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© Copyright, 2013, R. Fleischer

My grandfather; mom's side of the family.  He was a short man, only 5'2", here, he is in his twenties.  I made this photo from a very old glass plate negative I found when going through my dad's photographic studio.  Grandpa had many adventures in his life. I was to inherit all his various motorcycles, big-game hunting equipment, etc.   My two uncles, on my mother's side of the family, somehow managed to sell off what I was to get while I was traveling for a Government three letter Agency.  By the time I got back to the USA from my fun & games for the Agency, one of these two uncles had died.  I took sweet revenge on the other.  Just how, is not for publication here.  Revenge, whilst sweet, did not bring me the items long gone.


One of my R60/2 bikes.  Heinrich-equipped, hand-formed aluminum fairing items.  I think this photo was taken at the BMW factory distributorship picnic in 1963.  I don't remember the details on the second photo...wasn't mine.


Vincent Black Knight.  Mine was almost exactly the same as this one. I thought I had the only one in the USA back then.  NOT SO. I had
EIGHT various Vincent's, long ago.  I raced one at paved tracks, another was used for my world's record run at Bonneville, in August 1971.


1984 R100RT, when I first purchased it. 
I did a quickie service; then went for a
short 735 miles test ride.  As purchased
it came with an aftermarket tall windshield,
big rear trunk, backrest, tank cover,
Russell Day-Long saddle, turbo clutch
(grabby when cold), radio, Brown
side-stand, Reynolds RideOff center-stand.   
I later installed running lights conversions
of my own design.    It does NOT have
dual-plugging.   This bike became my
second-to-last 2 wheeler Airhead for
long-distance touring. I kept records of the
amount of time spent on fixing & modifying
this motorcycle. Over 100 hrs. I think the
large trunk was from Luftmeister. I modified
the backrest with a sturdy internal metal
plate, ETC.  I installed an EnDuraLast
1st generation alternator. This bike was
used as a test-bed during that alternator's
final development, particularly installation
details & instructions. It left me for the new
owner in January 2014.
for all the details.


One of my license plates.  The
500K signifies my mileage on BMW's,
well over that now.
 I  have these factory awards badges: 100K, 200K, 300K, 400K,
500K, 600K.   Below is my 600K.
My 1983 R100RT, before the Ural Hack
was put on it. Somehow the picture shows
lots of aliasing.  This bike, with hack attached,
is described in several different articles on
this website, including technical articles on
the subframes, mounts, brake modifications,
etc.  LOTS of modifications.  Few areas of
the bike were not modified. Several photos
of the bike with the sidecar attached, are below.

Rocky, my pet Raccoon.  I am sticking my
tongue out at the photographer. Yes, this
is the 1983 R100RT sidecar rig.  This was
the first STREET sidecar rig I ever built for
myself.  I built this rig to be exceptionally
sturdy, quite capable of off-road riding; and
did so....much to the chagrin of those who
said a RT fairing, etc., would not hold up. 
NO problems, ever.

Another view of Snowbum & Rocky, a different,
longer set of skis:  Kästle RX National Team skis. 
My back started giving me big problems shortly
after I purchased those skis, which are available
for free, boots too.
My history with sidecars goes WAY back.  I
was involved initially as a 'wrench' for a racing
team, then became the 'monkey', and then
became a driver.  Sometimes I would do all
three on any particular racing weekend.   I
had never driven a sidecar rig on the street,
and ~1999 I drove a friend's Ural-Ural rig (he
was brave enough to sit in the chair!). He lived
in the mountain area of Glide, Oregon. It
was not long afterwards that I purchased a
brand-new Ural sidecar (that same friend
delivered it to me!...hundreds of miles...), and
began the lengthy process of mating, installing,
aligning, and much more. Details in excruciating
accuracy and detail are on this website. See
some details just below:

The Airhead-Ural hack rig was my 2001-2 project. 
I sold it when I decided I REALLY wanted to build
a K1100LT-EML rig.    Note the two pairs of skis.  
Normally by mid-Winter that fence is topped by
lots of snow.  It was a warm day, still plenty of
snow on the mountains to go skiing.  In the
background, the 'little boy that pees'....yes, he
does, his penis is hooked up to my sprinkler system. 
The original statue is at the Manneken Pis Fountain
in Brussels; the work was done in 1619.   The
sculptor was Jerome I. Duquesnoy, Court Sculptor
to Archduke Albert.   The Archduke, appreciating
Jerome's work, provided funds to let Jerome
spend the rest of his life sculpting, etc., in Rome. 
Jerome I. was the father to Francois Duquesnoy,
also a sculptor. A younger son, Jerome Hieronimus,
lived from 1602-1654.   Jerome was arrested for
molesting two boys, was strangled, his body
burned at a stake. 

Closest ski's are my Kästle Mid's....still ski on them.
They were covered by me with paisley material.

Me, same rig, at a yearly Griffith Park Sidecar
Rally.  The spare fuel can & the spare wheel/tire
are not in this this photo was taken
just two days
after I got the rig running, and
took it on its initial short tour; about a 1200
mile round trip!


