KMS Mottorad Warsen & Minden Germany
The bike was back together late in the morning. First Achim then I took it out for a test ride and everything checked out fine. No more howling 4th gear. Another great development is that the price for the repair dropped ~150 Euros. Achim found a loophole in the German tax laws or more likely he took pity on me when he saw me convert a wheelbarrow full of dollars into a few hundred Euros.
In order to stay out of the way during the rest of the day while I waited for the rest of the mad sidecar racers to show up for the BBQ I asked Achim about some attractions in the area and he suggested I take a boat ride through the locks in nearby Minden. Apparently it’s the largest elevated waterway in Europe where the canal crosses over the wesser river.
After my 2 hour cruise I picked up a large case of bottled beer and strapped it to the back of the Guzzi. With my keen powers of observation I noted that the Germans really liked drinking beer (and vodka, and whiskey, and schnaps, and Jagermeister).
When I got back to KMS the racing hack as out and Achim took me for quick blast up and down the street. I got a video of this but I think it’s going to have to wait till I return before I can post it.
By this time the other sidecar nuts had shown up and the BBQ was a great success. The high point was a bunch of drunk Germans and a Swede belting out ‘Country Roads’ by John Denver. I found it particularly amusing that there favorite song is about the area I had come from.
Achim and Hamster if you’re reading this thanks again for your hospitality and efforts getting my bike running correctly. It’s definitely a few days which will never be forgotten. Best of luck at the Isle of Mann next year.