Motorcycles Seen At The 2009 Pebble Beach Concours


The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California is the best place in the world to see concept cars that will not be produced next year, but also flawlessly restored historic motorcycles. Two that I admire. On the left, a 1953, 500 cc Matchless G45. It was sold as a race bike for privateers. On the right, a 1947 Vincent H.R.D. Series B Rapide Special, at the time considered as the 1st Superbike. Both have lines and details to inspire…


3 Responses to “Motorcycles Seen At The 2009 Pebble Beach Concours”

  1. 1 nicker Aug 18th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Ah yes the big red “Flying M”.

    Matchless and AJS had some of the nicest engine castings.
    (too bad about the G45 crank design).

    No doubt, these are “lines and details that inspire.”
    And isn’t that why motorcycles are so cool……????…… 🙂

    Thanks for the pics Cyril.


  2. 2 Dale Aug 19th, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    I am an East Coaster but one of these days, I am going to attend this wonderful event to see these majestic works of two-wheel art.

  3. 3 Rodent Aug 19th, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    Cyril, you are a 150% right. I attended the 59th Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance and the name says it all. For 4 days Mike Corbin and I walked the entire venue area streching from the Vintage Races at Laguna Seca, The Quail Event artea, downtown Monterey and the entire venue area at Pebble Beach.
    I will confirm what many others have said, “This is the finest motor vehicle including motorcycles on earth, bar none”..
    Among others the show was attended by Artist Jeff Decker, Sir Stirling Moss, Mr. Jay Leno and Gov.Arnold Swartzenhegger

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