Sunday, January 31, 2010

"Russ Collins was one of the leading motorcycle drag racers and drag bike builders of the 1960s and ‘70s. His dual- and even triple-engine monster motorcycles, such as the Assassin, the Sorcerer and others, marked the apex of the outrageous drag racing motorcycle designs of the era." Via: bcmacsac1's photostream
Image from Beatles film "Yellow Submarine". The animation of film has sometimes falsely been attributed to the famous psychedelic pop art artist of the era, Peter Max; but the film's art director was Heinz Edelmann. Edelmann, along with his contemporary Milton Glaser, pioneered the psychedelic style for which Max would later become famous..

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Gallery: Images from the San Diego History Archive.

Miller Service. 1939

Roy O'Hare on Excelsior Sweetwater track 1912

Hill climbing, 1920

San Diego Police Department "Knuckle-Heads"

Mrs. Arthur Fournier, circa 1925

Riding the Machine into a bleak future. The art of Roger Dean. Via: Sci-Fi-O-Rama

Christopher Custer ponders motorcycle design
Hot Wheels Battle Force 5: Teenagers on motorcycles save the world-yet again. Via: Coolest

Spotted in Bangkok. Via: Rice Farm Tour 2008
"A camping holiday ideal for health and pleasure : touring by motorcycle, unpacking side-car in front of the tent" Via: Christchurch City Libraries

Friday, January 29, 2010

Pascale Traub's creations feature a variety of imagery, culled from years gone by, screen printed on vintage fabrics collected by the artist. Her hankerchiefs give one a feeling of reassurance in knowing there are still people out there with a solid connection to the past".

Via: The Function Key
Chopper builders discover Art Deco: Custom Eyes Concepts rather elegant "Pitboss"

Cleveland Motorcycle Racing 1915. Via: Mark Reuben Gallery
Gimme shelter. Via: Pashnit Forums
Just around the block one last time before I go. via: Share CG

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

"The first GI Joe motorcycle. This set consisted of a motorcycle which broke down allowing Joe to carry it on his back. Unlike a traditional motorcycle Joe has to lay prone on this one to ride. Hence the name "Drag Bike". Via: Adventure Gear

Monday, January 25, 2010

High Concept: Jiro Arborgh's Wahnsinn.

The BMW Wahnsinn ('insanity' in German) was a 2003 concept motorcycle designed by Jiro Arborgh. A fuel cell powered motorbike The Wahnsinn is intended for the urban rider. Its design is intended to highlight advanced technology, while retaining the essence of conventional motorcycles.

The BMW Wahnsinn is an attractive concept which uses an unusual, single-sided, hub-centre steering system. The bodywork, seat and engine cover has a sleek and clean appearance which hides the majority of the mechanical elements. At the rear of the BMW Wahnsinn concept, the innovative brake light wraps around the single, central-exit exhaust.
Via: Namesake

Brett from 3 DEEP Design sent us a picture of his championship winning Gravity Bike. We welcome the time when fuel is so limited this innovative sport becomes commonplace.

See Also: BMX GPV Bikes
The V-Twin engine re-imagined as a CD/Radio. Via: AutoMotto
"Motorcycling in Tasmania dates back to 1901 or 1902. As in many parts of the world, the first motorcycles were manufactured locally from imported components. Tasmania is home to one of the oldest continuing motorcycle clubs in the world, the Launceston-based Tasmanian Motorcycle Club, established in 1905."

Via: The Companion to Tasmanian history

Motorcycle Polo circa 1919. Via: RV Bob's photostream
They loved each other, but their relationship was going in circles. Via:

"Before achieving fame in aeronautics, Glenn Curtiss started his career with motorcycles. The early aviation community began to seek out Curtiss because of his growing reputation for designing powerful, lightweight motorcycle engines. In 1906 he designed his first V-8 engine in response to several requests from early aeronautical experimenters"

Via: The National Air and Space Museum