31 January 2010
Norton Advertisement, USA, 1973
The Commando was the last twin piston-engined motorcycle produced by the Norton Motorcycle company. The ‘Street Scrambler’ was launched in May 1971. The Commando had an innovative 'isolastic' frame, which made it much smoother through the use of rubber bushings to isolate the engine and swingarm from the frame, forks, ánd rider. But as these bearings wore, often from rusting, the bike became famous to fishtailing in high-speed turns.
30 January 2010
Bultaco Brochure, Spain, 1963
BULTACO comes from combining the first four letters of Director Francisco Bultó's surname with the last three of his nickname "Paco". Bultaco was a Spanish manufacturer of two-stroke motorcycles from 1958 to 1983. Although they made road and racing motorcycles, the company's area of dominance was off-road, in motocross, enduros, and trials competition.
29 January 2010
28 January 2010
Motobécane Advertisement, France, 1968
'It Is Super Handy'. Created in 1965, Motobécane's Cady aims at the customers of the famous Solex, a light auto-cycle, not very powerful, but extremely handy and whose consumption borders the 1,5 liters to the 100, but with modest performances; only 30 km/h.
27 January 2010
'The Savage Seven', USA, 1968
Seven hellraising bikers, one for each deadly sin, storm through an Indian reservation with some surprising reactions. This movie is a modern-day cowboys and Indians tale, only instead of horses, the outlaws ride motorcycles.
26 January 2010
25 January 2010
Meat Loaf, 'Bat Out of Hell', USA, 1977
The album by singer Meat Loaf, songwriter Jim Steinman and producer Todd Rundgren became the fourth best-selling album worldwide. It continues to sell approximately 200,000 copies per year. The cover is illustrated by American comic book artist Richard Corben.
24 January 2010
Fox Mini Bike Catalog, USA, 1968
The first minibikes were homemade from all kinds of spare parts. They were first popularly used as "pit bikes", for drag racers to travel around in the pits during races in the late 1950s, and fitted easily in a trailer or a pickup. As racers brought them home and used them around their neighborhoods, many children liked the idea of having a "mini motorcycle" and started building their own. These early minibikes had a small four-stroke, horizontal shaft, flathead engine from a lawnmower. Soon a market for minibikes developed and in the 60's and 70's many industries, like Fox, developed to meet the demand.
23 January 2010
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18 January 2010
Topps Chewing Gum Trading Cards, 'Way Out Wheels', USA, 1970
The set of 36 cards featured pictures of custom built cars by George Barris and other designers. Each pack of Way-Out Wheels came with 3 cards, 1 piece of gum and an 'auto emblems' sticker. Each auto stickers card had 16 emblems.