I followed Mike to the Warehouse District, a good thing too. He's (now) very comfortable with the area but it's an area relatively new to me, easy for me to get turned around down there and that normally isn't something I struggle with.
Not parking here was made very clear; I obviously wasn't qualified since I'd left my Green Caddy at home.
Yesterday afternoon, on our way to the Unveiling Location.
Today I was up to Minneapolis early, stopped in at Marty's (GoMoto) to take a couple of photos before the visitors arrived, had the tripod set up for videos, then hustled over to pick up the pizza, soda and other treats. Folks started arriving just before noon.
There was a plan......and the plan was to cover up one of Marty's SYM bikes to hide and to purposely deceive as well as tease the arriving throngs as to why they were truly invited to The Event. Mike had hinted that this might, just possibly be an unveiling of his road-ready Cushman that he'd bought last fall. The Cushman was not present and had no real role in today's gathering.
Here's the decoy......and it sort of worked, those who are in the know and who do know suspected some subterfuge. Under the translucent cover a newer bike was present and it was quite obvious to anyone paying real attention but it still prompted questions and doubt.
Right in the middle of the showroom floor.......
The real surprise was hiding over here against the wall, very incognito.
As you can see, barely visible......
Mike trying to explain what we weren't really there for, Colleen absolutely unaware though it will soon be very clear.
The cute SYM 150 decoy was unwrapped with Mike assuring us all....."well this isn't why you're here, there's a crate over there against the wall...." We moved it Center Stage and started unwrapping.
Erica grabbed a wrench and before long.....
A 1950 Terrot 100cc French motorcycle that served Constables in Paris and it RUNS!
See that white plastic knob left center between the lights?? Pull it up, all the way to the 2nd notch and both of these headlamps actually blink.
The rear light blinks too!
Of course a front brake to match the attainable speeds....
Someone said "Marty, get on and look like a French rider....." I don't know, am not sure and have no real way of knowing but have to imagine that he's very near??
It was all really fun; everyone present helped to make it so. Many thanks to Mike for the invitations, the yummies and to Marty for putting up with us all and for kindly making the warm, mid-March space available.
So Mike and Colleen have another bike from France (by way of the Netherlands). He's now got this import thing down, is on a first name basis with the importer and Customs folks so if you need a French Connection, just let him know.