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Jimi Hendrix photographed on a chopper, used as the cover for the compilation album called ‘South Saturn Delta’.
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Jimi Hendrix photographed on a chopper, used as the cover for the compilation album called ‘South Saturn Delta’.

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Big fan of The Vintagent, rare old motorcycle photos combined with history lessons we probably wouldn’t hear of otherwise.

This is a 1903 twin-cylinder Buchet, from the Age of Monsters…built for track racing in those early days when there was ‘no replacement for displacement’…this engine was probably 2976cc, and Maurice Fournier rode it to 75mph over the flying kilo that year. Buchet invented the vertical twin! Imagine riding this beast, stretched out directly over a hot engine; my guess is he didn’t ride it long!

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Big fan of The Vintagent, rare old motorcycle photos combined with history lessons we probably wouldn’t hear of otherwise.

This is a 1903 twin-cylinder Buchet, from the Age of Monsters…built for track racing in those early days when there was ‘no replacement for displacement’…this engine was probably 2976cc, and Maurice Fournier rode it to 75mph over the flying kilo that year. Buchet invented the vertical twin! Imagine riding this beast, stretched out directly over a hot engine; my guess is he didn’t ride it long!

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Went to a few antique and vintage shops today in Ventura… awesome stores and a couple scores. Rotations was by far my favorite, with the 50cc Indian minibike, vintage motorcycle stuff sprinkled throughout a bunch of other wares including old street signage and antique photos of women and motorcycles. I snagged an old pair of leather motorcycle pants there, and the owl business card holder at Time Bomb. 

Good stuff. 

Kerri Cameron rides the Wall of Death at The Carole Nash International Classic Motorcycle Show in Staffordshire, United Kingdom. 

The Wall of Death, also known by the names motordrome and silodrome, is a carnival favorite that dates back to 1911. The very first motordrome appeared at the Coney Island amusement park in New York city. 

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The Nürburgring- on the list of places I must ride. 

The Nurburgring is located about 43mi/70km South of Cologne, Germany and can hold up to 150,000 spectators. The older “North Loop” of the track is just under 13 miles long, and has more than 1,000 feet of difference in it’s lowest and highest elevations. 

The GP-Strecke section is 3.2 miles long with 16 turns, and the total track length is a hair over 16 miles (25.947 km) with 170 turns. Construction of the track began in September of 1925.

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Harley VS Honda - a group of Harley fanatics surround a man taking a sledgehammer to a Honda motorcycle. Photograph by Ann Simmons-Myers circa1974.
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Harley VS Honda - a group of Harley fanatics surround a man taking a sledgehammer to a Honda motorcycle. Photograph by Ann Simmons-Myers circa1974.

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Famous and talented painter Georgia O’Keefe hitching a ride on her land, Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, NM with Maurice Grosser on his 1938 Harley Davidson Knucklehead. Photographed by Maria Cabot circa 1944.
Fun fact- when I was in Primary School, fifth grade, we did a huge project for an event called, “Night of the Notables” wherein we would dress up as our chosen historical figure. We had to create a large display board of our work and talk about it as if we were the person we were portraying. My choice? Georgia O’Keefe. It was fantastic being able to hang her paintings of flowers and skulls as a child. 
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Famous and talented painter Georgia O’Keefe hitching a ride on her land, Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, NM with Maurice Grosser on his 1938 Harley Davidson Knucklehead. Photographed by Maria Cabot circa 1944.

Fun fact- when I was in Primary School, fifth grade, we did a huge project for an event called, “Night of the Notables” wherein we would dress up as our chosen historical figure. We had to create a large display board of our work and talk about it as if we were the person we were portraying. My choice? Georgia O’Keefe. It was fantastic being able to hang her paintings of flowers and skulls as a child. 

