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July 24, 2006

Exhibition of classic motorcycles in Hania

It has been exhibition-a-go-go here in Hania at the moment. On Friday I popped into an exhibition of classic motorcycles that was being put on in the building next to KAM in Hania's old Venetian harbour.


It is a really nice exhibition space, and there were a lot of things on show, but in the end I realised that actually, I'm not that interested in motorbike design. I enjoy going to speedway, but the fundamental design of bikes hasn't changed much (well, to my non-expert eyes) over the course of the last 100 years. Maybe it is fundamentally because I like cycling so much that I think putting a motor on to the thing is cheating!


Anyway, there were some bikes I found interesting, including some German models that dated back to the time of the Second World War. The ones in the exhibition were painted in military camouflage colours, and I wondered if they had seen action on Crete, where the terrain would lend itself very much to using motorbikes to keep communication lines open.


I also liked the look of this BMW model with sidecar from the 1950s - it reminded me of some kind of superhero style vehicle. In a bizarre co-incidence, we actually saw one of these parked in the street in Paleohora the very next day.


This rusting machine was the earliest thing in the show - dating from 1914.


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I wish I could be there to see these classic motorcycles firsthand. Thank you for sharing the pictures with us. These bikes look incredible!

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