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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 those who appreciate "time originality." That is a somewhat emerging trend because the prices of quite a few factory-original classics have become quite stiff. Sea

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    Classics: affordable and sustainable

    Now we can all continue to grumble that the classic world has been held hostage by wealthy, opportunistic neoliberals. But yes: if, for example, you suddenly scored 9.000.000 on a deal with some masks, then you have to do something. Because putting it on the couch doesn't help. Then with some bad luck you even get into it. So that's why classics are priceless and kept in acclimated safes. According to the stories… Sea

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    Modern times, old man talk

    Whether our hobby will have new growth in 25 years? No idea. But I fear the worst. I've had the 2021 press kits and read the first complete tests. Motorcycling today is apparently 80% about electronics, assistance systems, connectivity and communication. And about the fact that under 100 hp you are somewhat poorly motorized. Because you read mildly surprised: 'Despite the fact that this engine has only 105 hp, you never have the feeling that your power is lacking'. Sea

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    Veterans: Very old motorcycles

    Our classics are usually the bikes of our youth. And let some of us navigate our own experience around the sixties, then you see what we experience as our classics: the late British, the early Japanese, BMW and Harley. Sea

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    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. Sea

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    UAZ 452. Not retro, but real

    New Beetles. Minis and Fiat 500s? I see retro as designers' weaknesses or crafty marketing. Retro isn't real. Of course there are exceptions that I like. On two wheels there are the Kawasaki W650-800 king-axles and the recent 650 cc Royal Enfield twins. Those things each have added value. But whether one of […] Sea

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    Japanese classics: A show!

    Japanese classics have now become 'main stream'. That is because there are now many people who have their reference / nostalgia framework around 1960-1970. And certainly when it goes towards the mid-seventies - again 40+ years ago - then Japanese memories play a more important role than names like Ariel, Vincent, Brough […] Sea

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    Rebuild engines: Beautiful or criminal

    Converting motorcycles: In BMW classic circles it is usually clear: Only factory original is good. Some go very far in that. We once saw a BMW fan turn away in disgust when he noticed that the rushes were glued to a tank instead of pulled. Original is historically best But once almost every classic was just […] Sea

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    60 Year MGA

    And it was somewhere in 1981 or '82 that there were a whole bunch of orphaned MGAs at a car company, somewhere in Zeeland. They had been neglected and forgotten. They were only kept because there was plenty of room…. Throwing away an MGA will not happen often anymore. The type is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. And the […] Sea

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    Out of the shadow of the Duck: the R4

    Not even that long ago we had a message about AMKlezer Hans Beltman and his Lief. They had traveled to the Repubblica Italiana. Inside door. And in an R4. According to Hans, that was no problem as long as you were not in a hurry, and no passenger m / f focused on comfort. In the January issue of AMK - […] Sea

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