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Friday, July 3, 2020

Vetter Torpedo, a unique HD Sportster-engined scooter

When we return to talking about scooters in their heyday in the 1950s to 1960s, it can be said that most motorcycle manufacturers around the world have tried their luck in making the scooters. How about in the United States? Besides being known as the country of origin of the Cushman scooter which later gave a design inspiration to an Italian designer named Corradino D'Ascanio to create the legendary Vespa scooter for Piaggio back in 1946
2004 Vetter Torpedo, a unique Harley Davidson Sportster-engined scooter created by one of the most legendary American motorcycle designers named Craig Vetter. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2Zv0nYg)
This country also has a long history with so many two-wheeled vehicle manufacturers that have been successful until now. Even well-known motorcycle American manufacturers such as Harley Davidson, which is always identical to the large-engined motorcycle figures, had also produced the scooters in 1960-1965 by using only 165cc 2-stroke engine, named the Harley Davidson Topper.
2004 Vetter Torpedo is designed in a distinctive style and color that became a trend in the 1950s such as portholes, tailfin, ribbed bumpers, two-tones colors. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3eSHkgZ)
And on this occasion, the scooter to be discussed is an American unique scooter that was built in such a way based on a design created by one of the most legendary American motorcycle designers named Craig Vetter by using a Harley Davidson Sportster engine. This unique scooter named Vetter Torpedo or Defiant was debuted in 2004 after two long years of the development process.
2004 Vetter Torpedo is designed in a distinctive style and color that became a trend in the 1950s such as portholes, tailfin, ribbed bumpers, two-tones colors. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3eSHkgZ)
As quoted by CraigVetter.com, this unique scooter design was made since 1977 to provide convenience for the rider and the scooter is designed in a distinctive style and color that became a trend in the 1950s. Yes indeed, there has never been anything like this before. The typical design of the 1950s was clearly attached to this scooter such as portholes, tailfin, ribbed bumpers, two-tones colors.
2004 Vetter Torpedo scooter fiberglass body shell with two-tones colors. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/31AvxQw)
The frame of this unique scooter was built by Sandy Kosman and the rest comes from the Harley-Davidson spare parts catalog. When it finished assembling, this scooter has a wheelbase of more than 2,000 mm with a dry weight of about 270 kg. lt.
2004 Vetter Torpedo scooter looked like underneath the fiberglass body shell, it utilized a lot of the Sportster's stock parts, including the fuel tank, which was re-located to a position behind the rider, just under the tail section. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/31AvxQw)
Then what about the Harley Davidson Sportster engine? And where is it mounted? The machine which has a capacity of around 1,638cc (100 cubic inches) is packed in the back under the seat including the fuel tank. The Sportster engine produces a power of 100 horses combined with the centrifugal clutch capable of making the rider's journey enjoyable.
2004 Vetter Torpedo scooter under the bright '56 Chev red and cream paint stood out among the black Harleys and death's head decorations. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2VBk27A)
Craig Vetter said, "I had a lot to do with the development of this kind of motorcycle. Today's touring machines are sophisticated and comfortable, but essentially the same kind of motorcycle I designed in 1977! Modern touring cycles are hard to get on and off because you must climb up and throw your leg over all that stuff. Frankly, I'm surprised we put up with this. The bright '56 Chev red and cream paint stood out among the black Harleys and death's head decorations. Nobody was afraid when I rode in."
As quoted by The Kneeslider, the scooter in the picture is a prototype, an example of the kind of bodywork that can be installed on the Defiant. This one had not had the footpegs or strap installed for a passenger but it can carry one. Defiant does not yet sell bodywork, this is kind of a 'roll your own' scooter, they sell the kit which consists of the frame that accepts all of the Sportster parts, the body is then up to you.

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