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PostPosted: Sat Sep 04, 2021 2:29 pm 
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Yep, and they called it antifascist protective barrier ... :roll: :cry:

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 04, 2021 3:16 pm 
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My_Name_Is_Fritz wrote:
Yep, and they called it antifascist protective barrier ... :roll: :cry:


It's surprising what you see when you're searching for pictures of motorcycles.....

That one stopped me in my tracks.....

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 06, 2021 12:52 pm 
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Gray_Ghost wrote:
My_Name_Is_Fritz wrote:
Yep, and they called it antifascist protective barrier ... :roll: :cry:


It's surprising what you see when you're searching for pictures of motorcycles.....

That one stopped me in my tracks.....


Yep, there are BMWs. The east had MZ. You could buy these MZs in the west, too. They were ugly as fuck, but they were fun. A friend of mine had a MZ 250 in the early eighties. 2 stroke engine. 17 hp. Cool sound it had ... vroooooom.

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My_Name_Is_Fritz wrote:
Gray_Ghost wrote:
My_Name_Is_Fritz wrote:
Yep, and they called it antifascist protective barrier ... :roll: :cry:


It's surprising what you see when you're searching for pictures of motorcycles.....

That one stopped me in my tracks.....


Yep, there are BMWs. The east had MZ. You could buy these MZs in the west, too. They were ugly as fuck, but they were fun. A friend of mine had a MZ 250 in the early eighties. 2 stroke engine. 17 hp. Cool sound it had ... vroooooom.


Allsorts of Russian and German motorcycles washed up down here in the 50's and 60's, a couple of the
lads had 125 MZ's, I had a 1958 Russian Voskhod 125, that bike was excellent for going to work and back,
however being a communist motorcycle, it refused to ridden for leisure purposes, and would breakdown
for no apparent reason if you decided to go to the beach. I learned a lot about motorcycle mechanics on
that goddamned machine.....

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 12, 2021 8:51 am 
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Any GDR engine had the sole advantage that you could repair them yourself with a paper clip, a rubber band and some chewing gum. I used to do it with my Schwalbe (scooter). Mind you, you had to do it every third day.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2021 12:34 am 
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Caputh wrote:
Any GDR engine had the sole advantage that you could repair them yourself with a paper clip, a rubber band and some chewing gum. I used to do it with my Schwalbe (scooter). Mind you, you had to do it every third day.


Ha ha ha these things build character Caputh, as a broke teen I was always messing about with old bikes
and cars.....I've had dozens of breakdown adventures.....1980ish, in the middle of nowhere astride a 1950's
Matchless 350, returning from a ride out to the bridge to nowhere, when my throttle cable broke.
I strolled about a mile in the general direction of Raetihi, came across the remnants of a derelict farm
house, three walls and a door, found removed and dismantled a light switch, using it's wire connectors to
rejoin my throttle cable.....
Once again my trusty Swiss army knife and motorcycle tool-kit saved the day, and I was home in time
for tea.....

Unfortunately the cars and bikes of today require the dealer's gum chewing technician, sporting a rubber
band restrained ponytail to insert the factory approved paperclip, to reset your ECU.....

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Caputh wrote:
Any GDR engine had the sole advantage that you could repair them yourself with a paper clip, a rubber band and some chewing gum. I used to do it with my Schwalbe (scooter). Mind you, you had to do it every third day.


I would like to have a Schwalbe ... :mrgreen:

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The story of Jan Zwartendijk and Chiune Sugihara, who worked together to move over 2000 Jews out of Lithuania:
http://remember.org/witness/righteous


Zwartendijk's story has now been translated to English:
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/ ... -the-nazis

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