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Monday, August 16, 2021

Meet the Husqvarna Vektorr electric scooter concept

We've glad to be back and talked about the scooter again. Currently, in which many the world's vehicle motorized manufacturers are starting to transition their products from the ones used conventional engine into the electric-driven motors. This has also been done by Husqvarna, a Swedish manufacturer which since last year began to develop their electric two-wheeled vehicle products.
Husqvarna Vektorr electric powered scooter concept is appeared with and used the electric motors made by by an Indian manufacturer, Bajaj Chetak. (Picture from: DriveSpark)
As we discussed in a previous article last year, the Swedish manufacturer had been introduced an electric scooter concept under a code name of the E-01 along with another motorcycle concept called the E-Pilen. And now the Husqvarna has officially named its electric scooter concept the Husqvarna Vectorr.

In terms of design, although it is still a prototype, if we look closely, this two-wheeled vehicle already looks like a street legal motorcycle designed for urban transportation. As you can see at the round headlights in a classic style, but overall the Vektorr has a boxy shaped design such an electric scooter styles in general, which then given a simple futuristic touches and also a sophisticated impression without many curves with a very simple color combinations.
Husqvarna Vektorr electric powered scooter concept has the round headlights in a classic style. (Picture from: DriveSpark)
Besides that, Husqvarna also said if its electric powered scooter based of the Indian-made Bajaj Chetak electric scooter. As we all know that the Bajaj Chetak electric scooter is powered by a 48V/6.3Ah battery pack that sends power to a 4080W BLDC motor. It is this battery and motor combination that is also expected to power the Husqvarna Vektorr electric scooter. Several other components will also be shared between the two electric scooters.
Husqvarna Vektorr concept is powered by a 4kW electric motor that can propel the scooter to 45kph, while the battery range is 95k. (Picture from: DriveSpark)
Perhaps You will asked, why this could be happened? As quoted of the Motorcyclenews, the Swedish motorcycle company Husqvarna has become a subsidiary of Pierer Mobility, a holding company that also oversees the Indian motorcycle manufacturer Bajaj Auto, so no wonder if they can share the machinaries each others.

The electric motor that drives forward the Husqvarna Vectorr is said to have a low voltage, which is around 48 V which is equivalent to a 5 horsepower conventional engine. Althought not many technical details are provided by Husqvarna, the company only mentioned that the Vectorr Concept could be riden up to a top speed of around 45 kph with a cruising range of 95 km.
Husqvarna Vektorr electric powered scooter concept has a boxy shaped design such an electric scooter styles in general, which then given a simple futuristic touches with a very simple color combinations. (Picture from: DriveSpark)
Interestingly, there is no mention of the battery packeges like on the E-Pilen. In fact, Pierer Mobility, also known to own the Austrian's motorcycle brand, KTM had become part of a consortium for the development of swapping standard battery packages with Piaggio, Yamaha, and Honda. It seems that the electric motor for the Husqvarna Vectorr concept had already begun long before Pierer Mobility decided to sign the battery consortium mentioned above.
The production version of Husqvarna’s electric scooter will be made in India. (Picture from: MotorDynasty)
The production version of Husqvarna’s electric scooter will be made in India. As the consecuences, it is clear that the electric powered urban scooter would be targeting the consumers in the Asian countries, especially for countries that have started the campaigning for electric-powered vehicles, such India.

So, would this electric powered scooter be mass-produced? There's still unknown, as the manufacturer hasn't announced it yet. As previously mentioned, Husqvarna is not only presenting the electric scooter concept, there is also the Husqvarna E-Pilen, an electric sport naked bike based on the Husqvarna Vitpilen.
As quoted from several media in Europe, that said the presence of these two urban motorized vehicle concepts from Husqvarna is a sign of their readiness to launch electric-powered vehicle products which reportedly will debut in 2022 to come. Let's just wait...!

