Sunday, January 31, 2016

Playing Folsom Prison Blues By Johnny Cash on a Cigar Box Guitar With Nigel McTrustry

Since receiving my DB Custom Cigar Box Guitar (aka Gloria) I have been practicing every day for weeks now. Unlike Percy, I have ZERO experience playing any kind of musical instrument. Thus, I wanted to start with something easy and fun. Cue Johnny Cash and his hit Folsom Prison Blues. Thankfully, Nigel McTrustry of CBG Australia, has made a straight forward instructional video on how to play Folsom Prison Blues on a three string CBG. However, there are some things to keep in mind. I have tried to break it down further for y'all. Included below is a copy of Cash's original song, Nigel's instructional video, and the lyrics to the song. However, fret not, I have not added a video of myself playing the song on Gloria! You can thank me later. ;-)

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Amphibious Water Scooter By The British Pathé

"Amphibious Water Scooter. Fabulous 1960s invention - a scooter for the road and water demonstrated on the Thames in London." - British Pathé 

copyright © British Pathé 1960

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Lambretta Scooter Folding Caravan 1959 By The British Pathé

Just when you thought you couldn't buy an affordable, reliable touring two-wheeler! Lambretta scooter pulls a folding caravan in style. But wait; there is more to this story than meets the eye! Ken Strugnell, a scooter engineer filmed in this short commercial may still be looking for his co-star today! 

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Friday, January 15, 2016

The Story of the British Motorbike By BBC 4 Timeshift

"The British love of motorbikes was born in the early part of the 20th Century. Since then bikers have thrilled at the freedom and speed offered by their machines." - BBC 4 Timeshift

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Zen & The Art of Motorcycle Studies - The Online Course!

Mario R.J. Corbin
aka BugSpatteredJacket
Professor. Biker. Artist.
This course examines the cultural phenomenon of motorcycling and its use in music, literature, film, advertising and art world wide. The study of motorcycles as a form of cultural icon also serves as a basis for discussing gender, class, identity and community. Students will be given the unique opportunity to examine all that motorcycling has to offer including hands on experience in designing and building their own two wheeled concept machine. Students are encouraged to participate regularly by sharing information, opinions and case studies via the course Facebook page.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Motorcycle Football By The British Pathé

"This is a motorcycle football match between the Border Motor Club and the North Hants Club. M/S of line of players on motorbikes entering the field. M/S of a judge throwing coin. Two men from the opposite teams are at each side and a huge ball sits in the middle. C/U shot of the ball - it is at least twice the size of a football. Voiceover explains the rules and talks about the game's popularity and its origins." - British Pathé

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Thanks to the multiple of folks who have contributed over the course of the past several years our blog is steadily growing. With each new contribution our site becomes more pertinent, if not simply more interesting to the motorcycling and tattooing community. Thus, do not hesitate to send something in and be a part of a friendly and welcoming group of bikers and tattoo artists alike!

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Monday, January 4, 2016

Blast From The Past: Loving My Intruder 1400!

1996 Suzuki Intruder 1400cc

After a year of being "bikeless" and finding myself scrupulously getting my jollies off on some rather inferior motorcycle school bikes (I am a whore, I know) I finally have come into a situation in my life where I can happily announce that I am once again a complete and whole "biker!" (Sigh). It was a lonely year, what without the sweet embrace of cold steel on flesh or the rumbling of that oh so familiar V-Twin between my legs. Adding to nostalgia is the faint scent of oil filling your nostrils as you wait at a set of red lights, fists punched out into the air without a thought of anything or anyone in the world. Yes, just thinking about it sends me blushing not unlike a school girl. I make no apologies though, after all, after 34 years I have come to embrace my passions with a fury and motorcycling just happens to be that one passion that supersedes any and all other hobbies or interests.

Blast From The Past: Love At First Sight

2012 Victory High-Ball
Ho hum... another day, another bike. At least, until I came across the 2012 Victory High-Ball this past spring. Say what you will about Harley-clones, the Victory Motorcycle Company has, at least in my opinion, attempted to spice things up over the course of the last 13 years by creating some fairly unique and affordable motorcycles. The Victory High-Ball is no exception. Its sleek lines and return to retro styling "bobber" attitude with ape bars hark back to 1953's 'The Wild One' with Marlon Brando. Like the Triumph Thunderbird 650cc that Brando rode, the Victory High-Ball dares to re-imagine what the classic 'biker' should be riding instead of the typical 'HOG' that the Harley-Davidson company continuously flogs at us.

Wheels Through Time Museum Presents The World’s Rarest Motorcycle: A 1916 Traub Motorcycle

The “World’s Rarest Motorcycle”: 
A 1916 Traub Motorcycle 

"The Traub’s story is unlike that of any other. Found behind a brick wall in a Chicago apartment building in 1967, the Traub was discovered during the building’s renovation.  To this date, the machines origin remains a mystery.  Its builder, and its history may never be known.  At some point after its discovery, the machine was bought by a Chicago motorcycle shop owner named Torillo Tacchi.  Tacchi owned the machine for over 10 years before selling it to Bud Ekins, actor and stunt double for Steve McQueen, while he was on set for the Blues Brothers Movie in the late 1970. Ekins later sold the machine to collector and restorer, Richard Morris, who later sold it to Dale."

- Wheels Through Time

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Who's There? A Sunday Ride To Talab Shahi On A Royal Enfield! By Sabya Sachi Ghosh & Co.

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Our sunday ride destination was Talab Shahi, a hunting/fishing resort of jahangir near the hamlet of Bari, Dholpur Rajasthan. enroute we decided to detour to the chambal for crocodile spotting and then climbed the ancient Fort of Shergarh. there after we paid our respects to the fabled machkund lake and then headed for the hunting lodge of the 4th moughal emperor. For a change this ride album contains photos by mithun and reed.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Meet The Wood Bike By Ernst Eberhard

“Ein Visionär träumt Hirngespinste” 

"Ernst Eberhard from St. Ulrich in Feldkirchen realized his dream. He built himself a motorbike made of wood, steel and a single-cylinder diesel engine." - Author Unknown