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Restored Nazi War Bike
Local Man Completes Nazi War Bike Restoration
"It's a V-12, 655 HP on the Dyno," says its Owner
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A Lynnwood man has completed a three year restoration on a 1939 Heidenvolkker, an oddball motorcycle built by the Nazis to be the "Ultimate War Bike".
"It was one of Hitler's greatest brainstorms, or biggest follies, depending on who you ask," said Brian Jennings, motorcycle historian for Collens University in Michigan.
The monster features a V-12 aluminum air-cooled block, with all 12 pipes exiting the left side of the machine.
"Believe it or not," said its owner, Adam Laskey, "it's really quite comfortable to sit on and ride. The only problem I've had is with the exhausts burning my pants off. But I can work around that."
Laskey has toured the bike around the area, but has made no long trips on it, and says he doesn't plan to, citing a shortage of parts if it breaks down.
Only about 28 of the motorcycles were built. They were judged unreliable, and not utilitarian, which is what the German army needed in the days before WW II. Mostly the bikes were procured by officers and Gestapo echelon, who rode them around the compounds and barracks until, one by one, they broke down and were abandon. Laskey's relic is believed to be one of three remaining in the world.
"It's value is hard to calculate," said Laskey. "But it would be well over $750,000."
Laskey says he has no plans to sell.
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