Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Handmade leather Tollrider pouch

Picked up my Tollrider pass from the RTA yesterday, the standard wetsuit material pouch was garish and didn't deserve a ride on La Ghostesse, so made my own out of a bit of bull grain leather and some 4mm leather cord. Funky packaging exercise but it turned out to satisfaction.

Monday, June 29, 2009


Beautiful line work by Kate Rhodes (Masukomi) of what is obviously an 1100 GS in front of a magnificent view. Via The (New) Cafe Society.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Ritmo Sereno... こんにちは!!!

Can't keep a good man down... Ritmo Sereno always gets me inspired for the next BMW, this time an old R80... BCM style!

Leaving skid marks on the face of heaven

Did the Church Point run this morning with a good friend on a V7, perfect weather after a week of overnight showers, perfect tarmac and the first ride on a big bike after a year long hiatus. Still getting used to the throttle and the engine and the individual nature of this bikes six gears, ie: is 2nd or 3rd better for a 35km/h corner... 2nd was better for one in particular, the rear locked up and now very thankful for some well embedded mountain bike skills. Needless to say, this bike drifts excellently, and was able to get back on the right side of the road before a dirty great white Mercedes came around the corner. Apparently there is now an extra skid mark just past the cafe at Cottage Point!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

The King of May

Met Ed from MCAS today. Ride to Cape York? Sure, why not? Via motocycle.com... It takes a Kiwi...

Truth Doesn't Make A Noise

2009 BMW 'Unstoppable' Campaign

One thing that really got me was the early release 'Unstoppable' campaign BMW Australia undertook for the 2009 GS range. Proposed the idea to Mr Brooks before it landed but it was decided the toes were too big for us to tread upon, but always knew a heavy Illustrator approach was the most appropriate and appealing. But all that is in the past. Enjoy the fantastic layout and colours from whichever studio created this short lived and print based campaign. Printed up like real old school maps, those big old paper things mum and dad used to fight with in the front seats of the car on the way to some unknown, adventurous destination, before GPS...

Redfern friends

Over at Redfern today for brunch, bumped into a couple of Grey Ghost friends. Sweet Screamin' Eagle modded HD and an R80. 72,000 ks on the R's clock. Is that the second time around, Jewels? Probably. Hopefully.

Bourke Street Boulangerie

Favourite corner on a Saturday or Sunday morning. Not my favourite cafe, the queue is always unfeasibly long, instead prefer coffee from the bookstore cafe across the road. Get takeaway triple shot latte, two sugars, then park myself in the park across the street. Always a visual Surry Hills feast of hipsters and cyclists. Still smelling like a showroom. Pushed the clock past 100ks today. Good riding around the burbs, new motocross gloves which makes switching off the odd BMW indicators easier. Left on the left, right on the right, cancel for both on the right. It's cool, but a trick to maintain the same pressure on the throttle whilst cancelling the indicators. And with this engine, the slightest deviance is liable to slingshot the bike out from underneath you...

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Hajime Sorayama x Sixpack x Colette

ViaComit and Design You Trust.

Fantazma Gloria

Work by one of my favourite illustrators, Biddy Maroney, represented by the Jacky Winter Group. Check out more of the dark arts on her website, Fantazma Gloria.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009


Reposting this here because I wish I had one of Jen's shirts to ride around in! Have a feeling WAY OUT shirts would be more appropriate? I wish!!!

Desert Dave's

Here's Desert Dave's from ADVrider. All stock like mine. At this stage...

Dark Portrait

First portraits, leaving work, winter seeping in and the cold steel of the Harbour Bridge above us.

Welcome home

Close the door. Put out the light. No, they won't be home tonight...

No Quarter by Led Zeppelin. Apt melody for the first post on The Diary of a Grey Ghost. She arrived home today. This blog will be the journal of an adventure. A journey.

Parked next to a K100, many of which I considered as a next bike. This one has 217,000km on the clock. A fitting testament to what these bikes are capable of. Hope to put as many on mine. She has 15km on her clock in this picture.