On the way along the Ahr with the Enfield Royal Classic

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On the way along the Ahr with the Enfield Royal Classic
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On the way along the Ahr with the Enfield Royal Classic

On the way along the Ahr with the Enfield Royal Classic

On the way along the Ahr with the Enfield Royal Classic

On the way along the Ahr with the Enfield Royal Classic

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On the way through the Eifel with the Enfield Classic 500 EFI.

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A day in the Eifel with a driven distance of about 250 kilometers.

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Above Dernau, a fine road curves through the mountains and ensures beguiling travel with wine and the sound of 500.

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Summer can be enjoyed perfectly in the combination of the Eifel and Enfield. Here between Fuchshofen and Reifferscheid.

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On the move with the Royal Enfield Classic 500 EFI through the beautiful Ahr valley in the Eifel.

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Made like a gun: Maybe the two have more in common than their nostalgic looks?

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The Eifel is an Eldorado for motorcyclists of all classes and categories – and they too have to take a break here and there. Here is the popular meeting point for bikers, Cafe Ahrwind in Ahrbruck.

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Soon you can harvest…

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Kreuzberg Castle above Altenahr lasted for more than 1000 years and served as an air raid shelter during the war.

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There are many beautiful views of the valley along the route.

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… but also offers enough driving fun for younger generations.

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The Eifel attracts fans of nostalgic vehicles …

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Pure deceleration: the Indian woman in retro clothing paired with the quiet course of the Ahr.

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On the way through the Eifel with the Enfield Classic 500 EFI.

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On the way through the Eifel with the Enfield Classic 500 EFI.

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… and thanks to the narrow tires, the Indian can also be moved easily through the landscape.

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The cozy single-cylinder feels more comfortable near the lush green …

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… And thanks to the comfortable suspension, the journey on paved roads runs smoothly.

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A symbiosis: the old walls of the Eifel seem to merge with the Enfield …

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But the little Indian woman also has a long way to go: early in the morning on the heights above the Ahr valley.

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It looks good here: between flowers and half-timbered houses in the center of Bad Bodendorf.

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Again and again it goes to the heights of the Ahr valley.

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There are old walls not only in the villages and towns. Many a bridge also survived.

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On the way along the Ahr with the Enfield Royal Classic

On the way along the Ahr with the Enfield Royal Classic
With a classic through the Ahr valley – slowing down in the Rhineland

This travel story is about two heroes: the Ahr valley in the Eifel and a Royal Enfield Classic from Madras, India.

Joachim Deleker

07/19/2012

On the way along the Ahr

The Amazon rises from a glacier in the Andes of Peru, the Nile in the mountains of Burundi and the Yangtze River in the Tibetan Himalayas. The Ahr rises in a house. This has several advantages: the spring does not get wet when it rains, and it can be easily reached by motorcycle. For example with a Royal Enfield Classic, which has something in common with the Ahr. The Enfield plant is located in India, but the German importer resides only a few kilometers from the source of the Ahr in Blankenheim. It might even be possible to follow the world’s greatest rivers with an Enfield, but the same idea along the Ahr is much easier to implement.

Let’s stay with the source, which is hidden on the ground floor of a half-timbered house from 1726 and can be studied through iron bars. The trickle slowly picks up speed. The same can be achieved with the modern Enfield using an electric starter. The single-cylinder does not whisper as quietly as the young Ahr. It thunders out of its chrome exhaust muffled, loud and soft. All right in the engine room.

In the wide valley of the main road, nothing of the Ahr can be seen at first; it is hidden between meadows and spruce forest. Time for the Enfield. At 80 km / h it purrs in an amazingly cultivated manner. Your old-school engine construction with a lot of flywheel, long stroke and low compression eliminates the need for a balance shaft. At 3000 revolutions, where modern single-cylinder still cling to the chain, the Enfield has long since slipped into the next gear. Exit town, fifth gear, open the gas – impossible for modern singles, easy exercise with the Enfield. The “modern” stew, renovated since 2009 and lifted into the Euro 3 modern era with injection and catalytic converter, still has the character of a small Lanz Bulldog. A nightmare for speed and banking junkies, a revelation for fans of nostalgic engines.


