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Photographing a Bike Event in Orange County

Vintage. Bikes. Summer. It’s a mix that will make for a really great experience. A while back I had the great joy of photographing a classic car and bike event in Seal Beach, CA.


A Trip Down Memory Lane

It probably doesn’t come as a surprise to many of you that I’m a fan of old, classic cars. Add to that now, classic bikes. Growing up in a rural part of Sweden, turning 15 was a big deal as it meant that you were allowed to own and ride a moped. It was  like a rite of passage for boys in our town. Those two wheels would represent freedom, independence, but also togetherness with others that owned a “youth hog”.


My first bike was a retro styled, 50cc Yamaha FS-1. At the time I don’t think I had ever heard about the term “Cafe Racer”, but I do think this bike have a lot to do with my excitement for those type of racers. Unfortunately the bike was short lived, and I ended up selling it since the engine blew up and I didn’t have the money to fix it.

Shortly after I had sold it, I missed riding and decided to save up for a different bike. I soon decided on a purple metallic, Crescent Compact. Not a brand that is very common, if it even exists, in the U.S. It doesn’t look anything like the Yamaha, but it was a bike that was easy to modify. The standard engine modifications were adjustable fuel nozzle, ported and polished carburetor, straight pipes, and if you were lucky enough to have extra funds to spare; a 125cc engine block with enlarged piston. This bike definitely didn’t add to my passion for Cafe Racers, but it did ignite my excitement for working on engines and.


Family Over Bikes

Fast forward to today, I would love to have a classic bike in my garage. However, I do enjoy spending time with my wife and kids, and until they’re grown up and moved out, the dream of owning a bike again is put on hold. For now, photographing them is a good option.

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