"A group of enthusiastic motorcyclists in Vienna in 1926 decided to make a film about the Dolomites. After an initial inspection of the shipment is carefully prepared, but mishaps, accidents, delays, lawsuits and bureaucratic obstacles in the cast delay the start of filming. Reduced by technical means, in just two weeks, the cast makes the film an extraordinary trip to the Dolomites. They climb on a motorcycle Tofane reaching Rifugio Cantore at 2588 m above sea level. Shooting of mountain and passion for motors come together in this sports documentary and quality issues, and represents a unique era in sports filmmaking. The star of the film are the bikes, which are present in almost all the shots, and alpine landscapes that captivate the audience as actors." - Ripartizione Cultura Italiana
Thursday, December 31, 2015
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Where Does The Triumph Rocket III Come From?
In 2004 The Triumph Rocket III was unleashed and with it one of the best motorcycle commercials ever!
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
"A video demonstrating how physics can be applied to steering and countersteering using a model motorcycle."
Video © The Cambridge Science Centre
Sunday, December 27, 2015
A Short Review of a Short Book: Richard Georgiou's (How Not To Do) A Lap of Ireland: Mud, Sweat and Tears
"I suppose this small book is about me getting the 'motorbike adventure' bug, passing my motorbike test and going on a trip to Ireland. It's also about how not to do a trip to Ireland. My propensity for disaster sometimes overwhelms me; however, the places I get to see and the experiences I'm left with are nothing short of life changing. I've decided to give this book away for free for two reasons, the first is that it's short, the second is that I hope you'll like my writing and travelling style and will then buy my "One Man on a Bike" book."
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
"Check out Bruce Lindsey driving this 1910 Harley-Davidson. This beautifully restored Harley is one of their first real production models. Thanks again for the great work on this one, Bruce Linsday. Come visit us to see this motorcycle on display!" - Motorcyclepedia Museum
Monday, December 21, 2015
"Motorcyclist J S Wright gets ready for his record attempt. His clothing is being strapped down to cut back on wind resistance. He even has tape put around his throat - this looks a little dangerous. BV of him wearing a streamlined motorcycle helmet." - British Pathé
Sunday, December 20, 2015
"Justin Bell joins Jay for a motorized bicycle race of epic proportions, pitting John King's touring model against his racer. Who will be the victor?" - Jay Leno's Garage
Saturday, December 19, 2015
Copyright © Lincoln Police Department 2011
A glimpse into the Photographic History of the Lincoln Police Department Motorcycle Unit. Little did Chief James Malone know that when he proposed the idea of a motorcycle officer in 1910 to catch speeders that he would be contributing to an illustrious piece of motorcycle history. Chock full of articles and photographs this is a testament to the versatility of not only the motorcycles but the police officers who rode them.
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Look At Life: Scrambling For It
By The Rank Organization
Narrated By Eamonn Andrews, this short video looks at the history of scrambling including the actual building of these now classic motorcycles. With new iterations of the Scrambler being made today by Ducati, Triumph and Moto Guzzi one merely need watch this to remember that bikes don't have to be KTMs or Africa Twins to be fun!
copyright © The Rank Organization 1966
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
|Photo @ The Bike Shed|
Saturday, November 28, 2015
"A cast of B-movies greats rounds out this story of a troubled teen who discovers his old motorcycle gang is being led by a goody-goody with a different set of rules and a hot moll he definitely doesn’t deserve." - AMC
The Wheelie King:
Doug Domokos Wheelies on Lombard Street!
"Doug Domokos was better known to his legion of fans as "The Wheelie King." Domokos' uncanny ability to balance and ride a motorcycle on its rear wheel, and his natural showmanship, earned him a worldwide reputation as one of the premier motorcycle performers of the 1980s and ‘90s and landed him in the Guinness Book of World Records." - AMA
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
"As a young EMT on a Jerusalem ambulance, Eli Beer realized that, stuck in brutal urban traffic, they often arrived too late to help. So he organized a group of volunteer EMTs — many on foot — ready to drop everything and dash to save lives in their neighborhood. Today, United Hatzlah uses a smartphone app and a fleet of “ambucycles” to help nearby patients until an ambulance arrives. With an average response time of 3 minutes, last year, they treated 207,000 people in Israel. And the idea is going global". - TED
Saturday, November 14, 2015
"A review of the milestone Japanese Superbikes of the 1970s. Part of a feature for Classic Bike Magazine, John Naish tells the story from behind the handlebars of the era’s legendary bikes: the Honda CB750, Honda 500 Four, Kawasaki H2 750, Kawasaki Z1, Suzuki GT750, Honda GoldWing, Suzuki GS1000 and Honda CBX." -Brightside Media
Sunday, October 25, 2015
"As the Vice President of Design for the Piaggio Group, Miguel Galluzzi has been tasked with re-inventing the oldest continuously operating motorcycle company in the world — Italy's Moto Guzzi. But how do you take a brand with a huge history and a thin present into the 21st century? Luckily, it's not the first time Galluzzi has been faced with such a monumental task, back in the early '90s he envisioned a future not just for Ducati, but for practical fun motorcycles as a whole when he conjured up a little bike known as the Monster." - Ride Apart
Sunday, October 11, 2015
|Pic © Ruptanu|
Sunday, October 4, 2015
Cafe Racer: The Movie - Tunnel of Love
"This 12 minute short film has no spoken dialog, instead it employs clever visual cues to tell a story. It takes place in London and follows a leather clad racer on his 1968 Norton Commando (I may be wrong about the year, I’ll wait for the abusive comments below from the Nortonphiles if I am)." Silodrom - Gasoline Culture.
