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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

An American scarce Crocker Scootabout

From a number of references, we have found that the actual culture of scooters first appeared in America with the appearance of the first scooter in the world called the Autoped around 1915. Then the global popularity of scooters increased by the end of World War II, marked by the presence of Vespa and Lambretta in the pizza country.
The Three Stooges on the 1941 American-made, Crocker Scootabout. Surprised Moe let Curly be in the driver's seat. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2qmraIF)
The popularity of these scooters in the post-war period was largely driven by the sluggish world economy, especially in countries directly involved in the war and made the people's purchasing power at that time were so low so then they were not afforded to buy the four-wheeled vehicles.
1941 Crocker Scootabout with its typical teardrop bodywork. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2NZUMVn)
With the presence of scooters intended to provide low power personal transportation (50 to 250 cc engines). The original layout is still widely used in this application. Scooters are popular for private transportation, partly based on the low cost of purchase and operation and benefits that include convenience in parking and storage. Licensing requirements for scooters are easier and cheaper than those for cars in most parts of the world, and insurance is generally cheaper.
The Crocker Scootabout sales brochure. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2QpVzQZ)
Among American scooters before and after the war, one of them was made by the Crocker Motorcycle Company, the company known of single-cylinder speedway racing motorcycles from 1932, powerful V-twin road motorcycles from 1936, and the "Scootabout," one of the first modern styled motor scooters, in the late 1930s.
A telegraph cable delivery man uses the Scootabout in the 1942 movie-titled 'Talk of the Town'. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2qmraIF)
1941 Crocker Scootabout in a magazine
article. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2ObXzJJ)
Have you ever watched the Three Stooges' classic film series? Well, in one episode, there was a scene where three of these hilarious friends were riding a Crocker Scootabout scooter and sidecar with all their funny behavior (see the picture above). The Los Angeles-based company made these scooters in short production periods.

The step-through scooter, designed by Al Crocker and distributed by Floyd Clymer, featured one-up seating, a centrifugal clutch, and a 2.3-hp Lawson air-cooled engine hidden behind a teardrop-shaped cowling pressed from sheet metal. The simplicity of operation was obtained through the use of an automatic clutch that engaged as the foot throttle was depressed. And by removing the foot from the throttle quickly, disengaged the clutch.

The operation is said to be somewhat similar to fluid drive such as used on some makes of 1941 cars. A foot lever operated an internal expanding brake band on which was mounted Ferodo lining. Choke and compression releases are combined in one lever on the right handlebar. The standard color was black with red panels. And a tow-back attachment was available for use in attaching the unit to car bumpers.

Sales brochure of Crocker Scootabout
(Picture from: http://bit.ly/2NZVBNZ)
The Crocker Scootabout was considered a forerunner at the time it was released. Scooters of the time were very plain, no-nonsense fun machines, and the Crocker Motorcycle Company gave them style with a streamlined design including two-toned paint jobs and skirted fenders even before Indian made that look famous, and the company furthered scooter design by adding a crude suspension to the front end in 1941.

At the time, the scooter was sold for $139.00. Unfortunately with the war underway and the supply of the Lawson air-cooled engines dried up so the production ceased in 1942. It's thought at the time, less than 100 units of these little scooters were ever produced.ūüėĘ

In 1997 the Crocker name was resurrected by collectors Markus Karalash and Michael Schacht in order to supply replacement parts for the original Crockers. After an enthusiastic response to reproduction parts produced for a restoration, the partners decided to officially incorporate Crocker Motorcycle Company in January 1999. In 2002 steps began to trademark Crocker Motorcycle Company Worldwide, and they anticipate the ability to eventually assemble complete reproductions of all Crocker Motorcycles. Wanna see the Lutz scooters.

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 | CROCKER MOTORCYCLE COMPANY | KICKSTARTKAREN | FLESH&RELICSHAGGERTY]
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Monday, November 18, 2019

A snail-likened mini bike creeping on the streets

Still discussing the unique creativity of the world's automotive fans. When We first saw the figure of this mini bike, a unique and funny impression immediately appeared. How not a minibike made by a man from Indiana, the United States named Brent Walker some time ago had attracted a lot of attention in cyberspace when it was first shown.
A unique snail-likened mini bike named Volkspod by Brent Walker made of the VW Beetle's front fender. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2qaZLJO)
This mini bike is named Volkspod, seeing from its name, it can be seen that there is a connection with the VW car due to it was actually built by Brent Walker from the VW Beetle's front fender. The idea to make this unique vehicle, apparently departed from the maker who is also a VW Beetle fan, thus arousing the idea of ​​making a unique vehicle from those vehicle's components. Might be the initial idea that has similarity to the vehicle that was discussed earlier by us, namely Paul Gorell's Crosley sign-turned-scooter. 

