Met an 84 year old war Vet, old school biker.
He worked dispatch and a courier service on both Norton and Indian motorcycles during the war(WW2).
His summation for troops on bikes " If every Canadian soldier were on a bike, we would've lost the war". Apparently more troops died on their bikes than in action.
I found his insight really interesting, he greatly preferred the Indian bikes as they were more comftorable than the less reliable & comfy Nortons(english). He complained that the Nortons had you hunch over the tank, at which point I said " So I guess you wouldnt want to ride my bike for nostalgia?".
During the blackout of Britain in WW2 he was part of a convoy of bikes that had to travel in the night and follow a small flashlight that was lit behind a truck.
Keep in mind they are on pretty old bikes and cannot use their headlights for fear of bombers, now that would be scary. I guess when the trucks went off the road, so do all the bikes that follow which is what happened. . . . a few times.
Not that much to share as we didnt have a lot of time to talk but i'll be talking with him again soon. He said he'd try to find some old war/bike photo's for me as well and I'd then base a piece of artwork off of it for him.
Just thought it was cool to meet one of the original bikers as I have very little family so never get to hear these kinds of stories.
Anyone else heard first hand war/bike related stories?