Archive for ‘Triumph Motorcycle’

May 27, 2021

Pipes in Concrete composition

Oh Danny Boy

– spotted in the parking garage at work. A nice British Racing Green Thruxton. Smart!

May 22, 2021

Lake County Lap

McHenry coffee stop

– with rising May temperatures a loop around north east Illinois was on the cards. A stop by Fox River for a well earned coffee; being the first time since the start of the pandemic on our weekend rides. Taking back roads along the Illinois Wisconsin state line we rode to the Lake and back down Sheridan Road with a quick stop at the Durand Art Institute in Lake Forest.

May 21, 2021

5, 4, 3, 2, 1..

Blast Off!

Let’s light this candle! Weekend ahoy! A Rocket 3 orbital launch vehicle: 165hp and 163 ft lbs in the 2.5 liter powerhouse of an engine.

May 19, 2021

Grape juice

Purple Haze

– fine example of a knobbly wheeled sled.

May 18, 2021

The Villain

Alpine Bound

Chris (now Sir) Bonington is on the pillion, saying adieu to his young wife Wendy, of Don Whillans’s Triumph Trophy at Hampstead in July 1962. Note the rudimentary riding gear, goggles and gauntlets which were obviously considered quite adequate equipment for long distance touring at the time. They were off to climb the Eiger in Switzerland, and rode all the way across Europe then up the track to the foot of the mountain.

Crashing spectacularly on the way back down when the brakes failed, Don apparently shoved Chris off before baling out himself, thus saving both from serious injury. More famous than Bonington in those days, Whillans was a hard man on the rocks, in the pub and on a motorcycle.

Enjoying a little sponsorship from Triumph, before this exploit to the Alps Whillans had shipped his 1957 Trophy out to Karachi in May 1960 to join an expedition to the Himalaya. After about eight weeks climbing and with only about £45 left in his pocket, he left Rawalpindi in September for the 7000 mile ride home to Manchester. The first 2000 miles were on dirt roads and, apart from numerous punctures and a broken mudguard, the bike seems to have caused no trouble. If it had Meriden no doubt would have been treated to a furious blast of invective from the ’ard man in the flat ’at (as he was known).

The ‘ard man would have been 88 today.

May 12, 2021

Page 3

The Sun

– once upon a time the third page of the biggest selling tabloid in the UK was a daily topless exposure. Samantha Fox was one of the most prominent in the eighties. Until she started a singing career…

April 29, 2021

Appreciation Amplified

Satisfaction Guaranteed

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

April 21, 2021

Captain Britain

Chopper

“Yeah, well, I’m just getting my thing together.”

April 18, 2021

The Great Escape

Heading for the Swiss border

– what better way to escape across the Bavarian countryside than on a rugged tyred Triumph TR6 in German wartime feldgrau. Of course Steve makes it look effortlessly cool.

April 13, 2021

The Hamster

Top Gear

– TV motoring host Richard Hammond is enjoying the Malvern Hills scenery using a sky blue classic Triumph.

April 8, 2021

Canis lupus

Bobby Wolf

– another gorgeous pencil sketch from the able hand of Benedicte Waryn; who carried out the chopper riding hare earlier this week.

April 6, 2021

Lepus ssp.

Hare Rider

– lovely pencil illustration by artist Benedicte Waryn of a pre-unit Triumph chopper with a “hare-brained” owner. So much to like about the detailed drawing: from the clothing; to the custom bike; and the lush fur of the hare’s head.

March 17, 2021

Green on Green

Emerald

– Saint Paddy’s should be celebrated with the tearing across a verdant mountain meadow on racing green Triumph scrambler.

March 15, 2021

Six by Seven?

The Answer

– what a smart looking machine. Chunky tires; silver and green color scheme; clown car horn; desert trim. Champion!

March 5, 2021

Wicker Baskets

And a kettle

– a couple of cheery lasses heading onto the open road to do a bit of glamping. they’d probably just going a few miles away but I’m sure adventure is guaranteed.