Showing posts with label Time Travel. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Time Travel. Show all posts

Tuesday, 10 January 2023


This just beamed in from the future...

Ming the Merciless (Max von Sydow) and Princess Aura (Ornella Muti) - Flash Gordon (1980)

A 1980ish Moto Martin CBX1000 Time Machine from the future - Flash, I love you, but we only have fourteen hours to save the Earth!

Images - Flash Gordon (1980) / Unknown

#Discosphere #FlashGordon #PrincessAura #OrnellaMuti #MingTheMerciless #MaxVonSydow #MotoMartin #MotoMartinCBX #CBX1000 #Discosphere #Mercenary #MercenaryMotorcycles #MercenaryGarage

Monday, 2 January 2023


- Are we there? Are we back in '86?

- Wait... No... Fuck...


-Yeah, we're still in the fucked up future of this fucked up timeline.

- ...

New Year 1986 - Setting the Pace in 1986

#NewYear #NewYear2022 #TimeTravel #GSXR #RG500 #RG500Gamma #Suzuki #SuzukiGamma #SuzukiSlabSide #GSXRSlabSide #SettingThePaceIn1986 #Mercenary #MercenaryMotorcycles #MercenaryGarage

Monday, 14 November 2022


The future ain't what it used to be...

Dystopian DeLorean - Image Skiegraphic Studio

Image - Skiegraphic Studio

#DeLorean #TheFutureAintWhatItUsedToBe #BTTF #Mercenary #MercenaryMotorcycles #MercenaryGarage

Saturday, 5 November 2022

Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure

Bill S. Preston and Theodore Logan on their Excellent Adventure

Image via funkyskull on Instagram

#BillAndTed #TheEighties #Mercenary #MercenaryMotorcycles #MercenaryGarage

Tuesday, 12 July 2022

Shimadzu vs. BTTF

Back to the Future Vs. Shimadzu -Excellence in Sience

Image - I have no idea

#Shimadzu #ExcelenceInScience #BTTF #BackToTheFuture #Outatime #Delorean #Mercenary #MercenaryMotorcycles #MercenaryGarage #TimeTravel

Sunday, 10 July 2022

Rat Girls Venezuela

Rat Girls Venezuela 8th Anniversary

Image - Rat Girls Venezuela

#RatGirlsVenezuela #RatBike #Mercenary #MercenaryMotorcycles #MercenaryGarage

Friday, 12 November 2021

Casual Friday

A lost Quasar time-machine motorcycle.
A trio of brave time-machine pilots, tragically lost to the eternal future discosphere.

Images - I can't even...

#Quasar #QuasarMotorcycle #TimeTravel #Discosphere #TheSeventies #The70s #Mercenary #MercenaryMotorcycles #MercenaryGarage

Thursday, 5 August 2021

Cagiva Freccia

Late news breaking...

Unconfirmed reports are coming in from our roving Mercenary Correspondent in 1988 that the Ducati Paso may not be the most Cyberpunk and Eighties thing ever after all.

It has long been accepted that the 1986 Ducati Paso designed by Massimo Tamburini was the pinnacle of eightiesness and also the most Cyberpunk artifact of that, or indeed any other decade.

However news fresh in from 1988 is calling this long-standing wisdom into doubt. Secret photographs smuggled out of the late eighties reveal a barely credible More '80s, More Cyberpunk motorcycle. 

The 125cc Cagiva Freccia C10R, also designed by Massimo Tamburini is broadly similar to the Paso but with more cowbell. Thought to have blown his lifetime supply of eightiesness on the Paso, Tamburini evidently experienced a second, even greater surge of concentrated eightiesness on the Freccia dialing the Cyberpunk all the way up to eleven.

Remember, you heard it first here at Mercenary Garage.

1988 Cagiva Freccia C10R by Masimo Tamburini

1988 Cagiva Freccia C10R by Masimo Tamburini

1988 Cagiva Freccia C10R by Masimo Tamburini

1988 Cagiva Freccia C10R by Masimo Tamburini

Images fresh from 1988

#Cagiva #CagivaFreccia #DucatiPaso #MassimoTamburini #TheEighties #The80s #Cyberpunk #Mercenary #MercenaryMotorcycles #MercenaryMotorcycleWorkshop

Saturday, 24 July 2021


D'you ever think the future has already happened and you missed it?

