Monday, April 8, 2019

A 1956 Triumph Thunderbird 650


This bike is a 1956 Triumph Thunderbird 650 which has been in Dan Talbot's family for a very long time. During 2017 and 2018 Dan restored the machine, bringing it back to it’s former glory with a few (unseen) touches that add to reliability and rideability, including a BTH Components Ltd magneto and belt drive. Since finishing the restoration 12 months ago the motorcycle has won both hearts and trophies. There are more details about the Thunderbird and some of Dan other projects on his website

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Norton John Player Specials 1974 Space Frame


The last of the John Player Specials was the 1974 Space Frame, which replaced the Monocoque of the year before. The multi-tube trellis frame still surrounded the motor but was a lighter, more mechanic-friendly design. The engine used was the short-stroke Commando unit fitted with a dry clutch and modified primary drive that featured an extra outrigger bearing. Four race bikes were constructed (also a prototype that had a differently designed frame). This bike was raced by both Peter Williams and Dave Croxford. Williams used it to win his last race at Spa before it was past on the Benilux Norton agent, Podevyn, to compete in local F750 events. It has been restored by P & M Motorcycles in Middlesex. 78hp at 7,800rpm. Weight 150kg. Top speed 265kph. Photographed by Phil Aynsley in southern England. 2018.

Friday, May 25, 2018

1976 BMW R90/6 ▪️ "Spirit of Montjuic" Endurance Café by Luis Etchenique


My gran amigo Luis from Florida fell in love with endurance motorcycles after watching those machines during the mid-70's, racing the streets of Montjuic in Barcelona. He was especially taken by the privateers, the guys with limited means, with big dreams, ... and with the coolest bikes the sport has ever seen. This R90/6 is his tribute to such spirit. The Spirit of Montjuic. Although the powerplant is essentially stock, he has altered the ergonomics with clip-on bars, rearsets, and a solo seat. The rear shocks are period-correct Marzocchis Stradas. The individual pod filters are matched/tuned with a stainless exhaust system he has designed and fabricated; he was careful to route it in and out of the frame as to clear the rider's legs, thus avoiding the need for heat shields. He did not include a crossover pipe, the sound is simply remarkable. The battery is mounted under the tail section, which is large by design as to balance the volume of the 24-liter fuel tank. The auxiliary long-range headlight underscores the endurance DNA of the bike, plus accentuates a clean -yet asymmetric- custom look. He has purposely avoided adding a front fairing: this way shows the bike better, and also stresses its low-budget, privateer personality. The graphics are limited to period racing stripes on both sides of the beautifully sculpted, muscular R90-S fuel tank; they "break" the monochromatic monotony, while adding a minimalistic sports touch with color that matches BMW's classic blue. The final touch is a re-registered vintage Florida license plate -- contributing to a look of authenticity, of timeless charm. The overall goal was a period-correct, no-frills, clean and honest café. A bike many of us can relate to. A tribute to those mid-70's privateer racers from Montjuic -- who dreamt big ... 🏁 

Saturday, March 24, 2018

The Proust Questionnaire # 37 : Mrs Atticus Phansa from Atticus Anonymous


Our WebWorld; a lot of us are spending a couple of minutes or hours everyday checking our favourite websites or blogs but who are behind them ? Most part of the time we dont really know. To find out what's going on behind the screen, I started a serie of portrait of the Men and Women who are making the blogosphere better, for this thirty-seventh Portrait, I asked my friend Atticus Phansa to go thru the Proust-Pivot-Lipton Questionnaire to let us know more about herself. Atticus Phansa aka Atticus Anonymous from Philadelphia is a Moto enthusiast and artist with blog and graphic work at Here are her answers.

What is your favorite word? 何ですか? (nandesuka?) Look it up, it’s fun to say.

What is your least favorite word?  Bukkake. If you don’t know what that is, don’t look it up around family or in public. I warned you.

What turns you on? Telling secrets under the covers with my legs tangled with that one person’s legs.

What turns you off? People who uses others for their own benefit.

What sound or noise do you love? Content sighs. Crackling firewood. And ocean or river water.

What sound or noise do you hate? Someone chewing on ice. Makes me cringe thinking about it.

What is your favorite curse word? Motherfucker. It’s a good one. You can use it to describe things, for example, “it hurt like a motherfucker.” Or a person, “That motherfucker.” Or an exclamation, “motherfucker!”

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?  I feel like I everything dabble in everything. Really the question is, What am I doing right now to makes my life and other people’s lives better? And how can I do that if I’m not.

