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© Copyright 2018, 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  Just how, is not for publication here.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 and was also used for touring. The others I only toured on.

Below is my 1984 R100RT.  It has 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 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 after I purchased it. 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 permanent magnet alternator. This bike was used as a test-bed during that alternator's final development, particularly installation details & instructions. The motorcycle was sold & left me for the new owner in January 2014.

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.

Above is a different motorcycle from the earlier shown one. This is my 1983 R100RT, before I put the Ural Hack 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, and it was dual-plugged too. Several photos of the bike with the sidecar attached, are below. Other articles have photos of it before the sidecar was installed. I purchased this 1983 R100RT brand-new.

Above is 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; & 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 I 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.  I still ski on them. They were covered by me with paisley material.

Here I am again, on the same rig, at a yearly Griffith Park Sidecar Rally.  The spare fuel can & the spare wheel/tire are not in this photo 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:

Above photo is of another Shoveling Morning.  That amount of snow behind me is common here.  This is outside my Tahoe house can faintly see the edge of part of my roof at the upper mid to right side.

Winter lunch break.  The red 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 awesome 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, so 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 engine 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, gyrocopters, etc.  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 this.

Below is photo of my BMW 600.  I purchased it brand-new.  It cost quite a bit less than a BMW bike.  Note the original 1956 date of the license plate, & 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 history of my ""medical care"" at UCLA is a story in itself of incompetence.   The car, bent in half, should have been totaled by the insurance company, but they insisted on having it repaired.  Considerably later after its full repair I sold it to a BMW Airhead owner, who was fully informed of its accident history.   He wanted this little car very badly, he had VERY bad vision and his almost new R75/5 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 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 & chassis pan.  If you removed that spring you could now get full throttle at the carburetor, which you could NOT in stock form.  The purpose of the hugely powerful spring was to limit top speed.  With the spring in place, and NO engine tweaks, the top speed was an indicated 65 mph, without the spring it was ~82 mph, with a few minor tweaks.  I , of course, removed the spring. The car weighed ~1200 pounds, and was slipperier than a bike, so now with ~40 hp, performance improved. 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 of a BMW 600, showing the passenger door.  This photo was grabbed off a Wiki page, which had a lot more information, including a photo of the front door being opened, which was quite unique to these cars.  This car has special wheels on it.

Below is a another view of the 600 car, this is actually a scale model.  Notice the hubcaps, which were the types actually shipped on all, AFAIK.

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

A kit car, from the Pembleton company ( 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.  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.

Two photos below, somewhat similar to previous photo 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 from my condominium at Palm Springs, California.   One year it was all decked out with flags and banners, etc., & I was #1 in line to actually open the Palm Springs Gay Pride Parade.  I took this scooter touring & 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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