As quoted from Rideapart, the making of this unique mini bike by Brent Walker can be said success. By its snail-likened body, will immediately make people directly pointed their two eyes by frowning in amazement when this funny mini bike passes in front of them.
The Volkspod by Brent Walker used a small-capacity 79 cc engine capable of producing power of 6.5 horsepower. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2rTEy7z)
As mentioned above, this mini bike has a body taken from the VW Beetle' front fender which is supported by a frame structure made of small tubular pipes. This cute mini bike wore a pair of 13-inch alloy wheels wrapped in thick tires to make its figure look proportionate.  
The Volkspod by Brent Walker supported by a frame structure made of small tubular pipes. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2rTEy7z)
Also not to forget, Walker then pinned a small-capacity 79 cc engine capable of producing power of 6.5 horsepower. The engine was taken from a lawnmower and paired with an automatic transmission system to be able to make this funny mini bike crawling on the streets. 

From the workmanship in detail, this cute two-wheeled vehicle also features a bike's standard handlebars, kickstand, throttle cable, then there's around the front headlight and rear brake light has taken also from the VW Beetle. And to make the rider can sit comfortably also pinned a single soft seat to hold the rider's body so as not to sag while riding this snail-likened two-wheeled vehicle.
Brent Walker said that everything was made by hand without using any factory machinery. Until now there are only 2 units of snail-likened mini bikes that have been successfully made, each with a color of birch green and pastel blue. When uploaded on his Instagram, many people are willing to spend to buy this Volkspod. Do you want to have this snail-likened two-wheeled vehicle? If Yes, please Direct Message (DM) the Brent Walker's Instagram account.

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 | WALKER WERK | RIDEAPART | THE DRIVE | VISORDOWN]
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Sunday, November 17, 2019

The world's first of scooter has no rider's seat

Two wheels and a plank. It would be a modest beginning for a mode of transportation characterized by peaks and troughs in use and popularity unrivaled by any other contemporary human-created vehicles. Nowadays scooters have become one of the very popular vehicles. Since the appearance of the first scooter on a century ago or rather 1915 ago and did you know that the world's first scooter is called the Autoped.
The Autoped was seemingly well-publicized in its day, and contracts were gained with the U.S. Postal Service as a delivery vehicle and police forces as a patrol vehicle. It clearly performed its tasks as advertised, as this was a significant public expenditure. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/32JKdtq)
As quoted from Newatlas, this scooter was initially used by people in New York, United States, and then spread to Queens, Manhattan, and Brooklyn. The first scooter is considered quite efficient because it has a small size and has no rider's seat.
Besides ridden by US Postal service delivery men, traffic officers, the Autoped also was seen using by high society in the time. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2KhQo1E)
The world's first scooter maker was Arthur Gibson through his company named The Autoped Company of Long Island City. Initially, this vehicle is intended for children by using a 155 cc engine and able to ride with a maximum speed of 48 km/hour. Initially, this scooter was also made because it was inspired by the needs of public service providers, such as the U.S Postal Service and Police forces.

With its small dimension, thus allowing the scooter to pass through small aisles in the country. And to do the braking, the rider who rides it in standing position just needs to pull the handlebars a little downward to slow down the speed of the Autoped.
Schematics for the Autoped were patented and awarded to inventor Arthur Hugo Cecil Gibson in 1916, although it would seem that Joseph F. Merkel - creator of the Flying Merkel motorcycle - played a large hand in the Autoped’s completion. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2KhQo1E)
With the development of this vehicle, and coupled with the transfer of ownership of the company which was previously owned by Arthur Gibson, and in 1918 the company was bought by the famous battery company, Eveready. Since then, the product changed its name to Eveready Autoped and also equipped with batteries and coil.
The Autoped with optional seat licensed and offered by the German industrial giant Krupp. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/32JKdtq)
Finally, the use of the scooters expanded and in Europe, there's great acceptance and the Autoped was manufactured by the giant Krupp company in Germany under license from 1919 to 1922. The idea then grew and received significant international support when the German industrial giant Krupp licensed and offered an Autoped with optional seat.

