October 4th, 2009 6 Comments » | View blog reactions
We all know Cannes, France, for it’s wealthy tourists and million dollar yachts that we’ve seen in the media during the film festival. But what about the motorcycle riders? Do they ride gold plated MV Agustas and Gucci themed choppers? I set out in downtown Cannes to find out.
There’s a road along side beach all the way through Cannes bay. I figured that’s probably where you’d go for a cruise so I decided to do it by foot and photograph the motorcycles I saw on my way. After a 4 hour walk in nicest October weather I’ve ever experienced this is what I learned.
Besides an insane amount of scooters I think I saw most motorcycles in line of the Honda Varadeo or equlivant e.g. Yamaha TDM.
That tells us people here don’t just ride motorcycles for recreation. Because of the warm climate a motorcycle is viable main transportation. That’s why you see a lot regular workhorse motorcycles. Bikes that are relatively cheap and has a broad usage range. Actually I think I saw way more fancy cars than fancy motorcycles.
There was a few not so common motorcycles here and there of course. The most unusual one being a Honda Dax rat bike chopper with a massive ape hanger and a rider that looked like something out of Mad Max. But of course I didn’t have my freaking camera out so I damn missed it. That’s when I started keeping it powered on the rest of the day. Here’s a few of the less common motorcycle I did manage to capture.
Below is a bunch of photos from the day. There’s a lot of motorcycles in Cannes in all size and shapes. In fact as I’m writing this from my hotel room, I can almost all the time hear a motorcycle out on the street. A sound we’ll never grow tired of. Tomorrow will be the first day of Ducati riding in Cannes and the surrounding area. Stay tuned for more.