The author reports on his livelong involvement with motorcycles. At first and immediately after WWII in Germany, motorcycles and their smaller cousins mopeds were necessary means of transportation. Beginning in the late sixties and due to increasing living standards for many, motorcycles gave way to small cars and the motorcycle industry almost collapsed in the western world. Amazingly, with ever increasing living standards, motorcycles experienced a revival as a sport and hobby for increasing numbers of mechanically gifted enthusiasts.
The author, now living in Ohio picked up motorcycling in the seventies again. When he retired in 2006, he purchased an old BMW-sidecar combination as a retirement hobby, building on his experience with a rig he owned in the early sixties. Later he purchased a Honda touring bike to replace the aging BMW rig. Over a six-year period, he explored Ohio’s lesser known architectural and landscape beauties, just perfect for the touring motorcycle connoisseur.
Andreas F. von Recum immigrated from Germany in 1972. He pursued an academic career at the junction of veterinary medicine with human medicine and engineering, and retired from The Ohio State University in 2006. Throughout his career, he published peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts and an edited handbook in his research field of biomaterials. He also published with Pelican Publ. in 2002 a popular literature book dealing with another of his hobbies: Hunting with Hounds in North America.
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