1919 ABC Scootamota, a seated, single-cylinder, 123cc rear-wheel powered scooter with a top speed of 15mph. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2KhQo1E)
Other companies would enter the scooter industry following the Autoped, prominent among them ABC Motorcycles, a British motorcycling outfit that sponsored several moto films of the early 20th century some of which starred by an American famous actress at the time, named Shirley Kellogg. In 1919, the company developed the Scootamota, a seated, single-cylinder, 123 cc rear-wheel powered scooter with a top speed of 15 mph that was manufactured between 1919 and 1922. 
1919 ABC Scootamota, a seated, single-cylinder, 123cc rear-wheel powered scooter with a top speed of 15mph. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2NZUMVn)
The 1930s was seen an increase in the use of motorized scooters around military bases, airports, throughout urban areas, and even in many Hollywood film studios, and, in the 1940s, featured usage as a low-energy mode of transport during wartime fuel rationing.
The next scooter such as the Cushman Airborne Scooter then known becomes one of the Lambretta and Vespa scooter design references made by Corradino D'Ascanio for Innocenti SA and Piaggio & Co. S.p.A. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/32JKdtq)
Thus it is no exaggeration if the Autoped is called the ancestor of all motorscooters with its DNA has proven in Italy (Vespa and Lambretta) scooter craze of the 60s and Honda's rise to become the number one motorcycle manufacturer in the 70s. To this day, there are more scooters than motorcycles sold globally.

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 | NEW ATLAS | UNAGI SCOOTERS | WIKIPEDIA]
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Saturday, November 16, 2019

Another mysterious scooter of France

It turns out that many mysterious scooters have been born in France in the past. After some time ago we were discussed the mysterious figure of the prototype scooter named Proto Delaplace, then there was Gloobyscoot. And now, the scooter to be discussed is the 1957 Boudier Super B58. A t il vraiement éxisté?
The Boudier Super B58 scooter was designed by Pierre Boudier and uses a 125 cc horizontal Ydral's engine combined with the 3-speed manual transmission system. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/33HuFYB)
This French scooter was designed by Pierre Boudier by using a 125 cc horizontal engine from Ydral and combined with the 3-speed manual transmission system. The prototype scooter has debuted at the Salon de l'Auto 1957 held in Paris in October. So far there was no information about the scooter manufacturer.

1957 Boudier Super B58 has debuted at the
Salon de l'Auto 1957 held in Paris in October.  
(Picture from:  http://bit.ly/377YEv4)
After that this scooter was manufactured by the Ateliers Aéronautiques de Rambouillet, where the scooter had used a fiberglass body, then in front there was a conventional scooter-style headlight with a large fog light within the front guard.

This scooter is also equipped with foot operated-integral hydraulic brakes and the independent front brake on the handlebars.

1957 Boudier Super B58 has unique-
shaped luggage under the handlebars.  
(Picture from:  http://bit.ly/2ObXzJJ)
On the back is mounted the fuel tank, spare tires, and oscillating suspension system. While in the front, its suspension with drawn-wheel and Neiman rings.

The scooters are planned to be sold in the fall plus its 50 cc scooter version, but it was not ever produced. And it seems that the scooter is the only one that has ever been produced under the Boudier brand. ūüėĘ

Until now we don't have any information about where's this scooter now? If you have additional information about this mysterious scooter figure, don't hesitate to submit it to the comments box below. We really appreciate your help.
The Boudier Super B58 has applied the fiberglass body, conventional scooter-style headlight with a large fog light below within the front guard, and foot operated-integral hydraulic brakes and the independent front brake on the handlebars. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/33Qf09q)
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 | CLUB-YDRAL | Z'HUMEURS & RUMEURS | MOTO SCOOTER ANNEE 50 60]
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Friday, November 15, 2019

This is the skinniest scooter in the world

Since it was first introduced shortly after the end of the second world war, the scooter has now become one of the automotive products that are loved by many fans. And there have been many scooters made by manufacturers all over the world.
Paul Gorrell rides on his Crosley sign-turned-scooter in 2011. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/36ZgyA3)
Of the many scooters been created, but not many people know that there's a scooter is claimed to be the world's skinniest one. The scooter was named Crosley sign-turned-scooter. And its name was taken due to it made of four inches of the outer part of either side of 1949 Crosley convertible, welded together and shortened.

