Last year we had an article about the Munch Mammut replicas being built by Mike Kron of Germany. Over the weekend I had a chance to look one over closely at Vintage Motorcycle Days 2008 at Mid Ohio. Looking at a line of bikes from a distance the Mammut immediately caught my eye because it has a very distinctive shape from almost any angle. When I approached it looked exactly as it should, at least exactly as any photo I had ever seen since this was my first encounter with one in the metal, and if it were not for the information provided, you would assume it was a perfectly restored original.
The workmanship on this bike is phenomenal, every inch is perfect. This is a replica of a 1968 model and as such, it reflects the technology of the time, but there are a lot of things you might miss if you didn’t look carefully.
This bike has Weber carbs which were a high performance option on the originals. The rear suspension is interesting, the chain case on the left is a cast assembly and makes up the left side of the swingarm, a hydraulic chain tensioner does away with the need for adjustment slots for the rear axle.
This bike is not as big in person as it might look in photos and it actually weighs only 470 pounds, (there is some question about this figure, it may be much higher, 675 lbs ?) compared to most cruisers today, it’s a lightweight. True to its era, the tires seem a bit skinny for the power of the engine.
These bikes are accurate down to the recreated castings and, never having seen an original, I wouldn’t be surprised if this one was finished better than they were then. Anyone who enjoys seeing the work of a highly skilled builder would love to look one of these over. Very nice!
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