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Wood motorcycle – still a MAKE mystery

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Cparada writes in with some more clues to origins of the wood motorcycle – “This “Holzmotorrad” has been around a while – The (VERY old) 25 HP Honda has been remade as an Alabama Harley in some photos. There’s something odd about the streetscape, buildings, cobblestones… and a pair of VWs). In addition to RatBike, it shows up on a great site for arcane bikes: Classic Motorrads Deutschland – Small world… but still no name for the artist.”Link.

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  1. another clue from the foto: ad for “Thürinische Landeszeitung” indicates the german state of Thüringen.
    AND: the third commenter on the page – “matjes” – apparently is the maker, he answers questions on the bike!
    one might be able to contact him via a comment there …?

  2. another clue from the foto: ad for “Thürinische Landeszeitung” indicates the german state of Thüringen.
    AND: the third commenter on the page – “matjes” – apparently is the maker, he answers questions on the bike!
    one might be able to contact him via a comment there …?

  3. another clue from the foto: ad for “Thürinische Landeszeitung” indicates the german state of Thüringen.
    AND: the third commenter on the page – “matjes” – apparently is the maker, he answers questions on the bike!
    one might be able to contact him via a comment there …?

  4. The number plate from the car in the background is from Worbis, a town in the area of Eichsfeld in Thüringen. The town has only 4,600 inhabitants so that cut´s it down a bit!
    btw there´s a lot of wood motorbike makers around so certainly one or two would be available for questions.

  5. The photo you showed in http://www.makezine.com/blog/archive/2006/04/wood_motorcycle.html is a fake. The thing in the back with the photoshoped “Alabama” is in fact a German bus stop. The faker only bothered to photoshop one of the two advertisements for German newspapers. You can still see the second advertising to the right of the photoshoped “Alabama” sign in the fake picture.

    The photo you now have seems much more consistent. The license plate on the car to the left of the bus stop starts with “WBS”. This stands for “Worbis”, which is a town with ~4000 inhabitants in the state of Thüringen / Germany. And that matches the newspaper advertising, which is for the Thüringische Landeszeitung.

    Further, a comment in the link mentiones that the back tyre is a car tyre from VEB Vulkanisierwerk Leinefelde. This was a tyre manufacturer in the former DDR. And Leinefelde is a town near Worbis.

    This is in fact the second Holzmotorrad (wooden motorcycle) I have seen from Germany. The other one can be seen at http://www.holz-bleibt-holz.de/6495.html That other one was build by carpenters.

  6. Dude! A springer front-end. Nice.

    Can anyone say what the German words are on the rear of the frame? “Thanks …”?

  7. The words on the rear of the frame read something like “Bitte Rangier…”. This very likely stands for “Bitte Rangierabstand einhalten!”, which means something like “Please keep space to manoeuvre!”

  8. @ Smithe-Wells: Deuna having around 1000 inhabitants, I would guess that the first electrician you get hold of, would know “the guy from his town with the wooden bike”
    ;)

  9. Hey Guys

    My name is Mathias and I come from Deuna in “good ol´ Germany”. The Wood Motorcycle on the Picture is made by me. The Build takes about 9 months. Like a child :-) It´s a Honda CB250 RS engine with 22 Horsepowers inside. It´s enough for a topspeed over 75mph.
    Questions? ask me at holzrocker@gmx.de

    bye

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