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 | DRIVESPARK | MOTORDYBASTY | MOTORCYCLENEWS ]
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Sunday, July 11, 2021

BMW Motorrad unveils the unusually shaped electric scooter

The world's motorized vehicle manufacturers are currently focusing on developing products that are more environmentally friendly, one way is to replace the conventional combustion engines with those that use electric-based drivetrains.
BMW CE04 is the culmination of a design and engineering process by BMW Motorrad that started with the C Evolution electric scooter back in 2014, followed by the Concept Link in 2017. (Picture from: PaulTan.org)
That's also apparently what BMW Motorrad has been doing for years. One of them when the German company since 2011 has developed a motorcycle concept or more precisely an electric-powered scooter known as the BMW C Evolution and introduced to the public in 2014. Furthermore, the German company re-created and launched an electric scooter concept as an environmentally friendly scooter of the urban transportation called the BMW Concept Link in the 2017.
BMW CE04 is bringing a new level of sophistication to electrically powered urban mobility with a host of technological refinement. (Picture from: PaulTan.org)
Well, we will discuss about the BMW's electric-powered scooter again. Recently, BMW Motorrad launched an electric-powered scooter called the BMW CE04. As reported by Paultan.org, on Thursday, July 8, 2021, the two-wheeled vehicle directly became the center of attention because of its unusual design.
BMW CE04 has the front looks like a motorcycle in general, with a slightly wider body and LED headlights. (Picture from: PaulTan.org)
In appearance, it's clear that the BMW Motorrad's new scooter adopts the designs and styles that has been made previously for those 2 concepts mentioned above. As stated by the German company, the CE04 is the culmination of a design and engineering process by BMW Motorrad that began with the C Evolution electric scooter back in 2014, followed by the Concept Link in 2017.
BMW CE04 has a 10.25-inch TFT-LCD screen displays all the necessary information, including integrated map navigation and connectivity to the rider’s smartphone. (Picture from: PaulTan.org)
At first glance, the scooter-style vehicle at the front looks like a motorcycle in general, with a slightly wider body and LED headlights. However, the seat are made thin and elongated and wrapped in a material with two color combinations. The handlebars resemble a jet ski watercraft, and at the front is fitted with a small mica that serves to protect the instrument panel.
BMW CE04 uses an electric dynamo mounted on the body, and connected to the rear wheels via a belt. (Picture from: PaulTan.org)
BMW Motorrad uses an electric dynamo mounted on the body, and connected to the rear wheels via a belt. The power generated by the electric motor is equivalent to the power produced by a conventional 500cc engine, which is 42 horsepower.
BMW CE04 has unique thin elongated seater and wrapped in a material with two color combinations. (Picture from: PaulTan.org)
As for acceleration, it is said to be quite responsive and powerful, where it is stated that the BMW CE04 is able to accelerate from zero to a speed of 50 kilometers per hour in just 2.6 seconds and this electric scooter can also be driven up to 120 km per hour.
BMW CE04 is driven by a frame mounted electric motor with belt drive to the rear wheel by 42 hp of power. (Picture from: PaulTan.org)
This German company knows that a fast electric scooter will not sell if it cannot be used for long distances. That is why, BMW Motorrad then equipped this model with an 8.9 kWh battery pack, which in full condition is claimed to be used up to 130 kilometers.
BMW CE04 is equipped with an 8.9 kWh battery pack, which in full condition is claimed to be used up to 130 kilometers. (Picture from: PaulTan.org)
Talking about the battery, the charging time when using standard facilities is more than four hours. However, if you use a fast charging system, from 20 percent to 80 percent it only takes 45 minutes. We bet, there're some of you want to have this unique scooter, so far BMW Motorrad has not mentioned yet about the price of this unique electric scooter. So it made you who want to have this scooter should be patient a little longer.😉
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 | PAULTAN.ORG ]
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Saturday, April 24, 2021

Once upon a time there's a Vespa in the streets...

Right-engine greetings!
Dear, our fellow of the Vespa fans all-over the world.

Did you know by now that the Vespa, one of the Piaggio-owned brands celebrates its 75th anniversary this year (2021)? What started out as an idea to help the Italian people to travel easily and affordably way back in April 23, 1946 turned into a giant in the motorcycling industry as well as being one of the world's fashion icons.
One of the Indonesian Vespa enthusiasts rides proudly his lovely Vespa Super somewhere in the country. (Picture from: KomunitasVespaIndonesia)
In its 75-long years of tenure in the world's motorcycle industry has led this Italian company to produce a large number of different Vespa models. 