As quoted from Hemmings, this unique of a Crosley dealership sign-turned-scooter brought by a fellow Crosley enthusiast to historian and Crosley collector named Paul Gorrell of Burlington, Iowa in 1986. Then naturally he had the idea to turn the sign into a functional and rideable scooter.

Furthermore, Paul Gorell said that the Crosley sign-turned-scooter shapes taken from various vehicle parts consisting of Yamaha, Crosley, and Subaru. To make it more eye-catching, then this unique scooter's body is given the red color.
Front three-quarter of Crosley sign-turned-scooter. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/36ZgyA3)
At first glance, the scooter shape is different from any scooter in the world. There is no typical shape of Vespa or Lambretta scooter in it. There's only an unusual form that resembles something like a rideable kids toy. On the scooter, there's a single large headlight in the front, then the car's steering wheel at the top and no leather seats for its rider and passengers.
Rear three-quarter of Crosley sign-turned-scooter. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/36ZgyA3)
For the engine, this scooter purely relies on the power of a one-cylinder Yamaha engine. Coil springs and shock absorbers serve as the suspension, all mounted to one side so the other side would still look mostly like a sign, complete with Crosley hubcaps on the wheels.

The Crosley sign-turned-scooter was able to ride as far as 50 miles. And while driving on the road, many people pay attention to this thin body scooter. Uniquely, due to its unusual body apparently, besides human, there're many animals were also interested in perched on the Crosley scooter.
"I have never shown anything that makes a person's feet stop walking. There are also two chickens that are perched to the latter, which is why many people like Crosley," said Paul Gorel. And we thought this is one form of the eccentric behavior of automotive enthusiasts in expressing their creative ideas. What do You think?

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 | HEMMINGS]
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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Gloobyscoot, a French dream scooter lost in time

Not many people know about the existence of this scooter, some of you might think it never existed. Yes, indeed this scooter has actually been lost somewhere. And the Gloobyscoot scooters (thus the name of this scooter) that exists today are just the replicas.✂️
A replica of 1953 Gloobyscoot deLuxe version scooter presented by Tonton Scooters. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2qGbcIZ)
The Gloobyscoot scooters, at a glance similar to the American classic scooters such as Salisbury and Cushman. Those classic American scooters are also known as a source of inspiration for the birth of scooter culture in Europe shortly after the 2nd World War ended. 

This unique-shaped scooter is made by two Frenchmen named Roland Legroote and Maurice Renard. It all started, when Roland Legroote who was initially a foreman and worked in an agricultural machinery assembly workshop which was then mobilized when the 2nd World War began.
The 'original' Gloobyscoot scooter' frame and bodywork built by Roland Legroote and Maurice Renard and its engine were taken from the Bernadet Y52 scooter. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2rtmHnL)
During the war, He was once a prisoner of war and imprisoned in Germany. At the same time, he was employed at the Heinkel automotive factory. After that, he came back to France and participating in resistance activities against the German occupation forces in 1943.

After the war, he returned to work in an agricultural machinery factory in Labatut. Shortly afterward he was reunited with his friend named Maurice Renard who has to work as a marketing agent for Bernadet scooters in Asnières (Seine). At the time, they both were amazed by the appearance of the Italian scooters in the country, then decided to develop the two-wheeled vehicles on their own.
The Gloobyscoot scooter powered by a single-cylinder 125cc engine combined with 4-speeds manual transmission system, so its top speed is 75 km/h. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2rtmHnL)
They designed the dream scooter' frames, and bodyworks then decided to use an engine that was taken from the Bernadet Y52 scooter. To smooth out the plan then Roland Legroote partnered with Maurice Renard founded a company named Gloobyscoot by using his personal funds, and later they rented a small workshop to complete the assembling process of their dreamed two-wheeled vehicle. 