What profession would you not like to do? Cleaning Skyscrapers. No thanks.

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? 
You get to go back, fix your mistakes and learn new things—kind of like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day. Except a lifetime. 
See also : Paul D'Orleans from the Vintagent  
See also : Chris Hunter from the Bike Exif
See also : Nick Maggio from A Time To Get  

See also : Jeff Decker from the Hippodrome Studio
See also : Christophe Loiron From Mister Freedom  

See also : Jacqui Van Ham
See also : Steve Ducharme from Motorcycle Picture of the Day 

See also : Greg Williams from modernmotorcyclemechanics
See also : Matt Machine from machineshed.blogspot  

See also : Bob Tilton from Werk Crew
See also : Stephen Mitchell    

See also : Scott Hopkin from Pipeburn
See also : Trent Reker from Bikermetric    

See also : Pete Young from OcchioLungo 
See also : Frank Castrol from Big Bore Magazine  

See also : Thomas Beeskow from The Burrito Bros 
See also : Nicholas Biebuyck from Bonhams  

See also : Cindy Dulong from Fahion Serial Killer
See also : The Super Model Dji Dieng  

See also : Scott Toepfer from Its better in the Wind
See also : Tim McKenna    

See also : Alp & Jalika from Alp Concept Design 
See also : Mario Epanya from Mario Epanya Photography    

See also : Renee Gunter
See also : Anne Gaffié from L'Optimum Magazine    

See also : John Mellor's interview 
See also : Joe Hill

See also : Chuka Umunna 
See also : Kentaro Miyazaki  

See also : Jeannette Mekdara 
See also : Nolan Woodbury from Vintage Motorcycles online

See also : Cesar Thruxtonic Rufino from  Caféracer 351

See also : Laurent Dandy from the Dandy Riders Club

See also : Brian Awitan

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Alonzo King


Alonzo King has been called a visionary choreographer, who is altering the way we look at ballet. King calls his works "thought structures" created by the manipulation of energies that exist in matter through laws, which govern the shapes and movement directions of everything that exists. Named as a choreographer with "astonishing originality" by the New York Times, Alonzo King LINES Ballet has been guided by his unique artistic vision since 1982. King has works in the repertories of the Royal Swedish Ballet, Frankfurt Ballet, Ballet Bejart, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey, Hong Kong Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and many others. He has collaborated with distinguished visual artis, musicians, and composers across the globe including legendary jazz saxophonist Pharaoh Sanders, Hamza al Din, Pawel Szymanski, Jason Moran, Charles Lloyd, Mezzo soprano Maya Lahyani, architect Chris Haas, and tabla master Zakir Hussain. Renowned for his skill as a teacher, King was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Corps de Ballet International Teacher Conference in 2012. An Internationally acclaimed guest ballet master, his training philosophy undergrids the educational programming at the Alonzo King LINES Dance Center of San Francisco, which includes the pre-professional Training Program, Summer Program, and the BFA Program at Dominican University of California.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Susan Travers a woman in French Foreign Legion


Susan Travers was born into a wealthy English family and spent most of her youth in southern France. After she finished school, she led the life of a socialite, travelling around the world as a semi-professional tennis player.

When World War 2 broke out, she wanted to contribute to the war effort. Being able to drive a car, she ended up as an ambulance driver with the French Expeditionary Force on their way to Finland. After the German invasion of Denmark and Norway, she escaped back to England, where she joined de Gaulle’s Free French. During the Syrian campaign, she worked as a driver for a medical officer of the 13th Demi-Brigade of the Légion Étrangère. From there, she accompanied the Foreign Legion to Dahomey and the Congo to finally end up in the Western Desert campaign in North Africa.

Having formed friendly relations with officers of the Foreign Legion, she was assigned as the driver of General Pierre Koenig. Over and over again, she proved her skills at the steering wheel, chauffeuring Koenig when he led the so-called ‘Jock Columns’, two- or three-day long reconnaissance missions with a motorized convoy of troop transports, cannons and Bren Carriers. In her autobiography, she describes the dangers of such missions: “More than once we nearly got caught and I had to drive the general to safety, fleeing from enemy fire at great speed or hiding in a dried-out wadi as the German or Italian tanks rolled by.”

