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    It used to be… well. Well done

    Hits aren't necessarily my thing. I myself am a member of a two-man motorcycle club with room for one aspiring member. But that doesn't mean I've never attended or visited meetings. I remember a meeting in England, sometime in the mid-seventies. And I remember a Ural/Dnepr meeting about 25 years ago. England in the autumn sun was fantastic and none of the Triumphs of our group gave problems. More

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    Yamaha YDS3 and the Autolube

    It's all 'water under the bridge', but 'earlier' the motorcycle world was different. The motorcycles still had a lot to learn and the people who worked for the importers were not yet very standardized. There was still plenty of room for improvement and characters. More

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    Electricity!

    That was from the days when TV was still black and white and had two channels: “Catweazle”. Catweazle was an English TV children's series that aired for two seasons in the United Kingdom (and other countries): in 1970 and 1971. In the Netherlands, seasons 1 and 2 of the series were broadcast by NOS; for the first time on Sunday, January 4, 1970. More

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    The Bonneville and the Old Lady

    Crossing the border for a weekend, that's how you do it if you live in the east of the country. You can grab the car for that if you plan on shopping cheaply. But it's more fun on the bike. And as a motorcyclist, as a rider of a classic motorcycle, you usually have a smooth and pleasant contact with our eastern neighbors. More

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    The originality blues. A sequel

    The last word has not yet been written about the originality of classics. There are people who go for 'factory original'. There are people who can appreciate 'time originality'. That is a somewhat emerging trend because the prices of quite a few factory-original classics have become quite stiff. More

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    No more vegetarian BBQs

    Of course it's fun to blow up and down the Stelvio. But within the small-scale happiness you could go to Motorcamping Het Dijkje by Joop de Jonge in Eck en Wiel for 22 years. More

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    YICS and other afkos

    At the beginning of the eighties, the idea was to run combustion engines cleaner and more economically. It seemed as if they already knew that the petrol here would cost almost 2 euros. Suzuki was working on the Twin Swirl Combustion Chambers, Honda successfully experimented with the CVCC, or Compound Vortex Controlled Combustion and that was the start of a whole lot of cleverness with Yamaha's YICS that now leaves us with a pile of abbreviations. Kewl!
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    Yamaha's half V-max: the XZ 550

    The Japanese used to be brave and searching. Or bravely searching. The new motorcycle world and its inhabitants were yet to be discovered. In the late 70s, it was actually about more and more power. But in the eighties the manufacturers also wanted to propagate their vision of the future. Yamaha saw the future in the XZ550, the 'Vision'. More

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    Honda CBR 600 F. Pretty pointless now. But quite nice.

    For many of us, 1986 still feels like yesterday. But a motorcycle from that year is already 35 years young. In the summer of 1986, the motorcycle world was even different. It was the time of fairings and sporty but usable engines. In the XNUMXs, motorcycles were still supplied as all-rounders. You made them sporty after purchase by means of a low handlebar, rear-set footrests (Raask!) A sports buddy and an exhaust system that loudly supported the sportiness. Touring riders mounted higher handlebars and bags or suitcases. The XNUMXs were also the years when motorcycles became reliable. More

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    tinkering or 'tinkering'

    No matter how easy and cheap you can get (special) tools these days, sometimes you still have to improvise. We're a bit used to that here, but it's still done 'elsewhere'. That proved the way the Chang Jiang's front wheel was balanced. And that wasn't even easy. More

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    Honda CBX550 F. With those weird brakes

    Retro thinking has only just begun. And Honda was a forerunner with that. At the time, the CB500T twin was seen as old-fashioned to bizarre. They weren't sold much. They were – until recently – not worth a drop. The Honda CBX550 F was also sort of retro. It also had a front brake disguised as a drum brake. That solution was one according to the old motto of the Marines: Why easy when it can be difficult? The approach was complicated and difficult to service. More

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