At that time the workshop employed only two mechanics, of course, it was inadequate. Then they decided that the making of the main pieces of the scooter's frame and bodywork was subcontracted to the factory where Roland Legroote is worked.
The Gloobyscoot scooter equipped with several mandatory accessories such as a GrandTourime handlebar, spare wheel, watch counter, genuine leather single seat, a typical front bumper, and rear fin. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2rtmHnL)
As quoted from Scootitude magazine, the prototype of the Gloobyscoot scooter was first introduced in 1953 in front of their small workshop on Chemin Vert Road, Asni√®res (Seine), a northwestern suburb area about 7.9 km from the center of Paris. 

After seen the work results, they felt very satisfied. Then they planned a public presentation at the Salon de l'Auto 1953 in Paris in October 1953. Soon they registered to be a participant of the exhibition to the F√©d√©ration Fran√ßaise de Cyclisme (French Cycling Federation). All presentation materials, advertisement posters, flyers, brochures and so on have been prepared, as well as the booth where they will display prototype scooters that have been successfully made beforehand. 
Several photos derived from Valentine Dubuc about the Gloobyscoot prototype scooter. From left to right, in Photo 1: The atmosphere of the workshop on Chemin Vert Road where the prototype of the Gloobyscoot scooter was made. Photo 2: Seen Maurice Renard (on the left) and Roland Legroote (in the middle) wearing light color suits. Photo 3: Seen the bodywork of the Gloobyscoot prototype scooter. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2rtmHnL)
But it seems that good fortune has not yet been on their side. Before they could fill the booth at the exhibition, then came bad news that told Maurice Renard suddenly died while he was driving the car. Due to his deep sorrow, Roland Legroote finally gave up and left all the plans that had been prepared fell apart along with the death of Maurice. It could be said, the Gloobyscoot has been finished, before actually starting its adventure. 

In the end, Roland Legroote never left the Labatut-based agriculture machinery factory, until he pensioned in 1960 with his last position as the Technical Director and then he and his family (daughter: Jacqueline, and granddaughter: Valentine Dubuc) moved to Malaucène and also brought the Gloobyscoot prototype scooter along with them. And later, Monsieur Legroote passed away in 1976.
A rare Gloobyscoot flyer to be distributed at 'Salon de l'Auto 1953' in Paris. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2rtmHnL)
Time passed, for almost twenty years, the prototype of the scooter slept under the dust of a large Malauc√®ne house' garage. Until finally in 1990 there was an order to vacate the house and garage ... somehow then the sleeping scooter disappeared at the hands of unscrupulous thrift dealers, and its fate not known since. 

Today, what happened to the scooter imagined by Roland Legroote/Maurice Renard? Apart from family-related memories here and some documents such as advertisements, and some workshop documents were miraculously rediscovered. 
A replica of 1953 Gloobyscoot deLuxe version scooter hits on the streets. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2rtmHnL)
As a closing, if You have any info or clues about the Gloobyscoot scooter, don't hesitate to contact Roland Legroote's granddaughter named Valentine Dubuc. She will be happy to learn more about this scooter and is ready to realize her grandfather's dream. Here's another mysterious France-made scooter known as Boudier Super B58.

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 | SCOOTITUDE MAGAZIN|E BERNADET | LES-TONTONS-SCOOTEURS.COM | INSTAZU | LESRENDEZVOUSDELAREINE | LESREPAIREDESMOTARDS]
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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

A unique 1950s phony jet-engined scooter from Germany

Walba was one of the first German scooters from the post-war period. As quoted from Wikipedia, the motorcycle company based in Reutlingen, Germany was founded by a father and son in 1949. The Walba name derived from the abbreviation of the company founder names, ie Waldemar and Alexander BAlbaschewski. The official company name was Walba Fahrzeugbau Reutlingen.
1949 Walba 98 prototype scooter. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2rkutA6)
It is known that Alexander Balbaschewski was an engineer who had worked in several well-known automotive companies, such as Ford, BMW and MAN up to senior engineer level. The first scooter made by this company is Walba 98 in 1949.

