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France: 100 Year Celebration of the Motorcycle

25
March
2013
  Posted at 02:00:00 PM
  File under  BMW Exhibitions France Special-Bikes
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France
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Usually when I go out to make photos for an article, it involves packing up my motorcycle with all my cameras, computers, sleeping gear, toothbrush, etc, or it might involve planes, trains and automobiles. But whatever the mode of transportation, it'll mean it's going to take a while before I get there, and even longer before I get back. That's because I live in the real countryside, in a small (186 inhabitants) village in Upper Normandy. My next door neighbors are cows, and I mean the animals.

Once or twice I've had something as a source for an article close-by, usually 15 to 30 minutes ride from my house, and that made me happy, but last weekend on Sunday, in the closest town to me, Cany-Barville Click for map, was a exhibition called "100 Years of Motorcycles". Cany-Barville is almost at walking distance from my house, a little over 5 kilometers, so the expo got marked in big black marker in my agenda (something my iPad did not like), since it was going to be one I was not going to miss.

The only thing that troubled me, and I never got a response, was why "100 years". Motorcycles have existed for more than 100 years. Anyway, it didn't spoil my fun. So off I went to the exhibition. Now do remember, we're in the middle of "shit-kicker" country, so whatever it was going to be was small but done with gusto.

The exhibition was held in the community hall of the bustling town:

Click for bigger version of Cany Barville 2013 Moto Show
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There were several rows of classic & vintage motorcycle on display, and several of the bikes were for sale.

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As is the case with many of these exhibitions, you were able to buy spare parts at the show.

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Click for bigger version of Cany Barville 2013 BMW R69S (600cc) from 1967
Open image in a new window  BMW R69S (600cc) from 1967


Click for bigger version of Cany Barville 2013 Moto Show TWN, German Triumph from 1939, 250cc 2 stroke
Open image in a new window  TWN, German Triumph from 1939, 250cc 2 stroke


Click for bigger version of Cany Barville 2013 BMW R50 from 1950, 500 cc
Open image in a new window  BMW R50 from 1950, 500 cc


Click for bigger version of Cany Barville 2013 Portuguese Casal from 1980, 50cc (Zundapp base)
Open image in a new window  Portuguese Casal from 1980, 50cc (Zundapp base)


Click for bigger version of Cany Barville 2013 Ural M63 from 1972, 650cc
Open image in a new window  Ural M63 from 1972, 650cc


Click for bigger version of Cany Barville 2013 IMME from 1948, 99 cc, 3 gear, 2 stroke
Open image in a new window  IMME from 1948, 99 cc, 3 gear, 2 stroke


Click for bigger version of Cany Barville 2013 BMW R75 Russia from 1943, 750cc, 2 Wheel drive
Open image in a new window  IBMW R75 Russia from 1943, 750cc, 2 Wheel drive


Click for bigger version of Cany Barville 2013 Zundapp K500 from 1936, 500cc
Open image in a new window  Zundapp K500 from 1936, 500cc


Click for bigger version of Cany Barville 2013 DKW 250 Sport from 1937
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Click for bigger version of Cany Barville 2013 BMW 4 seater sidecar
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