At age ten or eleven a Solex was given to me.
My parents warned me NOT to take it on the street.
So I fixed my kick scooter.
The proto-type had the Solex engine on the rear wheel.
(Not the real pictures).
At twelve I got my hand on a Sparta moped
which I striped and used as a dirt bike.
At 16 I got my dad's moped.
A Batavus with JLO engine.
Later, when I made some money I bought my first real bike (moped).
A Kriedler Florret!
A year or so later I bought a Zundapp.
But it did not go fast enough.
I liked dirt bike racing so I needed more power.
After the mopeds it was time for the real work.
A Jawa with a CZ twin engine.
At 18 I bought a 1956 Norton Dominator 600.
Still regrets that I sold it later.
Got married and stopped biking....... but....... 10 years later.......... I picked it up again...
Started with a Honda CX-500.
I got the feeling again and went for something bigger...
A Yamaha TR1.
I liked the big 1000cc V-twin engine but looked for a custom....
The Yamaha XV1000 Midnight Special.
A planned holiday trip to Italy and a test ride on a BMW K100 made me decide to buy a BMW 1000cc 4-cylinder with fuel injection.
This bike is perfect and all round. So after a few year on the bike above I bought a new BMW K100LT in 1991.
Now, 2015, it has 135.000 km on the clock and still runs fine :-) .
Who needs another bike?
With my K100LT riding along the river Mousel in Germany (2005).
Yamaha Virago XV-750 overhaul.
I bought an 1993 Yamaha Virago 750 which had been standing in a garage for eight years. Some work to do!
It was not in its best state.
But after some weeks....
.. it was pristine....
One beautiful bike back on the road :-) .