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1980 Sachs Suburban

The Shuttle

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Besides some air in the tires, the Suburban is pressed back into service to shuttle between storage locations. It is the perfect conveyance for the job.  

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Long Rider

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Today was a mini adventure. Take the Sachs on a 43 mile loop. This loop is pretty simple on a larger motorcycle, and is used often to test road worthiness. It has hills and corners and long straight stretches. On the Sachs, it will be a multi-hour reliability trial. The C70 was along for company and backup. 

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It turns out that everything went fine. The Sachs was a rock of reliability. It does conk out up steep hills if you don't use the pedals to assist, but other than that it putts along contentedly as long as you stay within its limits. The beauty of this machine is that you MUST slow down and smell the roses. You are usually moving along at bicycling pace. On back country roads, it is super relaxation.

Out and About

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It took no time at all to sort out the few items the Sachs needed. A fuel flow issue was preventing it from going beyond about half throttle. That turned out to be a partially blocked fuel hose from the the tank. Easily sorted. Then I went out for a few miles to do a road test. It certainly struggles up hills (Particularly hauling almost 200 lbs), but if you do a little light pedaling it improves. Same on the downhill. Just turning the pedals eliminates a slight restriction vs holding them steady. It cleaned up nice, and my son thinks it is cool !

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Teutonic Tiddler

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This is another ultra low mileage barn find like the 525i. It is simply amazing that these things still exist. Purchased 30 years ago to ride around town, it was almost immediately set aside due to an injury. Then it got set aside with 18 miles (yes, 18) on it for decades ! Grandson gets it running and puts 85 miles on it before getting a car and putting it in the corner of the garage yet again. A connection to a connection results in me heading over to check out this moped, mostly because it is German. The Honda CT70 is more capable and much cheaper and easier to own, but at the time of purchase, it is in pieces awaiting a good chunk of garage time.

It has 109 miles on it following my test ride, and is in condition that is pretty consistent with that. Some light pitting of chrome but otherwise perfectly fine. Pit machine, swap meet cruiser, grocery getter. Needs a petcock and some cleaning.  50cc of fun