Bruges, 16th May 2009
I am loitering in the historical centre of the medieval city of Bruges, a Unesco World Heritage Site, when I hear some rumbling noise – looks like a bunch of old-bike enthusiasts are dropping by for lunch.
The thousand-year-old Burg Square.
Two machines are parked in the square, while the rest under the shade at the edge of the square.
A not-too-old Triumph.
The Magnificent Men and their Rumbling Machines.
Harley-Davidson – a WLA model, built for the US Army during WW2.
It comes with a standard-issue US Army spade too.
Close-up of the WLA details. Speedo goes to 120mph.
And then there’s a Norton.
Looks like Model 19 from 1927.
Norton and Harley together.
But this New Imperial is the grand-daddy of them all – built 1927 in Birmingham, all 300cc of it. Looks like a bicycle.
It’s amazing how such ancient machines are still humming along nicely, with tender loving care for sure.
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