1942 Zundapp KS750 Military Motorcycle with Sidecar Mounted Machine Gun

I take my fun seriously. This is because there seem to be so many people in positions of power absolutely determined to make real fun activities illegal or at least heavily taxed. So even though the US Declaration of Independence clearly states “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

1942 Zundapp KS750 Military Motorcycle with Sidecar Mounted Machine Gun-5

My Japanese sword teacher takes his fun seriously. Not content with teaching Japanese sword arts he also keeps horses and uses them for Japanese horseback archery or “Yabusame”. This often results in him falling off the horse and finishing up with bruises and injuries which he doesn’t seem to mind. He understands that getting hurt falling off the horse is just a price he pays for having serious fun.

Japanese "Yabusame" horseback archery - an example of serious fun.

Japanese “Yabusame” horseback archery – an example of serious fun.

I was thinking about my sword teacher and the things he enjoys when I saw this rather interesting offering from Bonhams recently. I got to thinking that the Japanese have Yabusame as an enjoyable pursuit of happiness but, in the west, do we have an equivalent? I don’t think we do, but I think we could be inventive enough to combine the fun of horseback archery with motorcycle sidecar racing and come up with a game that I suspect my Japanese sword teacher would really like to try. We could invent motocycle with sidecar mounted machine gun time trials that would involve racing around a track with the guy (or girl) in the sidecar using the machine gun to take out 2 liter Coke bottles strategically located around the course.

1942 Zundapp KS750 Military Motorcycle with Sidecar Mounted Machine Gun

1942 Zundapp KS750 Military Motorcycle with Sidecar Mounted Machine Gun

I was interested to read in the news this week that the creator of “World of Warcraft” has suggested that video gaming become and Olympic sport. Personally I think that’s just so boring that it doesn’t even bear thinking about. I don’t know about you but I’m not into video games, I’m into real games. So I’d like to suggest that we make the Olympic games more fun and relevant to today’s world by introducing Motorcycle and Sidecar Machine-gun as a new Olympic event.

For those who also think this is a great idea you will need a machine to practice on and this offering from Bonhams will be just the thing on which to get started. Unfortunately, I note from the description for the auction that the lovely MG 34 machine gun has been de-activated. But I’m sure that will prove to be a minor impediment for a determined handyman seeker of happiness.

The auction is scheduled for January 8th at the Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction.

The driver's eye view of the Zundapp. Which would be more fun, to drive or to sit in the sidecar and shoot? Life is full of tough choices.

The driver’s eye view of the Zundapp. Which would be more fun, to drive or to sit in the sidecar and shoot? Life is full of tough choices.

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