Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Streets Of Heck

I'm kind of a nut for Brit bikes. Ever since my brother Tim came home from college on a BSA, 441 Victor Special. The bike pictured above is my '67, Triumph 650 Bonneville. Named after all the time trials it won on the salt flats in the 1950s.. The look of the bike is referenced from 1950s flat-tracker style.
It was built by period bike specialist, Justin Kell. Notably, it was Kell who was brought in to do all the bike prep and stylizing for the most recent Indiana Jones flick. He also created and built all the bikes for the 2008, Larry Bishop-Quentin Tarantino collaboration, Hell Ride, which did a quick giddy-up to DVD. The movie is an homage to 60s biker noir. Tarantino picked Bishop, not only for his stints in Kill Bill, but because Bishop himself starred in such gems as: The Savage Seven, The Devil's 8, Angels Unchained and my sunday school favorite, Chrome and Hot Leather.
Justin can be seen in the special features segment of Hell Ride, describing why which actor is on which particular bike.
On an equally important aside, Justin also has a motorcycle inspired gear shop called Glory Sales And Service on Hollywood Blvd., just East of Vermont, that handles vintage motorcycle racing suits, Lewis Leathers, Davida Helmets, Aviator Goggles, Barbour, RedWing Boots, Levi's, Nudie Jeans and his store's namesake brand of denim, Glory Utility.

Top Photo is my scoot from JK

Bottom Photo Of Michael Madsen on a Springer-Sporty-Bobber
From Starring Larry Bishop, Michael Madsen and Dennis Hopper


  1. I wondered if you still had a bike around or not. Still makes me nervous ya know!

  2. Don't worry Gerty, I'm movin at a snales pace.