Archive for ‘Triumph Motorcycle’

May 25, 2020

It’s a small world…

The model is for all intents and purposes complete. Spent the afternoon adding oily and muddy patina to the bike. Looking like it’s just been ridden from the Normandy beaches to the Ardenne.

May 24, 2020

Blue Sky

Red Barn

Marvelous day on the road today. 250 miles on a route around the bottom of the Lake into Michigan on lanes lined with trees leafing out. Lilac fragrance wafted from farm hedges laden with bloom and rolling fields being watched over by soaring hawks. This old barn was seen in the small town of Eau Claire MI.

May 22, 2020

Scaled Down

Progress on the model kit.

The 1/9th scale Triumph Kit is coming along a treat.

May 21, 2020

Put that in yer pipe

…and smoke it!

Not tobacco my friend; but a fine desert sled with a pair of rumbling exhaust pipes sat like an organs middle C. Pull all the stops out and hear it roar! ‘72 Triumph TR6

May 17, 2020

Assembly Required

New Project

– here’s something that will keep me out of trouble for a few rainy afternoons. A 1/9 scale WW2 era Triumph 3HW. The ubiquitous single cylinder workhorse of the British forces. Indeed it is the motorcycle used by my grandfather George in his duties as a Military Policeman in the North African theatre.

May 16, 2020

How well do I know my motorcycle?

Knowledge is Power!
May 15, 2020

Weathering

Rust ‘no Polish

My new project arrived in the mail today. A plastic model kit of a 1943 wartime Triumph. After assembly I’ll need to decide if it’ll be in a clean fresh from the factory look or well ridden appearance.

May 5, 2020

Scaled Down

Plum

Well detailed model Triumph bobber. Propped next to a fifty five gallon oil drum.

May 1, 2020

What, what, why..

Delilah!

Brains and Beauty: that could only be actress, inventor and film producer Hedy Lamarr. Here’s a publicity shot for Samson & Delilah with a photoshopped Triumph chopper. Somehow it actually looks the part. Now let’s discuss her paper on Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum and its use to prevent jamming of guided torpedoes…

April 30, 2020

Africa or Bust…

Dr Livingston I presume?

A pair of intrepid adventurers with their Triumph combination somewhere in Alkebulan (Mother of Mankind) during a 1932 trip across the continent. It’s Frank Flood and Jim C. Wilson who rode from the Nigerian cost to The Red Sea. The original dual sport travelers. Short sleeves and pith helmets.

April 29, 2020

Wheelie Good

Farm Animal

– A beast roaming the pasture. Someone took a Triumph T509 and gave it a serious agricultural make-over. More of a bull-bike than a rat-bike!

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?

April 26, 2020

St Mary’s Road

April Days

We managed a nice 100 mile jaunt up through a quiet Lake County this afternoon. Temperatures touching 60 and deciduous foliage staring to emerge. Getting a better hand of the helmet camera. Will post a video later this week after editing…

April 22, 2020

Pinup

Bettie Page

Today is the birthday of iconic 50’s centerfold Bettie Mae Page (1923-2008)

April 19, 2020

Stargazing

Yerkes Observatory

On a bluff overlooking Lake Geneva sits the 1893 building that houses the largest refracting telescope, a 40” light capturing behemoth. It is currently closed to the public right now but I always like to stop by whenever I ride the loop around this lake.