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    Gloria Julia!

    “The Supertje is ready for you.” Frans de Groot's app was more than a birthday present. It is a sign of complete confidence, and an advance on a wonderful weekend driving with an old friend: the well-maintained Alfa Romeo Giulia 1300 Super, which will be sold in Auto Motor during the summer of 2019. More

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    A tour with classic BMWs – column

    If you're invited for a ride with some classic BMW drivers, you accept that invitation. It's always good to be in good company. Especially if you are two Moto Guzzi riders. Guzzi's are the least swanky Italian motorcycles and the V-twins have BMW-compatible solidity. The crazier was it that […] More

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    Roadside repairs – column

    Roadside repairs? Wouldn't there be a good Dutch name for that? Is there such a thing as a 'mobility guarantee' nowadays? With us classic drivers, that mobility guarantee sometimes means that you start tinkering – preferably in the rain and/or darkness – in order to guarantee your mobility again. Well wave. Stop […] More

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    Audi TT. Trouble in the department

    Suddenly there was a strange and nervous atmosphere in the ward. A very large relation visited my former employer. When he came to visit, he was treated with all due respect. This time things went a little differently. The relationship had come to Leeuwarden with a brand new and very expensive Audi TT. And […] More

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    Loud pipes… Irritate like hell – column

    It has now been scientifically researched: No matter how open your exhausts are, motorists really don't hear you. The rest of the world does. And the rest are increasingly pissed off by that noise. Even me, as an old school biker, it annoys me. But there are people who are a bit hypersensitive to what we like […] More

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    Subaru. My rescue with the school principal

    Shaking my head, my school principal looked at me as I walked into his room after school. His eyes showed despair in ten volumes. This was the umpteenth time that I was allowed to report because of a recalcitrant and idiosyncratic attitude, and the man opposite me was certainly not happy. The conversation and the cup of coffee were now gone. It […] More

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    Finally a find for myself! - column

    Girls and women often melt when they see kittens / puppies or similar fry. I have that with lived, orphaned motorcycles. In addition, I have been riding a private Moto Guzzi (and Ural) for the last quarter of a century. This approach had apparently been noticed by AMK reader PJ from W., whom we call that for privacy reasons. Because nowadays you have to take all kinds of things into account and in the shed in W. there is even more fun than the abandoned Moto Guzzi Florida. More

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    A bad spring

    It's pure bullying this spring. As a fan of classic motorcycles, it is now, in the middle of May, good key weather. But to drive it is… Moderate. Especially if you approach the world a bit old-fashioned. Because there is now motorcycle gear on the market that is so good that it is actually season-proof although I have given up riding in the snow and ice for a while. And that is not only out of respect for my classics. Because of course all the stories about the aging population within our playing field are nonsense. And cold? It used to be cold! More

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    Show that you are there! - column

    During my military service, I took driving lessons from a boozy, adulterous professional corporal. The first phenomenon emerged from the grab stock of spirits that he also massaged during driving lessons. I just had to take his word for the second. He talked about it constantly. A broad and proud arm gesture to a couple of ladies on a terrace that passed by […] More

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    Picking up a classic - column

    It is always most convenient to simply take a freshly purchased classic with you on the trailer, even after a serious test drive. Experience has shown that otherwise it will rain unexpectedly or that you will have bad luck, especially if your new addition has not ridden for a while before he got his new owner. And the chance of this is growing rapidly. Because at the moment quite a few motorcycles are being 'cleared'. More

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    Margin Life: A Chang OHV column

    After a conversation with a Flemish colleague, he jovially hit me on the shoulder: “But you are white? You are a real marginal! ” A scribbler in the margin. I saw it as a compliment and use the title as a badge of honor. In a world that is becoming increasingly dazed and in which € 600 is asked for an MV 1.000.000 four-cylinder. Where modern motorcycles are jubilantly presented as 'the ideal platform for your smartphone'? There I quit. And to my comfort, I am not the only refugee from that world. First out of a lack of money and later out of conviction, a few people and I, smiling mildly, chose to focus our love on classic underdogs. More

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    Spring! - column

    Motorcycles today are better and more reliable than ever. But what is more than a bit of an issue is that the rejuvenation in the motorcycle world mainly lies in the engineers and the marketers. Engineers prefer to make everything that is near the limit. Marketers whisper to us that that is exactly what we have always been waiting for. More

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