Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Rod Coates

Rod was a man of many hats. Racer, mechanical engineer, motorcycle dealer, service manager for Triumph’s East Coast distributor TriCor and Dad.

Bell Auto Parts

Monday, January 29, 2018

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Kicking Technique

Let me just start by admitting I have officially become that "get off my lawn!" crotchety old man. I guess it happens to us all if you live long enough. That said I have a motorcycling pet peeve I can just no longer keep to myself. When kick-starting a motorcycle there are officially two acceptable methods:

1) Stand next to the bike, one foot on the kicker and one on the ground
2) Straddle the bike, one foot on the kicker and one on the ground

Some jackass somewhere decided in the recent past it was cool to either kneel in the seat or wildly swing the opposing leg. Guess what. You were wrong. It's really fucking stupid. To the clowns that then decided to emulate that guy... just stop.
Awesome. These douches know both techniques.
Guys have successfully kick-started bikes for almost 100 years without ever using either new method. The swinging leg guys who explode their knee when their stroked Shovelhead pops back will eventually learn it's really dumb too.

I conducted a vast search to pinpoint that first jackass (to blame). Surprisingly I found him in a 1950 issue of CYCLE magazine issue. Here's the deal, it was a joke. Evidently the other 65 years worth of guys that saw article this got that. In any case, happy to clear it up. Now please stop.
If you are absolutely hellbent to express your "individuality" maybe just learn to do something cool while you are riding (Oh, and without your official photographer present. I promise Instagram won't revolt). So that means flipping off the camera while you look real tough does not count. Maybe learn to wheelie, jump or ride backwards.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Barcia - Olivia Edition

The custom helmet Justin Barcia wore at the Anaheim II Supercross race bears an uncanny resemblance to Olivia. The Arai sticker even approximates the badge. Cool helmet but I might not be objective.

Start Em Young

Saturday, January 20, 2018


Some a-hole wrote on my lunchbox... 

As a kid when everyone else was into Kiss, Fran Tarkington or Scooby Doo I was all about Bob Hannah. I would have killed for this lunchbox if it existed. I guess now I have one.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Monday, January 15, 2018

Indian Rider

1937 H-D BT Flathead. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a Harley set up for an Indian rider like this before.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Dewey’s Cycle

Ben Roman recently pointed this screenshot of I believe Dick Taylor (#62) in a Dewey’s Cycle (a Seattle Triumph shop) t-shirt. It appears like he might be on an H-D. Hmmm.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Friday, January 12, 2018


Pretty confident Flathead Rob’s dreams look a little like this.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Ariel Racer

I spotted this Ariel flat tracker recently and it really wanted to follow me home. I decided I’m saving myself for George’s Norton. Hi George. Call me when you’re ready.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018


Frank’s drive-in. Lomas Boulevard west of Washington in Albuquerque NM.

Monday, January 8, 2018