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Dan / Colorado / USA 27-Oct-2012 16:32
Hi Guy,
Want an after market sidestand for my 1995 R100RT but not much of a choice but decided on the Surefoot since is available and is adjustable but not much info on it. But came across youir site and helped to answer some of my questions so will order one and look forward to using it and trashing the original sidestand. Much I like about this bike but the sidestand is definitely not one of them. Thanks for your site, pics and the info.
Bob Farr 18-Jun-2012 12:27

Thank your for sharing your terrific pictures with us. I recently purchased an '85 R80 (no model suffix, Monolever) and your photos of stock and modified ST's were very interesting. The winter ride story was a surprise - I've never heard of "center sprinklers" in the road for de-icing purposes!

Best regards,

Bob Farr
Michigan, USA
lenredmond10-Aug-2009 17:46
Your Moto Guzzi V50 Monza looks to be in great shape. I am currently riding a 1981 BMW R65 and a 1981 Suzuki GS 750 E and am looking for a 1981 0r 82 V50 Monza. Since you also ride a BMW, I am curious as to your sense of the ride differences in the two bikes... Thanks...
Manuel Escorial 30-Jul-2009 18:44
Dear Hugo, I am writing from Valencia, Spain.

The reason to get in touch with you is that I tried to get a seat MOTOC brand but have not responded to my email.

I saw your picture and I liked it so much, sincerely would like to have a seat for my bike is a BMW.

Is there any chance of getting one of these seats? Is there any shop or company that exported to Spain?

Thank you very much.
Manuel Escorial 30-Jul-2009 18:43
Estimado Hugo, te escribo desde Valencia, España.

El motivo de ponerme en contacto contigo es que he intentado hacerme con una asiento de la marca MOTOCO pero no han respondido a mi correo electrónico.

He visto tus fotos y me ha gustado mucho, mucho, sinceramente el asiento y quisiera tener uno para mi motocicleta que es también una BMW.

¿Existe alguna posibilidad de hacerme con uno de esos asientos? ¿Existe alguna tienda o empresa que los exporten a España?

Muchas gracias.
Guest 14-May-2009 08:36
Hi Hugo. Just bought myself an almost unused R80ST. Only 16900 km since new! The tyres were from 1992 and not worn at all. Seemed like christmas eve to me when i found it. Do you know where i could buy myself a windscreen for it? Best from Rolf, Oslo
river 17-Mar-2009 15:54
Hello Hugo
Just checked pics of beanie helmets. I saw real beanie helmets called Helts as a complete product at the ISPO 09.
Check out:
Steve 04-Feb-2009 03:38
Hello Hugo! Love your shot of the Postal Bikes. Would you mind if I included it in a blog posting about Japanese Postal Bikes?

Thanks for your time!
Randy25-Sep-2008 22:32
Hugo, thanks for all your airhead pics! I've got a few at my pbase site too.
Check out for a great airhead forum.
Randy (dwerbil)
Adrien D 22-Jul-2008 20:08
Hi. Mr Hugo VANNECK, your post is really great. the Airheads are so nice, i love it.
I've a R100 and i think I'll made a exhaust system myself, and i'm intereste by the two-into-one exhaust of the Mr Yoshimi KOIZUMI R75, if you have any information about this i will be pleased if you contact me.
I hope see nice bike and nice people, the next year, normaly, travel,...Japon ^^!!
And I'm sorry I'm a young french and my english is bad, and my japenese too. Sorry
Merci encore pour ces photos. Salutations. Adrien
Joe P 31-May-2008 03:04
Hugo: I stumbled across your site and wanted to let you know I have a few pics of my ST if you want them.
Troyce Walls 11-Mar-2008 15:05
We've two Rikuos here at our shop, a 750cc and 1200cc, both from the 1950s. -
Mr. Vanneck has apparently updated this Wikipedia article and so I wonder if we might share information.
~Troyce - Titusville FL
Hugo Vanneck09-Jan-2008 02:42
'Guest' Ciao! Me piacerebbe avere foto delle suo ST. hugo at Grazie.
Guest 08-Dec-2007 18:25
ciao Hugo posiiedo una BMW r80st dell'84 come posoo mandarti delle mie foto?.grazie e congratulation from Italy
Guest 21-Apr-2007 00:38
Hugo, I am trying to get in contact with you as I will be in Tokyo 11th to 13th May 07 and would love to see you.
My email is
From Sarah (Yr brother John's daughter)
Stefan Siegmann 06-Oct-2006 16:13
I have lots of pictures and informations about Rikuo military bikes.I already restored one.Contact me at
Kim 31-Aug-2006 14:04
I'm not sure if you're the same Hugo Vanneck (but SURELY there can't be too many of you!) who posted on the BBC ex-Pats site..Silverton 1966ish?
I used to play with you! I was Kim Smith, and my mum went out with your brother John. My grandparents lived in Exeter Road, just up from the Three Tuns and your house was in Fore Street (?). I found your name by a series of unrelated Google searches - and just wanted to say 'Hello!'........If this site is out of dte (although it looks fairly current) this will be the last you ever (don't) hear from me! Cheers! Kim
Guest 17-Jul-2006 14:20
Hi Hugo
I always enjoy looking at your photos - especially of Mr Koizumi's R75/5. My question is: Is the the swoopy two-into-one exhaust that many of the bikes pictured use an aftermarket part? I would be keen to be put into contact with the maker. Best wishes, Sam. 04-Jun-2006 11:50
Very interesting. Mike
Ken Hopkins 25-May-2006 20:39
Hi Hugo Just wondered if you had any more photos of Rikuo military bikes I am restoring one and find info very rare i am happy to pay any costs involved I amlocatedin Sydney Australia Regards Ken
Ken Whitehawk 24-Apr-2006 09:52

