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Thursday, June 11, 2020

A Polish pride scooter called Osa

In the heyday of scooters back in the 1950s to 1960s, it was countless how many manufacturers tried their luck to be a success and reaping fortune by producing scooters. 

It can't be denied, it seems like they were all inspired by the success stories of the Italian manufacturer duo, Piaggio, and Innocenti who succeeded in bringing the scooters in the middle of a society that was so longing for a decent mode of transportation shortly after the war ended.
The Osa ('the wasp') M-50 scooter made by the WFM (Warszawska Fabrica Motocyklowa). (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2AauPy0)
Apparently, the Italian ​​scooter success stories also spread quickly to Poland. In that time the country still under the influence of the Soviet Union. As we know after the 2nd World War was over, Poland was under the control of the Russian Red Army. 

The Polish also was recorded ever produce the scooters, when the Polish factory WFM (Warszawska Fabrica Motocyklowa) began designing scooters in 1952 to address the demand in countries controlled by the USSR. They were created in order to design a simple two-seated scooter, based on parts of motorcycles which were already produced in this time.
The early model of Osa M-50, fitted with a two-stroke, air-cooled 148 cc engine. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2AauPy0)
They built three prototypes in the period of 1955-1956, under the names of Żuk ('the beetle'), Bąk ('the bumble-bee'), and Osa ('the wasp'). Their main creators were Krzysztof Brun, Jerzy Jankowski, and Tadeusz Mathia.

The best of which was named the Osa and the scooter prototype using the S-06 engine. After that, a small batch of Osa scooters was built in early 1959 as the trial series and the mass-production began in May of that year. The scooter model produced by the Warsaws-based manufacturer called the Osa M-50 used a 148cc engine and 14" wheels-sized. It was a powerful machine and performed well in sporting events, particularly off-road rallies.

The Osa ('the wasp') M-52 scooter made by the WFM (Warszawska Fabrica Motocyklowa). (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3eYjoZ8)
At the time, Osa was the only Polish scooter and getting more and more popular. The scooter was successful in sport, too. In 1959 the WFM rider Mirosław Malec came seventh in Tatra International Rally, by riding the Osa scooter that very similar to the production units. In two next years, the Osa scooters with 175cc engines took part in many international events. They had gained a good opinion and soon Polish scooters started to be exported.
The second and last model of Osa M-52, fitted with a two-stroke 175 cc S-33 engine with an air-blower cooling system. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3eYjoZ8)
Then a larger version was introduced in 1962, the M-52 also featured the air blower unit. Unfortunately, the production was ceased in 1965, when the WFM factory was merged with another company and its scooter division was closed.😢 From 1959 to 1965 about a total of 25,000 scooters (both models, M-50 and M-52) had been built.
And if the article above is still considered inadequate or inaccurate, or if you have additional information related to this marque, please don't hesitate to let us know via the comments column below this article. Wanna see another unique Polish-made motorcycle named MSS (Motocykl Stanisław Skura) 1 and MSS 500.

Kept spur your adrenaline on the power of the two-wheeled monster and stay alive with true safety riding. May God will forgive Your sins and so does the cops...... *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CYBERMOTORCYCLE]
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