Once, when children playing football on the street would hide when they saw the local police officer approaching on his service bicycle ... Recovery: Once when the moped youth had a lot of fun with the local cop on his microlight.
A ULM was the service abbreviation for Ultra Light Motorcycle
That phenomenon was the step just after the service bicycle, but was still under the BMW R50, and the KSA and the GSA. The KSA was the Small Surveillance car, a VW beetle. The GSA… Well, the Volkswagen van. That was the time when two unruly people were huddled behind the front seat of that Beetle and then remained very quiet. Police still had authority at the time. That is, if you didn't happen to be the agent on the 47 cc microlight. And that while the microlight was intended to solve the mobility problem at the police. We write 1961 ...
Great was the astonishment that the General Inspector announced that spring that there were 800 mopeds; Berini's or ULM's (Ultra Light Motorcycle) with three gears, in black with nickel and with a top speed of sixty kilometers per hour, would be purchased. The Corps was not enthusiastic about it. Even the included polishes and leather bags with handheld spotlight with conversion lenses, first-aid kit, folding warning triangle and a piece of chalk made little impression.
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Mopeds of 16+ people usually ran (quite a bit) faster than sixty. And let the microlights have just been bought to check mopeds. There was a meeting about it. So it went wrong.
New Round, New Opportunities
Because as a government you can always spend more money, people then switched quite quickly to the purchase of real light motorcycles. That became the DKW Hummels (which ran 65 km / h) and shortly afterwards the Sparta Sport and the DKW RT50 (which ran 70/75 km / h). At the back of these service vehicles was a metal rack with leather bags. It contained a traffic vest, battery light, first-aid kit, plumobile, two magnesium torches and a writing board.
A driver's license? No!
A motorcycle license was required by law to drive these 50cc engines with a maximum speed of only 65 km / h. In order to save on costs for obtaining a motorcycle license for so many police officers, and because it was not possible to give driving lessons to hundreds of microlight drivers for a driving license A in the short term, an exemption was granted for these vehicles.
In almost every local force there was a colleague who was familiar with the production of these vehicles or a good acquaintance of an equally local moped salesman. The fast German parts were easy to get. The toppers among the ULMs ran about eighty kilometers. That was against company rules, of course, but everyone knew about it. Also the inspector engine equipment. But because the arrival of that official was always neatly announced, he only found standard microlights. Fine!
A brave survivor
In the meantime we met Gerrit Koopman who is called such an ULM for adoption. It's a DKW. A copy that is original (not 80 km / h) fast. The little DKW has an endearing patina and as a retired civil servant he can enjoy his peace for a long time.
We thank Gerrit for his photos. And if there is an AMK reader who wants to arrest the DKW, we will forward Gerrit's address. Provided, of course, you can provide proof of good behavior!
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