These are my Lovely Duo Vespas.
(Taken from my personal collection)
There are so many Vespa-brand scooter models worth mentioning and many of them are also then built in such a way as to become a unique custom vehicle figure which is of course far different from the original ones.

In Indonesia, the Vespa scooter remains one of the favorite two-wheeled vehicles used by all groups of all ages. Although now Piaggio as the Vespa scooter manufacturer as well as the brand owner has produced many kinds of modern scooters, users and fans of classic Vespa scooters are still not diminishing.

Uuups... these are my Vespa.
(Taken from my personal collection)
And in our beloved country, amongst Vespa scooter enthusiasts are known a slogan that describes how close we are to one another, namely "Satu Vespa, Berjuta Saudara" (One Vespa, Millions Brothers.) 😀

That's mean if You having trouble with your Vespa in the streets (in Indonesia off course), and saw by the other Vespa owner who passing by. It's guarenteed, they will be help You immedietly. Due to we're all brothers and bonding each other through these Italian wasps wherever you are.👍

How about in your place?

Although the Vespa's anniversary is still long, but on this occasion let We say, 
Happy 75th anniversary of Vespa, the Italian wasp... 💋 

We're proud to be one of the Vespa scooter riders... 💋

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 | FACEBOOK | TWEETER ] 
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Friday, March 12, 2021

An attractive custom-built scooter

It all started when We're surfing the internet and then found a picture of a unique custom-built scooter. We're very curious to know more about this unique scooter? ✂
The gorgeous UK's racing green colored custom scooter of Vespa wore in a unique bodywork resembled a classic car is seen to attend in a gathering event to celebrate the Father's Day 2016 held in Beaulieu Hants, New Forest - Hempshire, south of England. We were curious to know more about this green beauty. (Picture from: Pinterest)
At first glance, we assumed that the custom-built scooter was scarce indeed and built based of a Vespa scooter model. And then when we see the scooter closely, it has a bodywork that resembles a classic car. 

We don't get much information about this scooter on the internet. As quoted from a HarleyRiders's tweet which states that this UK's typical racing green colored custom scooter is seen to attend at a gathering event to celebrate the Father's Day 2016 held in Beaulieu Hants, New Forest - Hempshire, south of England.
Indeed, the uniqueness of the custom made scooter mentioned above is very prominent, so that it reminds us of another not less unique scooter figure which ever made by an Indonesian builder named Bagas Roffiyanto named Komando (and we ever discussed it in an article in 2019).
Komando, an extremely unique scooter from Banten which is driven by two engines made by Bagas Roffiyanto. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2siBWQV)
And on this occasion, we ask for help if any of Our Trussty-Jasmine loyal readers who have information about this scooter, and willing to share it with us via the comments column below this article.😎

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 | TWEETER ] 
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Friday, March 5, 2021

