Archive for ‘Engineering’

July 1, 2020

Technical Lines

Rotring

– some nice old engineering elevations and plans of a few of the cars built by Triumph in the seventies. I can envision the rows of draughting tables with sheets of vellum and tall stools.

June 21, 2020

Paw Broon

Generational Learning

Early memories are being shown by my father how to accomplish dexterous tasks such as repairing a flat, wiring a plug, hammering a nail or drilling a hole. It gave me the confident enthusiasm to take on tasks needing a mechanical ken or practical gumption.

May 16, 2020

How well do I know my motorcycle?

Knowledge is Power!
May 12, 2020

Smithy

Portable Forge

The blacksmith was history’s mechanic and tire shop. They shod horses, fabricated machinery and repaired tools. With the advent of the internal combustion engine they had to adapt to newer technologies. This blackie has utilized a motorcycle combination to haul around a portable forge with anvil. You can hear the ring of the heavy ball peen hammer.

April 5, 2020

Reading

Tsundoku

It means buying books and letting them pile up unread. The word dates back to the very beginning of modern Japan, the Meiji era (1868-1912) and has its origins in a pun. Tsundoku, which literally means reading pile, is written in Japanese as 積ん読.

March 7, 2020

Supporting Role

Center Stand

– I installed a component that should have been factory standard. But I got it for a deal and bolted it on mysen. Easier said than done that’s for sure… the access to some of the fasteners was colored by choice cursing.

February 26, 2020

Orbital Muscle

Rocketship

The new Triumph Rocket Three is a behemoth in person. And, it looks the part if escape velocity is your goal. 2 1/2 liters of beastly engine will propel this speed demon through the stratosphere. Chuck Yeager would be proud!

January 28, 2020

Heavy Fuel

Monster Truck | A couple of years ago Triumph USA toured their adventure bike Tiger models across the country using this heavy brute of a vehicle. Called the Atlak it drove from Atlanta to Alaska and parts between.

November 18, 2019

Man Cave

Winter Projects | with the oncoming off-season approaching I need to get the garage space organized. With limited space careful planning will ensure efficiency. A leaking roof needs to be addressed too.

October 14, 2019

Join us in our revolt Brother!

Factory Floor | journalistic photograph from the mid-seventies on the assembly line at Meriden. This was when the workers had a sit-in and production ground to a halt. A guttering flame.

October 9, 2019

Rotring

Technical Tracker by Triumph | accurate linework in this engineering illustration of a fast looking oval dirt machine.

September 16, 2019

Luddite not I

Technology | Now that we are well into the Twenty First Century everything gets fettled with Apps (applications). The Tiger being such a technologically inclined machine you can plug in your laptop with an ECU reader and delve into the program gubbins. Here the throttle bodies can be balanced – a far cry from balancing a pair of Amal carbs! Error codes checked, service intervals set, ABS brakes bleeding, sensor readings, instrument testing… it’s magical!

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

July 17, 2019

Mirrored Moon

On Reflection | all photography releases by NASA shows how beautiful the ventures into space truly are. The LM Eagle reflecting the cratered surface is like a delicate Faberge egg balanced over a rugged plain.