Thursday, September 24, 2015

203 Days, 4 Hours & 3 Minutes To Go Until Bella Comes Home!

Never Touch Another Man's Bike! ;-)
Today was a good day. It was the day I got to see Bella before she was put into storage. The next 203 Days, 4 Hours & 3 Minutes until Bella comes home with me from Rock Moto Sport will be long to say the least. I'll have to settle for these pictures until then!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Meet Bella - My Moto Guzzi V7 Racer!

Ah, Molto Bella!
Choosing Mr. T's Replacement can only be described as a lifetime of waiting as I finally came to an important decision today. I put a down payment on a bike that I had given up on ever buying because frankly, at its regular price, it was out of reach. Even more so, had you asked me after selling The WidowMaker if I would ever own a Moto Guzzi again I would have said probably not. However, Piaggio has helped Moto Guzzi come a long way and the V7 range is no exception. It shares the same bullet proof 750 transverse V-Twin as my former Nevada, but has been upgraded with over 70% new components since 2013. Moto Guzzi has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity over the last decade. Add to the fact that thanks to Moto Guzzi's new lineup of V7II's to hit dealerships in the next few months, they discounted their present lineup and voila, you are now looking at the very excited and very proud owner of a Moto Guzzi V7 Racer whom I believe I shall aptly name Bella. Don't take my word for it, just ask Jamie Robinson...

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Built Like a Bullet, Made Like a Gun - A Brief History of Royal Enfield Motorcycles

Built Like a Bullet, Made Like a Gun - 
A Brief History of Royal Enfield Motorcycles

A Short Jaunt on a Motorcycle Through Dublin, Ireland in 1921

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

Indian Enfields Vs. Enfield Indians

1956 Indian Trailblazer
(Rebadged Royal Enfield Meteor 700cc)

Believe it or not, at one time Royal Enfields' were once upon a time rebadged as Indian Motorcycles. Between 1955 through to 1960 Royal Enfields' were imported into the United States in an attempt to compete with popular British singles.