Adler MB200/250 Two-Strokes — Classic Motorcycle Review —

1 Июн 2015 | Author: | Комментарии к записи Adler MB200/250 Two-Strokes — Classic Motorcycle Review — отключены
Adler M 200

Adler MB200/250 Two-Strokes

Speakman has unusual tastes in and finding parts for them easy. His search for spares led him into the eagle’s eyrie.

The in late January is no place for a Piled up snow from the encroaches onto the carriageway, to envelop the unwary rider who slightly wide. The hairpins on the eastwards out of Wiltz wait for the UK rider, a rider who’ll be expecting prior warning chevrons on bends such as

All day the temperature hasn’t risen freezing under a pale crystal clear Luxembourg and condensation keeps the road damp and treacherous.

It’s a good job I’m warm and in my car, trying to catch the surviving weak transmissions of BBC 5 for the Friday afternoon film Eventually I give up and retune to 4 LW, ready for the PM programme and news of the Iraqi elections.

In the boot the clink of glass bottles me with the future pleasures of a of hundred quid’s worth of the Belgian Trappist and Flanders that money can buy, but at a of the usual UK price. I cleared the of ‘Rochefort 10′; my personal but I’m afraid there only two boxes of ‘3 to be had. Despite this, confident that no beer in the UK has half the selection of bottled that my motor has to offer, and as a member, I’ve been to a few in my

As night starts to fall, I to stop the night in the Hotel Hugo, Vianden just from my intended destination of which sits beyond the in Germany. A fine assorted of Ardennes cured hams salad and French fries expensed to my room number, as do the to be paid by credit card the morning. Not one precious note can be as I need all the cash I can muster.

The bank machines will give me Euros 270 every 24 and I missed out on a Wednesday withdrawal due to the (read medieval if you prefer, get no argument from me) policy of the banks, who only appear to their own cards and Visa are conspicuous by their absence.

tired and head up to bed early as the level in the hotel bar increases due to the night influx. Here seem to start in French and end in and the final straw for my sense of is a bar full of German speaking singing loudly to ‘3 On Our Shirt’, I kid you not !

I’m awoken the morning at 8.15am by a phone from Michael Liebig, who is about to leave Cologne in to meet up with me later morning. He has helped me so much the last 12 months, via email and the phone call that I I know him already. I’m forward to finally being to meet him in the flesh.

Before I top up my wallet again from the ATM and hope that I have Euros to fulfill my aspirations, where I’m going is the only currency accepted. on my way by 9.30am and I find it warmly that an English man; in France, driving a Czech car is heading through Luxembourg and Germany, in order to trade. It the hell out of lobbing bombs at other as far as I’m concerned.

Our rendezvous is a residential street in a of Bitburg that neither of us has been to before. Well at that’s straight forward

I steer the Octavia through the centre and road signs me out past a US Army base my destination. I stop and show an gentleman the address and he points the street and says ‘Richt’ by ‘Links’ and I couldn’t be more if he had said ‘Auspuff’ or ‘Gummimuffe’. My of German is limited to ordering and reading motorcycle parts usually illustrated with exploded diagrams.

Thankfully the ‘right’ and ‘left’ do appear in the parts books. As I look for the house number a gentleman in his 60s a bib and brace spots my GB number and raises his arm in a gesture of welcome. It that I have found Bungert.

Rolf invites me his beautiful bungalow overlooking snow covered fields and strong coffee is served up by Mrs I was informed that Rolf little English, yet I would to be able to speak that German.

We get along fine a phone call signals the of Michael Liebig, in the centre of We jump into Rolf’s van and off in search of Michael who tags on us in his Honda and then we proceed out of towards what Michael describes as ‘Eldorado’, otherwise as Rolf’s workshop.

After big and handshakes all round, Rolf up the security door and we head out of the sun, into an icy cold but lit large workshop and storage On the left wall I can hardly my eyes as more than 30 twin two-… engines return my shocked glare unblinking exhaust ports.

If Nomonet wants to look the origins of his Ariel Leader then he should look no as this is the original and best. Yamaha two-… twins through to the 1980s owe this a vote of thanks.

