ONE OF the joys of motorcycling is the diversity of two-wheeled machinery across the years — and of the human beings who share the passion.
And there sure was a diversity of people and machines at Cannington on Sunday, when the Vintage Motorcycle Club of Western Australia staged its annual swap meet at the Cannington Showgrounds. Sure, there was a common thread of ‘vintage’ — but the assortment of interpretation was huge.
In the pavilion, bikes ranged from ancient British to exotic European and classic Japanese.
Outside, there were people selling tired-but-repairable Ducati MHR fairings, rusty BSA frames, plastic Kawasaki KX fenders, operational Rickman-framed Montesa dirt bikes, and art-with-a-welder motorcycle-shaped sculptures.
And that was just the machinery. The people were even more diverse. Old-as-granite British guys with white hair and prim accents rubbed shoulders with middle-aged Aussie blokes with short hair, long beards, colourful vocabularies, bulk tattoos and flannelette shirts.
The vintage display featured a surprising number of ‘new’ machines — bikes that weren’t there last year, many having presumably enjoyed rebuilds that have ended in the past 12 months or so.
It was a visual feast, so we’ll cut straight to the pics.
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