Tuesday, May 22, 2012

EINDHOVEN..............Out and About Pt II, 'The Attic'.

A chance encounter with a man sitting on a tiny little stool cleaning his Triumph motorcycle on a lazy Sunday afternoon on the Kleine Berg in Eindhoven, a small narrow street with an abundance of cafes and restaurants which gives a very charming and artistic air to it, led to one of those discoveries that many look for, but in the process of zeroing in, fail to notice the peripherals, the little things.

What appeared to be at the outset a casual "Hi, nice bike, my name is Murph, mind if I take a few pictures" is now over a week later turning into a very pleasant friendship, resulting in my riding down to Eindhoven every two or three days to sit, have coffee, eat and talk with a most interesting and extremely talented man, Bob Casemier.

Born in Eindhoven in 1954, Bob has lived here all his life so far.

Nearly every part on this motorcycle has been massaged by hand, either polished, turned or lightened.

So after talking at length about his Triumph, and how he put the bike together and made many of the parts himself, he inquired as to whether I had the time to go up to see his 'Museum'.

You take a step back in time when entering Bob's apartment, a place where pictures, books, bicycles, motorcycles, magazines on the stairs winding their way up to the top floor, the attic which houses the Museum, filling you with nostalgia, it all serves to send you right back to the 60's and 70's, to the days when 'Ago' was king of the motorcycle track, winning both the 350cc and 500cc World Championship for Count Alfonso Morini on board the MV Agusta for 7 years in succession, and Eddie Merckx was king of the bicycle, arguably THE most accomplished rider the sport of cycling has ever known to this day.

Bob and Agostini.

Bob wasn't kidding when he said he had a museum.

The red Austin Healy toy pedal car was made in the Austin factory in England in the '60's, lovingly restored to perfection by Bob.

Even though Eddie Merckx was Belgian, Bob, as a Dutchman, still considers him the 'Worlds Greatest Cyclist'.

A velodrome Pace Bike from the 50's.

1960 46cc Royal Nord Cafe Racer, made in Belgium. Rare, very rare.

Bianchi moped.

1949 125cc Peugeot.

A 1929 100cc Radior, made in France.

A 1960 Zundapp Moped, another rare bike.

A 1936 B.M.I, Bilthovemse Metaal Industre moped, extremely rare.

Before bicycles had wheels made from metal, they had wheels made out of wood, just like this one.

Some of the details were wonderful to see, like this valve stem cap with a small chain which attaches it to a spoke, so you never end up losing it when you remove it to pump up a tire. So simple, an age and a lifetime ago.

Bob Casemier and Murph. 
May 20th, 2012.
Eindhoven NL.



Charlie6 said...

Awesome set of pictures Murph! Mr Casemier has quite the museum there....thanks for sharing this with us.


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Cécile Saltzman said...

Murph, this story is absolutely MAGNIFICENT! I keep scrolling through the photos-- there's so much to see and I'm very greedy about soaking them all in. I can easily see how you and Bob Casemier were absolutely a perfect match to meet up, and I love it that you met him now while you are relaxing and waiting on your new rig. So GOOD!!!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely fabulous. What a find!

Anonymous said...

Amazing Triumph! Thanks for sharing this. Wonderfull blog:)

onjuist said...

Hi Murph,
just saw a your part in 'the DownShift' and was wondering where you would be. And i was amazed to see that you are in my country and city, Eindhoven, what a coincidence! I'll be sure to make a conversation with Bob, if i see him!

I have no idea until when you will be staying here, but i saw you were enthusiastic about old bikes. I do classic motorcycle racing and 23 june there is one in Gramsbergen and you are hereby invited to get a cup of coffee in our (me and my dad's) camper and see the race!


Roel (number 19 in the Oldtimer class of

IRISH Murph said...

Yes he does Dom, imagine how thrilled I was when I got up there :-)

Thanks for stopping by.

IRISH Murph said...

Thanks Cecile, appreciate you stopping by and so glad you enjoyed the post and pictures.

IRISH Murph said...


IRISH Murph said...

Roel, thanks for stopping by.
I would love to meet you at the race, I will try to email you and make contact with you.

Nick Roberts said...

Murph you have some fabulous images in this post from Bob's "museum" I love the B&W of the helmets and boots on the shelves behind the bicycle. Great composition; an image that has a story to tell. Great work my friend, I'm glad I lost my keys in Wendover in 2010 or else I might never have met you.

The detail shots of Bob's bike are really well done. The choice of doing them as monochromes was spot on.

Ride safe my friend.