75th anniv of D Day tour on a WW2 Harley

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by rtwdoug, Jun 1, 2019.

  1. DiggerD

    DiggerD DougFir from SuperDuke Days

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    Well, yea..
  2. mapajo

    mapajo Been here awhile

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    I live in Gliwice :)
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    The famous H-D leaf springer , inline 4 prototype. Too bad it didn't make it into production.
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    They act as a flywheel for momentum, but the best feature of the balls is as they fly out, it has gears that forces the drill down, so as you spin it, its constantly exerting downward pressure. Kinda like one of those gear type wine cork removers. Really ingenious. I'd love to find one for my shop.
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    I know it's time consuming so thank you for taking the time to photograph, narrate and share. Excellent work.

    I LOVE this picture of the three hogs on the beach taken on June 6th.
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    Stunning photo - absolutely stunning.

    Bumped into you guys while you were refuelling at Tesco petrol station in Poole.

    I was admittedly in a big yellow Mercedes Sprinter van so you probably didn't realise I was also a biker but loved your machines and your general attitude to the ride.

    So good to see more of what you got up to while you were over here.
  7. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    Well , how about this one ,


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    Looks broken in and ready for the T.A.T.
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    I like that one!
    They probably want 40k euros for it tho!
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    Auschwitz/ Birkenau
    Very somber place, so much death here.
    I'd been before, but now you have to buy tickets online and in advance. So we just looked from the outside.
    An odd observation, but pics from 75 years ago show people in lines, being herded here and there, and getting searched before entering.
    Today, people in lines, being herded here and there, and getting searched before entering.
    OK, the outcome was way different. Still, I found it interesting.

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    We then headed to Krakow, my friend Stas from Moscow was in Germany, so he rode over to hang out for a couple days. After Krakow we went to Gdow for a poker run/small bike party

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    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    12999 euro is the price in the ad.
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    Have to correct you my Friend. As @mapajo said "The area of Poland before the WW2 was 388 634 km² (1938). Now it is 312 696 km². Poland received part of the German territory, but lost a lot of lands (especially the eastern ones)." As a Country and the Nation we didn't gain so much on a WWII. Just sayin' to keep things straight. :)

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    My father was a despatch rider in 22nd Battery of the 59th Newfoundland Heavy Regiment of Royal Artillery. They were part of the British Army group as Newfoundland was a British Colony until 1949 when we joined Canada in Confederation.
    The 59th landed July 06, one month after D-Day, and dad said a lot of the heavier bikes had not made it off the beaches. His Regiment used the lighter British singles and his stories about their training and the Continental campaigns still amaze me to this day. They fired their guns last against Hamburg in May 1945 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_history_of_the_Dominion_of_Newfoundland_during_World_War_II)
    I usually follow your threads but didn't see this one coming! You were very fortunate to attend this event and represent on vintage bikes.
    Dad is 98, sharp as a tack and still lives independently in his own home. I'll share your thread with him when I see him next week. Thank you!

    Edit: I asked him about the bikes during the Normandy landings and he said
    "... a lot of the heavy bikes didn't make it to the high water mark, poor bastards..."
    meaning both the bikes and their riders.
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    Have him comment if he is willing. There are so few still around who were there.
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    zundappuk Watch out chaps its a Focke!

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    That is an unbelievably low price for a complete KS750, it maybe a scam. My first KS750 cost me 4,000 UK pounds in 1999, it was a running wreck. Since then a good restoration object is usually at least 18,000 euros, 24,000 is more common. Restored bikes range from 45,000 and up, highest current offer I have seen is this:

    I know a Dutch guy that went into Russia and bought 30 R75´s and KS750´s for about 3,000 each. He now has a nice pension.....