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from a solar energy on the back of the sidecar and a notice on the that it contains radioactive there’s not so much to tell you this BMW is any different from one say, a Wehrmacht Oberleutnant have used to visit a brothel on a fine August in 1941. With a nice in the sidecar, if he was any good.

That army lieutenant might be by the sound of the engine, which at has the ringing clash of a jackhammer a steel plate, but soon it down to a friendly diesel And if he catches a whiff of the exhaust he may just pull over to some French fries for with that wine. all, he’s in Paris.

Our motorcyclist would be surprised to that the BMW he’s riding is by an engine made in China, and be shaken by news that the was built by a Canadian-German machinist in the of Midland 70 years in the future.

Schulz probably didn’t that it would be a part of his future when he acquired the R80 in Manitoba 10 years ago. It was or less complete, but the engine was As a sideline, Schulz runs Eco Motorcycles with partner Cronk in a Midland shop cluttered with motorcycles and of motorcycles.

He picks them up the way guys pick up bad habits: he appear to know how to get rid of them, and consume a lot of his time. Just around. Behind a two-wheel-drive with camouflage paint and a blackout shade, half a motorcycles are lined against the in various stages of undress, a flathead-engined Molotov from with a BMW drive; motorcycle hang from ceiling exhaust pipes and wheels and and fuel tanks collect on shelves and in corners. But you have the that it’s organized, he could lay his hands on an R68 brake after a brief head and a quick shuffle across the floor in those leather

Here in the corner is a Triumph with a T140 front end I didn’t like the old front all done up in red and white and nearly and on tables behind the Afghan war are glossy BSA and Triumph frames for their engines. The shop’s isn’t collecting, but restoring and transforming, and the project that I come to see on this cloudy day is a BMW R80 that has been transformed a diesel-powered sidecar rig.

despite Schulz’s organizing he forgot to figure out the width of the and sidecar attachment before he it, inside the shop. He’s a man, though, so the assembled and sidecar can be wiggled through the with about an inch to on either side. Maybe to be expected: he’s the sort of who gets work done by things and holding a wet finger in the

On one side of the shop are metal and other powered tools he uses to produce bags of brass and steel shavings. He no-thanks to computer-aided design but the things he makes fit his intentions a bullet fits a barrel.

a clutch bell housing on a table; it’s got the jewel-like of something you’d find on a engine assembly line, but he it in his Midland shop to join the BMW R80 transmission to the Chinese 800 cc V-twin engine. Curious fact: the in this diesel engine are but their spacing pattern is in Somehow, here, that fitting.

Schulz gets the rig squeezed through the door and the parking lot in front of the shop as a light rain starts to The bike has a left-side kickstarter, but the pipe under it gets in the way of its he’s going to modify the but for now the electric starter is a necessary It’s a shame about rain, though.

If I had come up the day before, as we’d we’d be nice and dry. But the starterthat is, the Chinese onewas so he installed another one. He it from a Volkswagen Passat, but he had to carve some metal to the German starter on the Chinese and that took a little time, which is why on this day standing in the rain while he with the diesel engine, will not start.

Not because of the thoughit’s fine. There’s a fuse.

With Greg help, he gets the fuse (it takes him nearly half an and as I stand at a safe remove, the fires up with the crash of on steel. The Harley-Davidson mufflers a friend donated, brand are doing little to suppress the and when he adjusts something and the concussive bark softens, relieved. A light puff of emits from the Harley smelling like the back of a restaurant.

He gets in, shifts reverse, backs up, then again and roars across the parking lot, not quite the sidecar wheel when he Smoke issues from chromed mufflers, but that go away when the engine is warmed. For the moment, it looks any other BMW sidecar rig being by a cigarette-smoking, bare-headed middle-aged in clogs.

I clamber into the and away we go down Midland’s streets, illegally riding helmets or any other items of gear, and we’re making turns, so the sidecar remains planted. After three or spins around the block, we back in to the parking lot, The bike is surprisingly smooth, and the ride is comfortable enough I can take pictures. With the stopped, we trade positions, and I power it down the parking

The gear shifter, which he has works in reverse direction, so back on the heel-pad for first, down on the toe-shifter for second and It’s a race-pattern gear and I don’t know why I’m by that.

