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Life as in a reality show – column

Once, a long time ago… Then there was the ANWB magazine Promotor. In the early days, the promoter had a pleasant, uninhibited, somewhat alert approach. The construction of the PromotorMotor fitted in with this. That was a fixer-upper bought on the Vehikel, a sloppy XS650. I was allowed to do the renovation completely to my own taste.

Chang Jiang? Chang Yiang? whatever!

While searching on the Internet you will come across very little about OHVs under this historic brand. Ben van Helden's sites and ours stand out the most. And that's strange for such a big brand. On the other hand: the entire production - and that was a lot of units - was intended for the home market, for the government and civil servants.

Margin Life: A Chang OHV column

After a conversation with a Flemish colleague, he jovially patted me on the shoulder: “But white wadde you are? You are a real marginal!” A scribbler in the margin. I saw it as a compliment and used the title as a nickname. In a world that is becoming increasingly dazzling and in which € 600 is being asked for an MV 1.000.000 four-cylinder. Where modern motorcycles are enthusiastically presented as 'the ideal platform for your smartphone'? I'll drop out there. And to my comfort, I am not the only refugee from that world. First out of lack of money and later out of conviction, a few people and I, with a mild smile, chose to focus our love on classic underdogs.

Tricycles and dates - column

About a year ago I met a vague acquaintance. I remembered him as looking gloomy. Towards a relationship. “I thought I should get a dog to meet nice women. Then I looked after a friend's dog for two weeks while they were on holiday. That animal pissed in the house and killed a cat."

New, used, old, classic

Classic love can usually be traced back to your childhood, childhood dreams and nostalgia. The motorcycle of a family member, a neighbor or the motorcycle from a story from what was then the only Dutch motorcycle magazine: Het Weekblad Motor. That magazine was printed in black and white on newsprint. The 57th volume, issue 50 of December 11, 1970, cost 65 cents. And on the cover was a close up of the engine block of a Kawasaki 500 cc three-cylinder. Behind it was such a highly valued reader test under the heading '538.908 km with the 500 cc Kawasaki Mach III.

Sidecar riding is for all seasons

Sidecar combinations are the best combination of the disadvantages of cars and motorcycles. You cannot pass between traffic jams and you still get wet. But where just about everyone gets into a car carefree, there is a widely held caution with regard to tricycles.