Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Triumph of Sara

This mystery girl has a rockin', bolt-on hardtail Triumph bobber that looks to be about a '69. Max Schaaf painted the tank. Dig those black rims too. Photos by DutchmanPhotos (aka Maurice van den Tillaard) and more great pics at ChicoMoto. Watch for Sara's Triumph in the next issue of Sideburn Magazine.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Bad News Triumph Bobber

Jeremy Hoyer's Triumph Bobber "Bad News" Via Chop Cult  |  Bike Exif  |  Steve Cox

An Evel Triumph

On March 25th, 1967, Evel Knievel's first daredevil jump was on a Triumph Bonneville T120 (650cc). Happy birthday Evel.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Happy Birthday Steve McQueen

"When I believe in something, I fight like hell for it."

Terrence Steven "Steve" McQueen: March 24, 1930 – November 7, 1980

Visit the Official McQueen Site

Monday, March 22, 2010

Springtime British Motorcycles

Welcome Spring!
Bring on the bike shows. Beautiful BSAs, Triumphs and Nortons in crisp, sepia colors via iansolley's bike show gallery. You have to look at these in full size.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Edwin Denim

Whether you write it "selvedge" (British) or "selvage" (American) there is so much of it going on at Edwin Denim. In 1947, denim jeans were not manufactured in Japan. It was then that K. K. Tsunemi founded Edwin Denim and began importing jeans directly from the United States. The jeans were worn and beaten up, so he's repair and clean them and offer them to his Japanese customers. In 1951, Japan started making jeans, but they were not up to the quality of the American counterparts so by 1961, Mr. Tsunemi began making his own. In the 1970s. Edwin Denim was the first company to offer "old wash" jeans, designed to replicate workwear that had been worn and washed from it's rigid, original state.

Check out the "Lookbooks" too. Slick stuff. I can't get enough of this stuff as my quest to own the perfect pair of jeans continues...

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Bike Photo Contest, Win a Shirt!

What's missing here? A pic of your bike, that's what.
Send us the best photo of your own British bike and our two favorites will receive a free HMT shirt in the size of your choice! We'll post the best ones and the winners will be announced on April 11, 2010. Email pics to

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Triumph Bobber

This is the where I want to go next. For me, the beauty of the Triumph bobber form is the low slung stance. 1970 or older, black rims, low bars, big headlight, solo seat, straight pipes, 4" stretch, 2" drop, bobbed rear fender, and stock Triumph tank. I'd rather do my own and shops like Helrich Custom Cycles, WrenchMonkees, Anglo Bobbers and Deus Ex Machina offer some killer inspiration.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Movie Motorcycles

Of course, there are too many cool ones to name in one post, so here are a today's notables. 
Several more screenshots at my Flickr account.

 THX1138: I'm glad to see that in the future police droids are riding custom Triumphs with Avon fairings:



The Wild One, Brando's own Triumph


Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Revenge Run April 23-24, 2010

Don't have any plans April 23-24? Get your pirate on and join us on the Revenge Run! 500 miles of choppers, camping, moonshine and punk rock. Since HMT is one of the sponsors you know we'll be there flingin' swag as usual. With folks coming from as far away as California (holla!) it's shaping up to be quite the gypsy ride.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Mr. Bartlett's Royal Enfield

 Bill Green is an automotive photographer and we took my Enfield out for a road photo shoot recently. He really has an eye and the post production talent for making the vehicles look larger than life.

 Turned out slick, I think! My bike is a 2003 Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Classic. I replaced the stock tires with bigger 4.00x19 Duro #308 Universal last summer. Not only do they look cool, but they're a lot more forgiving on uneven pavement. I ride 50 miles round trip to and from work every day it's not freezing and raining. The Enfield rides very smooth and I love the rumble of this single thumper. It has the old iron barrel which remained consistent (along with virtually everything else) from 1955-2008. It's easy to change the oil, replace clutch plates, adjust timing and make all the adjustments necessary for regular maintenance. When there's something I can't fix, I turn to Rex Floyd - my favorite British bike mechanic - a guy who's become a good friend.