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The Eifel is of course also an Eldorado for motorcyclists of all classes and categories. Here is the popular meeting point for bikers, Cafe Ahrwind in Ahrbruck.

The Ahr Valley is still skimpy on things to see, although the stream has meanwhile blossomed into a river. No problem, after all, there are always small roads that leave the valley and curve up into the mountains of the Eifel. One of these specimens turns off in Antweiler, neatly tarred, smooth bends, steadily uphill. Perfect for the Enfield, which is extremely handy thanks to its narrow tires and pulls powerfully out of the low rev range. Their sound is addicting. Passers-by, who rarely meet acoustically distinctive motorcycles in a benevolent manner, react completely differently when they see the Enfield, often with their thumbs up. The supposed classic car has a powerful bonus.

In the small village of Rodder we reach the Eifel plateau with a boundless view. The many volcanoes that played a key role in shaping the Eifel are clearly visible. Barely ten kilometers away, the Hohe Acht, at 747 meters the highest of all the Eifel mountains, and the Nurburg, around which the most famous of all race tracks winds, tower into the summer sky. In contrast to the other mountains, whose volcanic forms have eroded away, the Aremberg in the northwest still looks like a volcano.


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The Eifel attracts fans of nostalgic vehicles.

This is exactly where one of the most beautiful Eifel roads is aimed – from Rodder to Reifferscheid and then as a ragged path, barely a towel-wide, down to the Ahr and back up to the Aremberg. Such paths, which are not uncommon in the Eifel, make this area so attractive, far removed from the Nurburgring approach lanes, which are particularly annoying on weekends. The terrain is made for the Enfield: comfortable cornering, steady up and down, feel the engine. A type of driving that has a decelerating effect on your own mind.

Break in Cafe Ahrwind, one of the many motorcycle meeting places in the Eifel. It takes longer to drive Enfield. Not just for the journey, especially for the breaks. The Indian anachronism is immediately besieged, the statements of the curious range from “Great restored” and “How prehistoric is it?” To “Ah, the new EFI engine” and “Where can I get something like that?”

Pause over, now it’s up to the Ahr to show off. Passing the small Kreuzberg Castle and the half-timbered village of Altenahr, it goes into the valley, the breakthrough through the Rhenish Slate Mountains. Are Castle, or rather the rest of what troops of the Archbishop of Cologne blew up 300 years ago, towers high above Altenahr. Are Castle, at that time a dreaded dungeon for rebellious Cologne patricians, is just one of numerous medieval walls along the Ahr Valley. Hardly any survived the warlike centuries without being blown up at least once. Castle fate.

The Ahr Valley lives from wine, the steep southern slopes are littered with vineyards. Today mostly expensive red wines thrive here. That was not always so. In the 1960s and 1970s, the Ahr valley degenerated into a bowling club Mecca. According to the motto “If you have been to the Ahr and know that you have been there, you have not been to the Ahr”, so many revelers sought a rendezvous with Bacchus, the Greek god for wine and intoxication.


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Above Dernau, a fine road curves through the mountains and ensures beguiling travel with wine and the sound of 500.

The rendezvous with Enfield is enough for me. We rush past the old bridge in Rech, the only one that was not damaged by the great flood of 1910, and then up into the vineyards. I navigate between the vines over a tangle of small farm roads, marveling at the views of the valley and the benevolence of the walkers. Nobody gets upset, the Enfield spreads good karma.

The Ahr has almost made it, bobbing past the splendid old town of Ahrweiler and the spa town of Neuenahr out into the shallow lower Ahr valley before it secretly disappears near Sinzig in the Rhine. The estuary is hidden in the reed thicket of the nature reserve, inaccessible to the Enfield. On the banks of the Rhine I turn the ignition key, the rustic engine quietly quietly crackles. Am I mistaken, or is the Enfield squinting across the great river, dreaming of a journey to the source in the Swiss Alps? Gladly, and if that works, the Amazon is sure to call.

Information about the trip


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Travel time: 1 day. Distance covered: around 250 kilometers.

