Monday, November 23, 2009

Salon Moto Legende Memories

Went to the Salon Moto Legende this past weekend in the Parc Floral of the Bois de Vincennes. This is the second year the event has taken place here since the closing of the nearby Montlhéry Racing Circuit. While the venue
itself may not be as cool as it's previous location, the event itself does not disappoint. In addition to the usual array of vintage British and Germany iron, surprising Italian creations and occasional American classics, you'll be treated to an amazing selection of vintage French motorcycles of every epoch, from the smallest single-cylinder motor powered bicycles to the largest full-bore bikes topping out at about 750cc's. This year Mark Wilsmore from the Ace Cafe even came down to hang with the local members of the 59 Club. Among the magazines present were Cafe Racer, a French bimonthly that covers, well, cafe racers, street trackers and an assortment of vintage bikes. In their stand, the owner of the magazine, Bertrand, was displaying his gorgeous Triumph street tracker put together by Glory Sales in Los Angeles, Ca. One of the most unusual displays was the center of attention this, a retrospective on the offroad machines used in African rallies such as the Paris-Dakar. If you happen to be planning a trip to Paris in the fall, this is a must do.