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WAVE 2011 – press clippings

i know it’s been a while since WAVE 2011 in india, but i recently stumbled across a selection of news clippings which i thought would be interesting to anyone who had followed our blog in the past. interestingly, most clips feature the TWIKE with either me or jc… click the images for higher resolution versions. […]

next WAVE presentation: 14apr12

quick update: i have been alotted a 2 hour slot for a WAVE INDIA presentation at the TWIKE club general assembly on 14apr12. this will give me the opportunity to go into much more detail than during the last few presentations. anyone interested in being there and participating please get in touch with me.

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Home, at last!

after 3 months, TW560 returns home! everyone is happy to see the TWIKE again – neighbours who followed the blog gather around and want to see if it still looks the same 🙂 we settle back into the normal usage pattern, my wife loves the TWIKE and how easy it is to drive and park […]

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last stop before home

sunday, after a full day skiing in austria, i travel to sissach with my youngest daughter to pick up the TWIKE. a brilliant but freezing cold day @ -15°C -> we find the twike fully charged and ready in front of dreifels’ offices. with some serious winter gear TWIKEing in winter can be fun, too […]

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mmm…TLC, TW560 feeling better now!

after just 3 days at dreifels’ workshop, TW560 emerges feeling much better and refreshed 🙂 no major problems were discovered by ralph schnyder (creator of  TWIKE in 1986, middle) apart of the travel-related ones which already had emerged during the wave. (even the shock absorbers seem to be ok!!) equipped with the newest software version and […]

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first WAVE presentation

4feb12 the twike-club had one of its three annual meetings in churwalden, switzerland. traditionally, at this churwalden meeting we gather to have some fun during the day, build up some hunger and then converge onto a converted stable in a 400 yr old building where we eat a fondue, a typical swiss dish in a very rustical […]

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TW560 back in Switzerland

last friday, jc flew to bremen to oversee the TWIKE being released from our container. he arrived just in time to see the TWIKE being unloaded with all the other cars. since walti will be arriving in about 2 days, jc was asked to plug in the twingo, in order for it to be ready […]

TWIKE arrives in Bremerhafen

a quick update: the TWIKE has arrived in bremerhaven. it will wait in freezing temperatures until jean-claude arrives this friday to collect it. he will then proceed to hamburg where the TWIKE will then be transported by train to lörrach. just a short drive across the border from there, TW560 will receive the required TLC by […]

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TWIKE leaves Mumbai 28dec11

LOADING CONFIRMATION SHIPPER NAME : BUHARIWALA LOGISTICS PORT : BREMERHAVEN, GERMANY PKGS : 04 UNPACK VEHICLES CONTAINER NO. : GESU4641624 VESSEL NAME & VOY : HANJIN MUMBAI V- 01148/S ETD JNPT : 28.12.2011 Tks / Best Regards Buhariwala Logistics Armayesh Buhariwala ****************************************************************** AN ISO 9001:2008 CERTIFIED COMPANY Buhariwala Logistics Vakharia House, 1st Floor 51/53 Bora […]

TWIKE back at indian customs

jc and the gang start the labourous procedure of exporting the cars. there is not much to say, other than there is a last drive from mumbai back to the customs compound which the TWIKE completes without any problems. then the usual procedures start – moving the vehicles from office to office and then to […]

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home hits home a point

after only 17 hours at home, i’m back at the airport en route to vienna. although i was fully aware of this trip before i left, it still forces me to confront my normal working life head-on without any settling-down time. what aggravates the situation is that no-one knows that i’ve been gone and everyone […]

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WAVE India Day16: Final Stage to Mumbai

our last day on the WAVE india. this last stage will take us from the pune plateau down to hot and steamy mumbai. we first set out to pick up the think-driving part of the WAVE at another hotel close to pune. very spontaneously we decide that this might be a good time to take […]

WAVE India Day 15: Kolhapur – Satara – Pune

today, again, we need to split up, since the “big battery” cars are still charging and want to have enough time to fully charge their batteries before setting out and then have enough time to charge the batteries at the first stop in satara. the “small battery / fast charging” battery cars, Reva and TWIKE […]

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WAVE India Day14: Goa – Belgaum – Kolhapur

we leave early and drive towards the hills. we decide not to charge at the first stop where everyone else just eats breakfast but to press onwards, albeit very slowly. we are sure that with very economic driving that we can make it or that we just need to charge for 15-30 mins somewhere. the […]

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another little thing…

what's that new rattle / squeak?
one TWIKE pilot to another TWIKE pilot in india

WAVE India Day13: Goa

a non-driving day. i empty the TWIKE and set out with Louis to buy some gifts and souvenirs for my loved ones. then desaster strikes again: the TWIKE suddenly stops working (…again!) we have to tow it back to the hotel and i start delving back into the TWIKE’s belly. what i see is horrible. […]

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WAVE India Day12: Honavar > Goa

after a short night in a hotel which was built along the lines of maximum sound propagation inside and maximum sound absorption from outside, we arrive at the lobby to be greeted by a local who wants to invite us to his house for breakfast. just a few kms down the road we arrive and […]

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WAVE India Day11: Chickmagluru > Honavar

today we start out at 6.30 am. the guys at the hotel promise us again, that the road will be beautiful. our next destination is the jawaharlal nehru national college of engineering in shimoga. but before we need to negotiate some 103kms of roads through the mountains down to a the plain on which shimoga […]

WAVE India Day10: Chickmagluru

a drive-free day. louis and paul head off to the wildlife sanctuary, whilst jean-claude and myself are planning to do some shopping and shaving throughout the morning (night in switzerland). after that i will start working and conf-calling in order to hold up the illusion of me being not too far away. 🙂 our breakfast […]

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WAVE India Day9: Bangalore – Tumkur – Chickmagulur

today, we have a short and long stage. the first stage to tumkur technical college with only 70kms is going to be a breeze for us in the TWIKE. nevertheless, jc and i get up early and set off as the first team at about 7am. the road is beautiful and we settle into the […]

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WAVE India Day8: Bangalore

today we can get up slightly later, since we – in theory – have a drive-free day. our first good news item for today: the red think car has finally cought up to us and can be shown at the press conference organized on the grounds of the IITB! it was a hero’s welcome for […]

WAVE India Day7: Hindupur – Bangalore

as always, we depart early. we’ve got about 110kms to go in order to get to bangalore. the bumpy road slows our progress, but this time we all stay together. slowly but surely we head towards bangalore, india’s software & IT business hub. about 40kms outside of the city the streets broaden out and the […]

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WAVE India Day6: Kurnool – Anandapur – Hindupur

yet again, we get up early (not bright &) and go to our vehicles. it seems that the cars were unplugged sometime early morning. luckily, the TWIKE, with its small battery was already done charging at that time and we were able to start out with a full charge. not so team twingo – they […]

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WAVE India Day5: Hyderabad – Kurnool

left early from hyderabad. instead of heading straight to the motorway, we first went to see an old fort – the detour definitely was worth it! another iconic picture for TWIKE in india! then, after days of backbreaking roads, we finally emerge on a perfect motorway! just for the fun of it, i accelerate to […]

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just a random thought

how nice it is to be away from all the christmas maddness in Switzerland and be in serene india!
ac to jc, stuck in hyderabad traffic jam, looking at the bustling town around us.