Welcome – make yourselves comfortable. The results of a blog search on ‘motorcycle’ are here, there’s some cosmonaut/astronaut (female) art here and a post on Hedwig Kiesler (aka Hedy Lamarr) here. Finally, four recent shots off the phone that will serve as an overview of me & mine. Worldbuilding. Messing around with unusual plants. Hunting/gathering. Nom. … Continue reading Inbound from Tomboy Style
The answer to the question I ended the last post with is yes, there were boardtrack sidecar motorcycles: * Not-great camera work (who am I to talk?), but interesting footage regardless – looks like there’s at least one leaning-wheel rig: * I’m including this for the drilled cylinder action. From a thread that led me … Continue reading Boardtrack sidehacks
Here, here and here I went on about the possibility of an early racing motorcycle inspired moped. I should have known. I’d already figured out (second link) that is wasn’t an original idea – now I discover that there’s at least one forum with a section devoted to the notion. My peregrinations started at Ride … Continue reading Boardtrack moped and Rule 34
As mentioned before, I have a soft spot for these beasties. * Road or track, it was difficult to ignore a Flying Merkel, and not just because of the brand’s signature bright-orange paint. Merkels displayed perhaps the finest engineering of early American motorcycles, with components that were literally years ahead of their competitors. Credit for … Continue reading Flying Merkel
Derny (also spelled derney) – “a motorized bicycle for motor-paced track cycling events such as during six-day and Keirin racing) or motor-paced road races. It is driven by a 98cc Zurcher two-stroke engine and by being pedalled through a fixed gear, typically of 70 teeth on the front chainring and 11 on the sprocket on … Continue reading Wordly Wise
Via a retweet from @bibliodyssey, an addition to the blogroll – Next Nature. I knew I’d hit paydirt when I saw that the most recent post talked about aurochs and Heck cattle – a topic we’ve visited here previously. On (to the blogroll) you go! * Over at Ride the Machine – one of my … Continue reading Bulls, Bikes, Birds
Something a little different – a match on two categories of technology for reasons that are pretty abstract. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you… the shotgun and the bicycle. Bear with me – I think a case can be made. Near-platonic simplicity. Lightness is important for both – more so, perhaps for the bicycle, which … Continue reading Got a Match?
Ah, the rhythm of the seasons… Just as October brings foliage to New Hampshire, so June brings us Bike Week. Bike Week has gotten a lot bigger and a lot less 1% since I’ve been in NH – the local tourism officials have figured out there’s serious coin available for extraction. A Certain Design Student … Continue reading Greasebag Jamboree 2008
All the outdoor reptiles and amphibians around here settled in for a long winter nap some time ago. There are still plenty of reasons to get excited about cold-blooded critters – here’s one: * Via Peculiar. A side note – one of my Crimmus prezzints was a set of Planet Earth DVDs – narrated by … Continue reading Poikilotherms
Heading north yesterday, I noticed that a neighbor had pulled his Ultravan out of the barn. I popped by this morning to ask permission to take some pictures and got a surprise. I didn’t know these folks – had only spotted the Ultravan nose peeping out of the barn on previous trips past – turns … Continue reading Ultra!
This looks like an interesting CD for dreamers like me. “I really need to get this, just in case I end up in Siberia in the next year or so!” Yeah, right… * How much do you want to bet that the motorcycle in the picture above is a Ural? I don’t think I could … Continue reading Birds ‘n bikes