Month: December 2008

Happy New Year!

And in case I missed anyone..

Afrikaans – Gelukkige nuwe jaar
Arabic – Antum salimoun

Bengali – Shuvo Nabo Barsho

Chinese – Chu Shen Tan
Czechoslovakia – Scastny Novy Rok

Dutch – Gelukkig Nieuwjaar

English – Happy New Year!
Eskimo – Kiortame pivdluaritlo

Finnish – Onnellista Uutta Vuotta
French – Bonne Annee

Gaelic – Bliadhna mhath ur

German – Prosit Neujahr
Greek – Kenourios Chronos

Hawaiian – Hauoli Makahiki Hou
Hebrew – L’Shannah Tovah
Hindi – Subh Nab Bars
Hungarian – Boldog Uj Evet Kivanok

Iraqi – Sanah Jadidah
Irish – Bliain nua fe mhaise dhuit
Italian – Buon Capodanno

Kisii – Somwaka omoyia owuya
Khmer – Sua Sdei Chnam Thmei

Laotian – Sabai dee pee mai

Norwegian – Godt Nyttar

Papua New Guinea – Nupela yia i go long y
Philippines – Manigong Bagong Taon
Polish – Szczesliwego Nowego Roku
Portuguese – Feliz Ano Novo
Punjabi – Nave sal di mubarak

Russian – S Novim Godom

Serbo-Croatian – Scecna nova godina
Singhalese – Subha Aluth Awrudhak Vewa
Slovak – A stastlivy Novy Rok
Spanish – Feliz Ano Nuevo
Swahili – Heri Za Mwaka Mpya
Sundanese – Sugeng Warsa Enggal

Telegu – Noothana samvatsara shubhakankshalu

Thai – Sawadee Pee Mai
Turkish – Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun

Ukrainian – Shchastlyvoho Novoho Roku

Vietnamese – Chuc Mung Tan Nien

FYI Motorcyclist Retro Magazine!

A letter from Mitch Bohem that was posted on the Kawasaki Triples board. He’s the editor of the recently discontinued Motorcyclist Retro. He writes:

Guys and gals

Thanks so much for the kind words. Yeah, I was bummed when they put it on ice. It was doing really well. Sold nearly 25K right out of the gate (issue one). We’re waiting for issue 2 #s, but they’re gonna be as good or better.

But now I have an opportunity to do the same concept myself, privately, and I’m going to do it. My plan is to sell single copies and subs directly to readers via my website (info coming soon), and also through selected bike shops around the country. Try looking at The Surfers Journal, the mag and the website. That’s their biz model, and it works great.

So what I need is for this entire board to not only send me their email addresses ( so I can tell you when issue one will be available, but to talk up the magazine here and tell folks to subscribe when the time comes – this coming spring. That sort of promo will be the difference between make or break.

Anyway, hope all of you had a great Christmas, and that you’re either riding or wrenching on them smokin’ triples.

Best regards,

Motorcycle Retro

We interrupt our regularly scheduled blogging!

I know I was going to go modern for a while but I just received this outstanding reader ride from Ted Guthrie. A beautifully restored Penton 125 Six-Day. While I’ve never considered myself a true “restorer” of motorcycles (I prefer the term resto-mod) I have struggled with enough old bikes to really appreciate the level of effort that goes into a bike like this. The really great part is that it’s really done out of love of the bikes. You’d be hard pressed to ever make a good living (much less become wealthy) doing this kind of work. But I’m constantly amazed at the work that I see out there and that people send me. Keep sending them in. It’s MUCH appreciated!

Ted Writes:

Hey, great site you’ve got. Some of the best pics, of terrific variety of bikes, I’ve ever seen. Attached are some photos of my recently completed 1973 Penton 125 Six-Day. Bike started out as a total junker, which had sat outside for years. It now starts first-kick, and runs perfectly. Incidently, the Steel Tanker you have the pic of, which was taken at the AMA museum, belongs to the original owner – Al Born – and the bike is serial # 003. Yep, it is the third Penton ever built. Al is among the original group of riders, who were hand-picked by John Penton to receive (and race and win and promote) the first ten Penton motorcycles produced.
Ted Guthrie
Penton Owners Group