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57th Mid-Rhine Off-road Challenge

Racing in the mud In spite of his Enduro road tires, Dirk Thelen turned in an impressive performance on his Wunderlich F 800 GS in the 57th Mid-Rhine Off- road Challenge. This is the granddaddy of all motorcycle events and took place for the 57th time in 2009. With 175 participants there was a pretty big starting line-up with large numbers of spectators. We're talking about the “Mittelrheinische Geländefahrt” (Mid-Rhine Off- road Challenge). The dynamic MSC Kempenich Motors MSC invited all comers to the Brohl Valley on the edge of the Eifel, including the four-times Enduro champion Dirk Thelen. Wunderlich had prepared a special BMW F 800 GS just for this exciting event. Coming up to the race, the mood in Sinzig was one of quiet confidence. Rider and bike had been optimally prepared; everything seemed in A1 order. All that was missing was the right rear tire; that shouldn't be a problem – or so we thought! The nearer it came to the start of the competition, the more hectic became the search in commercial outlets for a reliable and race-fit original 17-inch rear tire. The team wanted to start the race with kit as close to stock as possible. The FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme), the race's highest arbiter, finally forced the issue by accepting none of the proposed tires for the 17-inch rear wheel. So the people from Sinzig opted for a Metzeler Karoo, which is an Enduro tire exclusively for road use – a courageous decision [...]

By | June 3rd, 2015|BMW F Series, Competition, Wunderlich|0 Comments

The Enduro Guru

Dirk Thelen, multi-time German Enduro champion and winner of the Enduro Rally cup, has a proven partnership with Wunderlich's BMW specialists. Someone who most cherishes the memory of the Christmas celebration where he received his first trial motorcycle simply has motorsports run in his blood. With Dirk Thelen, you may think petrol is running in his veins instead of blood. At any rate, the Christmas gift in 1978 was a good investment because only two years later Dirk joined his first national championship, the youth trials in Ulmen. It only took another three years before he had moved up to an impressive sixth place in the youth trial championship. Hardly 18 years old and his rider’s license in his pocket, Dirk switched to Enduro sport, and now there were no more bounds. Already in the first year he moved up to vice champion in the Enduro cup of the next generation riders. His accumulated more titles over the years: German vice champion in the class up to 400 cc, third place in the Enduro world championship up to 250 cc, several times German champion in the 250 class and then overall winner in the Enduro Rally Cup several times. It was not by chance that Dirk Thelen and Erich Wunderlich met in the course of time. Shared enthusiasm about off-road riding, back then primarily on Yamaha, creates strong bonds. The first joint events followed from this. The first official SuperMoto race on the Nurburgring in Germany in 1991 is unforgettable. [...]

By | April 23rd, 2015|Wunderlich|0 Comments

The Wunderlich WR2 Concept

Less is More. Wunderlich, with its concept motorcycle and technology mule WR2, has created an impressive bike boasting with unexpected ride characteristics. Hilly landscapes, rocky terrain, stone-covered mountain slopes and washed out dry river beds alternate here. It is hot, the air glints red, the hot dusty wind plays impatiently with ragged bunches of grass. Only the cries of circling vultures and the howling of the wind gusts can be heard in the lonely country side, until a thudding sound is heard in the background. It becomes louder, a trail of dust can be seen, approaching – and then the orange-colored Enduro emerges preceding it. Fishtailing, yet self-determined and with a clear goal in mind, bike and rider dash through the rough terrain. Giving the appearance of action, fun and adventure, is actually tough work. It has been almost four years since the four time Enduro champion, Dirk Thelen, battled through the rugged terrain of the Sierra Nevada with an unusual Hard Enduro. Riding and testing were the objective, and man and material often reached their limits in this quest. All this was preceded by many innovative ideas and much engineering development. The goal was not only to significantly reduce the weight but also to eliminate the nose-heaviness of the bike, especially for off-road tours. What's more, the chassis would be tuned in a way that would simply provide more riding pleasure on any terrain. The result was the WR2 – a concept bike demonstrating what the motorcycle enthusiasts from [...]

By | February 13th, 2015|Engineering & Development, Wunderlich|0 Comments
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