Author Topic: Isetta at check point charlie  (Read 10828 times)

steven mandell

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Re: Isetta at check point charlie
« Reply #15 on: March 01, 2014, 04:18:14 PM »
Hard to make out the picture.
There certainly isn't much space below the seat, where the battery and heater control valve reside.  So why does the article say that this is where the refugees were stowed away?
Other than a place for a twisted right foot, which may not be necessary, it doesn't seem reasonable to me.
Is that a gas tank, or small satchel strapped alongside the inner vertical firewall?
Hope they brought a good axle case pillow- looks like any bump traversed by the rear wheels would be a real headache for the refugee.
Obviously a case for a good chiropractor after reaching the American side.
Would they have to worry about being accepted back in after they deciding that having to obey traffic laws and not carry concealed firearms was too dear a price to pay for their new found  freedom?

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Re: Isetta at check point charlie
« Reply #16 on: March 01, 2014, 06:36:40 PM »
"So why does the article say that this is where the refugees were stowed away?"

Because journalists seldom give the facts,  they assume that the reader doesn't know one end of an Isetta from the other. The picture reveals that they removed the tank, exhaust and air filter canister. I'm guessing that is a substitute tank strapped in there.

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Re: Isetta at check point charlie
« Reply #17 on: March 09, 2014, 12:50:05 PM »
It looks like the roof section has been cut off just below the window line. The missing tank lid is a bit of a giveaway to the border guards, although it may have been nicked by a 'needy' Isetta owner at a later stage.
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