Friday, September 7, 2012

Vintage German Motorcycles of the Concours d'Elegance, Repost from Cyril Huze Blog

There is just something special about old iron. We know it has aged and been worn in by use, but is that what gives it soul? Or is it our mind wandering around the details of the stories it has been a part of. Any of these ideas could be applicable just depends on how you relate to the story.

1932 BMW R32
1930 Opel Motoclub Model T
1894 Hildebrand & Wolfm├╝ller
 "Only the finest machines ever built by man will ever grace the Pebble Beach Fairway, and all entrants of this event are here by invitation because of their machines are of historic significance. Chronologically, you are going to see:

1 - 1885 Daimler Reitwagen 0:05. This is the world’s first gasoline-powered motorcycle. Built by Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach. 2 - 1968 Munch Mammoth 1:07. The world’s best performing superbikes between the years of 1966 and 2001. 3 - 1951 Konsul II 501 OS-T 1:56. 68 mph on 2 wheels. 4 - 1965 DKW Hummel 155 2:36. Das Kleine Wunder (the little wonder) was capable of cruising at 45 mph and was a legendary shock to conventional motorcycle design in Germany. 5 - 1954 BMW Rennsport 3:16. Riders complained it was unstable. Sidecars fixed the stability issue. It did become one of the most successful side-car racing bikes anyone could want. 6 - 1932 BMW R32 4:15. It was the first motorcycle produced by BMW. Designed by Max Friz, top speed on this motorcycle was just under 60mph. 7 - 1934 BMW R7 5:24. This bike never saw production, thanks to Hitler. This one won Best-In-Class! It was a prototype. 1 of a kind. 8 - 1953 Adler M250 6:36. One of the most winning motorcycles in European racing. Adler became the strongest driving forces pushing racing competition on both circuit courses and endurance events and powering the careers of many of Germany’s finest road race riders. 9 - 1930 Opel Motoclub Model T 8:02. Restored to its original appearance. 10 - 1950 Imme R100 10:50. Germany’s steel industry was devastated when it was constructed, which contributes to its minimalist design. 11 - 1894 Hildebrand & Wolfm├╝ller 13:29. This is the world’s first production motorcycle. A 1.5L single-can machine with “no real brake”. Listen to the engineer who restored it. Priceless."