Video © Triumph Corporation Limited & Portobello Road Films Production (1997?)
Thursday, September 24, 2015
|Never Touch Another Man's Bike! ;-)|
Monday, September 21, 2015
|Ah, Molto Bella!|
Sunday, September 20, 2015
Built Like a Bullet, Made Like a Gun -
A Brief History of Royal Enfield Motorcycles
Irish Destiny by Dr. Issac Eppel (1921)
"A scene from the feature film Irish Destiny, made by Dr Issac Eppel to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 1916 Rising. The film was believed lost until the 1990s when the IFI Irish Film Archive found a badly deteriorated copy in the Library of Congress. It was repatriated and restored and later released on DVD with a new score by Mícheal Ó Súilleabhain , recorded by the RTE concert orchestra." - Photos of Dublin
Saturday, September 5, 2015
1956 Indian Trailblazer
(Rebadged Royal Enfield Meteor 700cc)
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
"12,000 Californians thrilled when daring riders pace fastest track in the world with terrific speed." A gem of a film that is nothing if not a time capsule into the roaring twenties and the hey day for Indian motorcycles. This silent film has several highlights including some commentary (on cue cards) about the races themselves. Worth every second!
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
|Would You Buy A Bike Out Of State/Country?|
Picture © Ducati Austen
Friday, August 7, 2015
"Before there were ADV bikes, enduros, or even dirt bikes, there were Scramblers. Simple, versatile bikes that you rode everywhere, including off road. Because both Ducati and Triumph have revived the Scrambler moniker, we thought it would be a good idea to revisit those days of yore and see what happens when street bikes are taken off road." - On Two Wheels
See Below for Pictures
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
CBG (With Frets) Demo By Darren Brown
Despite arriving on Monday, I was only able to pick up my lovely cigar box guitar today from Darren Brown of DB Custom Cigar Box Guitars. It was like christmas had come early this year and before long, like an overzealous kid, I had played so loudly (and so badly) that I accidentally broke a guitar string! Nothing a quick trip to Archambault couldn't fix.
Sunday, August 2, 2015
It was January 2006 when my wife, Jennifer, and I learned that we were pregnant and going to have our first child together. We were living in the Republic of Korea at the time on Jeju-do, otherwise known as Honeymoon Island. Ironically, we had gotten engaged Christmas day, just two weeks prior to our discovery and needless to say we were feeling overwhelmed. We had spoken about having children and in every way possible I knew in my heart that Jennifer was the one. Still, as confident as I was in my ability to be a good husband I was not so confident in regards to becoming a father. Fatherhood is something of an enigma to me. Despite having worked with children and adolescents in the past nothing quite prepares you for the inevitable tasks that lay ahead when your own child is born into the world. Adding to matters, we left Korea in April to return to the Republic of Ireland, a place that had been home to Jennifer and her immediate family since 1998 when they immigrated there from Zimbabwe. We decided it was the best thing given that her family was there but I would be lying if I didn't confess that I had some reservations about returning to Ireland myself.
(Pic: Jennifer A. Fawcett)
Pictures represent so much more than a moment in time. They allow us to relive in our hearts and minds a moment in our life. They remind us that with every new day comes the opportunity for new memories. Over the course of the last few years Jennifer and I have accumulated a variety of pictures of our travels around the world. It's amazing really because technology has allowed us to bring our pictures with us wherever our travels have taken us. Unfortunately, technology has also allowed for many of our cherished memories to be forgotten about. Feel free to use any of the pictures you see. However, all I ask is that you credit me or the relevant author of the picture. Unless otherwise stated, all pictures were taken by myself. The following pictures were taken in Jeju-do (Honeymoon Island) in 2005-2006 whilst Jennifer and I were living there teaching ESL.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Look, Signal, Manoeuvre (1965)
Produced By The British Pathe
Another fun vintage video espousing the virtues of motorcycle safety in a bygone era. The difference between responsible motorcyclists and jackasses on two wheels (yes, they existed back then too!) are explored! Rare to see, but you do get to see a proper Matchless thumper in action as hand signals are reinforced during a time where indicators did not exist on motorcycles in London. Enjoy a step back into time when classics could be had for less than a fraction of today's costs.
