B2 from the Netherlands, “The Flying Dutchman”

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    Hi Lonesome Twins,

    I was pushing some Twins back and forth in my garage and suddenly something moved me to grab “The Flying Dutchman” out of it’s corner. There is a lot of work to do and I will do it sometime in the future.

    But there was one thing that stopped all efforts to begin and this was done this weekend with Nils’ help. My thanX to him !

    The main stand arm was totally rotten and it was impossible to use it. I have a replacement stand here, so an easy job to do.
    Pahhh, what a misjudgement !

    The axle of the main stand was rusted inside the stand and it was impossible to remove it. As we had the same story before here in Germany I made that long story short and used a grinder to cut away the stand, but not the lugs.

    From two spacers Nils worked out two special pivots to bear inside the stand and to be fixed with the lugs, overall fastened with a long screw.

    Now the main stand can be used again and working on that bike may start when time comes 😉

    Cheers, Michael

    PS: No latest pics as it started to rain 🙁

    PPS: Just posted the pic where the lugs of the stand can be seen. Locks like a part of the center metal sheet of the swing arm is rusted away !?! OMG !


    Except the front mudguard everything looks to be stock. Mileage is 77.800 km. Electrics / wiring harness are not modified.

    Rear tire Conti TKC80 is “M+S”-marked so road legal with lower speed index and is the one that was intended for use with the Dirtbike. As the rear tire and tube of this B2 was perforated, I decided to mount that stuff here. Maybe I will go for a matching front tire.

    Some more pics of the things I definitely have to work on:


    … and the engine:
    Just saw that there are no stock screws used. Well, what a surprise 😉


    Hi Michael.
    Had the same problem as yourself. And had to get the grinder out, but not as drastic as yours. Due to not been able to remove sleeve. Had to bend out supports after grinding of main sleeve, and dropped out. Had powder coated and refitted. Bent the lugs back and installed new bolts and all fine.
    How’s your 2 stroke restoration going?


    I have sold this bike to a young guy who urged me to do so.
    He wants to built a classic style Caferacer out of it.
    I am still looking for the dutch papers that I have got when I bought it, but haven’t found them yet.
    Well, …

    Cheers, Michael

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