Classic 2 Stroke Stuff on (Not much success for Adler stuff; sorry)

fifteen or so Adler duplex MB 200 and 250 sit waiting patiently to be reused, still with plungers in situ, others with arms denoting their status as Sprinter or Favourite Leading link dual oil damped front forks lie on alongside the earlier clock inspired units fitted to the M250. Boxes of individual sit discreetly in plastic boxes, in numbers of 50 or more, including

Some are original parts I had until now considered almost to find, and which I have steadily having re-chromed repaired by skilled tradesmen, are modern high quality

The situation reminds me of a story Fred Haefele tells in his ‘Rebuilding the Indian’ about a that seems to ‘float’ the US states (according to the storyteller), full of all the old impossible to find parts that any restorer ever wish for. always owned by a bearded old man who the young restorer to it, usually in to a roadside breakdown and invariably in weather.

The old biker supplies the part to get the young rider on the road. Yet come the dawn, the can never be found for a second

Adler M 200
Adler M 200

So here I am in my very own Adler but I’ve got a pocket full of and Rolf is selling…Bloody Hell!

it seems spent an awful lot of effort and money over five years ago, throughout Europe in order to buy up all the old (German word for eagle) that he could. These machines that enjoyed a post war flight (the stopped motorcycle production in after being bought out by are now much loved and valued by owners and are slightly rarer unicorns in the UK.

I once took my cosmetically but freshly MoT’d MB200 to a classic bike event after I bought it, parked it up at the end of a row of Nortons and Triumphs, got off and walked In no time at all there was a crowd it, probably out of curiosity for an unknown yet for those who were aware of the history; it was probably the first they had ever had the chance to in the flesh.

I’d emailed with my parts wish earlier in the week (he faxed it to Rolf), getting all the part from Rolf’s catalogue Michael had emailed to me, what like an age ago. The plan is to on the engine, with a full set, seal and bearing kit for the (yes I could probably get bearings cheaper in the UK, but I’m no on them and this is far too convenient. I’d rather work the and just buy the correct stuff time around), and any other parts (such as the kickstart dog and in readiness for the strip down and overhaul by the local specialist who has taken on my engine.

Then I buy as much as I can afford of all the other that are either new old stock or Rolf has subsequently had re-manufactured originals.

I’m not going to you just how much I spent, but I about bought everything I had on my wish list, yet I reckon still only about there. I now have all the new rubber I require for the frame and rear units. The split left and handlebars on my bike weren’t trying to straighten and rechrome so have been replaced.

Likewise the tank badges had suffered 50 years of abuse are no required and I can now replace the BMW stamped cap with the correct alloy Adler unit and my home rear mudguard supports can be with the correct chromed stays.

I knew when I the Adler that it wouldn’t be an or a cheap project, but if money was the issue I would be spending my time restoring property, not It’s me working until o’clock during the week, to pay for all and I don’t have to justify it to

Once the money changes the real knowledge transfer Old twin cranks are brought out to me how the crank is split in the middle a special tool to undo the coupling. I could never in my mind just how this yet now it all appears so simple.

Things to out for like crank seals and big and end replacement are discussed, along mods like a needle little end swap that owners to run at 50:1 instead of the recommendation of 25:1 two-…

Likewise Rolf shows me how to the hydraulic damping units my front forks and how the tapered that hide the inner tubes are held together at the and rear with vertical strips that can be cut from a Benz front grille. He gave me the model number. We discuss Adler factory modifications to the rear plunger units, with the addition of an two bump stop rubbers the hydraulic damping unit.

I’ve left my digital in the car, yet all is not lost as Michael close up photographs with his far camera and I only have to the USB lead to copy them my laptop for later reference. By 3pm just about run out of questions and we all frozen feet, so it’s to Rolf’s house for more coffee and a selection of sandwiches an hour chatting about in general. The day ends with and finally we form an orderly into Luxembourg, Rolf and for a fill up with cheap (Ј25 for a tank full usually costs Ј45) and me in the direction of Verdun ready for a work in Paris on Monday

It’s not every day that you your own little piece of yet I know that once saved up again I can return for the of the parts I require. A new wiring and all the control cables I need (in correct silver/grey Adler too), silencers, exhaust a refurbished Pegasus single and other stuff that I won’t realise I need later in the year. It will all be there waiting for me when ready and unlike Fred I know exactly how to find my way whenever I need to.

Adler M 200


Tagged as:

Other articles of the category "interesting":

Our partners
Follow us
Contact us
Our contacts

Born in the USSR


About this site

For all questions about advertising, please contact listed on the site.

Motorcycles catalog with specifications, pictures, ratings, reviews and discusssions about Motorcycles.