BMW R 25/2, 1951 model

 


After getting tired of my first bike, the Honda CB125, I bought the BMW R25 in terrible condition from the son of a farmer. the engine did not run and the whole bike was brush painted in flat black.

 

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BMW R80GS, 1994 model


 

I bought this bike brand new before we went back to the Philippines in 1993. Originally I planned to ship it together with some personnel effects. The tax savings together with a 10% discount from the dealer that he agreed on because he did not have to take it out of the box and assemble it sounded like a good deal.

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 Learning to Rice - The Hercules Sport Bike

 

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Honda CB125J


My first bike. I bought it new in 1977 and this was what my account balance allowed me. It only came in one color, orange.

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The coolest moped Honda ever made..


.. watch the restauration.


 

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Personal Honda Dax History

When I went to high school cool guys in my class started to buy themselves a Honda Dax. There were two in my class, Uli, who had one, and my seat neighbour, who wanted one. I envied them big scale, I could not even think about getting one because I did not have money. 

When he turned 16, my brother went to the Honda Shop in Schorndorf and bought himself one. I was very envious, somehow he had managed to save more money than I. So for about a year I was limited to ride on the back of his bike, or every now and then, when he did not need it, I could borrow it and go for a spin. With 18 I finally managed to buy my own bike, a Honda CB125J, at the very same Honda shop in Schorndorf, but that's another story.

We did many trips and holidays together, often with friends on other bikes. One of our first holidays was supposed to go only to the black forest but it was raining cats and dogs and we decide to drive south until we see the sun. Due to the maximum speed of the tuned Dax (see below) it took 5 days of driving and we ended up in the Camargue in Southern France.

Suedfrankreich 197?

Taking a rest in the Rhine valley on the French side on the way to Southern France with my brother and a friend.

Suedfrankreich 197?

Pitching the tents somewhere in France during our trip south.

 

The Dax was in daily use, in summer, autumn, spring and winter. 

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Going sledging with my brother. This was great fun, towing the sledge behind the Dax. The one sitting on the sledge had to eat all the snow thrown up by the back wheel.

Dax Tuning

In Germany the Dax came in 3 versions. With 50 ccm and 40km/h top speed as Mokick, with 50 ccm and top speed only limited by the power of the engine as Kleinkraftrad, and with 72 ccm and around 5 hp as real motorcycle.

Nobody bought the Kleinfraftrad, because insurance premiums in the 1970s were around 1,000 Deutsche Mark, only kids of very rich parents could afford that. And very few adults bought the 72 ccm Motorcycle version. So most of the Dax in Germany were the 50cc Mokick with 40km/h maximum speed. Technically these were the same bikes like the Kleinkraftrad with two modifications that limited the speed. There was a rubber ofrice in the air inlet limiting the air stream to the carborator, and there was a device in the ignition that changed the timing by using centrifugal force at a maximum engine speed. 

So what almost every DAX owner did was remove the rubber for allowing the carb to breath freely and to fix the centrifugal force device in position by just tying some wires around it. The Mokick then easily could reach 60-65 km/h instead of the 40 km/h allowed by the law.

 

 


Honda XL 185


Well, my second Honda. After the first one I had decided "Nie wieder Honda" (never again a Honda). However, since I could not bring my BMW to the Philippines in 1993, I looked for alternatives and there were not many.

 

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XR 200

 


 

My third Honda. After returning to the Philippines I wanted to buy a Funduro BMW 650 or a Harley but it turned out that all the bigger bikes over here are imported on an idividual basis and that each spare part and even tires have to be imported individually as well. In the early eighties in Germany I waited three months for the gearbox spare parts for my Honda CB125 J. Kind of a traumatic experience seeing summer pass by and the motorcycle sitting in the garage. Since I wanted to use this bike every day I ended up buying the Honda because it was the the biggest lcoally assembled dirt bike that the Philippine market has to offer. But I was in for a big disappointment.

 

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