Archive for ‘Toy Motorcycle’

December 6, 2018

I want a sumsun

Geordie Tradition – growing up in the North East of England one of the highlights of the season was a trip to Newcastle to see the window display at Fenwick’s department store. Several windows were set up in a theme of mechanical marvels. This year they bring to life The Snowman, that Raymond Briggs character introduced to British Christmas culture forty years ago. This photo has the frosty character haring across a winter scene on some red tanked motorcycle. A point of note for this image: Greggs is a bakery popular with Geordies for meat pasties and stottie cake sarnies… they reversed their Northumberland Street shop sign so when reflected in Fenwick’s window it would read correctly… cunning marketing!

April 21, 2018

Play Well

LEGO – a brick set from the mid seventies just when I was taking notice of motorbikes. Not bad when there was limited styles of pieces.

January 9, 2018

Toy Motorbike

Tinman – clockwork motor wound up with a small key. These brightly colored toys are fun to look at; both the illustrated mechanics as well as the riders clothing. Some original examples can reach prices like a real motorcycle… my favorite is the couple riding smartly on the top right.

January 2, 2018


LEGO – brick by brick here’s an accurate model Triumph Rocket Three. Mostly recognizable pieces put together with typical assembly methods. It would make a cool kit.

June 19, 2017

Toy Motorcycle 

Britains – nice period catalogue spread from the early seventies. I just need the pair on the Lambretta scooter for my collection. 

May 31, 2017

Airfix or Bust!

B.S.A. Scaled – just finished this little Tamiya BSA M20 model kit. First one I’ve built for thirty odd years. 1:35 scale with darned small waterslide transfers. I have the rider and bike in courier colors but this would have been the model my grandfather rode across North Africa during WW2. Next throwback hobby: balsa Spitfire!

December 29, 2016

Moto-Cross Kid

Start ’em Young! My nephew, Ben, has just acquired his first motorbike. A little pit bike with knobbly tyres, wide bars, springy suspension, and a kick-start. All good things for fun on two-wheels. Plenty of green lanes and muddy fields in the Borders to get clarty. I can hear the engine ring and smell the two-stroke from here… 

October 20, 2016

Single Moto

Throwback Thursday- here’s an example of the wee 250 Trophy I bought when first arriving in the US back in ’98. Decent tool to scoot about the City, finding my way around, got my US drivers license on it too! About as much power as a wind-up toy; but Lake Shore Drive was mighty fun on it!

October 1, 2016


Top Trump – Top Triumph – classic schoolyard card game of seeing which specification of different collections of vehicle match against each other. Aircraft, ships, cars, military, commercial, racing. I had a set of racing motorcycles and fighter jets.

August 13, 2016

Just missing the BMW racing combination

Britains – these were my favorite toys growing up. The perfectly sized and detailed motorcycles from the century old die-cast toy manufacturer. All of my childhood bikes either broke (in my quest for how things were put together), or were lost. These are more recent EBay acquisitions.

July 21, 2016

Ralph Mouse

The Mouse that Roared! Kids love a good story of adventure and action whereby the underdog makes good. This classic tale of a rodent on his red ride is much loved by the bairns.

Children’s drawings, cartoon sketches and a movie. 

I particularly love this book cover with a delicate illustration of mouse and moto! The motorcycle looks like a Triumph Thunderbird.

July 20, 2016

“Come on! I ain’t got all day!”

Action Figure – on Monday past we saw the real Daryl Dixon stoking his Triumph chopper in search of the undead. Today is the ultra detailed ‘collector’ toy in poseable form with well defined bike components and machinery.

April 3, 2016


Manned Torpedo: The Chariot. Controlled by British Commando frogmen these weapons were devised to seek and sink Axis shipping. Riding astride a warhead steering these pigs was for men of stern stuff. Hauling a Triumph Twin along a country road would be easy compared to this!

Bath time on Sunday night growing up I would play with my Britains torpedo, sinking boats and rubber ducks.

March 27, 2016

Is that a real bicycle or a Sears bicycle?

The Rebel Yell! We had a day trip to Milwaukee today, where the Museum of Art has been reorganized with a new layout for their modern collection. I spied this cracking bicycle devised by Wisconsin industrial designer Brook Stevens. A basic trailing arm front suspension, double rear wheel caliper brakes, stick gear shifter, comfy banana seat, and a noodle of a shape to the handlebars. 

March 5, 2016

A Clockwork Fruit

Play was so much simpler in days past: you wound your toys up and watched ’em fly around the floor. No batteries, no motor; just nicely pressed metal parts and a character sitting astride.