Saturday, 31 March 2012

okay okay

Always a great motor choice, the hinckley bonneville is an ideal basis for a neat traditional chop.

Note that classy chops are ALWAYS in style - they never 'went out' or 'came in'.

Twin motor, spokes, rigid and low bars...hmmm good

Friday, 30 March 2012

Not yer average despatcher's ride

You wouldn't catch this bike couriering bits of papers between City ad agencies, that's for sure. I saw this on ebay going for a lot more than you'd normally pay for a cx, but then again it's a whole lot nicer.

Just shows what you can do on a tight budget. Can't buy soul.

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Dragon tattoo

Not what I had in my mind when I read the book!!!

(she's supposed to be kinda freaky and ride a kawa 125...)

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

AWoL swede rat

When I was a lad, there was a bike mag called AWoL, as in alternative way of life. It was pretty cool, actually it was bloody brilliant, and somehow managed to combine anarchist-squatter politics with outlaw MC coverage; most of all, though, it was about down-to-earth bikers and their rides.

This superdream 250 was built by Mark, one of the editorial team, and is a cracking bike. I wonder where it is now?

Mag-wise, thank God we still have 100% Biker. I don't bother with the rest.

Monday, 26 March 2012


Outrageous honda-tanked shovel cafe- definitely not to everyone's taste, I'm not sure it's even to mine, but a helluva ride nonethelesss!

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Brit Customs...

Wow, British Customs must have racked their brains tryin' yo name their company- who cares when they turn out stuff as neat as this Hinckley cafe (thruxton).

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Red Max

Red Max Speed shop are fast building a rep for turning out top-notch cafes, trackers and other neat stuff. Hard to believe this ace sporty was a pretty ordinary late-model ride til they worked some cafe magic on it. Doing a convincing job on that stock HD frame is not easy, but they've pulled it off a treat.

Friday, 23 March 2012

The need for Swede

Wa-hey! The puns don't get any better, do they?

Whatever, are you, like me, sick of the 'bobber craze'?

Yes, it was all ok when billet HDs were everywhere, a hark back to simpler times and cheaper bikes was a good thing. But now they're everywhere you go.

I say to you- polishing is OK!
You CAN have a front mudguard!
You don't HAVE to run Avon Speedmasters!
You don't HAVE to have a sprung bates seat!

I feel much better now. Time for a Swedish revival.


Just in case, that is, you thought I'd completely lost my mind. I still dig Harleys, Triumphs, chops, streetfighters, ratbikes, whatever- and I'll be bringing you a whole host of class rides in the near future. Here's a 'old and new' HD pair to set you off. Think I'll stick to a black lid tho', thanks!

park yer arse

As in 'take a seat'...and I'd certainly take one of these. Anyone used this company's stuff before? They're not exactly cheap- these run about £130 or so,upholstered- but that isn't exactly extortionate either, if they're as nice as they look.

Hmm, they also do bolt-on subframes for BMW airhead twins (R80/65/100/90); can you say 'easy project for mechanically inept fool'? When yer drunk?

Thursday, 22 March 2012

kevil and perry

Her we go vida-lovers...livin' la vida loco and then some. I have discovered a new perversion...1st was ageing honda 750/4s, then sportsters became my it's all about airhead beemers.

This one was built by Kevils speed shop, just down the road from me in Devon; google 'em, he does some great stuff with these old boxer twins. This baby looks like it should be tooling around So Cal, not an 80s autobahn.

There'll be plenty more like this- and maybe even my this space!

Same shirt, diff'rent day

Guess who's been playing on the blogger template design page? whaddya reckon? makes a change from black 'n' flames...tho' that's not always a good thing. More pics coming soon.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012


Crikey- it's been a while, huh?

I have been a busy bee to say the least.

I think it's time to share a little cafe goodness with you all, friends. I've kinda missed the blog thing to tell the truth. See ya round?

Oh yeah, I did forget all my login stuff, and even how to load pix. It's all come floodin' back!

The sporty's sadly gone- to a good owner at least. More next time...

Lastly- cafes are definitely flava o' the month at vida. Especially airhead beemers. Oh yes. One will be mine. My local Halfords are quaking in their boots already.