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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Another submission for the Thai Mocy Art category
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From Laos a few days ago.

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Interesting submission of this Thai chopper created a new category possibly only an advanced EASY RIDER aficionado could appreciate: The Thai Style Captain America. When asked about it not having a plate or book, the jovial reply was something like "No book, no plate, no sticker, no worries. Ride free, 'get out on the highway, looking for adventure,' but pick where and when riding on the roads very carefully to avoid the BIB"

Noted was the absence of ABS on the front wheel and loud pipe design for saving lives.

SIDEBAR:
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Nice "Captain America" replica found in Nicky's Handlebar, Phuket. The remaining "real" Captain America sold at auction in the USA for $1,000,000 and is now resting in a museum in Seattle, Washington USA

Dr G
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Adventure Strategy Columnist, MOTORCYCLE CONSUMER NEWS magazine
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Being readied for a rumored MAD MAX # 5 film, some of the adventure being shot on location in south Thailand, was this WTFOT Custom Class submission. It was a "straight-line" custom because the turning radius was limited (best turned around while driving in a large parking lot). The Custom Class submitter said, "Gotta love the finer points, like the rear view mirrors on the bar ends."

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One of our roving consultants brought us this JAWA. Assuming the numbers on the front fender mean it is a 1965 model (and maybe from Estonia?), it has come a long adventurous way from its origins as a motorcycle first produced in Czechoslovakia in 1929 after the company owner bought the motorcycle division from the Wanderer company located in Germany. This JAWA had a Thai sticker on the right rear shock, meaning at one time it was road legal in Thailand.

Below is a 1928 Wanderer (500cc), seen in the Zweirad Museum in Nekcarsulm, Germany in 2017 - a far looking different motorcycle than the later JAWA models. Some say the name Wanderer came from being adventure seeking, or an early "adventure" motorcycle.
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Dr G
Chief of the World Adventure Affairs Desk, CITY BIKE magazine, researching adventurous affairs around the globe
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Made to go, not just show!

Want adventure? Our H-D consultant said, "Try hanging onto this Thai drag bike."

Being a "bits bike" (bits of this and bits of that) confused the Committee into which category to place it: Old-timer (antique), Custom, or Thai Mocy Art. It clearly qualified as WILD and WTFOT.

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
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An interesting find was this H-D flathead "kicker," no button starter for this Thai owner.

"Whoops," said our researcher, "no license plate on the back."
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Thai ingenuity came into play when the researcher saw how the Thai owner dealt with needing to show a license plate when driving, having affixed it to his back pack!
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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
Professor of Motorcycle Adventure, SOUND RIDER magazine
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Kawasaki submissions from Bangkok: Same same, but different?
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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
Professor of Motorcycle Adventure, SOUND RIDER magazine
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"How est zee German?" asked the contributor.
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Answered curator: "Harley-Davidson, mit foot clutch, hand shift und, und, und....an authentic oil leaker. Nice."

Contributor smiled and said, "Wannabe cop bike."
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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
Professor of Motorcycle Adventure, SOUND RIDER magazine
Sole sexual survivor: www.greataroundtheworldmotorcycleadventurerally.com
 
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