My photo album:
Yeah, once upon a time I also was small and innocent...
- well, almost... ;o)
The idea to include a little photo album came from
a former colleague of mine. When she saw some old pictures
she immediately suggested to share this with "the
rest of the world". Since then I'm looking for
suitable and "politically correct" pictures
from my past.
The following photos shall serve as
the foundation of what is still to come.
Actually I am still trying to get my hands on some
really old pictures but until I get them, my collection
begins with a picture which was taken at my first day
Can you say who had bigger ears? Some relatives still
claim that it's me and not the mouse... ;o))
It is said that school changes everybody - but somehow
I looked even more strange than most others before I
finished high school...
After school I joined the German Army and initially
signed a 15 year contract, however decided to leave
the Army after 6 years - with some more strange looking
While my uniform as helicopter pilot looks at least
somewhat impressive, my dress-up for my "Offizierstaufe"
(a traditional social event where new to-be officers
are introduced to the officer corps) definitely qualifies
During my university time I spent more and more
time with athletics and it paid off. While I studied
economics at the University of the Armed Forces in Hamburg
I achieved some good results, amongst others "International
German University Vice-Champion"... My main focus
were the 400m and high jump.
At that time I was well exercised...
A few years later I began to look similar in shape
to famous celebrities...
To look that good a lot of rest is needed... o))
Fortunately I'm not the only one to get older and
I try to take it as easy and enthusiastic as my son
who can hardly wait for the next day...
A picture from the good ol' times before my father
Finally the hobby which accompanies almost my whole
life - music. Some pictures with my favourite 'toys':
My latest hobby is my enthusiasm for motorized 2
wheeled vehicles since 2004. After 2 weeks of summer
temperatures beyond 30°C I spontaneously decided
to purchase a stylish Peugeot city scooter, a 5HP Speedfight
Apparently I was not the only one who liked this
After 3 years with my little Peugeot scooter I finally
decided to go for a full motorbike license and bought
a "big" 400ccm Suzuki Burgman scooter.
I really had a great time with my 34HP "Burgi"
who always travelled faithfully with me to France, Italy,
Austria, Switzerland and the Czech Republic.
Unfortunately I had to sell my
Burgman in September 2008 with a bleeding heart because
of a job related planned relocation to the US.
the company decided to cancel this relocation end of
2008 and as a result I finally had the luxury to plan
for much longer tours in 2009.
Thus I needed a new vehicle and after a weeks long
research I finally bought a bike which I did not even
consider in the beginning.
A brand-new BMW R1200RT
in Saphireblack-Metallic with all extras: incl. RDS
radio, CD-Player, electronic suspension control, ABS,
ASC, heated seats and other gizzmos....
meantime (with 45.000km on the clock) we got used to
each other and I must admit that this bike fits me just
well, despite all the known flaws in the BMW designs. ;o)
110HP out of 1200ccm displacement offer enough muscles
to easily move me, my girl-friend plus our luggage everywherea
and beyond, thanks to its extremely conservative fuel
consumption of 4.8 litres/100km on average (appr. 48
miles/gallon). I even managed to ride with as little
as 3,9 litres/100km once (about 60 miles/gallon).
In July 2010 I added a Yamaha YZF-R125 "Supersport"-Bike
to my collection of two-wheelers.
125ccm and "only" 15 HP - how does
that fit with the term "Supersport-Bike"?
Well this small racer looks and feels like the bigger
YZF-brothers except that there is almost no risk to
loose your driving license by speeding... ;-)
Also, as the ability of acceleration is limited
you will definitely have to pay more attention to your
Apart from all the fun I have with this bike it also
shines in costs. Insurance, Service, etc are extremely
low and the fuel consumption is almost neglectable.
I ride my YZF with just 2,65 litres per 100 km (about
90 miles per gallon!). The 13,8 litres tank allows for
300+ miles distances without refueling - roughly the
same distance as with my big BMW touring bike.
ist about 120 km/h or 75 mph, downhill or with a little
tail wind the revs limiter cuts in at 134 km/h (83 mph)
- that's enough for the small roads around the village...
In May 2011 I traded my Yamaha in for a brand new
Honda CBR 250 RA after three scary experiences in just
10 days - the safety margin was a bit tight with just
The Honda CBR 250 RA is a single cylinder motorbike
at an affordable price, rated at 26 HP and ABS is included
Unfortunately the CBR 250 RA is VERY much more
an average than an exciting bike compared to the Yamaha.
It's pretty heavy for its class (165kg), the engine
is a bit lethargic though with a surprising torque,
the tank (13L) is definitely too small (approx. 250
miles radius), especially as the Honda's fuel consumption
is by far not as conservative as advertised by the manufacturer
and also the overall workmanship and quality of parts
is not on par with Yamaha.
What I like is the overall ergonomics which just
suit me like taylor made, the chassis suspension with
it's adjustable rear spring system and the additional
safety of the built-in ABS, surprisingly! Despite Honda
still sticking to its strange Combined-ABS strategy
which is a bit scary for real bikers.
for example intelligently combines the rear brake with
the front brake and leaves the rear brake to the bikers
will, Honda links the front brake to the rear brake
(scary in tight corners!!!) and gives NO support at
all while you try to anchor with the front brake lever
Additionally the Honda's NISSIN brakes are
much less precise and require more force than the superb
BREMBO brakes of the Yamaha, not to speak of the BMW.
Overall a just satisfactory bike and - more surprisingly
- without any competitor yet (except the very fuel hungry
and poorly built Kawasaki Ninja 250). Is there anybody
still alive in the motorbike industry and press?!!
That's it for now... - I look forward to seeing you
back here soon.