When Koenig was tasked to occupy and hold Bir Hakeim, a desolate former oasis in the middle of nowhere, Travers refused to leave the area with the other women and stayed for what was to become one of the most dramatic actions of the Desert War. The attack was planned by Rommel, who estimated that it would take about 15 minutes to overrun the position of the 1st Free French Brigade. In the end, the defenders held out for almost four weeks against attacks from Italian and German forces. When the situation finally became untenable and ammunition was running out, Koenig decided to make a daring sortie and lead his troops through the German cordon back to the British lines.

On 10 June, Travers drove Koenig’s staff car, her trusty Ford Utility, with Koenig and Lieutenant Colonel Dimitri Amilakhvari of the Foreign Legion in the passenger seats. She headed through mine fields and German gun emplacements, dodging potholes, mines and bullets. “Avoiding a car burning fiercely in front of me, I roared on across the minefield, heading straight for the tracer fire, not having time to think or even be afraid. In fact, by this time I was exhilarated. It was an amazing feeling, going as fast as I could in the dark towards what looked like a mass display of beautifully coloured fireworks dancing towards me, bringing what seemed like almost certain death. This was what I had come for – to feel what it was like to be a man, in the very heat of battle. […] The stalled convoy, seeing us get through, followed my lead, jerking their engines into life again. I drove at the tracer fire ahead of us as if the car were the bow of a great ship, parting a sea of bullets.”

When Travers later inspected her car, she found 11 bullet holes and severe shrapnel damage. Koenig’s manoeuvre succeeded: He managed to get 2.500 of his men out of the German encirclement and into the safety of the British positions. The Battle of Bir Hakeim was hailed as a great coup and signalled the combat readiness of the Free French Forces. Susan Travers went on to work as a driver for the rest of the war, conducting ambulances, trucks and even a tractor for anti-tank guns. “The vehicle was much easier to handle, but its cargo meant it was far more dangerous to drive. It was my job to manoeuvre it into position, unhook it, turn round and go back for the next. There was a fair amount of shelling whenever I appeared because the Germans were very keen to knock me out before I got the cannon into position.”

After the war, Travers officially joined the French Foreign Legion and served as an Adjutant-Chef in Vietnam. She was decorated with the Légion d’honneur, Croix de Guerre and Médaille Militaire.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Harmonia Rosales


Harmonia Rosales believes in creating artwork with meaning--meaning with impact, moving people to see the world differently and to be guided by that new vision. Based in Chicago, her inspiration arises from living life as a woman of color. Her art is born out of a combination of her love for history, thirst for endless new knowledge, and dedication to social action. In refining her work, she has been able to shape a unique perspective built on the foundation of an appreciation of traditional expression and form, with structure and story that creates a bold new contemporary counter narrative-on the elements of the story, as well as the elements of the process of storytelling. Art is her weapon in the ongoing battle against indifference and inaction. It forms the basis of resistance. ​

Friday, January 19, 2018

Columbia Sloop


Columbia, a fin keel sloop, was designed and built in 1898-9 by Nathanael Herreshoff and the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company for owners J. Pierpont Morgan and Edwin Dennison Morgan of the New York Yacht Club. She was the third successful defender built by Herreshoff. Columbia had a nickel steel frame, a tobin bronze hull, and a steel mast (later replaced with one of Oregon pine.) Columbia was launched on June 10, 1899. She easily won the elimination trials against the rebuilt former defender, Defender. Skippered by Charlie Barr, she won all three races against the British defender, Shamrock in the 1899 America's Cup. Notably, Hope Goddard Iselin was the only female on the crew, serving as afterguard. Columbia was selected again in 1901 to defend the Cup, and again under the command of Charlie Barr, won all three races against Shamrock II. In 1903 Columbia was refitted with the hope of being selected for a third time, but she was badly beaten in the selection trials by the yacht Reliance. Columbia was broken up in 1915 at City Island and sold to Henry A. Hitner and Sons of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for scrap.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Safari 1978 Porsche 911 SC


In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the Porsche 911 was a benchmark in European rally competitions, with a win at the Monte Carlo Rally in 1968, 1969 and 1970! In detail, this is a 1978 Porsche 911 SC, whose engine comes from a newer 911 Carrera 3.2. Its 6-cylinder flat develops 230 hp and receives a manual transmission, whose reports have been shortened to offer better times. This model is equipped with 215/85 off-road wheels equipped with 16-inch fuchs and a limited slip differential.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

46Works’ Moto Guzzi V7 custom by Ritmo Sereno


Via : The Magnificent BIKE EXIF

Shiro Nakajima is best known as the man who started up Ritmo Sereno the Tokyo shop famous for its immaculate BMW and Moto Guzzi customs.