London/Paris Ace Cafe & Scooter Trip

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by lynnsabcs, Sep 23, 2006.

  1. lynnsabcs

    lynnsabcs Searching for Stella

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    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.

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    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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  2. lynnsabcs

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    Especially nice were the early BMW cafe racers.

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    I asked several people if it was OK to take their photo to post on a US motorcycle website and told them Advrider.com. 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![​IMG]

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    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.

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    This is the food pickup area.

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    A view of the kitchen.

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    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.

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

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    This couple traveled from Japan just for the event.

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    Another view of the front of the building.

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    Jet lag is starting to kick in, so more photos tomorrow.
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  3. emmettken

    emmettken Long timer

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    Great!!! Love all those bikes!!
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  4. GB

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    Nice report and great lookin' bikes :thumb
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  5. lynnsabcs

    lynnsabcs Searching for Stella

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    Across the road on a grassy knol--several people were camping in tents waiting for Sunday's ride to Brighton.

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    Also more nice bikes.

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

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    Nicely equiped advernture bike.

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    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.[​IMG]

    His friend's bike.

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    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.

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    This guy needs an AdVR sticker.

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

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

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

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    Some were dressed for work.

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

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    This was near Parliment.

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    Boots?

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    One of few women I saw with full safety gear.

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    Lots of larger size scooters.

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

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

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

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    Wonder if she knows about road rash?

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    Nice bikes were everywhere.

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    Piaggio car?

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

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    Saw several scooter shops.

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

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    Not for sale.

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    Special edition?

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    Lots of trade-ins.

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    Another shop. I think this was a Honda shop.

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

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    Honda Moped Centre.

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    Lots of Triumphs on the street.

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    Nice "Learner" scooter.

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    Harley's were pretty rare.

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    Nice police bike.

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    Another BMW scooter and my long-suffering wife.

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    Another early scoot.

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    Finally in Paris. Nice fashion statment.

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

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    Another BMW scoot.
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  6. lynnsabcs

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    Must be legal in Paris to run a 4-wheeler. One whizzed by with plates.

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    The dash.

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    C1 Executive.

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

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    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.

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    Paris Harley.

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    The END.
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  7. SpoonKiller

    SpoonKiller Adventurer

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    That's actually a Nissan Figaro. Nice pics:D
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  8. vfroger

    vfroger Not lost, just misguided

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

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