Monday, July 27, 2015
|Jenny Morgan and the Honda CB500X Adventure in Death Valley|
Jenny Morgan (and Piglet) recently completed the Trans America Trail (TAT) on a Honda CB500X. It's an excellent read for anyone contemplating not only this bike as their next motorcycle but as well for anyone curious about taking on the TAT themselves! Granted, the CB500X was equipped with Rally Raid's Level 3 Kit. Nevertheless, for $2,500 USD via Giant Loop, it's an upgrade that has turned an otherwise 80/20 (street/off-road) adventure tourer into what Jenny herself confidently claims to be a true 50/50 motorcycle! Below are some picture highlights from Jenny & Piglet's trip.
Sunday, July 26, 2015
Honda CB500X Rally Raid Level 3 Kit & Accessories Review and Installation By Jenny Morgan and Blancolirio Part 2
|Picture © Rally Raid|
Saturday, July 25, 2015
|Pretty Birdie...Picture © Honda|
Another fun vintage video espousing the virtues of motorcycle safety in a bygone era. Many of the tips are still relevant today. An interesting feature of this particular film is that it speaks of the riders responsibility to plan, prepare and anticipate whilst riding. Thus demonstrating that motorcycling itself is not dangerous but rather, lack of attention whilst riding can be!
Friday, July 24, 2015
|Gotta Love That Face!|
|RCAF in Cornwall, Ontario|
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Honda Motorcycles Europe has FINALLY released episode 6 of their campaign for the soon to be released 2016 Honda Africa Twin. What makes this video more tolerable than their previous instalments is that now you can view the actual bike in motion, looking great I might add, and performing like a rock star. Actual Pictures of the bike in use can be found here...
Thursday, July 16, 2015
|Picture © Harley-Davidson|
Royal Enfield Bullet Classic EFI (C5). I put a deposit down on the bike at the beginning of January 2009 and was thrilled to finally be able to collect it a month ago. It was the first Classic EFI to make its way over to the Republic of Ireland and luckily for me, a boyhood dream was realized when said EFI Classic just so happened to be still in her crate from India! There isn't really any other way to describe the feelings of seeing something as beautiful as this bike coming out of its crate other than to compare it to Christmas morning when as children, we found ourselves sleep deprived over having trying to stay up all night to catch a glimpse of ol' St. Nicholas himself.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
I was returning home from a couple of days of zigzagging around the Ozark Mountains with a friend of mine. We had parted ways the previous morning as he went further south and I aimed for Polaris heading north into Missouri.
Thursday, July 9, 2015
A THROWBACK POKE AT 1960'S INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS...
A TIME WHERE THINGS WERE JUST A LITTLE BIT MACHO
AND A LOT MORE RIDICULOUS.
Thursday, July 2, 2015
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
|At the Foothills of of the Mighty Himalayas|
2016 new Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin
'Genteki Test Footage' Promo Video
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Thursday, June 18, 2015
|Photo © freerepublic.com|
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
L'équipée is one such group that reminds me of the spirit of adventure and friendship that seems so rare today. L'équipée is made up of a group of women who share a passion for classic motorcycles, friendship and a sense of freedom that comes with exploring the unknown on two wheels. Fortunately, these five women were kind enough to bring us along on their August 2014 Himalayan Odyssey. L'équipée made headlines, being interviewed by Vanity Fair, as tales of their twenty day journey sparks a flame in the hearts of a majority of us who could ever only dream of embarking on such a journey. Here is their story in French and in English!
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
This is the common procedure for changing oil in all Royal Enfield UCE engines, the grade of the oil is 15w50 and I am using Motul 5100 having the same grade. I have also changed the oil filter and cleaned the suction filter.
Special Thanks Goes Out To ©Addicted To Ride for posting this via YouTube!
Sunday, June 7, 2015
|The Rivet Motorcycle - |
Shatner Inspired, Kirk Approved!
Photo © American Wrench
Saturday, June 6, 2015
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
|Western Flyer Bicycle|
Photo © infobarrel.com
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Monday, June 1, 2015
Sunday, May 31, 2015
|Flat Ground a Campsite Makes ...|
They say that all trips begin with that first mile. Not always so. In my case I had to travel a little over 160 km and cross into another country before a measured mile would come into effect. On July 7 I left Toronto early enough to miss the mayhem that is known as the morning rush hour. The QEW to Buffalo is probably one of the busiest arteries between Canada and the States. Add to that the morning rush hours of Hamilton, St. Catherine's and during the tourist season all the mayhem that goes with Niagara Falls. So you can see my early-morning departure avoids most of the usual carnage. At the border, a US customs agent shook his head when I told him where I was immediately going and then of my general plans for the next three months. Rather than a cavity search, he returned my passport and wished me well. My first stop in the United States of America, is always to see one of the great goodwill ambassadors America has to offer. But Marci wasn't home, so I had coffee with Chuck.
Sunday, April 12, 2015
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Monday, March 23, 2015
Sunday, March 1, 2015
Photo © LGM
Monday, January 12, 2015
|A Biker Is Born, Part Deux!|