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As a part of my 2016 Worldwide Apology Tour, I traveled to Amsterdam, Austin’s wet dream. Immediately upon arrival, I was overtaken by hordes of self-satisfied people going every-which-way on bicycles, smoking pot and unapologetically living a libidinous lifestyle. (It has it’s merits although I like my sins leavened with a dash of guilt.) Should I have been surprised to discover this vintage Chinese military motorcycle and sidecar? I guess it’s a clone of a BMW.
A few blocks from my vacation apartment I found quite a serious piece of work. If I have identified it correctly as a BMW K100, it was built between 1982 and 1992, with 987 cc’s. It was a new engine design with the advantage that the power shaft comes out the back in line with the driveshaft – a very efficient design. Double overhead cams and electronic fuel injection make good, smooth power.
I’ve escaped Austin for an extended vacation in Europe, begun in Rome – don’t cry for me. After about a month here, I’ll work my way east towards Istanbul (I may try to capture the leader of ISIS while I’m in the area), then into central Europe. Apologies for the lapse in posting but I’ll try to pick it up, both with my best pics from Europe and from a stockpile of Austin area pics as usual. Here, the Polizia are using a silent BMW I3 to slide back and forth in front of St. Peters. (There are military guards in some many places, looking very alert and always with a finger to the trigger of their assault weapon.) I’ve been here about two weeks and cannot find many interesting cars in Rome – a few exotics (I see more of those in Austin, frankly), but the most interesting are the very small cars, mostly electric, appropriate for these ridiculously narrow, winding roads in the historic center of Rome. Also, there are old Fiat 500s, but not sure if hot rodding or customs are much of a thing here.