well I do speak French, in the English fashion, ha ha, comes from experience with Total and in places like Tunisia and Congo, so Patrick probably wouldn't understand a word of it. However I do know that 'ersatz' is a German word meaning 'substitute' with the connotations of 'inferior quality' and its use is general throughout Europe, due I suppose, to being widely used in both World Wars
Personally, I like that bike. I think it's good stuff. For me, I would have used wide glide forks with a swing-arm, the period look again. I've seen a similar bike built in UK about 10 years ago, also with springers, and it's very nice too.
I know what Patrick is saying, I've seen his bikes on the website. I have taken a similar approach with my 45 project, of using 'period' parts, and it has greatly increased the cost and time of the project but even so it's not silly money.. nothing like the £10,000 WD restorations you see, I will have finished both bikes and be a long way under that figure. But I know what Eric is saying too, and I think on the evidence, that both approaches are valid.