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“I’ve been riding motorcycles since I could walk,” says ChopperMartin with a smile on his lips. He is part-owner of the not so classic menswear shop “Motorious” in the Meat District in Vesterbro, Copenhagen. There, you can buy clothing as well as motorcycle equipment like helmets and leather gloves. Martin’s passion for old bikes began at an early age.
Even if Denmark is not the most motorcycle friendly country of the world – the taxes on buying a new motorcycle are high and the season is very short – Martin believes that the motorcycle culture in Denmark is growing. “But maybe that’s because I’m in it,’ he jokes.
According to the website of the Danish Customs and Tax Administration “skat.dk”, the vehicle registration tax for a motorbike is 85% if the bike costs between DKK 9,600 and 58,400.
The majority of the customers in the shop don’t ride bikes themselves. They just come for the atmosphere and the vibe that’s rooted in the motorcycle culture. But for Martin, the passion for old motorcycles is in his DNA.