January 11, 2023

Yardbird

Jeff Beck (1944-2023)

One of the top rock guitarist of his generation who established a powerful technique that inspires many performers to the present day.

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 8, 2023

Half Litre History

Nifty Ninja

Another good find in the City yesterday. This was a Kawasaki 500 that some student at the University of Chicago must use as their runaround. I had one similar to this when I lived in London. Great twin engine powering a very useable bike. EX500 in the ‘States, GPZ500R in the UK

January 7, 2023

Stairway to Heaven

Lobby Lady

Spied on my walk from the office yesterday. Someone’s Triumph parked on a mid landing at a building entry. Keeping it warm in the chilly January Chicago days.

January 6, 2023

I got you babe!

If you can’t go straight ahead, you go around the corner.

The Goddess of Rock Cher has been a music and fashion icon for over 50 years. Lookin’ cheery with Sonny’s Triumph.

January 5, 2023

折り紙

Crease, fold .. repeat

Origami motorcycle – it reminds me of the paper folding instructions in the Rupert the Bear annuals I used to get every Christmas as a kid.

January 4, 2023

ATGATT

Flat Cap and Boilersuit

Sparsely equipped BSA ready for the fields and dirt roads. Of hood and horn you could say.

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 31, 2022

Full of Woe

Addams Family Combination

Currently showing on Netflix is Wednesday. A version of the creepy family from the perspective of the teenage daughter in the titular role. Jenna Ortega plays the role in perfect razor sharp somber mood. Uncle Fester has an appearance too. Here Fester and Wednesday hare around on a BMW rig – Fred Armisen as the bald relative.

December 30, 2022

Anarchy in the UK

Punk is Dead

Long live Punk! Dame Vivienne Westwood (1941-2022) passed away yesterday. Heralding the punk scene in 70’s London, along with Malcolm McLaren (r), for a disenfranchised youth who needed a music and fashion scene to reflect the counterculture lifestyle they were exploring . As well as safety pins, ripped t-shirts, tartan and outspoken graphics, the leather biker jacket was also utilized.

“You’ve got to invest in the world, you’ve got to read, you’ve got to go to art galleries, you’ve got to find out the names of plants. You’ve got to start to love the world and know about the whole genius of the human race. We’re amazing people.”

December 29, 2022

Bicycle Kick

Pelé

My earliest football memory is watching the great Brazilian player Pelé fly gracefully across a pitch and seem to magically transform the ball into a floating orb. He was a champion for the sport and a global ambassador for sportsmanship. I found a couple of magazine advertisements in Portuguese for a Honda 125, which I’m sure was sold by the stadium load in that country. Soichiro Honda is seen with Pelé in the center image. Brazil became a major manufacturing location for the smaller Hondas.

Edson Arantes do Nascimento 1940-2022

December 26, 2022

Whodunnit

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.