Archive for ‘Motorcycle Poster’

April 29, 2021

Appreciation Amplified

Satisfaction Guaranteed

– cool old advertising poster for Triumph. The chap with the cigarette is envious of the motorcycle owner.

March 16, 2021

Dr Katanga

Bike Cop

– 1973 film The Limit was written, directed and starred Yaphet Kotto, who died yesterday. Known as the bad guy in Live & Let Die and chief engineer on the Nostromo in Alien.

IMDB: In Los Angeles, black motorcycle police officer Mark Johnson patrols gang-infested neighborhoods with his white partner and best friend, Jeff McMillan. One afternoon, Mark has a run-in with a gang known as The Virgins, whose leader, Big Donnie, is taken aback by the policeman’s understanding, dignified demeanor despite the gang’s constant derision. When Mark advises Donnie not to continue to allow his heavily pregnant girl friend, Judy, to ride a motorbike, the gang leader agrees. Later, after Donnie actively seeks Mark out for advice, the Virgins’ second-in-command, Kenny, reacts with outrage.

January 2, 2021

Winter Fun!

Skiing, Sweaters and a Scooter

– Alpine scenery under a bright mountain sun and the promise of schnapps. The black and red offset printing is evocative of a fifties lifestyle.

November 28, 2020

Antipodean Antics

Summer Gatherin’

– with the Southern Hemisphere heading into the warmer season they’ll be enjoying outdoor events sooner. The Kiwi’s have been undertaking controlled measures with COVID-19 so I’m sure there will be distancing and mask wearing protocol.

November 27, 2020

Under a Tudor Crown

Ministry of Information

– motivational quotes can inspire confidence and achievement. Or, they can just tell you to go out and ride!

September 3, 2020

Invention

Science & Technology

– the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behaviour of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment. This publication has been in circulation for nearly 150 years so undoubtedly there has been various suggestions for the improvement of motorcycles. The tracked adventure bike looks particularly intriguing.

June 20, 2020

The Middle

Smack Dab

We’ve reached the halfway point of 2020. A memorable year so far. Let’s see how we get out of this… me might need to make a stunt jump through the fourth wall!

April 28, 2020

Long Way Down

Before Ewan & Charley

… back in the fifties Mr G G Evans rode his Triumph Thunderbird through Europe and on through North Africa, along the Suez and down into South Africa. I wonder if this journey was inspiration for Ted Simon fifteen years later as Jupiter?

March 12, 2020

Art Deco

Poster

– imagery by Italian graphic designer, and latter Olivetti chief designer, Marcelo Nizzoli from 1925 for Fabrique National F/N – Belgian arms manufacturers who also built motorcycles. A smooth ride indeed if the pillion lady can put on her lipstick whilst the shadowy rider tears along the lanes of Flanders

January 16, 2020

Air Guitar

Fender | the music of the motorcycle. A Jaguar electric guitar hooned around on a Tiger.

December 8, 2019

delta V

Red Rocket| space age advertising for a Twenty One.

September 23, 2019

Ads

39 Years Ago | Recently my family acquired a stack of old Classic Bike magazines from the Eighties. A few made it back to the States from our recent trip to Scotland. Here’s a typical classified back page where information on parts, repair, sales were a key part of vintage motorcycle restoration and maintenance. Remember this is a generation before the all seeing and doing InterWeb. The monthly magazines were essential reading for the enthusiast.

August 13, 2019

High Performance

One Hundred & Seventeen – I saw this banner draped off a wall at Motoworks last weekend.

May 19, 2019

How fast are you gonna run?

Grand Prix | 1947 Triumph Tiger fettled and trimmed for speed. Perfect side elevation illustration in period airbrushed monochromatic.

April 24, 2019

Off the beaten track

‘ump Day | ‘bike is parked up; pyramid tent erected; Primus stove lit and brew on the go; time to light up and perch my’sen on this crag edge. Look up magazine advertisements for Camel Lights “It’s a whole new world” and you’ll see this adventurer getting up to all sorts in the wild corners of the world – whilst making sure his tabs are close at hand…