A unique French two-wheeled car called Pagnon Mauto

In its development after World War II, in France had ever developed a two-wheeled vehicle style called a mauto (two-wheeled car). This style presented a unique scooter figure made by Armand Pagnon, a railcars development engineer worked for Renault. In his spare time, he built this mauto-style scooter by his-owned hand in his Nancy-located garage in 1955.
1955 Pagnon Mauto unique scooter built by Armand Pagnon while sat on display at the Auto Motocycle Museum, the French's Châtellerault-located bicycles, motor-cars, motor bikes and scooters museum. (Picture from: Stabilcar)
Actually, there's no official name for the scooter model, however here we will refer to it as the Pagnon Mauto (as a homage to its maker). After completion of construction, then the scooter was shown on display and presented to the public for the first time at the 1957 Salon de l'Automobile de Paris (Paris Auto Salon). 
1955 Pagnon Mauto unique scooter has been designed in such a way with a high windshield and proper front shield that the rider and passenger (if any) are effectively protected of the wind and rain exposure. (Picture from: Stabilcar)
This Pagnon Mauto has been designed in such a way that the rider and passenger (if any) are effectively protected of the wind and rain exposure. This is because the the scooter design adopts a unique appearance with a seating position in short distance from the floor, coupled with a high windshield and proper front shield.
The sketch of the Pagnon Mauto with a 125 cc two-stroke engine from Ultima (Lyon), which is coupled with a 4-speed manual transmission system which is operated through the right-handlebar. (Picture from: Stabilcar)
For the bodywork of this unique scooter, Pagnon then gave the to the Eslassant company that specializes in the production of racing cars by using the moulding machine. The Pagnon-made scooter is powered a 125 cc two-stroke engine from Ultima (Lyon), which is coupled with a 4-speed manual transmission system which is operated through the right-handlebar.
1955 Pagnon Mauto unique scooter adopted a rear wheel drive system with universal joint of cardan types, and what makes it at glance similar to a car. (Picture from: Stabilcar)
The scooter adopted a rear wheel drive system with universal joint of cardan types, and what makes it at glance similar to a car. And for its suspension system, in the front with the thrust wheels and Neiman ring. While in the rear features a deformable parallelogram and a triple of Neiman rings. And the steering is moved to the back by a cardan coupling as well. There is something confusing about the scooter riding, when you turn the handlebar to the right, it leans to the left (considered could be dangerous).
1955 Pagnon Mauto unique scooter powered by two-stroke engine from Ultima (Lyon), which is coupled with a 4-speed manual transmission system which is operated through the right-handlebar. (Picture from: Alienor.Org)
This may be due to the fork designs so that movement is transmitted to the handlebars with a cardan clutch, but most importantly, if we believe the sketch published by the "scooter review", this fork hunt is not a good fit. However this did not prevent Armand Pagnon, the builder from taking the Metz-Paris trip to present the scooter at the 1957 Paris Motor Show along with his brother as a passenger in the back.
This three-wheeled vehicle had a similar design to the scooter mentioned before and also designed by Armand Pagnon. (Picture from: Stabilcar)
Besides designed and built this unique scooter like the one above, it turns out that Armand Pagnon also had time to design (only on paper) a three-wheeled vehicle had a similar design to the scooter above (called the Tri-Pagnon), but until today never been made into real one
.

This prototype is the only scooter made by Armand Pagnon, and after several decades it was restored by Yves Dumez, who later in the 1999 sold it to the Auto Motocycle Museum, the French's Châtellerault-located bicycles, motor-cars, motor bikes and scooters museum.

That's it, and if the article above is still considered inadequate or inaccurate, or if you have additional information relate to the Pagnon Mauto, please don't hesitate to let us know via the comments column below this article.

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 | STABILCAR | ALIENOR.ORG ] 
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Monday, March 1, 2021

The flying scooter in between reality and fictional

'Flying like a bird,' may be one of humanity's longstanding obsessions. And now maybe part of that obsession has been fulfilled with the invention of the airplane. Why only partly, because humans always try to develop it continuously up to a certain point of achievement which is considered to be the most recent or become what it should be. When was that accomplished? No one knows.
Vespa Alpha played a role as the Dick Smart's sophisticated rides in a spy action movie titled 'Dick Smart 2.007' released in 1967. (Picture from: Gensindo)
In the context of the scooter, which we know as a two-wheeled vehicle that experienced its heyday in the 1950s and 1960s, has there ever been the creation of a flying scooter, both fictional and reality?

In fiction, this has been illustrated by a well-known Belgian writer named André Franquin in his famous comic strips entitled 'Spirou et Fantasio' which published from 1947 to 1969. Well, in those comic strips he illustrated neatly a yellow-colored flying scooter named Zandajet
The amazing Zandajet flying scooter model is built based of the André Franquin's comic illustrations and sat on display at the 2006 Exposition Le Monde de Franquin in Brussels. (Picture from: Meinekleinfabrik)
Although this  yellow-colored scooter can only fly in comic books, it has actually been brought to the real world in a 1 : 1 scaled model to homage to the author and has been exhibited at the 2006 Exposition Le Monde de Franquin which was held in Brussels.
Vespa Alpha built by Piaggio in collaboration with Alpha Willis, a British company for the shooting purpose of a movie titled 'Dick Smart 2.007' in the 1967 and now sat on display at the Vespa Museum in Tuscany. (Picture from: Gensindo)
In reality, there's an Italian company called Piaggio which is also known as one of the world's scooter pioneers as well as the largest and most successful scooter manufacturer to date turn out has ever made a flying scooter named Vespa Alpha in 1967. As we all know that before producing scooters, this Italian company is a manufacturing company that is familiar with the world of aviation until today.

