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    Honda and the Bami blocks

    It's that time again: A massive revival of motorcycling (including the love of classics) is reported. And now De Jeugd would also hook up. We don't see it going that fast, also because we've heard the story so many times. Read more

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    Hurry, hassle and Sunday mornings - column

    It's after 22.00am and in after XNUMXpm. My phone is pinging its classic ring tone. It is a media expert that asks how long I can hold my stomach and whether I will be free for a photo session on Sunday morning - and maybe a bit of the afternoon. A photo session on some new motorcycle. Read more

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    AJS is back. What is in a name?

    AJS. What's in a name? AJS was one of the leading British brands. Ever. The brand, founded in 1909, went under, but the brand name lived on. Just like the brand names of other British motorcycle brands that ended up wandering under the drafty wings of rights holders, adventurers and dreamers. The British Read more

  • Motorcycles then: Everything used to be better
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    Motorcycles then: Everything used to be better

    “Everything used to be better” is a dead comment. There used to be a few things that were clearer. But the classics we love so much now? They represented the then current state of the art. Oil change every 2.000 km? An oil consumption of 1 liter per 1000 kilometers, a top end Read more

  • counterfeit Rolls from China
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    Good news for dreamers and investigators

    Have you ever considered that the disappearance of abandoned and lost classics might not have much to do with European regulations? Then you just might be right. That abandoned 'waste iron' has been 'harvested' for years and gone to the always hungry blast furnaces in China to be recycled there. Read more

  • Truck, China
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    A few examples ...

    An overhyper correct acquaintance, just the wrong conversation partner at a birthday or reception. Hybrid drivers with an abundance of Chinese solar panels on their roof on the visible side of their house. Leftists who tell you with some superior disapproval in their voices that your passion, our passion is not justified. In terms of environment. you can do them Read more

  • Dunstall damper
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    Imitation dampers

    Real - or counterfeit - Megaton mufflers, Norton S-pipes and Dunstall Db Dampers are quite expensive. Chinese reference is pretty cheap. But some of that Chinese offering has been muted so much that your classic cafe racer is under construction - and who isn't building a cafe racer right now? - cause breathlessness.

    Above a certain speed the Chinese throttle the engine block in its own exhaust gases. Read more

  • De Tomaso
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    You can restore here

    So it doesn't even have to be more expensive to have a restoration carried out here in the Netherlands.

    David Nieuwenhuis of DN Restorations from De Meern, for example, is one of the entrepreneurs who even returned to the Netherlands from Poland. Because the craftsmanship is still here. And because 'cheap' is all too often 'expensive' in practice.

    Whatever you decide: be well informed, make clear agreements and put them on paper. Read more

  • Honda Super Cub
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    Honda four-stroke blocks ...

    For many people, overhauling the up to 50 year old engine blocks is no longer an option. Because quite pricey. At least not for enthusiasts who prefer employability to absolute originality. In China, Taiwan and Korea Read more

  • Donghai 750 A
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    Donghai so ...

    Just as Indian lost the battle in government orders to Harley, Donghai missed the boat in China in competition with Chang Jiang, the BMW / IMZ / KMZ clone from Russia.

    Those Changs are now 'new, but on old year of construction', for sale through Motorwerk. Read more