Born in the western Rhein-Main Area (Wiesbaden / Mainz - and still living there) and influenced first by my father, wohl liked cars and “cruising” with his family in the area, and then later, in the late sixties and early seventies, influenced by Peter Fonda’s “Easy Rider” like many of my generation and the hippie like “Freedom on wheels”, I started cruising by myself on my first bikes, a Honda 350 four and then of course on the famous 750 four (K1).
You may smile about the picture - but this mirrors quite well the feeling of life we had in those days (and believe me - the “chicks” were impressed!! … )
Later I added a Volkswagen T2 California, still following this style of life, and changed from the Honda to a Late Shovelhead Big Twin (in my eyes THE classic HD engine) Low Rider Harley-Davidson - now even more consequently following the Easy Rider story …
This way over all the many years I got to know EVERY STONE in Taunus and Hunsrück, along the Rhein river, but also went by bike to Italy and Denmark, always with the sleeping back fixed to the sissy bar.
But when I became a father of two daughters and riding became more and more dangerous because of the car drivers, who lost respect for bikers (in the early years when you stopped on the road perhaps to have a look to the map, after a few seconds the first car stopped to ask for possible support - THIS has really changed …) as well as physical distance for safety reasons, I decided - with a very heavy heart - to say Goodbye to my Harley and change to a car .
I sold the Harley and had a look for a car, which could be as similar as possible (please, bikers - don’t lynch me because of this sacrilege - of course NO car can replace a bike … ) (but strange enough … see below!) I chose a 1998 Fiat Barchetta, a very small, very “open”, very “primitive”, very “direct” roadster (historically better: “spider”) car - “primitive” in the double sense of “not overloaded by technical equipment” and “not too comfortable, but very immediate feeling of the road”.
Now again: Strange enough, we, that is the community gathered in the Barchetta Forum, just noticed some weeks ago, that there are quite a lot of Barchettista, who came from riding a bike as well! So it seems not only to be my personal feeling, that the Barchetta is not toooooo far from riding a bike … )
Even driving the original Barchetta already makes a lot of fun, it’s much better to drive a modified Barchetta, what means, you take the original substrate but modify all technical details: Bigger and tuned engine, modified brakes, modified chassis etc. (those of you, who are interested in this model and more technical details, may have a look to my Barchetta-Blog, but it is written only in German language until now).
Cruising with the Barchetta, like I did before with the bikes (only the sleeping back changed to a camping chair fitting perfectly to the car’s trunk :p) over the years, I tried many technical solutions to find the most beautiful and small and curvy scenic routes, starting with a stand alone navigation device, but then changing to several smartphone apps, which I tested for use for the Barchetta (and other roadsters) community as well as for ourselves. At the end I landed at Kurviger - in my eyes the perfect solution for cruising the way I like since centuries (! ) now (in combination with some other very useful applications for smartphones, I have described elsewhere).
In the meantime (also now more than 20 years ago ) also the VW T2 Cali became a T4 Cali, …
… and the Barchetta got a 1997 twin sister (Italian cars are femal, as you know for sure ) - …
… but with every of these cars my smartphone with the Kurviger app is an indispensable companion, which we owe many many impressive road experiences - even in regions where before I thought to know every stone …!!
And that is why I am here.