The Vespa Alpha was built by Piaggio in collaboration with Alpha Willis, a British company for the shooting purpose of a movie titled 'Dick Smart 2.007', starring Richard Wyler, Margaret Lee, Rosanna Tapados in the 1967.
Only in the movie, the Vespa Alpha is described as having extraordinary abilities, not only can it be used to go fast on the highway, fly like a helicopter, it can also function as a submarine. (Picture from: Vespacountry)
The Dick Smart's sophisticated scooter built based of the Vespa 180 Super Sport and powered by 2-stroke single cylinder 180cc engine which in the standard condition is claimed able to run up to top speed of 105kph on the streets.

In the movie, the Vespa Alpha is described as having extraordinary abilities, not only can it be used to go fast on the highway, fly like a helicopter, it can also function as a submarine. The flying scooter's front is resembled like a tilapia fish. Moreover, there is a lamp that looks like a fish's eye and a hole in the muzzle is added as the fish's mouth.
Vespa Alpha built is built based of Vespa 180 Super Sport and powered by a single cylinder 2-stroke 180 cc engine. (Picture from: Arttrav)
Even though it looks like a helicopter, we believe that the Vespa Alpha cannot fly at all, especially if it is used as a submarine. As mentioned before, it built just for the movie making and furthermore its shape and condition are not proper being a flying vehicle or submarine. Yes, at least the scooter can still be used for speeding on the streets, if you look at the engine specifications. 
That's it, and if the article above is still considered inadequate or inaccurate, or if you have additional information related to the Piaggio's Vespa Alpha flying scooters, please don't hesitate to let us know via the comments column below this article. 

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 | MUSEOPIAGGIOMEINEKLEINFABRIK | VESPARESTORATION ]
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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Here's the classic Breton Babymoto scooter

Today, again we met a French site named Moto-scooter-annee50-60.over-blog.com on the internet that contains several pictures of a classic two-wheeled vehicle was once filled the streets of France in the 1950s and also has an unusual shape. Suddenly, it's sparked and aroused our curiosity to know more about it. 
The 1952 Babymoto unique scooter produced by Breton Ets, a Saint-Étienne-based company that still exists today. (Picture from: Moto-scooter-annee50-60)
And as usual, we then did a search through Google to find additional information of the two-wheeled vehicles mentioned above. Although not much information was obtained, from several sites, what we've obtained was considered sufficient to cure our curiosity about this mysterious two-wheeled vehicle. 

We got enough informations from the Cybermotorcycle site, the unique two-wheeled vehicle mentioned above is called the Breton Babymoto scooter produced by Breton Ets, a Saint-Étienne based small company. Well, that's equally such a unique name for an unusual shaped scooters and mopeds.
The 1952 Babymoto unique scooter features a special Roger Breton designed front suspension system and uses a 70cc 2-stroke Lavalette engine coupled with 3-speed manual transmission system, and said could be run up to top speed of 65 kph. (Picture from: Moto-scooter-annee50-60)
Special suspension system with front
fork construction designed by Roger
Breton and had been patented.
(Picture from:
Moto-scooter-annee50-60)
Initially, Breton Ets is a French mediocre bicycle company that produces bicycles under the brand of 'L.R.B.' (short for Louis Roger Breton). The company was owned and founded by a real French gentleman and entrepreneur named Louis Roger Breton in 1941 was domiciled at 9-11 Rue de la Tréfilerie, Saint-Étienne. 

In short, the company then tried its luck by expanding its business into a motorcycle manufacturer and entering the market in 1951 under the Babymoto brand and is originally powered by a Cucciolo engine, and then followed by several light two-wheeled vehicles uses the (up to 125cc) engines from Aquila, Comet, Mistral, Lavalette, and etc. 

