Friday, June 30, 2017

Ran When Parked

1967 Triumph 3TA Bobber 350cc. This bike is a little unusual. To begin with it's a custom built around a 3T. I'm not sure I've ever seen another Triumph "bobber" with a nacelle. There were some unusual choices made but I think it sorta works. The fab work looks to be pretty high quality too. Sadly the listing suggests it's an estate sale.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Motorcycle Gang

Sometimes the motorcycles are good enough to justify watching a bad movie. Thanks Vorhese!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Budschat 1957 T100RR

Bob Budschat's race notes from July, 27 1957. The 1957 Triumph T100RR was a very limited production competition-only model purpose built for “Class C” dirt track racing. T100RR's were scarce enough they tended to go to only the very best racers. Based on other race results I’ve seen for Bob, he must have eventually nursed his back to perfect health.
Bob Budschat, his T100RR and Eldon Wright.
 Bob ran Triumphs from 1950-1959. He raced for Johnny Allen in Tacoma and raced/worked for Dewey's Cycles in Seattle.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Grease Ball

Always the consummate professional, Pacific Northwest Museum of Motorcycling historian Tom Samuelsen found the true "Grease Ball" lineage. He's amazing.

The Grease Ball is one of the best events of the summer. In addition to a top-notch car and motorcycle show at a fabulous venue (the best French fries in Washington) the Seattle Cossacks will be performing and both the Pacific Northwest Museum of Motorcycling and the Vintage Motorcycle Enthusiasts (VME) will be represented. Be there and bring a cool car or bike!

Event information and registration is available on the Slim's Last Chance website .

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Davis Pre-Unit

Every so often one of Mike Davis' Pre-Unit Triumphs resurfaces. Still pretty timeless in my opinion.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Don Feaster - Daytona 1953

Thanks to Larry Feaster for sharing this photo of his father Don. 

Don Feaster traveled with Red Farwell for the fatefully tragic 1953 Daytona race. Don was fresh back from his stint in Korea. Don rode the same factory Norton that Red Farwell rallied to a 2nd place finish in the previous year's 1952 race. 

This photo taken before the race is such a timeless portrayal of a racer's swagger and playfulness. What an incredible shot. It's just heartbreaking the day didn't finish in the same fashion.


Monday, June 12, 2017

Norton Model 18

I'm still finding myself pretty damn Norton obsessed. Hey George...

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Indian Tribute Ride

Motocross/Supercross legend Guy "Airtime" Cooper is undergoing a super cool vintage motorcycle ride. Eventually Guy was born into a family that absolutely lived motorcycles. So much so Guy's parents spent their honeymoon riding their Indian parallel twins on a long distance multi-day trip. Now Guy and his wife are retracing that same ride, also on Indian parallels, for the 65th anniversary. Guy has nicely documented his parents ride, the restoration of the Indians and the trip itself on Instagram. I think the trip may be complete now but it's still well worth a look.
Ellen Cooper at one of their stops on their Honeymoon
Mary Ellen Cooper, Charles Cooper & friends on a leg their honeymoon ride.
Dads 1950 Indian TT Warrior. He raced this bike in the 1961 Jack Pine Run. He also rode this bike with Guy around the National Motocross track at Gainesville, FL in 1990.
Charles Cooper throwing around some dirt
Charles Cooper's Indian Factory Service School Certificate
Charles Cooper on his Indian
A shop decal from Charles' shop in the 30's. Charles started a side business selling bicycle parts out of his father's tack shop at 12 years old!
Mary Ellen Cooper on her Indian with Chief in foreground
Just in case you aren't familiar with the origins of Guy's "Airtime" nickname I've included the following photo. Incidentally this Guy making the young guys look bad today, at 54.
Guy doesn't need new iron to get ridiculous either. Here he is inflight on a 1974 Bultaco.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

I'm Batman

Godspeed Adam West

Westside Motorcycle Club - 1938

Westside Motorcycle Club, Eugene, Oregon, 1938. This is a portion of an old 8mm movie the Westside Motorcycle Club shot of stunt riding on highway 99 between Eugene and Junction City, Oregon. 1938 is the same year the Seattle Cossacks were officially founded.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Kirtland Army Air Field Albuquerque

Thanks to Flathead Rob for passing along these WWII era photos of Kirtland Army Air Field in Albuquerque NM. Pretty incredible.