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Sammy Miller, world renowned motorcycle road racing and trials rider, kicking some ass on a crazy cliff. While camera angles can be tricky, from his body position on the bike we can clearly tell it’s a challenging/steep grade hill.
Miller was born in Belfast, Ireland in 1933 and went on to win over 1300 trials races and many other road races. His victories were mostly on Ariel motorcycles, but later he became the lead developer at Bultaco on their ‘mdern’ two stoke motorcycles.
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Sammy Miller, world renowned motorcycle road racing and trials rider, kicking some ass on a crazy cliff. While camera angles can be tricky, from his body position on the bike we can clearly tell it’s a challenging/steep grade hill.

Miller was born in Belfast, Ireland in 1933 and went on to win over 1300 trials races and many other road races. His victories were mostly on Ariel motorcycles, but later he became the lead developer at Bultaco on their ‘mdern’ two stoke motorcycles.

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Gloria Tramontin Struck in front, her daughter Lori Struck DeSilva taking up the back. Gloria is 87 and still riding, what a lady!
Want to know more about Gloria? Check out my previous post. 
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Gloria Tramontin Struck in front, her daughter Lori Struck DeSilva taking up the back. Gloria is 87 and still riding, what a lady!

Want to know more about Gloria? Check out my previous post. 

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Wall of death, huh? Try this German silodrome… it’s suspended high above the ground and hoisted using pullies. Absolutely amazing. 
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Wall of death, huh? Try this German silodrome… it’s suspended high above the ground and hoisted using pullies. Absolutely amazing. 

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Unknown source- boss lady on a Harley shows the boys who’s the best in the west. Tire riding challenge!
If anyone has the original (key word) for this photograph, please let me know.
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Unknown source- boss lady on a Harley shows the boys who’s the best in the west. Tire riding challenge!

If anyone has the original (key word) for this photograph, please let me know.

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Sydney Showgrounds Police Carnival performers riding Harley Davidson motorcycles (with and without sidecar) in the 1930’s. 

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"Lady Florence Norman, a suffragette, on her motor-scooter in 1916, traveling to work at offices in London where she was a supervisor. The scooter was a birthday present from her husband, the journalist and Liberal politician Sir Henry Norman." (Thanks to Barbara Fuentes for photo and text.) 
It’s not a motorcycle, but she certainly paved the way for us motoladies.

"Lady Florence Norman, a suffragette, on her motor-scooter in 1916, traveling to work at offices in London where she was a supervisor. The scooter was a birthday present from her husband, the journalist and Liberal politician Sir Henry Norman." (Thanks to Barbara Fuentes for photo and text.) 

It’s not a motorcycle, but she certainly paved the way for us motoladies.

A collection of 1953 motorcycle messengers (many women included). 

A photo of 1953 messengers at Hockley Post Office. Note that they had five B.S.A. 250cc C10 models with JLE registrations ranging from 181-188, maybe not all of their fleet of bikes is on show here. A later 1958 photo shows BSA Bantams which replaced all of these C10 250cc bikes well before 1958.See a photo of Grays G.P.O.in 1954, with myself, Colin, Norman & Charlie with a much smaller fleet of B.S.A. motorcycles than Hockley. They must have had a vast area to deliver their telegrams to, with this number of bikes showing here.

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A collection of 1953 motorcycle messengers (many women included). 

A photo of 1953 messengers at Hockley Post Office. Note that they had five B.S.A. 250cc C10 models with JLE registrations ranging from 181-188, maybe not all of their fleet of bikes is on show here. A later 1958 photo shows BSA Bantams which replaced all of these C10 250cc bikes well before 1958.See a photo of Grays G.P.O.in 1954, with myself, Colin, Norman & Charlie with a much smaller fleet of B.S.A. motorcycles than Hockley. They must have had a vast area to deliver their telegrams to, with this number of bikes showing here.

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Motorcycle messengers pictured outside the W.M. Garland building in Los Angeles, CA- Chief Messenger Phyllis Domich, Dora “Babe” Duncan, and Janet Spangenberg (ca. 1940s).
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Motorcycle messengers pictured outside the W.M. Garland building in Los Angeles, CA- Chief Messenger Phyllis Domich, Dora “Babe” Duncan, and Janet Spangenberg (ca. 1940s).

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