The company presented its Breton Babymoto moped at the 1952 Paris Auto Salon, and again at the same even in the 1953. At first glance, it's looks like a typical moped existed at that time, but what is unique and different is the front fork. Reportedly, Breton has even patented its unusual front fork construction. As the result, the Breton Babymoto has an elegant looks featured with the unique front fork construction and equipped with a quite powerful VAP 4 engine.
The Babymoto unique scooter features a special Roger Breton designed front suspension system and uses a 48cc Cucciolo engine. (Picture from: Moto-scooter-annee50-60)
At that time, this French company had ever produced a Babymoto scooter with a 48cc Cucciolo engine which was also equipped with a typical Breton front fork and then they also ever had released Babymoto Duo, a moped with tandem-seats is powered by the Cucciolo and Mistral engines.
The Babymoto Duo is a tandem-seats moped is powered by the Cucciolo and Mistral engines. (Picture from: Moto-scooter-annee50-60)
In 1954, they marketed the Scootomoto is made into 2 models, scooters and light motorbikes powered by the same Lavalette 70cc engine combined with a 3-speed manual transmission system. Unfortunately, there're no photos or pictures could be described the Scootomoto still existed today.

Other models had followed then, but some have returned to the conventional front forks and while others have continued to develop a style that will cause some wonder expression of the public when they see it for the first time.
The 1954 Scootomoto unique scooter uses a 70cc 2-stroke Lavalette engine coupled with 3-speed manual transmission system, and said could be run up to top speed of 65 kph. (Picture from: Moto-scooter-annee50-60)
The condition then changed drastically, when those company's two-wheeled vehicle products were replaced by a standard motorbike that even had no similarity in shape to the previous product and possible that the new product is no longer self-produced, but the refurbished products, so it could be marketed in a lower price. Might be, it should be done by the company as the efforts to survive and continues compete in increasingly difficult market conditions.

Because as a small company and did not have its own sales network, Breton then entrusted its products to the Motorbecane-affiliated dealerships. Unfortunately, when Motobecane issued a policy (which could be interpreted as an unfair tactic for its competitors) that required all of their brand affiliated dealerships to sell the Motobecane products only and not allowed to sell other brands.😟
The 1954 Babymoto prototype motorcycle features a special Roger Breton designed front suspension system and uses a 70cc 2-stroke Lavalette engine coupled with 3-speed manual transmission system, but never enter into production lines. (Picture from: Moto-scooter-annee50-60)
An advertisemenent leaflet of 
the Breton Babymotor scooter 
(Picture from:
Moto-scooter-annee50-60)
As a result, Breton was forced to exit the market suddenly. This then had a negative impact on the survival of this innovative and creative French company, and finally in 1957, Breton was forced to stop all production activities and went bankrupt so that automatically its workers lost their jobs.😭

After his motorcycle company was declared bankrupt, Louis Roger Breton tried to show that he was not a man who could easily give up and be defeated, then he turned into the furniture business and founded new company named Furania by using the newly invented material, Formica. And he did it brilliantly. Well, once again he managed to keep tough standing as an entrepreneur who had a good reputation back then. So it is not wrong for many to say that not enough words can be used to describe this good French man.👍

That's it, and if the article above is still considered inadequate or inaccurate, or if you have additional information related to these French company-built Babymoto mopeds and scooters, please don't hesitate to let us know via the comments column below this article. 

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.COM | MOTO-SCOOTER-ANNEE50-60 ]
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Sunday, February 14, 2021

A classic scooter of Netherland named Bitri

Scooters are a new, affordable mode of transportation that gained popularity shortly after the end of the 2nd World War. Almost all of mainland Europe and even the world feel the vibes of the trends of the two-wheeled vehicles called scooters.
1964 Bitri 150 scooter fitted with 150cc Fittel and Sachs's Rotax engine, and before 1956 this model uses a 150cc JLO engine. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/3d5gJPx)
Then what about in the Netherlands? Yes, a country known for its vibrant of beautiful tulips has also felt the scooter trends from the 1950s to the 1960s. This situation has also attracted the interest of entrepreneurs in this windmill country to produce scooters.