This is a Kettenkrad, you can Google for
information...or; just see:


Another Shoveling Morning.  YES, that amount
of snow is common, but not every year,
at the height of Winter (pun intended). 
This is outside my Tahoe can
faintly see my roof at the upper right side.

Winter lunch break.  The 1968 hopped-up 4WD
Dodge Power wagon is in the background.  I'd
taken the 318 out of it, put in a 535 (Marine 440++),
and many more changes.  When I originally
hopped-up the engine, I installed a Hemi crank
and 6-Pack rods, and Indy iron exhaust manifolds
with 4" outlets, reversed, and upwards, feeding
DUAL turbochargers from a Piper Comanche 400;
using Bendix aircraft injection.  It had a 435
transmission and 2 speed transfer case.   The
power was was the fuel consumption
and the endless replacing of twisted axles and
driveshafts.   I was offered a large amount of $
for the turbos & associated items; and sold them. 
I went back to a nearly stock 440.   I sold the Dodge,
together with many-shelves-full of New Old Stock
parts, at the end of May, 2003; "Big Red" had been
very well-known hereabouts. Haven't seen it since the sale.

Satan's Boys Motorcycle Club, a Los Angeles
based club. We were not all that wild of a club. 
I was a lot younger then, this was my jacket;
'nuff said!   I still keep in contact, now & then,
with one member of the old Club.

Yes, this is on an airplane. Note the sensor wire
coming from the oil filter chamber, the dual
plugging, etc.  There are a lot of ways to
install an Airhead engine on an airplane.  

Many BMW engines have been put in small
airplanes.  Here is a link that covers a LOT of
the details you might be interested in:

I had a BMW 600. Did NOT look like this one!!!
I can't imagine actually trying to drive it.

Below is photo of mine. I purchased mine brand-new.  It cost less than a BMW bike.  Note the original 1956 date on the license plate,
and the last sticker,1959.    I was driving this car to work, at Telemeter Magnetics, where I was an electronics design engineer (magnetic core computer!...yes, 1959....) when someone ran a red light and crashed into the left side, just behind me. I got two
cracked ribs.   The car should have been totaled by the insurance company, but they insisted on having it repaired. I sold it to a BMW bike owner, who was fully informed of its accident history.   He wanted this little car very badly, he had VERY bad vision and the bike scared him. He gave me cash AND his 75/5, which had less than 1000 miles.  This was a fantastic deal for me.    The 600 had a nearly 600 cc boxer engine, similar to the R67 in many ways, but
while the R67 had 28 hp at 5600 rpm, the USA car version had about 20 at at 4500 rpm, throttle restricted. There was an unknown (to most everyone) very powerful spring under the throttle below the driver and chassis pan.  If you removed that spring you could now get full throttle at the carburetor, which you could NOT in stock form.  It's purpose was, perhaps, to limit top speed, and NOT, as you might expect, to limit RPM.  With the spring in place, and NO engine tweaks, the top speed was about an indicated 65 mph, without the spring it was 82+ mph, WITH a few tweaks.  I am SURE you know what I did with that spring, etc.   The car weighed ~1200 pounds, and was slipperier than a bike, so that ~40 hp it then made was fun...good for a fair amount of speed. I drove it ~80+ mph, pedal to the metal on the freeways, delivering blueprints.  The oiling
system was not the same as as the R67, & there was a very large shrouded fan to cool the engine, which was quite happy running at WOT.  The front suspension had oiling reservoirs built into the huge castings, so as long as you put oil in them at rare intervals, the suspension was self-lubricating.


Below is a view of the right side, showing the passenger
door.  This photo was grabbed off a Wiki page, which
has a lot more information, including a photo of the front
door being opened, which is quite unique to these cars.


Below is a another view of the 600 car, this is actually a
scale model.  Notice the hubcaps, which were the types
shipped, not the above ones, on all of them, AFAIK.

There were a lot of variations, and there were right hand drive
models too. see:


A kit car, from the Pembleton company, in England.  
I suspect you recognize that engine!


Home-made three cylinder radial engine, using
BMW cylinders, mounted at the front of a 'car',
a-la-Morgan three wheeler. Look up the Tarkus,
on the Internet, or, for a quickie look with some
info, go here: 

The car was made by
Jake Challenger, in the UK, and I think he did several versions.                                                           


I've flown that engine!!  Note the direction of the
engine mounting in the motorcycle, and
compare to the next photo.


Similar to above, but...look closely at upper and
lower areas of the telescopic forks, at the belt
drive from the engine crankshaft, etc.


This was my Vespa P125X, with added racks, fairing, full factory electrics, etc.  I did a 99% restoration on it and used it for daily transportation at my condominium at Palm Springs, California.    One year it was all decked out with flags and banners, etc., and
I was #1 in line to actually open the Palm Springs Gay Pride Parade.  I took this scooter touring and camping more than once.  Yes, that windshield decal does say MARINES, with a rainbow background.  I LOVE driving folks nuts.

Harley-Davidson model XA, 1942



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