Archive for ‘Design’

August 11, 2021

No Cars

Modern Take

– cleaner than a clock; a rather splendid oil-in-frame Triumph with ruby tank and polished cases. The light bronze frame is a special touch.

July 19, 2021

Skin Graffiti

Tattoo Wall

– Gorillaz bassist Murdoc Niccals gets up to no good street art in this body art scene.

July 11, 2021

Cats Whiskers

Tiger Tail

– I need to get a tail for the bike like this. Stripes too!

June 8, 2021

Tiger Cub

Cats Play

– this is like the crazy half hour in our house at about 10.30pm. The two cats tear around the house chasing each other like crazy dervishes.

June 3, 2021

Graffiti

Trident Town

– the new Triumph Trident has arrived in Chicago and have already sold out at Motoworks. I haven’t seen one in person yet, but will no doubt see one darting around the urban environment.

April 28, 2021

Prism

“There is no dark side of the moon really. Matter of fact it’s all dark.”

– Pink Floyd’s legendary album reached number 1 on this day in 1973 .

April 6, 2021

Lepus ssp.

Hare Rider

– lovely pencil illustration by artist Benedicte Waryn of a pre-unit Triumph chopper with a “hare-brained” owner. So much to like about the detailed drawing: from the clothing; to the custom bike; and the lush fur of the hare’s head.

March 27, 2021

Red Hot Chilli Pepper

Flaming Triumph

A red frame does look smart on an early seventies Bonneville. The large oil filled frame gives weight to the accent color.

March 11, 2021

Gran Turismo

Fastback

– slotting a two litre inline 6 into the Spitfires chassis and more streamlined bodywork from the Michelotti studio created a worthy competitor to the silo mar MGB GT. The Poor Man’s E-Type it has been called.

March 9, 2021

Codename Zest

TR4

– pure sixties design from Giovanni Michelotti in the shape of this compact sports car from the Triumph factory in Coventry. In red it looks like a firecracker.

March 8, 2021

Ragtop

The Stag

– another classic from Giovanni Michelotti’s drawing board. The 3l V8 Stag built between 1970 & 1978. This particular blue body color is impressed on my childhood memory.

March 7, 2021

In Anticipation of Good Tidings

Natty Dresser

– the Triumph cars certainly had their own vibe going on. One in particular was the Triumph Herald; a small two-door car made from 1959 to 1971. The body design was by the Italian stylist Giovanni Michelotti, and the car was offered in saloon, convertible, coupé, estate and van models, with the latter marketed as the Triumph Courier. This example has a fine green side body and room with white hood and wings. The blue skies with scudding clouds with verdant grass make me nostalgic for the warmer weather to come. I think we’ll revisit Michelotti designs this week.

January 28, 2021

Steam Driven Industry

Steampunk Kitty

– interesting illustration of a motorcycle riding cat in the Victorian retro-technology style.

December 12, 2020

Luminosity

Get Seen!

– Hi-Viz Orange for enhanced visibility of this racing Tiger. The short gloomy days of the winter solstice need an assistance to light up the retinal cones of other road users. The orange rims and spokes are particularly inspired.

November 4, 2020

Creative Cyclery

Captain Custom

– here is a selection of one-off builds based on the Hinckley twin. Whether it’s a tracker, military hack, cafe or desert sled one of these examples is sure to tickle your fancy.