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April 7, 2019

Lotus

Jim Clark – Farmer, Motor Racing Driver | on this day in 1968 tragedy struck the racing world when scot Jim Clark was killed in a Formula 2 race at Hockenheim Germany. Aged 32 his short but bright career saw him achieve great things in a very dangerous world. Seen as one of the greats his peers were shocked at the loss.

“He  was so smooth, he was so clean, he drove with such finesse. He never bullied a racing car, he sort of caressed it into doing the things he wanted it to do” Sir Jackie Stewart

March 18, 2019

Giddyup

Saddle Up! | here’s the new perch on the Tiger. Like a BarcaLounger it creates a comfy place to enjoy the long road from. Dense foam concave shaped padding support the gluteus maximus as the miles accumulate under wheel.

March 15, 2019

Mordor’s Friday

New Zealand | it’s an almost forgotten corner of the world but by all accounts of visitors it’s one of the most beautiful place on the globe. Kiwis are a friendly lot and the indigenous Māori a proud people. Today’s shocking news of a terrorist attack with unsurpassable horror is a blow to humanity. Let us think of what good the antipodean nation gives the motorcycling community as a ray of light in this day of darkness: Burt Munro and his 1924 Indian Scout at home on The Salt; and genius John Britten with the sublime V1000 racebike.

January 13, 2019

Small -Far Away

Scaled Down – another model bike for my select collection. This one is an eighteenth scale Tiger 800.

it has a decent level of detail for the XR version of the multipurpose Triumph.

January 5, 2019

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December 31, 2018

2018-2019

Happy New Year!

October 15, 2018

7:30am

Early Start – the new day broke clear, though chill, with a bright low sun and temperatures in the mid twenties. The Tiger started easily and took her packs without a shred of notice. I stayed at the friendly Homestead Inn ($39.95 a night) being fed the promised fresh coffee and ginormous cinnamon buns made by the proprietress Mary. Wrapped up against the chill and a steady road home I made good progress back to Chicago. All in all 930 miles and 5 1/2 tanks of gas. Good outing with a huge variety of riding conditions.

May 27, 2018

6 o’clock shadows of

Shadow Bar – the evening light with its low warm illumination lights up the orange tanked Bonnie to good effect. The shadow of you and your bike speeding along beside you is quite mesmerizing.

April 12, 2018

To ride a rocket into the Dark

Star Man – today marks the 57th anniversary of Colonel Yuri Gagarin’s flight into space.

Poyekhali!Let’s go!

February 13, 2018

Custard Speed

Yellow Peril – Privateer racer John Parker built this Trident in the late seventies successfully competing in over 100 races.

Fettling includes: a Norman Hyde big bore kit; a Rob North frame; a stroked crankshaft; works cams; works steel-billet con-rods; lightened timing gears; triple Amal 30mm carburettors; works specification valves; Lucas RITA electronic ignition; a Quaife 5-speed close-ratio gear box; Ceriani forks; Essex wheel hubs; Borrani alloy wheel rims; Twin Lockheed front brake calipers; and a 3-into-1 exhaust system.

Fast? You betcha!

January 26, 2018

cycle guide

‘Zine Cover- sunny lemon backdrop and a profile portrait of a racing green Trident and coo’ing model in pure sixties vibe. Fifty years ago when the T150 was introduced.

January 25, 2018

Blau Neun

Number Nine – Today also sees the birthday of Gary Nixon, 60’s & 70’s Triumph team roadracer who took the hearty triple to good results. In his own words: “Watch the starter, get a good start, ’n then in a few laps, start lappin’ guys. An’ then you win the race.” Sound easy? Well it was for him.

Oh, it’s my birthday too!

January 20, 2018

Legs Eleven

Hipster – with my recovery from hip surgery going splendidly I am now swinging around on a pair of crutches. Luckily being in the clutches on winter here in the Midwest my riding is otherwise thwarted. Hopefully I’m back to full leg strength by springtime so I don’t have to scoot around like our chopper chap here…

January 1, 2018

Twenty Eighteen

MMXVIII – let’s hurtle into this year with the vigor of a stunt cat jumping through a hoop of fire.

December 27, 2017

With great power comes great responsibility!

Marvel! Tomorrow (28th) we celebrate the 95th birthday of comic legend Stan Lee. Co-creator of such greats as The Incredible Hulk, The Amazing Spiderman; The Mighty Thor; and Captain America.. as well as The X-Men, Silver Surfer, Sub-Mariner, Dr Strange, Daredevil to name a few. His characters came to vivid life with the stunning penmanship of Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and John Romita. Only getting the odd Marvel comic when going to Newcastle for my eye check-up that came to appreciate the American work. I grew up with the writings of John Wagner & Pat Mills of 2000ad, whose creations were illustrated by the likes of Brian Bolland, Carlos Ezquerra, Mike McMahon, Dave Gibbons, Massimo Belardinelli… it is by reading, studying and copying these I learned to use a pencil and pen allowing me to have a comfortable fluid draughting hand – but they ALL draw a dynamism from Stan’s exciting creations. Happy Birthday Mr Lieber!