The most notable scooter ever made by the company was Walba DeLuxe which is presented in 1950 and powered by a two-stroke ILO engine with a capacity of 100 cc, then 118 cc. As quoted by CyberMotorcycle, its unique body design comes from a French serviceman, Louis Lucien Lepoix, doing his bit to help with the reconstruction. He later achieved some success with BMW and as a designer in France.
1952 Walba DeLuxe scooter. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2Nv3eM1)
What makes this scooter is very unique, it is clearly seen that the Walba scooter has a different appearance from the other scooters at that time. Yes, when you ride this scooter, it's as if you were riding some kind of jet-engined vehicle from outer space. That's because under the seat and behind the rider's legs there's a unique body structure resembled a jet engine (a phony jet engine).
1952 Walba DeLuxe scooter at Automuseum Schramberg in Mei 2012. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2Co17Dp)
Besides that the scooter had identical front and rear wheel suspension and an engine-transmission unit which was installed in a similar way to the Imme - as the rear wheel went up due to a bump on the road, the engine went down. This reduced un-sprung weight to a minimum giving the machine superior handling characteristics. It was fitted with a hydraulic brake.
Walba DeLuxe scooter on the 1950s poster. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2Nv3eM1)
It turns out that the Walba unique scooter is not very successful in the market, because it is expensive, complicated and heavy, so the sales figures run at the turtle speed. The Walba scooters were built until 1952, when Fahrzeugfabrik Kannenberg KG, a vehicle construction and workshop company in Kannenberg bought the company. Manufacture continued under new ownership known as the Faka scooter, and it was marketed with minor changes.

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 | WIKIPEDIA | CYBERMOTORCYCLE | ROLLERWELT.ORG]
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Monday, November 11, 2019

The unique, revolutionary pioneering scooter

For those of you, the automotive lover especially motorcycle and scooter fans, You might know the Horex, one of the famous German motorcycle brands in the era before and after the 2nd World War. As quoted from Wikipedia, the company was founded in 1920 by Friedrich Kleemann, a Finance Manager at Rex Konservenglas Gesellschaft (REX glass manufacturer) in Bad Homburg (Germany). At that time he bought a small motor factory named Columbus Motorenbau AG, in Oberursel (Taunus).
1956 Horex Rebell 250 prototype scooter, the forgotten pioneer of the modern scooters. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2WRXteo)
And in 1923, Fritz Kleeman (son of Friederich Kleeman) who later founded a motorcycle factory called HOREX-FAHRZEUGBAU AG. He derived the name from his city, HOmburg and the company where his father worked, REX. Initially, Horex built motorcycles with Columbus four-stroke engines from Oberursel until in 1925 Horex and Columbus merged.

Fritz Kleeman is also known as a motorcycle racer and often rides a motorcycle with the Horex-owned engine. He built the first Horex "real" motorcycle, by using a 248 cc OHV GNOM engine, delivered from the Columbus-Engine factory, which then tested by himself during the race. So, it can be said that Horex was built for motorcycle riders by motorcycle riders.

The German company manufactured a range of remarkable motorcycles from 250 to 800 cubic meters with single-cylinder and two-cylinder engines. Among its best-known models are the Regina 350 single-cylinder, first introduced in 1948, the beautiful, emblematic, two-cylinder Horex Imperator 500 in 1951 and the 400 in 1954.
This Horex Rebell 250 scooter model has never been produced by the company due to financial problems. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2NVaqA3)
Over time, it turns out that the German brand also ever developed a sophisticated scooter prototype called the Horex Rebell 250 start from 1954 to 1956. Even though this scooter was never been produced by this German manufacturer, but the figure of this scooter could be said to become a source of inspiration from the development of modern scooters today which are dominated by many brands from Japan such as Yamaha and Honda.

Horex Rebell 250 has a cleverly and well-designed frame, with one large transverse backbone that passes between the rider's feet. Its engine lubricating oil is also carried in it, and underneath hangs its engine, which, if you notice, it looks very much like a modern moped construction.

The four-stroke engine is positioned horizontally by following the crankshaft and gearbox, thus lowering the center of gravity, bringing it closer to the front wheels, ideally positioned from a spatial perspective. With the overall Rebell layout like that which modern motorbike and scooter designers later paid attention to apply to the current two-wheeled vehicles.
1956 Horex Rebell 250 scooter can be said as the source of inspiration from the modern scooters. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2WRXteo)
Yes, you can imagine how the Horex's visionary idea was when it designing the Rebell 250 prototype scooter and making it a source of inspiration for the development of modern scooters more than 6 decades later, so it deserves to be called a 'unique, revolutionary pioneering scooter.'

