Previous Bikes

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BMW R67/2

My present and previous Bikes

P resent Bikes

R100 GSPD and R80

The engines of two cylinder BMW’s are called horizontally opposed twins, the layout of this design has the advantage that bikes of this design have a far lower centre of gravity than traditional standing twins, this makes this model BMW a very stable and easy to handle motorcycle.

This is how is works.


These are my two current BMW’s, above a 1000cc twin, a PD, for those not too familiar with BMW models, R stands for the opposed two cylinder engine. as shown above, 100 stands for 1000 cc, GS means (Gelande Strasse) in German or Off Road and PD for Paris-Dakar. These bikes looks somewhat like the original PD’s used in the annual Paris-Dakar race. It’s appearance is dominated by the massive 35 ltr fuel tank.

Modifications: low muffler to allow large Zega boxes. Specialy designed HD rack to take cases and gearsack bag, on board air compressor mounted underneath the airfilter, the hose which is kept inside the frame fit neatly folded inside the frametube under the tank. Camel bags and tank bag, aliminium bracket to hold tent mounted on the front of the crashbar above the headlight. GPS fittes on the handlebars.

A Wudo larger screen and a few waterbottle holders so we can have a drink whilst riding.

BMW R80 Sp

The R80 is an 800 cc twin, I call it a SP for Special as I modified the bike extensively to make it suitable for a long distance trip from Southern India to Western Europe undertaken during 1997. I used the 1000 cc engine for the trip.The length of the trip was approx. 20.000 km and took 3 months to complete.

The photograph on the left was taken at a truckstop in India, the picture on the right in the citadel of Bam in Iran.

The photo below was taken in Eastern Turkey besides Mount Ararat, with a temperature of about minus 7 degrees C. We found a snow free spot beside the road, only to get bogged instantly as the snow free area was caused by warm underground thermal activity making the clay soil as soft as dough. It took about an hour to free the two bikes and remove the clay from under the mudguards.

After riding mopeds for two years my first real motorcycle was a BMW R67/2, a 600 cc item with a sidecar, it had about 200.000km on the clock and provided me with a fantastic opportunity to learn about the mechanics of this type of bike, spare parts were always easy to find. One day a valve went right through the piston, I happened to be behind the Iron Curtain where no BMW’s were sold. never mind ,the next day I continued with a Peugeot piston and a Mercedes valve and valve seat.!

Over the years I have owned a R60/2, R60,R26, R69S, R75/5, R80RT, K1100LTSE, R100RT Classic and presently the two bikes, pictured above

Previous bikes I owned

(To sett the scene, I was born and raised in Holland and left for Australia when I turned 20)

At an early age I was influenced by the riding activities of my father, he bought his first motorcycle (moped) when he was around 55; During the early 60’s, the moped era had arrived in Western Europe, young an old could make a choice from a variety of makes and models, they were made in just about every country in Europe. My father purchased a 50 cc, 60km/h Austrian made HMW, a spartan type of bike as it lacked rear suspension, it was soon replaced by a

HMW deluxe 1956

Deluxe model which supported rear shock absorbers. Later he switched to a Zundapp and rode moped until he passed away at age 81.

Zundapp KS50

Meanwhile I had turned 16 and bought the German manufactured Kreidler Florett below. A chrome cylinder made these bikes indestructable, the Dutch laws allowed these bikes to be ridden without a licence providing the are under 50 cc (they were all 49.9 cc) and about 2 hp. German tourist were often seen with 5 hp models which would reach a topspeed of 80-90 km/h.

On the international racing circuit the racing models pumped out 17 hp at 14000 rpm (an amazing 340 hp per ltr) through 12 speed gearbox.

1966-1968 Kreidler Florett 50 cc

Soon I turned 17 and 9 months, my first BMW had arrived, over 200.000km old, sidecar included, fun and games in the snow. read about it

1952 model BMW R67/2 600 cc,

Heinkel 175 cc single cylinder

It was 1968, Sorry- but it was very cold that winter. full face helmets only just hit the market and were out of reach of most people my age, The Heinkel could be driven with a motorcycle licence.

The R 60 below was my first BMW in Aus.

For 5 years I was a Honda motor cycle dealer and rode dozens of different models, some of them became a toy for a while like this TL 125.

however I still had a BMW parked in the workshop or at home.

BMW R60 with four mufflers

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