So I'm down to my last 7 days left here in the U.S. before I get on a plane and head off to Rotterdam in the Netherlands to pick up my motorcycle, a 2004 BMW 1150 GS Adventure that is being shipped over as we speak, arrival date in the port of Rotterdam is May 1st.
As soon as I pick it up from the port it's over to Ad Donkers at LBS Sidecars to begin the transformation into a 2 Wheel Drive RTW sidecar outfit. More on that in the next post.
(L-R) Craig Warren, Laura Anderson,Craig Anderson(seated) Alan Sean, Felicia Anderson Sean, Larry Judd, Ryan Warren, Danny Wheeler,Bob Bakker, whose cousin is Nico Bakker, the Dutch motorcycle frame builder.
Craig has been campaigning the 'Flying Kiwi' at the Bonneville Salt Flats since 2006, and will be returning again this year to try to get into the 200mph club with the Streamliner, his fastest one way so far being 187mph.
Their annual August Bonneville pilgrimage is a family affair, Craig's wife Laura feeds the entire crew for their time on the salt, sister Felicia and her husband Alan, themselves Land Speed Racers are there to help with pit support when they are not racing themselves.
The Matchless 500cc G85 had a duplex chassis borrowing much of it's design from the Rickman brothers. Weighing in at 318 lbs, it was over 40 lbs lighter than the G80 it replaced. To reduce weight the front hub was machined, a magnesium rear hub was standard and many lightweight fiberglass and aluminum components were utilized.