The bike pulls a lethargic insistence that big and strong. There’s almost no but the revs don’t need to above 3,500 rpm for a full of torque, and I notice little in acceleration when I step into second, then

Despite what must be 400 of mass, the motorcycle-and-sidecar rig steers in both directions, and we make it and then chuff back up the parking lot to the shop, where a application of brake lever kills forward motion. He me to use the rear pedal next the bike is capable of highway and the brakes are, he insists, for that.

I get off the bike, and he climbs out of the I want to take some so he moves it into a better leaves it quietly idling, and for a smoke with Cronk. The engine could run all day, he me.

It’s air-cooled, with a fan that resides in front, you’d see a radiator on a liquid bike, and it just won’t ever.

So, that’s nice, but the point? Surely this of BMW frame and transmission, Chinese Yamaha fork, Kawasaki Harley-Davidson fuel tank and Yamaha seat, and Volkswagen all of it stirred together with a batch of hand-made fittingssurely all has a purpose! After all, project represents about 75 and a lot of nights.

So before all this, we ride it, before he gets the replaced and I hear it jackhammering, he shows me the T-100/140 Triumph and the flathead and the “Dnepr that a BMW R75 Afghan war bike” and the clutch housing that he turned on his I ask him: Why?

“I just wanted to an alternative,” he says, his German still noticeable 33 years “Yes, there is a lot of power out there, it is not being used. In they use it. Why don’t we do something?

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are people in the States, they similar things. I mean, you go on the and you find, worldwide, you find motorcycle, and you know, you drive a you can drive this tractor.” He “You know, it’s the thing!”

Then he tells me a Three years ago, he this diesel engine in A V-twin, 800 cc diesel, maybe in Australia but probably made at all over China. He called the and they sold him two for $1,000.

The charges would more double that fee. The arrived, and they were but they were bare To work in a motorcycle they need clutches, transmissions, sources, frame structures, and Some of those things he take from the donor and some he would make up. is a smart person and a very millwright and machinist.

He works at Elcan Optical Technologies in a company that produces devices (like electronic and aircraft cockpit lenses) for use, among other so his day job is interesting. With the BMW frame and and the Chinese engine, he had a starting on a project for his weekend job.

The was not built to be put into a BMW frame, so he a cradle for it, gave it rubber mated it to the frame, and secured the into it with just bolts. He hooked up a four-speed from an older BMW, but it so he made up a clutch assembly for the five-speed transmission and attached The original starter broke, and we what he did about that.

If it was just a diesel-powered motorcycle, he have finished it at that, but he to make a sidecar rig, so he to consider suspensionyou can’t a motorcycle that dives braking if you’ve got a sidecar to it, so sidecar rigs generally use a link fork, which that front-end diving He had a 750 Yamaha fork, and a Kawasaki 440 so he made a harness that hold the Kawasaki’s lower tube in line with the and made a link to attach the wheel. Result, one ersatz link fork.

They their chips at Elcan, so the there uses a lot of frying The company paid good to have that oil recycled, but he to save them the expense. No, he sell the oil; he would it in his motorcycle.

The diesel engine burn just about it turns out, though on lard is a bit of a slog.

So he gets the oil for and there’s a lot of it. But you don’t want a that burns only oil; on a cold day, the is hardly a liquid. You want to be to burn regular diesel to get things going, then let the heat exchanger (not yet but it’s coming) warm the and lower its viscosity so it can feed the which uses direct A Harley-Davidson split fuel went on the bike, allowing him to both energy sources and from one to the other. (On this it’s warm despite the so he starts it and runs it on the fryer

The H-D fuel tank is wide, and of leaving a gap between left and halves, he built a toolbox to go in and because he works at Elcan, he has to things like radiation decals, which he placed on the box lid and may help to deter thieves who to read it. Because the fuel is so wide, he thought the skinny fork looked wrong, so he new triple trees out of T60-61 and widened the fork to 10 inches.

Now it looks properly wide-glide. of the ties that hold the to the bike are stock items, but he did up one, and because the diesel electrical output is not high to keep the battery fully when lights are used, he a supplementary charger to the sidecar, by sunlight.

That electrical kept him from making any journeys in the sidecar rig last but he did ride it, legally, on the roads Midland. It’s registered as a BMW R80 and has the numbers to prove it. And if made-in-China is not of BMW’s present, well, the coming, baby.

And it might smell like French His BMW diesel sidecar is a prototype, he a proof of concept. If there are customers, there will be Eckhard Schulz diesel

And if the thrill of the unusual isn’t to convince a customer, he’s got one trick up his sleeve: free “If someone is interested in one built, I’ll give fuel for free. As much as can take.”

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