WEIRD, WILD, WTFOT THAILAND MOTORCYCLES

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Another weird BMW. First look by the consultant found him saying it was a "nicely tricked out R69S with an aftermarket tank and seats."
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A look at the ID plate on the neck showed it to be a far different animal. Instead of being the high compression 600cc R69S (which likely would have not inexpensive) with enteral changed cylindersand valve covers. The 500 had a different stroke than the 69S. Iit was originally a rare 500cc R50US like the one in the post above. However, some owner had gone even wilder with the modifications and changed the US styled forks to the more common Earles fork model.

Again, thanks to Jeff Dean, BMW vintage guru, for the details needed to sort out this Thai WTFOT BMW.

Dr G
Chief of the World Adventure Affairs Desk, CITY BIKE magazine, researching adventurous affairs around the globe
Adventure Strategy Columnist, MOTORCYCLE CONSUMER NEWS magazine
Sole sexual survivor: www.greataroundtheworldmotorcycleadventurerally.com
 
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A bit of a motorhead-ADV-aficionado-cranial-gray-matter-twister was this GPX spotted on the road to Wat Chan from Chiang Mai. It's Thai owner was headed off the pavement and into the mountains for some advanced adventure camping during the high forest fire season.
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Our adventure consultant proclaimed, "It can't be in the adventure category because it does not have any expensive German adventure accessories or an adventure sticker."

The reply was "It's manufactured in Thailand, and clearly is being used for a serious adventure, therefore qualifies as wild."

But then came the WTFOT proclamation: "What are those clips doing attached to the cylinder and head?"
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At first they were thought to be applying pressure to a leaking head gasket. "Not so," said the owner, a Chiang Mai Thai motorbike mechanic. They were to provide additional cooling surfaces for the air cooled engine.

Dr G
Chief of the World Adventure Affairs Desk, CITY BIKE magazine, researching adventurous affairs around the globe
Adventure Strategy Columnist, MOTORCYCLE CONSUMER NEWS magazine
Sole sexual survivor: www.greataroundtheworldmotorcycleadventurerally.com
 

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This "big bike" Suzuki GS750GL, was submitted for consideration:
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Besides being a unique "import," a couple of possible weird and wild modifications perplexed the induction team.

The first, and most obvious, was the full fairing. The thread to it's origin, and likely best tale, was the fairing had been imported to Thailand, possibly after the motorbike, from Japan, originally having been manufactured for Japanese police or escort model(s).

Weird, but not unwise, was the elevated rear custom seat that would give a small pillion a view over the driver's shoulder and possibly helmet (if the driver wore one).

Dr G
Chief of the World Adventure Affairs Desk, CITY BIKE magazine, researching adventurous affairs around the globe
Adventure Strategy Columnist, MOTORCYCLE CONSUMER NEWS magazine
Sole sexual survivor: www.greataroundtheworldmotorcycleadventurerally.com
 
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