Recently Tris Cannon, a friend of mine, bought a new Triumph Bonneville and dropped it off in front of my house with out warning. Seemingly a nice gesture! I’ll always believe he knew exactly what he was doing when he dropped off that bike. I now have an overwhelming desire to buy a motorcycle, one like I had in the early 70’s, a Triumph Bonneville. The upside is I felt a new inspiration to shoot which resulted in the image below.

Tris' Triumph

Tris’ Triumph

Me in 1971 with my Triumph Bonneville

Me in 1971 with my Triumph Bonneville

In 1971 I was in Da Nang and before I left to come home I bought the bike you see in the photo above sight unseen. A few days after I arrived home I went down to the port of Los Angeles and picked it up in the crate it had been shipped in from England. In those days there were no helmet laws and so I spent the summer racing up and down Pacific Coast Highway without a helmet, and occasionally no shoes and no shirt. Those were the days! Riding Tris’ bike has brought back some great memories.


  1. Back in the late 80’s, I raced up and down the PCH on my Yamaha 500 and later my Honda Hawk 400. Great times indeed, even though I did have a helmet and shoes on 🙂

  2. Tristan Cannon

    Triumph! A spirit, an image, ideal and identity. You nailed it again, Jerry. What a great picture.

  3. Hey Jerry,
    Love that you have a blog. Great shot of the Triumph. We’re in OC now getting settled in. I’ll give you a call and hopefully drop by next time I’m in LA. Hope all is well.


  4. AMD

    Fantastic art work. I never really have seen so many examples of what you have done. You seem to have developed into a master in your field. Someday maybe I will buy some. I especially liked the pictures of the fishermen. Hope to get in touch with you soon.

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