The Ahr is only 90 kilometers long, but there is a lot to discover along the valley: old towns and castles, hardly used back roads, the Nurburgring – or just the volcanic landscape of the Eifel.

getting there:
From the north and west, almost all roads lead via Cologne and then along the Rhine to the mouth of the Ahr near Remagen. If you want to follow the Ahr from its source, take the A1 to Blankenheim from Cologne. Coming from the south, the A61 leads to the Ahr valley to Bad Neuenahr.

Worth seeing:
Many places in the Eifel largely miss any sight, but there are definitely beautiful villages and towns with historic half-timbered houses. Examples are Blankenheim, Adenau, Altenahr, Ahrweiler and Bad Bodendorf. Also worth seeing are the wine towns along the Ahr valley, where various wine festivals are celebrated in September and October (www.ahrwein.de). A visit to the former, allegedly atomic bomb-resistant government bunker Marienthal deep in the mountains near Ahrweiler provides interesting insights. A small part of the 17 kilometer long tunnels can be visited (www.regbu.de). The main attractions of the region are of course the Nurburgring-Nordschleife and the exhibitions and museums on the racing history of the ring (www.nuerburgring.de).

Motorcycle meeting points:
The most popular are Cafe Fahrtwind in Honningen, Cafe Ahrwind in Ahrbruck, Cafe Waldfrieden near Schuld, the meeting point Breid-scheid at the Nurburgring and the Cafe Steinerberghaus near Kesseling.

Route tips:
In the vicinity of the Ahr Valley there are surprisingly many tiny roads, rarely with first-class asphalt, but often with great views. Not much fun for hard-sprung super athletes, but ideally suited for comfortable and handy motorcycles. The following three routes are particularly beautiful: 1. Fuchshofen – Reifferscheid – Honerath – Rodder – Antweiler – Aremberg – Eicherscheid; 2. Insul – Harscheid – Schuld – Liersbachtal – Ahrbruck – Kesseling – Ramersbach – Ahrweiler – Kesseling – Jammelshofen; 3. Kesseling – Steinerberghaus – Kreuzberg – Kralingen – Heckenbach – Cassel – Plittersdorf – Ahrbruck and Dernau – Esch.

literature:
The “Motorradfuhrer Eifel” from the Highlights publishing house for 11.90 euros is highly recommended. The travel guide “The Ahr” from Bouvier Verlag provides detailed information about the Ahr for 19.90 euros. Large sheet 4 of the “German General Map” on a scale of 1: 200,000 is a good map for traveling along the Ahr. The “Geotourist Map Vul-kan-Land Eifel” from the State Office for Surveying on a scale of 1: 100,000 is even more precise.

Internet:
Recommended sites can be found at
www.eifel.de
www.eifel.info.de
www.ahrtal.de
www.ahr-rhein-eifel.de

Royal Enfield Classic 500 EFI

New experiences: Royal Enfield Classic 500 EFI

Royal Enfield is the oldest still producing motorcycle brand in the world. The first Enfield was built as early as 1901 in Redditch, England. From 1949 the Royal Enfield Bullet was exported to India and has been produced in Madras since 1955. The Royal Enfield Classic reinterprets the design of the Enfield J2 from the 1950s. Plastic is out, all parts are made of metal. The optical showpiece is the new, air-cooled 500 EFI single-cylinder, which has Keihin injection and a regulated catalytic converter. For the first time, the gearbox and motor are working in a common housing. The single is therefore not modern: 27 hp, 41 Nm, compression 8.5: 1, camshaft underneath and two valves. A brand new oldtimer that has a lot of power in the lower rev range, but shies away from high revs.

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Thanks to the fat flywheel and low compression, the engine runs smoothly and cultivated even without a balance shaft, vibrations only creep in at higher speeds. Moved adequately, the Langhuber is content with 3.5 liters of gasoline. The soft suspension set-up dampens surprisingly well, and the sprung single seat increases the comfortable driving experience. Thanks to narrow Avon tires, the Indian is extremely handy, but the fixed footrests only allow moderate lean angles. The five-speed gearbox is stubborn, but the double-piston disc brake in the front wheel does a decent job. And the processing quality? Rustic. The purchase price of 5950 euros requires a big heart for Indians.

Info: www.eifeltec.de, www.royalenfield.com

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