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The Annals of Enthusiasm, Volume 1000cc…

A hospital technician by day, on his own time Francois Knorreck is a mad motorcyclist, with numerous notches on his fan belt (e.g., first to cross the Loire on an amphibious motorbike of his own adaptation).

His most recent project is the Snaefell (named for an Icelandic volcano). “After 10,000 hours of hard work, more than 10 years from time to time in the garage, and about 15000 Euros spent, the Snaefell was ready to ride!”

And what a ride:

See more here.

As we reconsider our Vespas, we might spare a memorial thought for Tycho Brahe, the Danish nobleman, astrologer, alchemist, and greatest-ever naked-eye astronomical observer.  Brahe, who died on this date in 1601, made the observations from which his assistant, Johannes Kepler, derived his Laws of Planetary Motion.

Tycho Brahe

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Written by LW

October 24, 2009 at 12:01 am

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