As quoted of Cybermotorcycle, the first scooter manufacturer existence in the Netherlands is related to a company called ''Bedveerenfabriek Fa.'' owned by W.W. and H.B. van der Gang in Aalzum (near Dokkum) which was founded in 1905. Until the late fifties, their main business was in the sale of the Javanese kapook (cottonwood), Danish goose feathers, Frisian forest rye straw, patented mattresses and spring beds.
1962 Bitri 200 scooter fitted with 200cc Sachs's Rotax engine. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/3ph3de4)
After the war, one of the sons of the owner of the company named Wim van der Gang had an interest in the automotive world and wanted to develop the motorized vehicles. In the process, he and his friend who was also a TU Delft student named Eelco de Vries then decided to design and develop a vehicle after had been through several discussions. As the result, they managed to build a small car powered by two Triumph 350cc engines.
1953 Gedo Victoria moped prototype is an ancestor of Bitri scooter and fitted with a 49cc Victoria engine. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/3ph3de4)
Because there was no market for that small car, they then looked at the scooter or two-wheeled vehicle segment which was booming at that time. Therefore they were trying to find other partners who had sufficient experience in the two-wheeled vehicle segment. Coincidentally, Eelco de Vries knows two brothers Peter and Age Geertsma who inherited the Gedo-branded bicycle wholesale company named F. Geertsma B.V. from their father. Those company opened its shop and wholesale business in 1937, and later tried to make the bikes with auxiliary engines in 1949 or earlier.
The first crew of Nederlandse Scooterfabriek N.V. posed along with the first Bitri 120cc scooter prototype in front of its Dokkum-based manufacturer in 1954. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2ZbcdqG)
In short, these gentlemen collaboration succeeded in making a moped prototype powered by a 49cc Victoria engine, named the Gedo Victoria in 1953. Unfortunately, the moped with the 16-inches size wheels can't be acquired roadworthy certificate. Not only that, its production cost was high too, thus making the Geertsma brothers resigned from the project.
Line of the Bitri scooters on display in front of its manufacturer in Dokkum. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2ZbcdqG)
Then in 1954, Wim van der Gang and Eelco de Vries founded a company called "Nederlandse Scooterfabriek N.V." which carries the Bitri brand. And those mentioned brand consists of 2 syllables is an abbreviation of Bi which means two and Tri for Triumph (referring to the small car had built by them both before).
The 1955 Bitri 150 scooter uses a JLO engine and still has the the cooling holes in the hood. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2MYYqRz)
Initially the scooter production was carried out of an empty space of the spring bed factory owned by Wim van der Gang's father. By the plans to do as much work as possible inhouse, and their first production scooter was made of aluminum plates by using a 120cc engine of JLO plus the two-speed manual gearbox. The choice of aluminum is due to an easier in process, lighter and rust proof, in the 1955, the 120cc models replaced with 150cc version.
The Bitri's Promotional Team posed along with the 1955 Bitri scooters used 150cc JLO engines. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2ZbcdqG)
Furthermore, the Dutch manufacturer produced the next 150cc engined scooters with the JLO engine blocks, it was also stated that the models were designed by Eelco de Vries and inspired by the Lambretta LD scooters of the 1952. Due to there're many complaints about the excessive steering characteristics and the poor quality of the JLO engine, this resulted in the 150 cc Rotax (Fichtel and Sachs) engine being fitted to the scooter from September 1956 under the aluminum hood, and the steering was slightly modified.
Line of the Bitri scooters while in assembling process at its factory in Dokkum in the 1955. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2ZbcdqG)
The Bitri Cigarette vending machine
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The Bitri 200 cc engined scooter was rolled out the manufacturer of the 1957, and has 10 cm longer than the 150 cc version, but infact the biggest difference was in the cooling slots in the "hood" gone. From 1958, the 150 cc model were also carried out with the extended frame of 200 cc and from that moment was the range, next to the 200 LD, the 150 KL (standard with kickstarter), the 150 ES (more luxurious model with electric starter) and 150 EKS . The latter was equipped with both a kickstarter and electric starter, but was again taken out of production in 1960.

The Van Der Gang's Vlieger Satiné
watches.
(Picture from: http://bit.ly/2MYYqRz)
The Dookum-based manufacturer continued production until the scooter glory was over for them in the 1964.😭 On those difficult days, Wim van der Gang and his brother, Jacob led the Dutch company should be diversified its productions by produced the candy and cigarette vending machines so that they could be survived passing through the times. 

It is not known how many scooters they had ever produced, but certainly is in these days the Bitri scooters are scarce which makes the price automatically to be exorbitant.😲 The company is now owned by the son of the Bitri scooter inventor and focused in the premium watches under the brand of the Van Der Gang family name. 

That's it, and if the article above is still considered inadequate or inaccurate, or if you have additional information related to these Dutch company-built Bitri scooters, please don't hesitate to let us know via the comments column below this article. 

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