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BMW R100 RS / Cycle World

In the early 1980's I owned this nice BMW R100 I bought from a friend. I loved the basic black color of this motorcycle, it was, to me, one of the best classic looking motorcycles along with the Norton Commando I had owned. Of course, I always dreamed of owning the BMW RS100 model in the following story but I was spending most of my time with my dirt bikes so the dream never became a reality. Great story about the RS100 from Cycle World follows.

Off Topic - Website stuff!

The good news, and perhaps only good news for me, from my perspective ... .. My site(s) is now fully "secure" meaning both my main site & blog are HTTPS compliant. I had let it lapse due to the fact that the type of SSL I needed had changed over time. And the expense to renew it.

I have no complaint with my hosting service other than cost. And support, or peceived lack of competent online support. But mostly the cost ...

So the cost of the SSL certificate i needed was %582 more if puchased through my hosting company than through a 3'd party company that I eventually puchased from.

What does that really mean in the end?

No more annoying "this site is insecure" warnings when visiting this website. A lot of effort for little reward!

Reviving a rotary engine motorcycle - from BIKEEXIF

A beautiful update of a motorcycle ahead of it's time, The Hercules Wankel.

I am a fan of all things Hercules/Sachs with my main priority being the Hercules brand since I owned and raced one in the late 70's, my first true competition dirt bike. I thought the Hercules Wankel was the best looking Wankel engine of the time, although the Suzuki R5 was probably the more interesting complete package. This is definitely a spectacular revision but I hope they preserved all of the donors parts should they ever want to return the bike to stock condition. Read more here in BikeExif.

Links for Resources Added

Finally compiled and posted a links page of useful resources. Not all links are vintage only, because not all supplies need be vintage.
The Links page can be found under the Collections Menu. The piston suppliers, sprocket suppliers, and reproduction rubber parts and decals, might be some of the most useful for vintage motorcycles and of course the plastics.
But if you ever needed to know the specifications of chains or tires those links will be helpful since sometimes the chain width for identical sized chains from different manufacturers might vary and that can sometimes make a difference in use, for example.
And the Sudco Catalog is a good source for most carburetor parts.

Nostalgia - 70's Enduros

Members of a facebook group, Enduro/Hare Scrambles Riders fom the 70's/80's have been posting results from old enduros, two of which caught my attention.

The first was the Over The Hill Enduro Riders (O.T.H.E.R.) enduro from 1979, the last year I rode as a "B" rider before being advanced to the "A" class, something I never dreamed was possible when I first started riding! Unlike a lot of my friends who had mini bikes or motorcycles when they were young, I didn't own a motorcycle or dirt bike until I graduated from college and could purchase one myself.

Third place in the B-Medium Light (175cc-200cc) class. I don't remember anything about the event and neither did the friend who posted the results to facebook except to say the scores seemed pretty high, implying a hard enduro. Still, a fun rememberance although I don't remember anything special!

OTHER Enduro - Page 1
OTHER Enduro - Page 2
OTHER Enduro - Page 3
OTHER Enduro - Page 4
OTHER Enduro - Page 5

The second results posting in contrast brings back very vivid memories ...

This was the 1977 Southern Pensylvania Enduro Riders (SPER) National Enduro. It was, I think, the first national enduro I ever rode, national enduros being the premier championship event for enduro riders and always had the best riders competing. I did not want to ride a national until I became a "B" rider because I didn't feel I was good enough to enter.

This was also the first event I entered on the 400cc Penton GS6. When I advanced to the "B" class I thought it would be cool to reward myself with buying my dream dirt bike at the time, a 400cc Penton. To actually afford the Penton however, I traded in my streetbike, a Norton 850cc Commando. This was made easier because the motorcycle shop where I purchased the Penton, The Sports Spot in Haledon NJ was a dealer for both brands and a great multi-brand motorcycle shop unlike the shops of today. When I picked the Penton up, Barry Higgins, who they sponsored in MX and also worked there as a mechanic (I think) was visiting and took my new motorcyle for a spin around the lot! I felt as though my machine was blessed.

I did a quick set-up of the motorcycle when I got it home, and that same Wednesday I also was lucky that a friend was able to join me for a break-in ride in Sterling Forest, my closest riding area and a great place it was...

Then Sunday came and I was entered in the SPER National on the same minute #27 with my friend Al. First National, First ride on the 400 ... I was nervous and excited! Unfortunately, while it might have been a very difficult enduro as can be seen from all of the DNF's (Did Not Finish) scores, i had the misfortune of breaking my foot in the first section, not a crash I just hit something really hard with my boot, rode to the end of the section which exited onto blacktop, glanced down and saw my boot had been torn open and had exposed some bloody toes, and seeing that then almost ran off the road!

Luckily, my friend's wife who was driving the van with our gas cans to the next gas stop just at that moment, saw me, saw my problem, and after finding someone willing to deliver my bike back to the start (thank you good samaritan), took me to the local hospital and waited for me while they cleaned out my wound and bandaged me up.

That is the story of my first national, my first ride on the 400 Penton, and my first broken bones while riding dirt bikes! While I may wish it had been a different result I have few regrets of my days racing dirt bikes with friends. And it is probably an experience most true enduro riders can relate to!

SPER Enduro - Page 1
SPER Enduro - Page 2
SPER Enduro - Page 3
SPER Enduro - Page 4
SPER Enduro - Page 5
SPER Enduro - Page 6

Book - History of Hercules

This is a book only for Hercules Motorcycle fanatics, like myself, especially as it is written in German only. I found it through after first learning of it's existence through a motorcycle FaceBook group of which I am a member. And Leo Keller. Of course it's impossible for me to give a review other than it is a quality book that has many interesting photographs and, with great effort, I may actually struggle to use my 2 years of High School German lessons and try and read the most relevant portions.

The translations that follow were done using Google Document Translate.

Translated from the back cover, a description of the book's origin and purpose.

Past two-wheeler brands retain their good sound, and this also applies to Hercules. Leo Keller is dedicated to the time-honored brand. Because the Nuremberg two-wheeler manufacturers always bought their engines from the Schweinfurt giant Fichtel & Sachs, the engine builders took over Hercules. In the mid-1960s, F&S bought the Zweirad Union, which was formed in 1958 from the DKW, Express and Victoria brands. This extensive documentation describes which brands and models were created in this way and how things continued with the Sachs brand. History, models, technology, sport - finally a complete chronicle of the lost but unforgettable company.

Chapter listings translations. To preview the contents. As best I could!

Page 4 Contents German
Page 4 Contents English
Page 5 Contents German
Page 5 Contents English