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From Geneva I spent a week touring the Rhone of France, visiting many and other architectural sites, my way across the country to Brittany and on the Atlantic coast. I saw the medieval city of Mont St Michel, along the beaches of the Allied and visited the famous sub pens at France where German had been based.

The …-proof was amazing, and I pondered on all the activity had ended here only 22 before.

My shipping date Hamburg was approaching, so I continued to spend a day in Amsterdam. I came out of the there to find a business under the seat strap. It was Michael Bondy, Vice of Butler Smith, the New York BMW with a note saying luck on your trip.

Then it was directly to Hamburg for the with the crater and shipper BMW had arranged for me. The R27 had performed perfectly for miles. Although a very bike by today’s standards, the was a substantial motorcycle on the roads of in the mid-1960s.

Most of the bikes mopeds, scooters and little motorcycles.

When I went to it up the bike from the warehouse on the docks, the customs officer not inspect the bike until I it, but I had no tools. Even if I could the bike, the dockmaster would not me to leave the crating materials in the After scratching my head for I realized that I was expected to one of the longshoremen to uncrate the bike and of the wood.

As soon as the money changed prybars and hammers appeared and the was liberated.

I discovered the toolkit had in transit, so the next day I rode to Smith’s office on the upper side of Manhattan to get another BS was housed in a narrow brownstone with wood floors. In the of the ground floor was an office of typewriters, with an open freight elevator to the floors which contained some new and a vast stock of parts.

It was BMW heaven. With a new toolkit away, I rode up to Maine to a friend.

From Maine I home to Lousville, making 500 the last day. This was taken soon after my showing the corduroy jacket I had all summer. All too soon that summer full of motorcycling was and I rode the bike to Philadelphia to my last year of graduate

The R27 went a total of 8,000 that summer with no other than the broken signal switch the first in Europe.


The bike spent a in Philadephia, being ridden with trips to New York and There was an attempted spring trip to Louisville that with snow in the middle of — the bike returned to the next day with brown slanting rearward from the After that experience hypothermia, I added a Wixom fairing.

Upon my graduation in 1967 the returned to Louisville and took me and forth to work at an architectural It was a time when the Interstate was being built, and this was taken on the deserted gravel under the interchange between and I-264 outside Louisville.

The R27 had one problem during this The spark plug insert to gradually stick further and out from the head. There was no in Louisville, so I called Butler

Although the bike had about miles, they shipped me a new head, and thus I began my acquaintance with these

Meanwhile there was a war on and I no longer had a deferment, so I had applied and gotten the Navy’s officer candidate When it was time for me to report to in early 1968, I carefully a pallet to serve as the base for a removed the battery and waxed the all over, and stored it away.

I was in the service, the glamorous /5 bikes introduced and my heart turned the little R27 that had served so One day in 1970, I came home on and found that there was a new in town. I uncrated the R27 and traded it to the toward a new $1500 silver

The R27 had 18,000 miles and the trade-in was $600, almost the same I paid for it when new.



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