I was born in Germany to an American father (U.S. Air Force) and a German mother. In the early 1900's, my mother's side of the family, The Masmanns, ran a pub, bicycle shop, motorcycle dealership (BMW & NSU), bus company, trucking company, and repair garage. This was all from one house and workshop! In later years, the workshop, or "Werkstatt", moved off site and became a Daimler-Benz dealership which is still in operation. I would hang out and work there during summer vacations.
I've been obsessed with two wheeled things my whole life. Back in the day, we wore Lederhosen because they were tough, traditional attire, and basically kid proof. You could say I was wearing leathers long before my time doing track days and road racing. Haha!