Archive for July 29th, 2012

Self Indulgent Eye Candy

July 29, 2012

I don’t know about other Dear Readers, but I fully intend to have my obituary (warts and all) posted on this site. In the interim, a self indulgent post on classic English motorcyles which, when tweaked and kitted out became Cafe Racers. Cafe Racers were a specifically British phenomena of the late ’50s and ’60s. Never a Harley or any other similar American junk in sight. When I was a misspent princeling, here was the bike to own.

Truimph Bonneville 650 1965 T-120

Came in three basic colours and this one is equipped with clubman low bars. Very basic boy racer style personified.

Velocette Thruxton single cylinder 500 with trademark fishtail exhaust

Vincent Black Shadow

Only seen a few in my life, but they entered popular consciousness due to the Chiko Roll ad. Note: for the unitiated, the Chiko Roll was a perfectly shitty concoction consisting of cabbage, MSG and deep fried batter and was to be avoided at all costs. And if you are having problems sourcing this delicacy, HERE is the reason.

The last version of the Chiko Roll ad before it was deep-sixed by sushi.

Classic Norton Commando 750 with highly influential feather bed frame. Yellow was the best colour though.

Tritan – Pure sex on two wheels – Norton frame @ Bonneville motor

Norvin – way above our pay scale – Norton frame @ Vincent motor

1969 Kawasaki Mach 3 500 triple

But this was the bike some of us could afford. A frame which flexed on corners, horrendous acceleration and you could accidentally wheel stand at 120kmp. Buy one on hp and never get to see out your repayment schedule. Russian roulette on two wheels.

1972 Rickman Triumph with thanks

And if you become a millionaire, this is the machine for you.

Okay, got this itch out of my system.