Archive for ‘Triumph Motorcycle’

February 3, 2023

Satchel strapped down

All set to travel

Stirruped leggings, winged spectacles, and a puddin’ bowl helmet. She’s dressed for riding success aboard the bathtubbed Thunderbird.

February 2, 2023

Living under a tarp

Spit ‘n’ Polish

Old found object. Some tarnished aluminum and speckled finish. A ‘66 Trophy lost in Concord Michigan looking for a willing restoration.

February 1, 2023


Picking up bikes for the ISDT

1964 – E Germany bound. Steve McQueen getting the bikes they used for the International Six Day Trials behind the iron curtain. Other fella is John Steen, also an off-road racer who, along with Ed Kretz Jr., Cliff Coleman and Dave & Bud Ekins, were key players in the SoCal desert racing scene. Steens family we’re in the oil & lubricant business as well as the popular ‘Taco’ mini bike. Steve looks as cool as ever with the desert boots, white socks, Fred Perry polo shirt and Persol sunglasses. (acknowledgements to Les Elmer in NZ for finding this image)

January 28, 2023

The Screaming End

Gene Vincent

Known as “an American rockabilly legend who defined the greasy-haired, leather-jacketed, hot rods ‘n’ babes spark of rock and roll.” His ‘56 hit “Be-bop-a-lula” was written whilst recuperating in a naval hospital following a motorcycle accident. The injury was whilst riding a new Triumph bought with a $612 re-enlistment pay. Here he sits astride a Triumph in the late sixties on what certainly looks like a suburban English street.

January 27, 2023

Miss January

Legs Eleven

A Thunderbird cover from seventy years ago. For a quarter you can have a ‘zine with articles regaling the qualities of British machinery. Bingo!

January 24, 2023

“Angels Forever, Forever Angels”

“When we do right, nobody remembers. When we do wrong, nobody forgets.”

Gangs of the open road. One per centers wear their signature vests, oily blue jeans and mechanics boots. As well as the ubiquitous Harleys they also tore around on chopped Triumphs like the Pre-Unit shown here.

January 11, 2023

Fine Leaded Work

PreUnit Twin HB

Beautiful drawing of a classic Triumph engine. Quite special.

January 10, 2023

Illustrated Man

Street scene under the lamppost

– Nice artwork with an urban view of a ‘cyclist kicking his bike into life. Terraced housing descends into the distance.

January 3, 2023

Thunderbird are Go!

Tracy Island Special

When a disaster occurs it’s time to call in International Rescue. I’d expect Aloysius Parker, Lady Penelope’s chauffeur, to turn up on it. “Yes M’lady”

January 2, 2023

Cheltenham Copper

Bike Phone: “Calling all units”

Police Constable D. Webb with Triumph motor cycle UDF 319 in Talbot Road 1962. (Gloucestershire Police Archives)

January 1, 2023

Comin’ into Los Angeles

Arlo Guthrie on his ‘sickle

The cover of his 1969 album, featuring some great road-trip music, has an open fronted frilly fuchsia colored shirt-wearing Arlo on his Triumph Trophy. Stealin’ is a great number, as is Comin’ into Los Angeles. Other personnel on the record include Byrd men Clarence White and Gene Parsons, as well as slide guitar maestro Ry Cooder.

December 26, 2022


Glass Onion

The latest “Knives out” offering from Rian Johnson sees Daniel Craig as the southern gentleman master detective Benoit Blanc. A quick motorcycle cameo has Dave Bautista arriving to the dock on a Triumph Rocket. The bike is suitably scaled for the big framed Mr Bautista.

December 6, 2022

One from a parliament

Tytonidae engineering

I saw this photo of a triumph twin engine awaiting restoration. It looks like an owl with large eyes staring down at you from its perch. Aloof and wise.

December 3, 2022

Hounds life

Frau und Hund

German Triumph-Werke Nürnberg TWN 350cc aus den frühen dreißiger jahren. Die junge dame sieht uneschroken aus in ihrer reitkleidung. Der hund ist gleichgültig.

November 27, 2022

Union Jack

Nineties Hare

What better way to celebrate the Britishness of a burly 1200cc Daytona than to wrap the bodywork in the red, white and blue of the Union Flag. Unfurl your patriotism and twist the throttle until the deep rumble transforms into a high howl. Hang on! Things are about to get exciting!