’

January 14, 2023

The Cats Whiskers

Music and Motorcycles

The poster for this years biker and band gathering in Chicago. A couple of streets in the Fulton Market district closed down for a long weekend for open air noise with Mods and Rockers. Something to look forward to! Be there or be square!

January 8, 2023

Half Litre History

Nifty Ninja

Another good find in the City yesterday. This was a Kawasaki 500 that some student at the University of Chicago must use as their runaround. I had one similar to this when I lived in London. Great twin engine powering a very useable bike. EX500 in the ‘States, GPZ500R in the UK

January 7, 2023

Stairway to Heaven

Lobby Lady

Spied on my walk from the office yesterday. Someone’s Triumph parked on a mid landing at a building entry. Keeping it warm in the chilly January Chicago days.

October 15, 2022

Color

Starved Rock

Marvelous autumnal ride to a State Park south of the City. A good 200+ miler through cityscapes, rolling cornfields, and coloring woods. Old bascule bridges and the penitentiary in Joliet, hawks aloft over the River bluffs. Splendid!

Joliet Penitentiary
October 1, 2022

Skyline Ride

Friday afternoon

My commute home took me along Wacker Drive that follows the Chicago River through the towering architecture of downtown Chicago. Setting sun light warms the upper floors of the Tribune Tower behind me.

September 30, 2022

Under the Tracks

Saint Asphalta

Lucky parking spot directly outside of the office in the West Loop. Friday traffic on the way home was slow and backed up. Otherwise a nice spin along LSD.

August 28, 2022

1.5-40-10

Chicago Triathlon motocrew

– another year volunteering as a member of the support team who carry race officials around the bike course. Looking for rule infractions such as drafting, earbud use, riding on the right ( the right is only for passing). A few CPD bikes were present on their shiny Harleys. It was a sharp start with a 5am meet for volunteer coordination.

August 14, 2022

Khaki

Military Verdant

The Tiger looking sharp against a nice green car. The RAF roundel befitting the natural hue. Overcast and drizzly ride to Zion. Nice greasy combo breakfast at Emily’s. Fresh coffee, eggs over easy, and pancakes.

August 6, 2022

Shadows

Parked Up

Enjoying the commute. My company has parking in a nearby ramp which is very convenient to take the Tiger down LSD (aka Jean Baptiste Point du Sable Lake Shore Drive). I came home via the Adler Planetarium promontory, which offers a marvelous view back to the City.

July 29, 2022

Lakefront Layover

Montrose Harbor

I took a quick stop at the Lakefront on my way home. The City skyline touching the waters edge with water whipping around under a half cloudy sky.

July 28, 2022

Loyola Corner

Legend

Taking the curve on Sheridan Road as it passes the seminary college on the lakefront. This lad is enjoying the sunset turn-in on his nineties black Triumph.

July 27, 2022

River Road

LaSalle Crossing

Hipster dude with turned up skinny jeans on his bobbed Bonneville along Wacker Drive. Little bit of mullet peeping under the edge of the open face helmet. Good scene.

July 19, 2022

Wet Weather Rider

We got hot weather everywhere

. And a spot of rain is called for. The extreme heat in the UK and Europe need the cooling effects of inclement weather. Having learned to ride in the rain I’m not shy to get out in the wet. You just need a little extra care on the corners or freshly rained upon roads. This motorcycle covered and parked in the City is ready for action dry or wet.

July 18, 2022

Purple Beech

Fire and Magma

A light cruiser from Honda’s lineup perched against a city curb. heavy shade from a purple leaves beech tree.

July 17, 2022

Bark at the Sky

Stop

– an adept 400 twin from the Honda stable mid 80’s. This was spied in my ‘hood Rogers Park.