Ancient Hippy has been back in the saddle since 2017, having fallen for the Triumph Bobber. Mounts owned in a previous century include several pre-unit Triumphs, an old school chopper, an Honda CB750 Cafe Racer and an XT500 thumper.
Cafe Racer boots

Stylmartin Rocket Boots – Vintage Cafe Racer Styling

It was while researching a recent article as to why you shouldn’t wear Doc Martens as motorcycle boots that I came across the Stylmartin Rocket boots. Stylmartin market the Rocket…

cafe racer boots

motorcycle helmets - 17 must know facts for the novice rider

A Beginners Guide To Motorcycle Helmets – 17 Answers To The Most FAQ

Your motorcycle helmet will be the most important bit of safety gear you purchase. Here’s 17 common questions and their answers to help you choose, maintain and get the most…

beginners guide to motorcycle helmets

are doc Martens good for motorcycle riding

Are Doc Martens Good For Motorcycle Riding?

Doc Martens have been around my whole life. As a teen in 1970’s Britain they were always the ‘must have’ boot. They were and still are, a fashionable boot, made…

How long do motorcycle tires last

How Long Do Motorcycle Tires Last?

Motorcycle tires don’t last forever, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work that one out, but they can also last a lot longer in storage than you might think….

What is the Meaning of CC in Bikes?

When you are looking to buy your first motorcycle you are going to quickly realise that the manufacturers put a lot of emphasis on the CC of their bikes. What…

What-is-CC-in-Bikes?

Beeline Moto - Worlds best motorcycle sat nav

Beeline Moto Review – Is This The Best Motorcycle Sat Nav?

If you are on the hunt for the best motorcycle sat nav on the market you are going to want to read on to discover more about my Beeline Moto…

aviator goggles

Retro Motorcycle Goggles – Halcyon Mk49, Mk9 & Mk410 Compared

One of my more successful accessory buys was a pair of retro motorcycle goggles. I’ve had the Halcyon Mk9 aviator goggles nearly 5 years now and here you can read…

aviator goggles

5 top retro motorcycle helmets

Best Open Faced Helmet For The Retro Motorcyclist

Retro open faced helmets are designed to look like a lid from the past while making full use of modern technologies. A bit like the retro motorcycle then! Thankfully, the…

Shima Caliber Vintage Motorcycle Gloves

Shima Caliber Gloves Review

I purchased these Shima Caliber gloves the week before my Triumph Bobber arrived. I’ve now worn them all 4 summers since and they’re still going strong. As with most motorcycle retro gear,…

Shima Caliber Vintage Motorcycle Gloves

Oxford rear paddock stand for Triumph Bobber

Oxford Premium Paddock Stand Review

The Oxford Premium rear paddock stand is the famous motorcycle accessory company’s top of the range offering which I purchased as a replacement for the Oxford Big Black Bike stand. The Big…

Oxford rear paddock stand for Triumph Bobber

Bering M65 Style Jacket

Bering Norris Jacket Review

I had been looking for a textile jacket for the summer when I stumbled across the Bering Norris and instantly took a liking to the style.  As it turns out…

Bering M65 Style Jacket

tail tidy for triumph bobber

BAAK Tail Tidy For The Triumph Bobber Review

I was hoping to get some miles racked up this spring/summer with a ride up the west coast of Scotland. As the Bobber is a bit of a nightmare with…

tail tidy for triumph bobber

British Legends Tail Tidy For Triumph Bobber

British Legends are a French company specialising in Triumph aftermarket custom parts including this tail tidy for the Triumph Bobber which is their own creation. Like the BAAK tail tidy, it…

motorcycle mechanic classes

Motorcycle Mechanic School – Your Road to Being a Bike Mechanic

You have been tinkering with motorcycles since you were 12. You’re the go to Guy or Gal whenever anyone on your street can’t get their bike started and you fancy…

Temporary Motorbike Insurance – Keeping it Legal with Short Term Cover

What is temporary motorbike insurance? A policy designed to fill a gap in the market for when a rider needs to insure a motorcycle for the short term. It can…

Modified Motorcycle Insurance – Is Your Bike Legal?

Whether you have swapped out the factory exhaust for a set of aftermarket pipes, given the bodywork a custom paint scheme or had the engine tuned, you should be aware…

Classic Motorcycle Insurance – Everything You Need To Know

The stars finally aligned and you have managed to get your hands on your dream 1964 Triumph Bonneville. You now need to protect your pride and joy with some classic…

classic motorcycle insurance

Motorcycles of the 80s – 25 Iconic Bikes of the Decade

For me, the standout memories of the motorcycles of the 80s was the fascination with turbo bikes, improved (faster) two stroke machines and the Japanese manufacturers stepping on Harley Davidsons…

What is a Cafe Racer?

Since the 2009 second coming of Cafe Racers the genre has gone from strength to strength. Lots of manufacturers have one in their stable and in general they at least…

Budget Scrambler motorcycles

9 Cheap Scrambler Motorcycles Under 5K

I’m researching a second bike. Something cheap and cheerful to run around on during the winter months and I’m leaning towards a budget Scrambler as there seems to be plenty…

Where are Triumph's built?

Where Are Triumph Motorcycles Made?

Update as of March 2022. Since I wrote this article Triumph have opened a new assembly facility at their Hinckley headquarters that will build all bikes for the UK and…