Thursday, February 28, 2013


I go through phases where I just can't get enough of some particular motorcycle. Recently it's been late 40's Brit Scramblers.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Dealer Decals

I'm such a sucker for these. The funny part for my whole life the first thing I did after bringing home a new bicycle/motorcycle/car is strip all the dealer advertising stuff off.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

House Guest

What the hell?! That's not a Triumph!

Mexican Food

A routine day in the parking lot of Mazatlan.


Damn I'm gonna miss that little dude again. It's really fun to have a kid that gets it. I'm beginning to think he and Uncle Flathead making some half-cocked cross-country trip in a 100+ year old vehicle is eventually inevitable.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Washington MC Plate

If you are looking for a vintage Washington motorcycle license plate there may never be a better time to find it.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013


I saw this photo and immediately thought this is a 13 year old Flathead Rob's dream driveway. Odds are good a 13 year old Vaughn's dream driveway will be quite similar.

Ran When Parked

Historic Antique Electric Trolley - $20000 (Issaquah, WA)

 It's near my work. I could drop by on my lunch hour and pick it up for you

Blue Rapide

Ignorance is bliss.

One of my incredibly generous New Mexico motorcycle friends (I miss you guys...) was kind enough to let me ride his Black Shadow several months ago. For the record, riding a Vincent is every bit as cool as you might guess. But now I know what it's like...

I have been secretly coveting Rapides ever since. I like that they are the less glamorous little sister. I love the polished engine. Then I stumbled across this red Rapide. Not black, awesome meant for American export (Indian dealer) lineage. I was in love with a motorcycle it's extremely likely I will never own.

Now a buddy shared this link with me. An out-of-focus shot of a blue Rapide. I can find no other photo. Doesn't matter. I am now in love with a motorcycle I know I will never own

Monday, February 18, 2013

Aero V-Twin

I'm at a complete loss as to why Flathead Rob doesn't have one of these sitting is his garage.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Early Bird Swap Meet

Flathead Rob and I ran down to the 45th annual Early Bird Swap Meet today. I'm missing my family and motorcycle friends but I must the prevalence of these sorts of events certainly help to soften the blow.

One of the primary items we hoped to find is a fluted headlight lens English Stephen is chasing. Lurker Tom mentioned that is a Model T reproduction lens. Unfortunately we stuck out today but we may collected a couple of promising deals we still need to chase down. In case you happen to have one stashed away here is the actual lens we were hunting. It has vertical flutes and is slightly convex.

As a consultation he coolest lens we saw is the one below. I suspect we are looking automotive hens teeth.

My only score was this original 1951 Triumph factory parts book. Flathead Rob & Nate scored this puppy at a swap meet last year. Now I have the matched pair. In some ways a Parts Books are more useful than the factory manual because of the exploded assembly views that aren't in the manual.

I also found this 1951 Washington plate. Believe of not it is original paint. It's not something I could even consider given my current budget but I sure would have liked to bring it home. next time maybe.

The following are just a handful of interest things we saw there.

This boat was pretty amazing. It must have been about 40' long. It is power by a 1000ci 6 cylinder. It hard to tell from the photo but the entire cockpit was Teak or something similar. For some reason you seem to see more boats , outboard motor, etc. than you see at similar events in Albuquerque...

This cool little runabout made me think of Chevy Dave


Cool little cyclecar. It's to tell from the photo but both the front and back were single person.

 Timing Association plate. It was probably a reproduce but still cool.

Funky snack vendor truck. This vehicle must have been photographed  more than almost anything else at the meet.

I love this old Dodge truck. Flathead Rob ended up buying a Indian Chum-me seat from this guy. 

It was a fun day and the weather was mostly good. This swap must by 3x the size of the largest swap in the Albuquerque.



Can't decide between Brit and American iron? Why bother.

Thursday, February 14, 2013


Don't have a gift for that special someone yet? Screw it. You're already in trouble why not buy her one of these.

1945 Bugatti Veyron

As you may know Bugatti is now owned by Volkswagen. Is seems like you can sorta tell.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Triumph Elvis

This photo was passed along to me by Panhead Nate, proving IMO that Nate is more an Elvis fan than an HD fan. Nate's a pretty serious HD guy too.

This is the first Elvis related photo I've ever seen in which he was NOT on a Harley. This is a still from a movie called "Stay Away Joe." It was shot near near Flathead Rob's old stomping grounds of Prescott Az.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Ed Kretz & Son Motorcycle Museum

Located in Sedalia, CO. I wish I had known about it when I lived near it.

Ran When Parked

1951 Vincent Rapide - I never cease to be amazed by how much money Vincents bring. Currently at $10,000 with 10 bids. Reserve not met.

1936 Supercharged Vincent TT

Triumph Guys

Interesting that the two most notable actors that also moonlighted successfully as racecar drivers appear to have been Triumph guys.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

15th Annual Auburn Teddy Bear Run

I took Olivia to meet the Seattle Cossacks today. I got to hang with my daughter too. Great day. My daughter was guest photographer so I'll try to put some additional shots up later. Thanks to Mrs. Flathead Rob for taking this killer shot.

Too much fun!