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Classic German Motorcycles

Classic BMW Motorcycles

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Our Long-Term Rides

Long-term Norton Robert Freeman and his BMW, purchased new in 1963 (MC March/April 2021) won’t be challenged for the record of longest ownership of one motorcycle by me. But maybe I can be a notable also-ran in the competition. I’ve had my 1972 Norton Commando for a bit over 41 years. In late 1979, a very sorry looking Norton was traded in on a Honda Goldwing at the ...

Staff | Jun 9, 2021

Classic MZ Motorcycles

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Iron Pig Tour: Across the USA on a 1970 MZ ES250/2

The Iron Pig meets American iron: Crossing the Mojave desert. In early 2018, I shipped my East German-built 1970 MZ ES250/2 – nicknamed “Iron Pig” – from Denmark to Los Angeles, California. Being a Gold Wing rider trapped riding an MZ, I like to carry a lot of stuff when I tour, so I equipped the MZ with a little Czechoslovakian PAV 41 trailer ...

Kim Scholer | Feb 12, 2019

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Classic NSU Motorcycles

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Dave DeBaene’s 1938 NSU 501 OSL

Rider: Dave DeBaene, Moline, Illinois Age: 66 Occupation: Manufacturing engineer, John Deere (retired)Rides: 1938 NSU 501 OSL Dave's story: "I have been a motorcycle enthusiast since I was 12. I started with a scooter my oldest brother found for me. I raced amateur flat track for four years before I married. My first race bike was a Hodaka Super Rat. I also raced a Bultaco 175 ...

Dave Debaene | Jun 10, 2019

Classic TWN Motorcycles

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1957 Triumph TWN BDG125L

1957 Triumph TWN BDG125LClaimed power: 6.7hp @ 5,200rpmTop speed: 50mphEngine: 123cc 2-stroke, air-cooled split-singleWeight (wet): 227lb (103kg)Fuel capacity/MPG: 12ltr (3gal) / 100mpg (claimed)Ever heard of a Triumph Cornet? Triumph Boss? Triumph Tessy? A 1957 Triumph TWN BDG125L? They’re all names of once-popular motorcycles (and one scooter), but unless your last name’s ...

Andy Saunders | Jul 3, 2008

Classic Zundapp Motorcycles

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Boxing Clever: 1938 Zündapp K800

1938 Zündapp K800 Engine: 797cc air-cooled sidevalve horizontally opposed 4-cylinder, 62mm x 66.6mm bore and stroke, 5.8:1 compression ratio, 22hp @ 4,300rpm (at rear wheel) Top speed: 75mph (60mph w/sidecar) Carburetion: Single 22mm Amal (German) Transmission: 4-speed, hand-shift, shaft final drive Electrics: 6v, Bosch distributor w/coil and breaker points ...

Alan Cathcart | Oct 25, 2016

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