It isn’t often that I discover a Land Rover variant I’ve never seen before, so when I stumbled across a picture of this, the Bell Aurens Longnose I thought I was looking at a long forgotten Land Rover concept car, or perhaps an old Defender modified by a wealthy oil sheik.
Taken from the August 1971 edition of Sports Illustrated this is one of the most famous photos of McQueen in action.
Ewan McGregor is quite possibly the biggest proponent of motorcycling we have at the moment, perhaps most famous for his trips around the globe siting atop the venerable BMW 12000GS alongside his childhood friend Charlie Boorman. He’s a huge fan of Moto Guzzi’s and has one at his place in the UK, he’s also a fan of vintage trials bikes, like this old Ossa 2-stroke.
Most guys spend their high school years chasing tail, unsuccessfully trying to buy beer and making every effort to look like Kurt Cobain. Lord knows I did. But that isn’t the path Chris Riffel chose for himself, this inspirational high schooler got a group of friends together, talked some teachers into helping and then set about building a fully functioning Fallout 3 bike, right down to the little radiation emblems on the front and rear.
The Husqvarna Baja Concept was unveiled at the New York International Motorcycle Show last week, in some respects its the next step in development for their Moab concept, although the Baja does seem a little more suited to rolling around in the mud.
Having a handheld device with GPS, communications, a compass, maps, a camera, a video camera and the ability to look at pictures of boobs anytime you like is perhaps final proof that the future has arrived.
The Hodaka company was a joint American/Japanese company founded in the 1960’s, they were largely credited with creating the trail bike niche and kicking off the craze for the light, off-road bikes that swept much of the western world. Whoever was in charge of the motorcycle naming committee at Hodaka was quite clearly a genius, some…
This 7 minute scene centres around the infamous motorcycle chase in the movie, Charles Bronson chases a man across the Californian countryside, both men are on identical Husqvarna 2-stroke dirt bikes (the bikes alone are enough to warrant a viewing).
The 70’s were a gold-era in the production of off-road motorcycles, it may just be my personal preference but bikes like this just look so much better than the plastic and graphics covered dirt bikes of today.
It’s a little hard to imagine people taking their Harley-Davidson hardtails out for weekends of mountain climbing and river fording but that’s exactly what they did in the 1950’s.
Old bikes like this BSA Spitfire Scramber always hold great appeal for me, given the choice of a modern, plastic-fairing covered dirt bike or this, I’d go BSA everytime. Sure, they might be heavier, less reliable, harder to start and harder to stop but bikes like this have a tangible personality. Some days they’ll be bastards and some days they’ll be saints, as far as I’m concerned, that’s half the fun.
I love a good Husky. Especially the older models like this one, there’s something just glorious about them, I could park this in my living room just as soon as I could take it up a trail.