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Old 09-23-2006, 05:03 PM   #1
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London/Paris Ace Cafe & Scooter Trip

ACE CAFE 25th Anniversary Rocker Night--Saturday Sept. 9th.

My wife and I just returned Friday nite from our 35th anniversary 2-week trip to London and Paris. I bought a new camera for the trip and since her favorite activity is shopping, I decided I could take scooter photos while she was shopping and share them here. I ended up with about 160 bike or bike-related photos out of 900 total. Both cities were amazing with the number of 2-wheel vehicles in regular use.

We arrived on the morning of the 9th and I managed to fight jet lag and sneek off by myself to the Ace Cafe by Underground. The number and variety of bikes was amazing. I wish I could have gone back on Sunday prior to the run to Brighton, but we had a full schedule of places to visit.

I was concerned about taking flash photos with a new camera, but was pleased with the quality (Canon PowerShot SD550, 7.1 mp).

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Old 09-23-2006, 05:44 PM   #2
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Especially nice were the early BMW cafe racers.

I asked several people if it was OK to take their photo to post on a US motorcycle website and told them Everyone was pleased to have their photo and be on this site.

This guy was hesitant to tell me that not only is he a motorcycle enthusiast and President of the 59 club--he is the local Vicar!

This is the band stand area inside on the left end of the building. A band was setting up to play outside on a stage area on the far left end of the parking lot.

This is the food pickup area.

A view of the kitchen.

This pretty lady was trying to manage a long line of shoppers buying decals, T-shirts and other souvenirs. The t-shirts at 14.95 British pounds were $30 US but one for me and 2 for bike friends at work were willing to pay as much as $40, so they will be happy.

To everybody that was nice enough to pose for a photo taken by a stranger--here they are.

This couple traveled from Japan just for the event.

Another view of the front of the building.

Jet lag is starting to kick in, so more photos tomorrow.
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Old 09-23-2006, 06:23 PM   #3
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Great!!! Love all those bikes!!
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Old 09-23-2006, 07:41 PM   #4
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Nice report and great lookin' bikes
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Old 09-24-2006, 02:16 PM   #5
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Across the road on a grassy knol--several people were camping in tents waiting for Sunday's ride to Brighton.

Also more nice bikes.

I thought I took a picture of all the tents, but one is in the left corner.

Nicely equiped advernture bike.

Had a nice chat with this guy--he and his best mate had traveled together for the event--the best mate was asleep in the back of their van.

His friend's bike.

Here is why I posted this story in the Scooter section. Seemed like everywhere you turned in London--their were scooter or motorcycles either parked, waiting at a red light or whizzing by.

This guy needs an AdVR sticker.

Lots of scooter and smaller motorcycles were running with L stickers.

Tried to get some action shots--many riders were properly equiped for safety and many had the bright safety vests.

Even guys on motorcycles wore the vests--especially courier riders.

Some were dressed for work.

British women scooterists seemed to value fashion over safety--nice shoes.

This was near Parliment.


One of few women I saw with full safety gear.

Lots of larger size scooters.

I'm 57 and there were plenty of guys my age and older on scooters.

Saw plenty of scooter skirts--many in use to protect fancy clothes. Some were fleece lined for warmth.

Scooters were parked alone--perhaps at their place of work.

Wonder if she knows about road rash?

Nice bikes were everywhere.

Piaggio car?

Saw several BMW scooters and have some closeup photos coming later.

Saw several scooter shops.

The people in the scooter shops seemed to be surprised I would want to take a photo inside.

Not for sale.

Special edition?

Lots of trade-ins.

Another shop. I think this was a Honda shop.

Hard to see in this photo, but this was by the train station at Cambridge--two lots with bicycles packed like sardines.

Honda Moped Centre.

Lots of Triumphs on the street.

Nice "Learner" scooter.

Harley's were pretty rare.

Nice police bike.

Another BMW scooter and my long-suffering wife.

Another early scoot.

Finally in Paris. Nice fashion statment.

And driving on the "right" side of the street.

Another BMW scoot.
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Old 09-24-2006, 02:46 PM   #6
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Must be legal in Paris to run a 4-wheeler. One whizzed by with plates.

The dash.

C1 Executive.

Thought this was interesting--even had a windshield wiper.

For some reason, every time a BMW scooter drove by, my camera was unready in my pocket or some other problem. Finally managed to get a photo with rider.

Paris Harley.

The END.
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Piaggio car?
That's actually a Nissan Figaro. Nice pics
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Enjoyed the pix

I talked to you and watched these at the tea room tonight. Great shots!

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