Sonntag, Januar 15, 2006

First trips in Cordoba,Uruguay.Encounter with local friends....
Ohh what a shock! Crazy way of driving in argentina!!!!
After switching my brain to the "local" way of driving anything my next search began again.What kind of bike:
Enduro.... absolutly but......heavy monster or bicicle feeling?
My G/S was very manuvrable but heavy.Excellent for european roads.
So no africa twin or super tenere was considered.
TT 600 or XR 650.After looking around in Buenos Aires the decision was taken.
As allmost no Yamaha dealers where found but dozens of Honda..........
Using for 90 days a C-90 gave me the idea of a powerfull but ligth bike.
So i went to the shop and payd cash my new XR 650L.94 build.
Uauuu what a riding feeling.Its like trying do calm down a bronco horse!
As we began a new chapter in family sense Ilona was having our first son.
Our last trip in many years together was done.Uruguay.
Soon i realized that the 10 liters tank is useless here!So i ordered the 40 liters version in Acerbis(italy).The form of it is like the PD version of the rally machines.Perfect fit and better ventilated then the original.
Trips in Cordoba,San Luis and catamarca where done.80% of it of course RIPIO.
What a feeling,my inner child was conected again!
The bike is my matching partner.

All good things come to an end! The last trip ended and the bike was sold.Not easely.
1994 i decided to migrate back to the sun and ripio roads!
Africa is an continent that tempted me (and still does) but i decided in favor of my beloved argentina!
I asked my Ilona if she would take that risk with me! She did so .
The city of Köln is my spiritual home.There i feel very comfortable and pleased.
Left many great friends and family behind.
And Traslasierras is the place where my body feels home!
I am abusing my body now but there will come a time for my spirit again!

Samstag, Januar 14, 2006

Treffen time!
My favorites where Tesch and Westerwald.Lot to talk and learn!
And drink!!!!!!

After gaining expirience during my trips,the need of better suspension was started.So a new fork was adapted.DR 600 was the best in my terms.The complete thing!Wheels,breaks etc.
Biger tank(43 liters)from acerbis,and WP rear shock.
More travelling.....this time not allone!
Ilona took the rest of the place in my tent now!
The "original" Gummikuh

Sonntag, Januar 08, 2006

Once in Germany(1989) with no bike but all the desire of owning one,the search for the apropiate model began!After living in Hamburg,Franfurt,München and Köln (my oncle Udo is a baker there)i decided to put my anchor there! Very frendly people and near other countrys.
Of course a job was taken for the purpose of a new bike. I dreamed as a kid of riding a BMW boxer bike.And when i saw the R80 G/S Paris-Dakar the decision was taken!Money was the only thing in between. But after a few months of savings the bike was baugth in BONN.

I was in love with my bike! A 32 liters tank a single seat! Absolute madness.
The travelling in Germany begun.But soon realized that better clothing was necesary.
It was usual in Argentina to ride without helmet,protective clothes etc! Just jeans, dark glasses and army boots.
I never had a rainsuit.What for,in BA the rain is not an issue.But in northern Germany a matter of health.
So Regenkombi,boots(long and protected) a nice helmet and gloves entered the inventory.

Longer and nicer rides could be achived now! Belgium,france,netherlands ,austria,italy and swiss where visited.

One day a woman invited me to visit her and her husband, as they watched my bike for a longer time parking on the street. A few weeks later i did so.
I must say i am a lonley rider.I enjoy nature in my selfish way!
But a great friendship was born those days.
Bernd and Ruth Hoffmann turned out to be a guide and suport for the next few years.
Bernd is a great companion and shared the same music taste! Ruth had a strong caracter was very humble and allways helpfull.
We did many trips together and where allways upgrading the bikes! The best years of my time in europe! Meetings where visited and more friends where met.But like them not!!!!
Shortly before i returned to Argentina Ruth passed away in a stupid and terrible car accident.
Bernd was seriously injured.He never recovered from this tragedy.I missed her a lot!
During my tripps and work i met my wife.Ilona is a beautyfull young rider from Kenten(Bergheim).She took the risk of going with me to Argentina.....and this resulted in three boys!
But this is part of my argentinian chapter.

Freitag, Januar 06, 2006

Why i did choose this name? because it describes a absolute feeling of freedom and joy! From very little driving with my father the ripio roads in my beloved Traslasierras de Cordoba .This mixture of smells,moister,heat and cold marked me for ever.The smell of fresh grass and peperina(kind of mint) after the rain....and wet sand is one of the most potent elixirs i can remember.Its like a time machine.

My first bike trip ever was done with a Honda CX 500 ,counting only 17(1987)! It was a distance from 900 km.I started this journey at the first ligths and arrived that same day after 16 hours ride!
Half of it tarmac the rest RIPIO.This means after La Punilla(SAN LUIS) the fun ride began!Curves and mountains....espinillos and algarrobos.Dust and brooks.

The next few month marked my personality and knew that i could never leave the two weehls!

On 89 i flew to Germany and another chapter of bikeriding began!


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