Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Elegant motorcycles inside the Old City

Yesterday I felt a strange need to visit the Old City of Jerusalem. Immediately upon entering the old Jaffa Gate, I understood what had "called" me there. Look at these BMWs!!

(You see, when in college in America my mode of transportation was a Honda 50. I loved it and always dreamed of crossing the country, ala John Steinbeck's Travels with Charley, on a black BMW.)
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I circled the bikes, trying not to drool on them. I sat next to them, took pictures, read the stickers, wondered about the license plates, marveled at the helmets. Then finally I figured out that man in black was the rider.

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Click on the photo and you'll see the Austrian eagle and the name of Innsbruck.
The American man leaning on the post explained he and a small group were touring Israel with these and six other motorcycles with Edelweiss Bike Travel (http://www.edelweissbike.com/). Because motorcycles cannot be rented in Israel, they had to be brought in from Austria for this first-of-its-kind-in-Israel trip.
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They had wanted to ride to Petra also but the Jordanians did not allow the bikes into the Kingdom.
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The lucky man gave me permission to post this and I wished him happy trails. His lucky lucky wife returned from her shopping spree in the bazaar along with the second couple.
And off they drove.
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The powerful purr of the BMW engines was just as I remembered it from the 1960s.
Sigh. . .
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10 comments:

the donG said...

wow! i can imagine people giving way to those elegant motorcycles.

mommanator said...

pretty bikes indeed, we have a bike and love to ride. I am glad to see the helmuts. Here in Fla they dont have to wear them but we still do!

Eki Akhwan said...

I'd like to have one of those please ... Nice, sturdy, powerful, and speedy looking motorbikes. I like them.

Shimmy Mom said...

My hubby and I used to dream of touring the country on a motor bike. It looks like so much fun. And BMW's are the best.
*hugs*

Petrea said...

I was right, wasn'y I? You're an adventurer in your heart.

raf said...

Ah yes, Dina, may those dreams still be fulfilled someday....honestly, one really never knows.
They are beauties!

Webradio said...

Nice bikes... But I never ride bikes like those...

Kay said...

My brother still rides his motorcycle to work without a helmet. It makes me so crazy. I can imagine you on a bike, Dina WITH a bike helmet.

kjpweb said...

Neat trip!
Cheers, Klaus

Rambling Woods said...

This took me back too...until I dumped the darn things on some stones in the road..that was the end of that..but we had some fun...