Moto Goodness

GOODNESS-as defined by the Random House Dictionary: excellence of quality; goodness of workmanship; the best of anything; essence; strength. To be forthright, it's only been in recent years that this obsession of "MOTO" has truly manifest, but the love is genuine. Motorbikes, Aeroplanes, Automobiles and all that is designed, built and driven to perform is appreciated.

Star Trek & Sci Fi

STAR TREK (The Original Series) was the beginning of a life-long, love of Science Fiction and Science Fact and all other things of a Fantastic Nature. Whether it was Comic Books, Live-Action Television, Motion Pictures or Animated Cartoons, the media did not matter, as long as it was a means to transverse space and time ... or alter reality.

Hammer of the Gods

THE HAMMER OF THE GODS A metaphor for music, how it can forge, shape and mold our lives. A means to transport and transform. I'm not a musical scholar or theorist. Simply, someone who has played and listened to quite a bit of music.  Just a bloke who knows what he likes and dislikes. Also, I'm a bass player, so expect a lot of attention paid to the bottom end!

Bonneville Flyer

Bonneville Flyer as seen at Bonneville Salts during Speed Week. I want to find more info on this machine.

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Royal Enfield Trials

Inspired by Royal Enfield’s outstanding record of success in the International Six Days’ Trial, during the glory years for British riders between 1948-1953, Royal Enfield: "Made like a gun, goes like a bullet".

 

 

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Rick James: The King of Punk / Funk

Somewhere around late 1980-81, can't recall exactly when but, I do remember it being unseasonably warm, I'm negotiating and pleading with my parents to allow me to attend what was being billed as "The Punk/Funk Festival: Featuring Rick James & the Stone City Band. This would eventually be a pivotal point in my life, not only would this be my first concert experience, it would be the first time I was excused from going to church, on a Sunday unaccompanied by one of my parents or older siblings. Report cards had just come out and I had straight A's, my folks conceded and on that one early Sunday afternoon, my mother dropped me off at Frank D. Lawrence stadium in lovely Porstmouth, VA. My life was forever changed.

The bill was rock solid, if memory serves me well it was, in this order, the Fatback Band, the GAP Band, Cameo, and Rick James and the Stone City Band ( Prince was on the tour early on, but dropped, for either stealing Rick James stage moves or upstaging Rick James....the debate rages on). All of the "warm up" bands were kicking serious butt, I could not stop jumping up and down , partially because I could not see, other part is the funk had gotten hold of me! I'm having the time of my life, but everyone around me (complete strangers), was telling me to conserve my energy, it's going to be a long day. Sometime later in the evening, the sun is going down, the stage darkens and breaking the ensuing darkness are two larger than life "joints" smoking onstage. the band begins to play, pounding out this serious riff and the backup singers chanting "we want Rick,... to funk us up"! The audience joins in with this chant and after a few minutes, Rick James appears onstage, between the now exploding joints as the band launch's into "Fire It Up".

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Battlestar Galactica: Katee Sackhoff & Tricia Helfer

Original intent for this post was to do a spotlight on the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica series, sparked by the recent attention Katee Sackhoff (Kara "Starbuck" Thrace) has garnered with her Classified Moto built, KT600. After doing a search for "Katee Sackhoff motorcycle", not only is she an avid motorcyclist, her BSG co-star, Tricia Helfer ( Cylon humaniod "Number Six") is as well.

After shooting the fight scene between Starbuck and Six (BSG: "Kobol's Last Gleaming), the two found that they had a lot in common. Both were small town girls with similar upbringing and both had a love for motorcycles. They quickly became, what they call, "motorbike buddies". As their friendship grew and a shared passion for motorcycling evolved, they formed "Acting Outlaws" were they married the love of the open road with a love for humanity in a charity fund raising union.

 

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Mad Max: Goose KZ 1000

Before he was "just a raggedy man" he was Max Rockatansky, top pursuit man of the Main Force Patrol (MFP) in the 1979 classic Australian, dystopic, action film, Mad Max. The film has spawned two sequels to date, Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.  An unknown, at the time, Mel Gibson starred in all three. A fourth film, Mad Max: Fury Road is currently in production, Gibson will not return as Max.

Max's MFP partner in the first film, Jim "Goose" Rains rides a modified Kawasaki  "Kwaka" KZ 1000. Here is a sweet replica of the Jim Goose pursuit bike featured in the film.

 

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British Steel: Rule, Britannia!

Sitting here watching the closing ceremonies for the Games of the XXX Olympiad, London 2012, overall it's keeping my attention, but I think it's more of my wondering " how much more of a spectacle can this be?" But hey, that's what it's all about, a spectacle, a big extravagant production. I'm not going to go in any detail and give my thoughts on it all of it, just the seriously low bits. Beady Eye, the other Gallagher from Oasis' band. did what sounded like someone holding their nose doing a parody of "Wonder Wall" and Russell Brand's outright crass lip syncing of "Pure Imagination" from Willy Wonka and the outright silly "I am the Walrus". Maybe I shouldn't to hard on Brand, he considers himself a comedian of sorts.

It wasn't all bad, the two high points were performances by Freddie Mercury and John Lennon, yes deceased musicians. London had enough foresight to resurrect the dead to offset the lackluster performances from the living acts they had book. Oh and I dare not forget to mention their salute to Mods, cool to see all the scooters, but I really would have been stoked to see some Triumphs, BSA's, Nortons or classic Enfield's. And speaking of Triumph, here are two worked over by Sucker Punch Sally. Above a modern 1400cc Thunderbird given a retro bobber makeover, compete with 1950's nacelle headlight.

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Kit & Kaboodle

Flying Monkey Moto Gear: In a proverbial nutshell, a small space on the interwebs to gather and display things I find interesting.

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