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This is not a ride report but rather a travel report. Recently the company I work for sent three other men and myself to Elefsis, Greece near Athens to align bore a Worthington 4BDC hydrogen compressor frame at Hellenic Petroleum. We were there for over a month. Not bad duty, the people we met and worked for were great, the weather was perfect, food was good, had a nice hotel. We went into Athens to visit the Acropolis and that was awesome. The only downside was that some areas were just trashy, trashy as in litter.

Inside the plant they had us set up in an unused warehouse. Inside we found these.





They had been sitting for some time and we wanted to get them running to hold scooter races since we were for the most part left alone in there. Neither one had keys but it was easy to pull the switches and hotwire. We put fresh gas in the Honda and tried kick starting and finally push starting but couldn't get it to run. Turned it upside down to drain the tank and clumps of jelly came out. Short of cleaning the carbs which we really didn’t have the tools for that plan was scrapped. Too bad, we could of had a ball with them.

A couple of blocks from the hotel in front of a produce store I spotted this.





I tried talking to the owner about it but he could speak very little english and I speak no Greek. I got the distinct impression though that he wanted to sell it to me, haha ! I’d never seen or even heard of one before and looked it up on the internet that evening and found out it was a Zundapp made in Germany. Apparently Zundapp was making motorcycles among other things since 1913 and went out of business in 1983.

I had also spotted this parked in front of a expresso shop that we passed everyday going to the refinery.



One afternoon I walked over and as I was taking the photo it’s owner came out to investigate. I have an ’08 990 Adventure as well as the KLR and showed him a pic of it on my phone. His english was very good and we became fast friends talking bikes. Very nice fellow.

This is another we passed by daily.





I didn’t think it ran until I seen it being ridden on one of our last days there. When I took the photo I hung around a little while but no one ever came out to speak with about it.

One other thing is that the people there start the day late and end it late. Most don’t eat dinner till around 10. There are very many food delivery scooters that have this big delivery box strapped to the rear and really get going also around 10 PM. I had an upstairs room with sliding glass doors that let out onto a balcony streetside. Most all of these scooters have aftermarket mufflers on them for some reason and they are LOUD especially when they are going hell bent for leather to make their deliveries about the same time I’m going to bed!!!

All in all a good trip and I’ll keep the memories forever.

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nice photos, keep it up
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