Archive for ‘Chicago’

November 19, 2019

Momme Moto

Black & White | I had to pick up my owners manual from Motoworks at the weekend. It gave me a chance to eye the current stable of Triumphs. This white Street Scrambler was a pearl shucked from the oyster that is the British motorcycle industry.

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…

October 27, 2019

Kodachrome moment

Golden Years | after torrential rain yesterday this morning awoke under crystal clear blue skies. This enabled further enjoyment of the colors that accentuate fall. Cool temperatures very first thing allowed me to use the grip warmers….

October 19, 2019

Leaf Turning

Autumnal Hues | good ride through the changing colors of a Midwest October. It got quite warm (70°F) at times but the air was refreshing.

October 12, 2019

J & R

Pet Tiger | I introduced my folks to the Triumph today. They’ve been visiting for a couple of weeks and had to go and see the green machine.

September 22, 2019

Atten-shun!

Line Up | A healthy looking range at the Triumph showroom in Motoworks shop. The current models are each worthy of the accolades they are receiving. One diamond jubilee Bonneville special looked particularly pleasing with polished engine covers and a pearly Union Flag wrapping the tank.

September 21, 2019

Urban Shenanigans

Scrambled Eggs | a semi adventure was undertaken today – Dean was trying to get a test ride at Motoworks on a demo special 2019 Triumph Scrambler 900 with an eye to buy. The latest all singing and dancing machine from Hinkley. But it had been snagged by another customer and they had failed to let Dean know this. No other models could compare with this deal. Hopefully another bike of the correct model and price will come along soon!

September 17, 2019

Square Sign

Shop Banner Sign | Blue logo with three stripe icon below it. Good clarity of branding easily seen at 1901 S Western Ave. Chicago. The three stripes hark back to Turner days and the tank badges of the fifties Speed Twins. The building motif is appropriate too: M.C. For motor-cycle.

August 27, 2019

Skyscraper Scenery

The City on the Lake | a selection of the fantastic images captured by my pillion Ali as we sped around the triathlon course. The skyline is a marvelous backdrop to such an event.

August 27, 2019

Kodachrome

Dolly Grip | the moto crew organizer Patrick kindly sent me this photograph yesterday that he captured as I was heading up the off ramp onto Lake Shore Drive with Ali the photographer aboard. Tomorrow I’ll upload a couple of the images Ali captured from the pillion stance.

August 25, 2019

Chi-Tri

Triathlon Triumph | What better steed to be on to offer vehicular support for the 36th Chicago Triathlon than a triple cylindered Tiger. Ten volunteer riders showed up under Lake Shore Drive at a coffee and donut fed 5am to give facility for race officials and photographers during the cycling portion of the iconic swim-bike-run endeavor. I had Ali, a Turkish photographer, as my pillion taking him around the course to memorialize the huge effort put in by the entrants. The weather was perfect (though the swim was cancelled due to unsafe lake conditions) and we all had a great time.

August 19, 2019

B&W

Out ‘n’ About | A good black and white photo reminds me of countless hours in chemical scented dark rooms trying to get the optimum negative exposure from the enlarger. Developer : Stop-Bath : Fix

“Do not enter” light on the door.

August 18, 2019

Bean Been

Coffee Stop | between the summer storms we managed a brief trip north for an iced java in Highwood. An occasional fresh breeze wafted up the lakefront ravines from Lake Michigan. Very pleasant.

July 14, 2019

Field and Sky

Besting the Summer Heat | A sharp start this morning whilst the cool air was still around. A low light angle picks out the rural landscape in stark contrasting shadows. A hayfield has been harvested and baled for fodder. The khaki hue of the Tiger sits comfortably in the countryside scene.

July 7, 2019

The Cat Purrs

The Single Step | today was the Tigers first true ride: a short 80 mile jaunt up to Zion IL and back through Lake Country. Impeccable manners and a joy to travel on; the prospect from the Corbin saddle is commanding and controls are all ‘at hand’.

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Chinese Proverb