1991 Krauser Domani Sidecar Time Machine

1991 Krauser Domani Sidecar Time Machine

1991 Krauser Domani Sidecar Time Machine

Image Unknown

#Krauser #KrauserDomani #KrauserSidecar #TheEighties #The80s #Sidecar #TimeMachine #Mercenary #MercenaryMotorcycles #MercenaryMotorcycleWorkshop #MercenaryGarage

Thursday, 27 May 2021


The motorcycle equivalent of a DeLorean, only better in traffic and quicker to 88 mph...

1988 Ducati Paso 750 in metallic neon blue with 16" wheels - More '80s than Max Headroom appearing on Miami Vice.

Image Unknown

#Ducati #DucatiPaso #750Paso #TheEighties #The80s #BTTF #TimeMachine #Mercenary #MercenaryMotorcycles #MercenaryMotorcycleWorkshop #MercenaryGarage

Saturday, 22 May 2021

Time Machine

These two girls have time-traveled from mid-eighties LA to the future (2015) on their 1985 Yamaha Jog scooter time machine. 

Yeah, I'm pretty sure that's what's going on.

These two girls have time-traveled from mid-eighties LA to the future (2015) on their 1985 Yamaha Jog scooter time machine.
Image Unknown

#YamahaJog #MoonbeamCity #NewWave #TimeTravel #TheEighties #Mercenary #MercenaryMotorcycles #MercenaryMotorcycleWorkshop #MercenaryGarage

Saturday, 1 May 2021

Monowheel Pilot

Monowheel Pilot
Image Unknown

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Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Range Anxiety

Illustration by Ismail Inceoglu

Illustration Ismail Inceoglu

#IsmailInceoglu #SorryNotSorry #Cyberpunk #RangeAnxiety #TimeMachine #Mercenary #MercenaryMotorcycles #MercenaryMotorcycleWorkshop #MercenaryGarage

Wednesday, 30 December 2020

VHS Wednesday

Timerider - The Adventure of Lyle Swann (1982)

VHS tape cassette box art is generally a pretty poor indication of the quality of the movie contained within and Timerider - The Adventure of Lyle Swann is no exception. 

I took a look at the cover art and expected this to be complete trash and was surprised to find that it's not. This is a good movie! Not just good in a cheesy VHS kind of way, but objectively good.

Yeah, its got a eightiestacular synthy/metal soundtrack, but this is mostly at the start. It gets more synth/metal/cowboy as the film progresses and it actually works well. The acting is good, the costumes are good, the plot is good and it's action packed without resorting to ridiculous stunts. How has no-one heard of this movie?

It predated other '80s time travel flicks like The Philadelphia Experiment (1984), Terminator (1984) and Back to the Future (1985) and as soon as I get my time machine back working again, I'm going back to the '80s to find out if it had an influence on the Terminator movies, cos it sure looks like it.

This movie is (Spoiler Alert) exactly what would happen if you entered the Baja 1000 and accidentally strayed off course into a Top Secret Government Time Travel Experiment that zapped you and your motorcycle back to the Wild West of 1877 where you became your own grandfather. 


VHS Wednesday - Timerider; The Adventure of Lyle Swann (1982)

#VHSWednesday #TimeRider #YamahaXT #YamahaXT500 #XT500 #TimeTravel #TheEighties #Mercenary #MercenaryMotorcycles #MercenaryMotorcycleWorkshop #MercenaryGarage

Wednesday, 18 November 2020

VHS Wednesday

Cyclone (1987)

Heather Thomas - Cyclone (1987)

Are you tired of all the VUCA shit at this end of the timeline? 

Tired of Covid, the fires, the riots, the murders, the murder-hornets and the lies?

Do you long for a simpler time, a time when nothing surprising or awful ever happens?

You do!?

Well, MERCENARY invites you to travel back to 1987, to a movie in which only one* surprising thing happens. 

Well, two surprising things happen if you count the mildly surprising murder of the protagonist's geeky boyfriend, but if you read the back of the VHS box you already knew that was coming.

That's not to say that Cyclone doesn't raise any questions. Indubitably no! It raises many questions.

Questions such as, why can't a 400 horsepower motorcycle outrun a XL600 on knobblies? If you have a motorcycle equipped with laser blasters and rear facing rocket launchers, why wait 'til the very end of the movie to use them? And the big question, what the fuck is going on with all these betrayals and double crossings? 

Cyclone, a 400 horsepower Superbike, failing to outrun a Honda XL600

Apart from being unsurprising, Cyclone has a couple of other things to recommend it. It has the same sort of production values as an episode of the A-Team  or Nightrider and it's shot in and around LA so it will be deeply familiar to anyone who grew up watching American TV shows in the '80s.