It's allways nice to see Airheads on the web and your galleries are a special treat. I just love the race bikes! I'm finally getting around to building my own special cafinated Beemer and picked up lots of ideas to steal... I mean borrow! Loll! I'm suprised to see so many racers using the Lockheed brake set-up. Over here theres a lot of interest in adapting Japanese front ends and calipers to the old bikes. Guess I'm going to have to talk to the lockheed folks and see whats up.

Within the next few weeks my fabricator and I will be gin marketing some special BMW stuff and I'll let you know what is going on when the prototypes graduate into production parts.

Keep up the good work and keep riding!

Jim Fraser 19-Apr-2006 12:56
Hi Hugo,

I see your post on the Airheads list a lot, and I always enjoy reading them. I just wanted to say "Thank-you" for posting your pics. You seem to have a techincal bug like I do and it is very very interesting to see your close up shots of cool and/or innovative bikes and mods. I also enjoy reading and seeing how a different culture enjoys motorcycles. Thanks for taking the time to share, it is greatly appreciated.

nitsan michaeki 22-Sep-2005 13:26
hi Hugo
i read your letter in the blog of steven and was reminded of our meeting at the philipines in 1982. i dug in my old foto albom and found an amusing picture of you which i would like to send to you if you will write to me your email adress. my adress is
nitsan michaeli from israel
Bruce Ruff Daniels 19-Sep-2005 14:55
Greetings Hugo from Lake Buchanan, Texas U.S.A. - I just bought some euro style mirrors online at from Bruce Haward who lives in Tiffin, Ohio U.S.A. who told me about your most impressive website - i must agree. I own two Beemers (1977 R100RS and 1976 R90/6). I am modifying the R90/6 into a "cafe" style bike modeled after european bikes which i have seen on the internet (,, and I am seriously looking for tips, parts leads, suggestions, etc. Bruce is also selling his custom made headlight brackets which he said could be viewed at your website photo of your R80KS, and after seeing them, i definately want them as part of my R90 makeover. I am also curious about your R80 solo seat, something which i have been wanting to make myself, due to a limited budget and not willing (or able) to fork over the $300.00 for a Knoscher copy on Ebay. Actually, i prefer the style and shape of your seat. May i ask for suggestions/sources on the following: (1) Handle bars or clip-on handlebars (2) Solo seat (3) Mufflers (4) Fenders (5) Tail-light (6) Directional lights (7) Fenders (8) Fork brace (9) Fork springs (10) Rear shocks, and any other additions which would enhance the performance and style of my bike. Any information which you might have time to offer would be greatly appreciated. By the way, i recently found a great book which i'm certain you will enjoy (if not already aware of) called: RACING MOTORCYCLES - by Mick Woollett (1976) published in England. The photos and technical information is fantastic. I hope to hear from you, and if i can be of any assistance on this end, please let me know. Keep the rubber side down and feet on the pegs -
Best regards,
Bruce Ruff Daniels
P.O. Box 900
Lake Buchanan, Texas
Johann 01-Jun-2004 19:06
Hugo, nice web page. I am interested in Mr Koizumi's bike. What are the forks?