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The nineties: the first half of the decade - My "Aussie" Kawasaki KLR 600
The nineties were a very intense decade for me. Up to the first half it was a time of getting aquaintance with a new reality in a new country (Australia), and being able to develop new skills. In order to avoid missing too much my Honda CB 400, I bought a Kawasaki KLR 600 cc - 1986 make, as soon as I arrived there. It was a second hand bike, pristine as it could be, and very well equipped.
Myself, Amyr having a great time as the pilot and Marcela proud to be conducted by her brother. The main piece at this photo was the Kawa, being incorporated to the family.
This was a wonderful motorcycle - a very good one cilinder, four-valve, four-stroke engine, liquid cooled, Double Overhead Camshaft - DOHC, alloy wheels. It came with rear carrier and GearSack for trips, a huge Acerbis plastic fuel tank (rallye style). And in addition with all original equipment, including a very good helmet. Unfortunately, due to my daily workload and routine, I couldn't enjoy it in big trips. Despite of that I drove it in many small trips around Brisbane - QLD, where I lived during 5 years.
Theresa, Amyr and Marcela posing with the Kawa.
In Brisbane - Australia - during the five years we spent there, we've got familiarized with the city, the surroundings, the wonderful beachs of the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast. The huge number of motorcycles draw our attention, as we were always connected to them, and any desired model could be easily found in many dealerships and second-hand dealers.
We found two dealerships specially receptive to us, and in this way we would go there frequently: Phil Beaumont, a Kawasaki dealer with a huge stock, including a carefully maintained all-brand second-hand stock; and Morgan & Wacker trading Harley Davidson, BMW and Buell, for the State of Queensland and New Zeland.
Business card of Chris Manteufell, salesman of Morgan & Wacker. Chris used to ride a wonderful red Harley Davidson - Fat Boy; recently launched at that time.
Morgan & Wacker established in 1917, is the tworld's oldest Harley-Davidson Dealership outside the USA, and Australia's oldest Motorcycle dealer for any brand of bike. They have also been a BMW Motorcycle dealer for over 50 years, and they are the first Buell dealer in Australia.