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    Eddieb
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    In the very early 60’s Jennifers grandfather used to race one of these in Hamilton trials events.
    To the uninitiated this looks like any other Triumph of the period but is unusual due to the external oil lines on the head, and the sprung rear hub. A combination that was only manufactured for 1-2 years by all accounts. This is the first one we’ve ever seen in the flesh.

    In the UK if you fit Headlight, tail light, indicators, speedo etc you can road register Quad bikes, mad.

    #30886

    Eddieb
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    I was at the 2019 Goldwing Club Holland International Treffen a few days ago, Lots of sidecar pics from that here.

    #31110

    Eddieb
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    Man I am so behind on this.

    So after the Bealeau Motor Museum we went down to Devon and @chriscole was kind enough to let us park the motorhome on his lawn for a few days and show us around the neighbourhood, including a picturesque seaside village straight out of classic UK TV.

    At one campsite we stayed at a motorhome nearby had this ‘trailer’ setup on it.

    The Easy-Lifter bolts to the vehicles tow bar so that it doesn’t turn with the vehicle, instead the wheels can rotate 360 degrees and so provide any steering required. To mount and dismount a motorcycle the vehicles car jack is used to lift the rack so that the wheels drop off, then the whole rack is lowered to the ground so that the motorcycle can be wheeled on. The reverse is then performed to lift the stand into place.

    In Europe scooters are very popular and not just the little ones either, we saw quite a few of the bigger maxi scooters used to travel from town to town and sometimes even on the motorway. In Italy especially we saw quite a few of the Honda X-ADV scooters, presumably because Italy’s roads are so crap the extra ground clearance is required.

    The Italian military have these very cool 4×4 small trucks, Isuzu VM90.

    Once into the Alps in Southern France which go through Austria and into Northern Italy there were bikes EVERYWHERE of all descriptions, though adventure bikes made up well over 50% of them, especially BMW 1200GS Adventures. The roads on this area are just amazing, as is the scenery. Not that most of the bikes were going slow enough to see anything.

    This guy was having his own adventure on a tiny Vespa towing a trailer. At about 1000metres above sea level in the Italian Alps the poor scooter was struggling.

    While wandering around Athens we found this little scooter supplies shop, you could buy all your go fast bits straight off the shelf, including full engine rebuild kits with cranks, piston, cylinder etc.

    In Greece the Police ride a wide variety of bikes, TDM900’s V-Strom’s, Transalp’s etc.

    Don’t fuck with them though, take note of whats on his chest.

    Helmets are not compulsory in Greece, we even saw some Police riding without them. These guys were doing about 85km/h in light rain when this was taken and they were struggling to see due to the rain stinging their faces.

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    Eddieb
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    If @Matt-Kerr is wondering where to get RD04 or RD07 parts, try Greece. I saw the most old Africa Twins I’ve ever seen anywhere, especially in a town called Kavala where there seemed to be almost one every block.

    In Italy and Greece we saw a few gas stations like this. Basically a couple of pumps on the edge of the footpath, for one side you ride/drive onto the footpath, the other is what usually would be the roadside carpark.

    Over in Bulgaria we spotted an old MIG 21 as part of a local war memorial.

    Then it was onto the Buzludzha Monument, a popular stop for motorcycling overlanders,

    It’s a pretty rough drive in a motorhome as the road is pretty rough, but would be easy on any bike.

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    Eddieb
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    Into Romania and we stopped at Motocamp Bulgaria, owned by RTWDoug.

    This marks the driveway out on the road.

    There’s various old eastern european bikes lying around.

    Polly’s Bar

    I was fortunate that Doug himself was there so I got to meet him and chat for a while before he left the next morning.

    Doug added an Adventure Riding NZ sticker to his visitors board.

    The Dirtster, Dougs Ride for one of his Russian trips.

    Doug and 4 other friends have just finished riding their WLA Harleys to the 75th D-Day anniversary in France before riding further into Europe.

    Just down the street was this old russian UAZ truck

    #31202

    Eddieb
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    We drove over the Transfagarasan Road, voted by Top Gear as the best road in the world.

    These guys had stopped part way up for a rest

    We camped at Camping Dracula at the south end of the Transfagarasan and a lot of Mongol Rally contestants were also there. The Mongol Rally runs from London to Mongolia and to do it on a motorcycle the max capacity is 125cc.

    Vorchdorf Motorad Museum

    We just happened to see a sign for this on the motorway in Austria so veered off to see it. 15 or so km later in a tiny village we found the museum and it had what I found was some pretty interesting stuff in it.

    The first half of the museum were all PUCH bikes. I’d heard of the brand but knew nothing about it and it turns out they were doing some pretty different and technical stuff in the 1920s and 30s.

    A 500cc parellel twin, but with the cylinders front and back.

    A supercharged 500cc v-twin.

    A 170 degree 500cc almost flat twin

    A view down the hall, with a Cagiva Elefant 750 on the right.

    There were some interesting BMW’s also.

    1959 BMW R26 ‘GS’

    #31218

    Eddieb
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    There were even some KTM’s, probably like you’ve never seen before.

    A 1975 KTM 50cc Hoby III, all 2 hp of it.

    KTM Grand Tourist

    #31228

    Eddieb
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    In Austria we head to Mattighofen, home of KTM.

    You can’t tour the KTM factory but KTM have opened a building called the Motohall which is part company promotion, part museum.

    The KTM Factory, the Motohall is about 2km further down the road.

    Someone at KTM is being paid well.

    This massive beast was parked outside.

    There was quite a bit about the design process for new bikes. This section covered the lifesize clay modelling, the clay model was then painted in production colours to fully envisage the final product.

    There were a few prototype bikes on display, most of them didn’t make it into production.

    A KTM e-scooter that didn’t make production

    The original prototype for the KTM Freeride

    KTM 990 RC8 Venom Prototype – 2004
    ‘The idea for the KTM 990 RC8 Venom Prototype originated by the desire to transfer the power of the RC8 to a naked bike.
    In depth research was conducted to find out if the basis of this model could find a place within the naked bike segment.
    The target group was considered too small to achieve any significant market success, so it was not put into series production.’

    KTM UNIT Prototype – 1996
    ‘The KTM UNIT was an attempt to further develop the concept of the DUKE. It was presented at the IFMA fair at Cologne, where teh professional audience was truly enthusiastic about the design approach.
    Despite the positive feedback, KTM decided not to build a production as the engine characteristic of the LC4 engine was not yet refined enough yet to meet the demands of the street clientele.

    #31239

    Eddieb
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    You could sit in this KTM X-Bow and take a picture using controls on the steering wheel, then download it to your phone.

    KTM’s Electric machines and development was also on show.

    You could get up close to all sorts of racing machines, from Moto GP to Dakar winning machines.

    #31459

    Eddieb
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    KTM has quite a long history, longer than most NZ riders probably realise and many of there classic bikes were on display.

    #32293

    Eddieb
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    I’ve been so slack with this thread as I went to the Austrian GP and the 2019 Motorcycle Live expo in Birmingham, UK among other things.

    Right now I”m in Portugal, which has these road signs near many motorway off-ramps.

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