Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
I'm the first to admit I don't know too much about Indians. Some of you think I don't know much about Harleys or Triumphs either! So I'm making an effort to learn a little more about Indians. Best I can tell this is a late 30's Indian Sport Scout, the replacement to the 101 Scout. Indian guys help me out.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
A couple more cool pics from Catalina. Two points of interest. The spectator in the foreground is sportin' a Sinners sweater. Very cool. Maybe we should make one these at the NLAMC. Second is the cool Johnson Motors style delivery truck. Maybe we should make one of these to haul around the Wing Nuts.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Some of a few great pics sent to us from the Frank Doherty collection of photos. Stephen has been kind enough to share some of his father's photos, including these from a trip with Frank and Don Mathews from Los Angeles to South Dakota in 1954. Don was on a Vincent and Frank an AJS. After chasing Don half way across the country Frank broke down and bought himself a Vincent. Stay tuned for the pictures.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
This cat is pretty fancy looking for a Harley rider in rural America. I'm guessing he's some sorta moonshiner or bank robber who just blew his loot on a new suit and a new Knuckle. Just guessing of course. You don't see too many 18 inch whitewalls from this era.
It appears as though the Doc has put his beautiful blue Knuck on a diet. Obviously he has been so inspired by the Wing Nuts that he chose to turn his bike into a cut down bobber. Looking good Doc! He assures me that there is more changes to come. By the way Doc, we miss you and your pithy commentary. Where have you been?
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
I've never really done a book review before, but I recently got this book from my wife and I'm digging it. Cristine Sommer Simmons has put together a photographic history of early women motorcyclists in a nice large hardbound book. As you all know I like early pictures and this book is full of them. There are some very cool pictures I've never seen before and some that I have, but well worth buying if you like these type of books. I'm pushing this book on my own so don't think I'm working for the man or the woman in this case.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
I am happy to share with you a few pics from a family album. It comes from the family of Stephen Doherty who was kind enough to share some pics his father Frank Doherty took in 1953 in Topanga, CA. It looks a lot like Crater Camp, but we can't be certain. There are more to come. Here's just a taste. Thanks again Stephen.
I just got off the phone with our friend Bob Mac and he shared another great story with me, so I decided to shared it with you. As some of you may know from earlier posts, Bob was a Yellow Jacket in Wilmington, CA in the late 40s. He was deep in the mix of the post war So Cal scene. He is a great guy and full of great stories. One of the places the guys like to ride was the LA river bed near Long Beach. It was an unimproved sandy river bed unlike the concrete river that runs through the rest of the city. They'd go down there, race around, drink some beer and depending on the beer consumption, spend the night. One of the guys that used to hang around was a gentleman named Arnold "Yo Yo" Balinger. Yo Yo was apparently all that. He was described by Bob as, well, crazy. At night the guys would ride around the river bed and chase rabbits. Seems as though once the rabbits were "trapped" in your headlight they couldn't escape. So the guys would sweep on in, lean to the left and grab the rabbit by the ears. They'd ride a few yards and let Bugs go. A test of skill if you will. Well someone ran over one of those rabbits and it killed him, so he was taken back to the campfire to impress the ladies. As manly men we all know how much dead woodland creatures impress the chicks! I guess the girls were a little grossed out by the dead rabbit, but this was not good enough for Yo Yo, so he torn the rabbit in two pieces, then bit into it and removed most of it's guts. Bob was standing right next to Yo Yo when he did this and was not prepared for the carnage, so he turned his head to the right and proceeded to barf. For some reason neither of them hooked up with any ladies that night. Thanks Bob. I love your stories.
We've all seen famous photos of big men on big bikes crashing through flaming walls, but here is something for the little people. Hows about a little bike through a little wall? This is from the Putt Mossman motorcycle show. I've got more pics so stay tuned.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
This photo is what is believed to be Crater Camp, a popular motorcycle riding spot back in the 40s and 50s. This mythical place was located somewhere near Mulholland Hwy and Topanga Cyn. It was a meet and ride spot for motorcycle jockeys to get together and ride around in the dirt. Impromptu racing, hillclimbs, TT etc. As the years went on the bikes got pushed further and further out of the city. If anyone has more photos or stories related to the place please share them with us all.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
This is a different sort of hill climbing. This is the kind I like the most. Taking old bike up trails and into the woods and mountains. This photo was taken in the So Cal mountains in the 1950s. That's one of the things I truly like about early riders and bikes. There was one bike for all needs. A tire change was the only thing to separate the daily rider from the race bike from the desert bike from the mountain bike.