However, Cyclone's single biggest attraction is Heather Thomas. Heather Thomas is probably best known for playing Jody in the TV show The Fall Guy and she plays a similar character here (Teri).

Teri's geeky boyfriend has built a 400 horsepower combat motorcycle in his secret lair cleverly hidden behind a retractable panel in his apartment. The bike has radar resistant paint, laser blasters and rocket launchers but none of that is very important because the machine's real killer app is how it is powered. It can run on regular gasoline, or alternatively by tapping hydrogen in the atmosphere using a free energy device called the Transformer.

Why is it called the Transformer when that name has already been taken by y'know, transformers? Why is the geeky boyfriend fucking about with motorcycles at all when clearly this technology has a much wider application? Disappointingly, these questions aren't addressed and the Transformer is just a MacGuffin that the various back-stabbing parties are trying to get their hands on.

Just as the geeky boyfriend is about to finish the motorcycle he is unsurprisingly murdered in a moderately discomfiting, apparently random, punk-rock-club murder. Teri, who was deeply in love with the geek is now understandably upset. But she's a trooper, so she returns to the secret lair where the geek has presciently left instructions on a VHS cassette on how to finish the motorcycle, arm the various weapon systems, install the Transformer and hand off the finished bike to a secret government agent, who is the only person that Teri should trust.

Heather Thomas adorably plays in Teri in Cyclone (1987)

Teri makes arrangements to meet the secret government agent, whereupon he too is murdered by punk rockers. Teri finds herself alone in the industrial wastelands of LA, forced to survive, armed with nothing more than her wits. And a 400 horsepower motorcycle with laser blasters and rocket launchers.

The rest of the movie unfolds in a blur of motorcycle chases, kidnaps, crosses and double crosses before Teri finally deploys the laser blasters and the rocket launchers in a coup de grâce that pretty much wraps everything up. Except the Transformer, which Teri later casually discards into a very shallow puddle causing the thing to self destruct.

This raises the final unanswered question of this movie - Why didn't the geeky boyfriend manufacture this world-changing device to at least IP66 standard? I mean, it was installed on a motorcycle FFS!

Heather Thomas really shines in this movie and without her, it would be entirely forgettable. She rides motorcycles, takes out a trio of LA rednecks (?) with a tyre iron, bravely resists torture and spits in the eye of evil. She is by turns funny, sassy, gutsy and sexy. In short, she's adorable.

Essentially, this movie is Heather Thomas, the familiarity of 1980s TV, and a low stress, made for VHS story-line. It's deliciously nostalgic, unchallenging and fun.  

In these Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous times, this just might be the movie you need.

Heather Thomas stars in Cyclone (1987) - DVD Cover

#HeatherThomas #Cyclone #TheEighties #VHSWednesday #VUCA #VolatileUncertainComplexAndAmbiguous #XL600 #Mercenary #MercenaryGarage

*SPOILER ALERT - The only real surprise in this movie is the first betrayal where Teri finds her gym trainer is not who she purports to be. I'm still reeling from this revelation so I just thought I'd put that out there in the interest of reducing anxiety.

Saturday, 24 October 2020


Victorian/Edwardian Steampunk Monowheel Time Traveling Gentleman 

Image Unknown

#TimeTraveler #Monowheel #Steampunk #Edwardian #Eccentric #Mercenary #MercenaryGarage

Sunday, 6 September 2020

Time Machine

You may be cool but you'll never be Jumpin' Joe Gerlach in a Flared Leather Safari suit driving a Monowheel Time Machine cool.

Jumpin Joe Gerlach and his Monowheel Time Machine

Image Unknown

#JumpinJoeGerlach #Monowheel #TimeMachine #Discosphere #TimeTravelIsReal #TimeTravel #Mercenary #MercenaryGarage

Thursday, 9 January 2020


Well, shit.

404 The Decade You Are Trying to Visit No Longer Exists

Image Vaporware

#Vaporware #404 #404DecadeNotFound #TimeTravel #NeonNoir #TechNoir #Synthwave #Mercenary #MercenaryGarage

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Need a Lift?

Back to the Future De Lorean by Nicolas Bannister

Image Nicolas Bannister

#NeedALift #BackToTheFuture #BTTF #DeLorean #NicolasBannister #Mercenary #MercenaryGarage

Monday, 4 March 2019

No Future

No Future

Image Unknown

#NoFuture #DeLorean #DMC #BTTF #BackToTheFuture #Mercenary #MercenaryGarage