We don’t know who this little fellow is but by God, he appears to have had the coolest childhood in recorded human history.
Some photographs seem to tell a hell of a story, even when we don’t know anything about them.
The 2013 Triumph Tiger Explorer XC is one of the relatively few modern motorcycles that I’d buy in a heartbeat. From a design perspective the Explorer has that angular, industrial look that I think will define many motorcycles from this period and ensure the bike’s place in history as a classic off-road tourer.
The Yamaha RD 400 is a noisy, polluting, unreliable motorcycle. It’s also wonderful. I know that 2-strokes are frowned upon in the modern age of melting ice caps, vanishing glaciers, super-sized hurricanes and acid rain but if we put all of that aside for a moment, we all know that 2-strokes represent a high water mark on the amount of fun it’s possible to have on two wheels.
This wonderful short film tells the tale of three British men who decided, in the early ’90s, to climb onto their £500 motorcycles and ride them around the world. With no preparation, forethought, research or very much money. And they did it.
This photograph beautifully captures the sense of speed of these two motorcycle racers, they appear to be racing the same model of motorcycle although I can’t for the life of me figure out what it is.
I’ve had this picture sitting around for a while, it isn’t perfectly framed but I like the off the cuff feel of it and the fact that it seems to capture the latter part of a summers day.
I’d love to know the backstory here though I doubt anyone can shed light on it due to the age of the photograph. It appears to be a chap hammering along on a beautiful AJS with a large bunch of flowers tied to the speedometer.
Ed Kretz was the top motorcycle racer in the 1930s and 1940s, he bought his first motorcycle when he was 20 years old out of sheer necessity, it was the Great Depression and an Indian Motorcycle was all Ed could afford as a mode of transportation.
Both of the vintage motorcycles in this image are seriously raising out interest today, that bike in the back looks like it might be the coolest motorcycle of all time and the sheer absurdity of that bike in the foreground must be hiding a tale or two.
Walt Siegl is one of the finest custom motorcycle builders in the world today, we’ve covered his work in the past with features on the MotoBee, the Riviera Ducati SS, the WS Sport Classic and the FX Roadster.
It’s wonderful the way vintage photographs like this can capture a moment so perfectly it almost feels like you’re there.