|Martin Rosenberg, better known as Paladin; poet and biker|
|Way ahead of the current 'Custom' curve...one of 'Paladin's Notebook' pages from Iron Horse magazine, 1980|
John Gallivan, owner of T.T. Motors (see period photo of John below), has this to say; "I liked and respected him a great deal; I sold him that bike [Triumph TR6] for $49.00 and he stayed. His writing in Iron Horse magazine and others are classics. He coined the word 'unobtanium' referring to rare British parts. The centerfold of this mag w/ the girl and real rats crawling all over is a classic." (Iron Horse cover photo below).
|John Galavan at TT Motors in Berkeley|
The following is an excerpt of an interview with Paladin, from the book, 'Berkeley U.S.A.' (Anne Moose, Alternative Press, 1981):
|Palading was a regular contributor to Iron Horse and Hot Bike|
|Another page of 'Paladin's Notebook'; this time musing on Morini-based café racers...|
Personally, I can't stand Japanese bikes. I don't care how fast they are, or how many camshafts they have, or if they win races. I just don't like the aesthetics of the damn things. But at the same time, it doesn't matter what kind of sled you've got under your ass - when you're in the wind, it's like, the same wind, and that's the policy we're pushing.
|Paladin and his Triumph special on the sidewalk outside TT Motors|
The thing is, you're born black, you're born Chicano, you're born Anglo-Saxon, Protestant, Jewish, Polynesian, whatever. Nobody is born a biker. It's something you do by choice. A biker is under a complete psychic necesssity, right, in that he is one half of a symbiotic organism of which the other half is a motorcycle. And if you wish to make any value judgements on that, go ask your mother how she likes her valium.
|I can almost hear his voice...|
B/W photos of Paladin are from 'Berkeley USA'. Other photos were sourced from Facebook!
There's now a Facebook page for Paladin, click here.