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  EXHAUST EXPLOSIONS

Hans - his   V-MAX and Mate
Hans J P Knop-Bamminger -  the founder and brainchild of the 
 AWOL concept emigrated from Holland to S.A. and set foot on wall in Cape Town in July 1969. In 1977 he started his own Real Estate and Property Development Company in Benoni. He retired in 1990 and together with his wife started living on their sailing yacht and cruised the oceans of the world for the next 12 years.
ANIMATED SAILING YACHT
Hans' Pix Album


Hans bought his 1st motorbike, a Sparta with a 200cc De Villiers engine, when he turned 18, his 2nd 2 wheeler, a Heinkel scooter, which he sold at age 19. Thereafter he lost interest in bikes and only went around on 4 wheels. What kind of 4 wheels.......????? Oh yes, that's another story to tell........!!!

He got bitten by the BikeBug again many years later, 36 to be precise, when living in Thailand with his wife on his sailing yacht. He 1st rented one of those Famous, Fantastic, Cheap to run, Honda Dream 110cc motor bikes. Thereafter rented a Yamaha 4 cyl. 400cc chopper.
He and his wife then got bitten by the bike fever and bought a Suzuki GSXR 400 on which they extensively traveled trough Thailand.

During the 4 years that they lived there, and for a few months per year also in Malaysia, they had a variety of other bikes including a Suzuki Bandit 4 cyl. 400cc, Honda CB1 4 cyl. 400cc.

One day, when his bike was in for repairs, he borrowed a Vmax.
One of the first things he noted when riding the Max was, the brakes, and the road holding didn't compare to what he was used to with riding the Suzuki, but realised that you can't compare a sport bike with a Vmax.

After having spent a whole day on the Max Hans said to his wife "When we are back in South Africa I am going to buy one".

However, the Vmax Hans eventually bought in South Africa, by just having made a few small modifications, now has got an acceptable roadholding and good brakes.


A BETTER - SIMPLER and USER-FRIENDLY WAY

Searching the disorganized and confusing maze of WEB SITES was a major headache.

Hans reckoned there must be a BETTER -SIMPLER and USER-FRIENDLY WAY for a website design and general layout, based on printed Magazine Publications. After Twelve months of research he came up with a completely different kind of website.
 

All graphics have been computer drawn/painted and designed by him.

He says "Our website is like a piece of art. Like a painter paints his pictures and an author researches and writes his books."

Like many artists, during those months he has chopped and changed his creations numerous times and promised us, our site as it is at present, will not remain the same and will grow with us like a sturdy Oak tree.


Hans and his charming wife Marlies now live in La Lucia a suburb of Umhlanga Rocks, just a few kilometers North of Durban. South Africa.

CHECK-OUT Hans' Gallery of the area where he lives...........

 


 

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