The Greewich Concours isn’t all about cars. Every year some very very fine motorcycles make an appearance, and even though there are usually only about twenty of them, they tend to be as brilliantly chosen as the cars themselves. And often their values eclipse the cars that visitors drive to the show itself. Well, some visitors anyway, because as we have seen there are definitely some ridiculously rare cars in the parking lot.
I have to confess that every year I spend very little time actually looking at the motorcycles, preferring instead to listen to their descriptions as they cross the podium at the awards ceremony. Part of this has to do with the fact that the show’s visitors rarely have something insightful to blurt out, as this tends to be a car crowd rather than a bike crowd. Even so, motorcycles are an important part of the field, and every year I see something that I hadn’t even heard about. Let’s take a look at some of the motorcycles that gathered at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich last year.
First up is this BMW R695 from 1965, owned by Dale Prusinowski. This one was wearing ridiculously nice paint, and appears to have been very well restored. Bonus point go to the owner for a more-or-less period outfit.
A 1955 BMW R67/3 owned by Michael Pinkus. Nice to see one of these beasts. Russian motorcycle will probably recognize quite a few things on this bike.
A BSA Spitfire MkII from 1966.
Next up was this BSA Victor.
Another sharp BSA at Greenwich 2012 was this 441 Victor from 1969.
A detail of the 1973 Ducati 750 Sport, owned by John Helming.
The paint and details on this 750 were just spectacular.
Another motorcycle from 1965 was this Honda Dream Touring CA77 owned by Bruce T Thompson.
A Moto Guzzi El Dorado police bike from 1974.
This wonderful Norton Commando 850 from 1974 was brought to Greenwich 2012 by Bruce T. Thompson, who was also showing the Honda Dream Touring motorcycle above.
A nice Honda CBX 1100, with a bigger engine than I’ve seen on some cars.
Getting the Ducati started….
… sometimes requires a bit of effort.
That’s it for the bikes from last year’s Greenwich concours. The ones above were actually, ahem, the more modern ones, as others included a 1922 Lea Francis, and a 1927 Henderson Deluxe. But you don’t want to ride those, they’re just too harsh. As were the 1867 Roper replica and the 1885 Daimler replica.
The Greenwich Concours is this weekend, and below is a gallery from last year’s event:
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