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The slaughterhouse for motorcycle youngtimers in Bielefeld

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He runs a slaughterhouse for motorcycle youngtimers, and their friends are also grateful to him: Frank Haasper impresses them with original side covers, benches and mirrors.

Fred Siemer


For years they please their owner, are loved and praised, are his everything. However, many motorcycles spend the last phase of life in anonymous mass housing, for example in a warehouse near Bielefeld: Bol d’Or, XS 750, Katana and GPZ united under a layer of gray dust, tank to tank in desolate confinement, some of them already robbed of their bikes , the hearts of others ripped out of the frame. A scandal that arouses savior instincts. They should be ransomed, everyone.

But you can’t, because Frank Haasper, owner of these vehicles, assesses their value differently than normal motorcyclists. He doesn’t sell them in one piece, but in pieces. Two unscratched housing covers, exhaust system with a bit of rust film and few dents, bench that can be refurbished, good tank, working fittings – works together? Much more than any do-gooder would lay down to save an old mid-range Yamaha. Then there are the small parts: lamp holder, turn signal, brake lever, return spring for the side stand. A pannier rack system as an extra – this Japanese woman will delight Frank for a long time to come.

Today’s delivery also promises a lot: From two private sellers and a dealer from southern Germany, the freight forwarder Roland Baumgartner has collected five motorcycles, including a four-cylinder Kawasaki Z 750 LTD, a Honda CB 400 N and a CJ 250 T. The van has barely been unloaded Frank puts his novelties in the light and photographs them. From the left, from the right. “Above all, I need details,” reveals the 41-year-old, crouching down, aiming for the engine protection of the 400 series. “Unfortunately it has a hairline crack.” With a trained eye, he scans the machines, mentally breaks them down into usable parts, and already knows pretty well what will be a hit. “The pillion grab bar on the LTD – chrome okay, no dents. He goes away for good money. “

And then when a German, European or American owner pulls his old LTD out of the garage corner and makes it a symbol of the most beautiful years of life. “This is how a lot of people come to youngtimers,” says Frank Haasper. “They just kept a motorcycle all the time, then they dust it off – and get nostalgic.” It should then be as beautiful as it used to be, but the Kawa dealer regretfully waves it aside. Importers rarely sell spare parts for more than 20 years, so a search quickly leads to websites like Frank’s. The dark LTD will appear on this evening, 157 relentless photos document its appearance in all parts. Several people show the great headband, the negotiations can begin. “If the price is right, I’ll take the thing down and ship it. Finished.”

Other customers take back what they once squandered with deep regret. Bigger motorcycle – bigger feelings, this equation often didn’t work out, and the search for a well-preserved Yamaha XS 360 or Kawasaki Z 440 and their original parts begins. This is precisely why Frank can really look forward to a largely unbent CB 400 N. “It’s youth,” he laughs, pointing to the honest Honda. “It gets really difficult with Suzuki’s GS 400, by the way,” he knows, “they went back to Japan by the dozen before the economic crisis.” It’s actually a shame, because a scene is also forming around the slim twin in this country. Frank Haasper wouldn’t have to slaughter for long.

Over 1200 parts dispensers are now lined up in its three warehouses. The offer ranges from mopeds to super sports cars, from 50 to 1500 cm³, from complete and in good condition to totally tattered. Most of it is just old, some of it crashed. Here a dealer had to take a 30-year-old treasure in payment, there someone shied away from the costs before the 15th general inspection. Sometimes an unloved heirloom is sold, sometimes an ugly barn find. The focus is on Japanese motorcycles from the late 1970s to 1980s, i.e. those for which the importer can often no longer supply parts.

Motorcycle parts-Bielefeld classic spare parts


From Honda Transalp to Bol d‘Or, from Suzuki Katana to Yamaha XJ – there is no shortage of parts. You just have to get to them.

On every shopping trip, Frank makes sure that the pure purchase price does not exceed a quarter of his expected income. “Otherwise it won’t pay off.” He knows a lot about arithmetic and studied business administration. However, he mostly spent the first semester with his driver’s license. Having long been familiar with motorcycles on his uncle’s vast meadows, he has only had a threesome to date. “The parents,” grins Frank. You must have guessed what followed, because the Filius immediately interrupted his studies and devoted himself to the motorcycle trade in his hometown of Bodenwerder. “Gray things, used things from Holland, lots of stuff like that.” It went quite well, but not good enough to completely skip the course. As a business graduate, he worked at Bertelsmann and in his own management consultancy.

Anyone who constantly has to think in balance sheets does not like open bills. That’s why Frank Haasper was annoyed by the remains of his motorcycle trade, and so he removed this legacy – “whenever I had time”. The things were photographed and posted on eBay. “A crazy world,” Frank sums up his experiences at the time. He soon realized that a whole motorcycle is worth much less than the sum of its individual parts. He learned why certain parts fetch certain prices. When to wait and when not to. The seat cover of a Kawasaki GPX 750 – “I didn’t even know it existed until then” – opened his eyes. “Everyone throws the part away at some point or forgets it when it is sold. But if someone builds up a GPX again, he wants it completely. ”With a cover for the pillion seat, absolutely. Frank had sold too early. “Way too early.”

So when the eight-man management consultancy broke down, he was properly prepared. And was in the mood for something entirely his own. Something tangible, too: of a gigantic stature, Frank heaves his latest achievements into the hall. The Honda CJ 250 T is now parked next to a fairly complete G. “There’s another one in the back,” he reports. “But something like this is rarely offered, since a scene has long since established itself.” He is obviously speculating that the Honda CB 200 will soon also achieve collector status. They are easy to spot on their square tanks, there must be at least five. XL 185 and 250 also appear frequently. “Early 500 and 600 enduros would be even more worthwhile,” complains Frank, “but they either had their engines burned out on the autobahn or all of the plastic parts were torn to pieces off-road.” So it’s hard to get, and that’s probably why the undented one is emblazoned Tank of a Yamaha XT 600 Tenere like a rare trophy on the wall.

The cell phone rings, for at least the tenth time that afternoon. Frank explains, negotiates, declines an offer. Again and again the standard sentence: “You can enlarge the pictures on the website, then you can see everything very precisely.” During the next conversation, he comes to an agreement, the customer orders two struts. Quickly cleared away the last parts of today’s delivery, then Frank Haasper circled through the narrow aisles of his warehouse. What came last is in front, the Honda I’m looking for is far back, so it has been parked here for a few months. Frank finds it straight away, unscrews the struts, noticing by the way that something slipped at some point and the Honda handlebars scratched the neighboring Suzuki’s tank.

In order to prevent even worse things from happening, he curses and pushes a piece of cardboard in between – an expression of great appreciation. Then he packs a main stand spring three gears away. “Someone called yesterday. He’ll definitely take it. ”Sure, every bike needs a stand. Frank saved a motorcycle life again.

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