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life with the heavy military bikes.
I had gone to Kolberg in Poland with my bike, where I have relatives. That was 40 years ago in 1975.
At this time a Seeley Honda was something like a Formula 1 race car on the roads in Poland.
When I had to stop at the first traffic light in Kolberg, there were a lot of pedestrians, waiting for the traffic light to switch to green.
Then green came for them, but none crossed the street. All were waiting for me, waiting that this super motorcycle drove off in.
One day I was in a beach cafe and flirted with a pretty dark blonde Polish woman. But unfortunately Anja had a boy friend who showed up at some point.
But Tomek did not mind, he only admired my motorcycle. We drank a beer and a few vodkas, spoke broken German and Polish and he invited me to a motorcycle meeting in Lodz.
That was in 1976 when I saw a heavy military bike, a BMW R75, for the first time in Lodz and I was allowed to drive it. I was excited. I wanted to have one too.
We had language problems on both sides at this time. But Tomek had a friend, Tadeusz, who was a teacher and spoke good German.
Since 1976, he is still my best friend and we have done so many travels with the heavy military bikes and eventually started to produce the necessary sparts parts for our hobby.
If I have a look at the statistics of my Zündapp-BMW life, a lot comes together.
In the 1980s I had approx 80-100 sidecar bikes.
Except for the twenty best ones that I still have today, all were resold.
With Zündapp and BMW I've made trips on all continents. (Except at the South Pole, there it would be too cold for me)
Six times I have frozen off my bottom in Norway in winter rides with often up to minus 30 ° C.
We curved with a BMW R75 in the Australian rain forest and out-back.
If I count all together, from Iceland to Australia, from snowy Norway to the Sahara in Africa, I'll have driven more than 150 000 kilometers on these bikes.
The time I was on the road in the last 40 years will probably amount to several years.
Only to count the twenty-six Pyrenees trips of 10 days and more, each with about 600 to 800 km:
There were approx 260 nights in a tent, or 18,000 km on the bike, a few cans of wine, a disassembled rear axle drive, a broken crankshaft, 6 foot rests, 4 brackets for ammunition boxes and 3 baggy exhaust collector.
My spare parts warehouse is now equipped with about 120 tons of spare parts, which are spread over 900 items.
Converted into bikes makes this about 285 bikes. A monthly production in the Zündapp factory in 1943. Theoretically
Since 1990 I lead the spare parts company and I am proud to have always coped well with my heavy military bike friends. Not one letter in 25 years that I have received from a lawyer.
Believe me, I'm really proud of it.
1999 I was able to do the trademark registration of the Zündapp word and logo for me.
Under this brand name we sell most of our products for Zündapp, BMW and Unimog.
Oh not to forget I wrote eight books in three languages about the Wehrmacht bikes.
Or 1,820 pages on historical facts, explained the technique, problem cases and detailed description.
In Youtube I edited approx. 70 video clips on the Wehrmacht bikes.
1,400 subscribers are waiting for new clips to come.
I have edited 132 leaflets, which are often read by many. But almost never I received a feed back or praise.
This is my last leaflet.
Not out of injured vanity but because I find no longer an issue, which I could edit.
One year before reaching retirement age, I made my dream come true.
A new hall with ample space for everything I like to have around me.
We are a
My wife calls me a workaholic
Now I cut back.
Today I drive less with the KS or R75.
With the heavy military bike I've experienced
everything you can experience.
thing I have not experienced.
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