Commemorating our 35 Years
of Motorcycling during the
25th Bristol Classic Motorcycle Show & Autojumble:
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Goldwing GL 1500cc
Trikes Goldwing 1500cc and
The Honda Goldwing trikes, custom made yet incorporating
high technology - attracted everybody's attention. The models in that stand
were perfect in all details.
Yamaha FS1E DX 50cc
I stayed flirting for a while with the bikes
of Honda Collection, where each model in it remembered me of a friend, of a fact
or even of a teen dream. I become an adolescent again. An
interesting detail: the Yamaha FS1E above represent a passion the British have
by this little 50cc bike. There was a stand of a store that is specialized
in this model, selling parts, manuals and giving hints for those interested in
restoring one of those bikes. The variety of parts in that stand (fs1galore)was
so complete that it was possible to assemble a FS1E from scratch.
Pay attention to the pedals this bike has (this is a standard part in
the Brazilian Caloi Mobylette motorbikes). This was a standard
part of those bikes coming to the UK (but not on those coming to
Brazil), specially in England of the seventies in order to be
classified as ''moped''
(...Some localities require pedals, thus making
them hybrid transport
using both human power and machine power...).
I keep being a passionate motorcyclist and
enthusiastic about everything related to motorcycling, and I take every
opportunity to watch motorcycles anywhere I go. In July 2005 I spent some
days in Amsterdam, and there I could see
bicycles and some motorcycles. From all motorcycles I
saw at the streets of Amsterdam, two of them caught my attention immediately.
Suzuki Hayabusa, for being imponent and
very powerful - thus contrasting with the bicycles around it; and the
Bol D'or 900 cc, for being very original and well maintained.
Then I decided to pose for Theresa in order to have those photos I am showing
here in my pages.
Here I am aside a Suzuki
Hayabusa in Amsterdam - Holland, July 2005.
I had been in Amsterdam in 1976, and my
impression this time is that the number of bicycles increased a lot (now there
are approximately 600.000 bicycles in this city of 738.000 inhabitants).
The Dutch people built a great nation in a small territory, putting their effort
and dedication. The many dams, canals, bridges and water ways allowed the
people to "create" new areas. Every bit of land is carefully and
skillfully utilized. When leaving the country we could observe from the
airplane we were in that all areas around Schipol International Airport were
cultivated. They really value the natural resources available to them.
Honda Bol D'Or 900
cc in Amsterdam - Holland, July 2005.
The following section was inserted in this page on the 31st of January, 2018
Motobikes at the streets of Lisbon, Cascais and Sintra (Portugal) and London, Windsor (England)
part of September and October, 2017 I have been on vacations with my
family in Portugal and England. I took every opportunity during those
vacations to take photos of motorcycles at the places I have been.
After organizing the respective photo albums of those motorbikes (and
eventually scooters, cars and even trikes and tuk-tuks) I made them
available to those who access this website.
Utilizing motorcycles as a means of
transportation is a tradition in Europe that has been in place for more
than a century, and the addition of scooters to this immense two-wheel
fleet has been considerable in the last two decades. I was surprised by
the quantity and variety of tuk-tuks at the streets of Lisbon, Cascais
and Sintra. The great majority is constituted of trikes made by
Piaggio, many others are of bigger size and capacity. The latter are
electric trikes made in China.
Motobikes at the streets of London - September / October 2017: https://onedrive.live.com/?id=F4596AEAEF09CF68%215094&cid=F4596AEAEF09CF68
The Brits in general have a close
relation with motorcycling and motorbikes. The British motorcycling
industry, with its many brands, has contributed and still contributes a
lot to the development of the motorcycling industry worldwide. The
number of motorbikes and scooters at the streets is considerable, even
during Autumn and Winter.
Ace Cafe London - October 2017: https://onedrive.live.com/?id=F4596AEAEF09CF68%215345&cid=F4596AEAEF09CF68
During my visit to Ace Cafe London I
was transported back to the golden age of international motorcycling
(the 1950s, 1969s and 1970s). The bikes that arrived there being ridden
by their proud owners would have a special place in any collection
worldwide. Many of them British, Japanese, and from other European
countries enriched that spontaneous meeting of motorcycling aficionados
in that morning of Saturday, the 7th of October, 2017. Their presence to the local made my day and enriched immensely my visit there.
Brooklands Museum - Outubro 2017: https://onedrive.live.com/?id=F4596AEAEF09CF68%215189&cid=F4596AEAEF09CF68
Brooklands Museum I could realize how important was and still is the
British car and motorcycle industries to the development of this sector
worldwide speaking. The quality and variety of motorbikes, cars and
even bicycles being exposed there is flagrant.
Motorcycles at multi-brand dealers London - October 2017: https://onedrive.live.com/?id=F4596AEAEF09CF68%215293&cid=F4596AEAEF09CF68
On those dealers that I have been
visiting I could observe an enormous variety of European brands, the
traditional ones as well as those that came to the market more
recently. I noticed a predominance of small sized motorbikes and
scooters, the majority being powered by 125cc engines. All of them
incorporating cutting edge technology, and many of them showing
interesting retro design.