Sunday, June 29
Tuesday, June 24
Thursday, June 19
My first 'old' bike was a D1 BSA Bantam. That photo was taken in about '85? Note the spare oil and big chain and lock: it often broke down, which meant having to leave it all over London. By 1993 I'd ruined my gorgeous looks with facial hair, and had progressed to this '76 shovel, which I loved and was later stolen. This photo must have been around '94 because this photo appeared in the Iron Horse readers' pages that year! Wow, it made my day when I saw my letter had been published.
Monday, June 16
I knew him for writing 'Juke Joint Johnny' (the rockin' faster version he cut was changed to 'Juke Box Johnny') but have since discovered his early up-tempo country stuff, which is great. Weird that I find hillbilly and old country the perfect accompaniment to '70s punk ...
Sunday, June 15
Wasko is Deputy Editor of Ozbike, one of the big three chopper magazines in Australia. And unlike the rest of the staff on the mag, Wasko ain't into billet, 'theme bikes' and fat rear tyres. He rides the snot out of his home-built Triumph, and he put this Evo together to ride longer distances with a lady friend.
Friday, June 13
I bought this mag when I was a kid. Even then I was attracted to badness! It's a weird mix of Hells Angels, slightly wet UK chopper riders, sensationalist biker fiction, sidecar racing and Evel Knievel (or maybe that's cool, not weird?). Pity I ripped a few pages out to put on my bedroom wall, this goes for about $250 on eBay now.
Iron Horse magazine #151, June 1997, one of the last few that David Snow edited, had this piece in it by Jason Jessee. I can't overstate how much this magazine influenced me; it changed my whole outlook on what 'bikers' were. I had the long hair and goatee, cutoff, engineer boots, and here were these guys in Aloha shirts, rocking full sleeves and Vans, riding the coolest choppers I'd seen. A replica of this shovel's stripey seat now sits on my Pan, and I could never remember where the influence came from (I thought it was Chopper Dave, but this mag's from way before I saw CD's website). I still read these old mags religiously.
Tuesday, June 3
I like this crazy Triumph ... my bro just shot it for issue #7. Bendy fork, sparkly paint. And the builder, Wayne, from Scotland, is moving to Perth, the most isolated city in the world, so I wonder what bearing that'll have on his next creation.
I was over punk by the time the Cockney Rejects arrived, but my brother and his mates were fully into them (and other great post-punk bands like Discharge and Crass). A friend of his from back in the day just sent me the first album, and it sounds as good now as it did then. Reminds me of my brief skin phase, wearing a Crombie and cherry-red Docs, going up the high street for a fight. Are you ready to ruck?