Then if you pay close attention, the Horex Rebell 250 has a long saddle for two people, large wide and long sidewalks for both passengers, the exhaust passes under the passenger compartment, with the tunnel running low between the rider's feet. And the apron in the front that protects his feet was wide and bent aerodynamically, to reflect the air. The same aerodynamics look like the headlamps, which are locked inside the hood, large front wings, but not too long, leaving a very beautiful rim to appear.

Then the Rebell 250 scooter uses a pair of wheels made of exotic magnesium with a diameter of 16 inches. But the interest was not only in the use of lightweight, expensive metal for the rims but also in the tires, which due to wheel size were motorcyclists (another "plus" of the model) and even tubeless. 

In the front of the Horex scooter was mounted with brackets and shock absorbers, while the brakes were front and rear uses the drum brakes with hydraulic actuation! For better weight distribution and to charge the front wheel more, thereby assisting grip, right and left of the fork neck and behind the headlamp, there were 2 batteries to power the system.

The scooter prototype uses a Horex four-stroke, single-cylinder, air-cooled, two valves horizontal 250 cubic feet engine with the weighs just 135 kg, and the engine can be burst power up to 18 hp which is remarkable even with today's data. Unfortunately, there is no information about the existence of the prototype Horex Rebell 250 scooter until now.

Interestingly, the Horex Rebell 250, was created by the French designer Louis L. Lepoix of the FTI design company. Lepoix's work will be presented in the future, as he has designed other very interesting 50s and 60s German scooters such as Walba and Bastert, Contessa (TWN), and Ma√Įcoletta, a Champion buggy built in Sweden, etc.
1956 Horex Rebell 250 scooter frame looks very much like a modern moped construction. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2WRXteo)
Due to financial problems, Horex has never been able to take its Rebel 250 scooter into production lines, while the company already losing its market share in Europe. In 1960, the company was bought by Daimler Benz (for which it manufactured parts since '56) and the production of motorcycles was ceased.

The company filed for bankruptcy in September 2014, and in late 2014 announced that all employees had been let go and the factory was closed. And 3C-Carbon Group AG is going to be the new owner of the motorcycle brand Horex. Under the direction of the insolvency administrator, Rainer U. M√ľller from the law firm Anchor Rechtsanw√§lte, the 3C-Carbon Group AG came out on top in the quest to purchase Horex on February 6, 2015.

Today the rights to the legendary German company are owned by a new company (3C-Carbon Group AG) - promising a lot of it - that has a six-cylinder Horex VR6 series, which was supposed to be on the market since 2013.

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 | HOREX | MOTO-COLLECTION.ORG | SCOOTERNET.GR | WIKIPEDIA]
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Saturday, November 9, 2019

Super exclussive scooter of Maserati

Maybe all this time we know that the automotive manufacturer from Italy, Maserati only makes cars. It turned out that in the past this Italian automotive manufacturer had tried to make a scooter, as part of its efforts to expand its business as a scooter producer in South America.
Brochure of 1957 Maserati M2 Alférez 150 cc scooter. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/32kirDR)
The Alférez known as the only Maserati scooter in existence starts when Maserati began a collaboration with Iso Rivolta. Iso is probably best known today for developing the Isetta bubble car, but also had a history of producing sports cars, motorcycles, and scooters.
1957 Maserati M2 Alférez scooter. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2JMkE4h)
Maserati together with Iso Rivolta ever produced two concepts/prototype scooters in 1957, the M1 (now unfortunately lost in history, but probably a 125 cc) and the M2 Рthe 150 cc Alférez.

The frame and engine numbers are simple 'M2,' and the Maserati logo on the crankcase is worth taking a second look at. The horn cast Maserati badge is unique too… with a red racing car alluding to their Grand Prix heritage, and the name Alf√©rez… a link to the Maserati founders name (Alfieri), but tellingly translated in Spanish… a hint to their ambitions in Latin America, where scooters were so popular, and the Lambretta and Vespa names might be not so known in these regions. 
1957 Maserati M2 Alférez scooter at the 2017 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2WMnhIU)
But a promotional trip to Mexico ended badly, then Maserati abandoned the scooter market. The M2 prototype remained too, finally ending up in Texas, where it resides today. Iso continued making scooters, and while being less commercially successful than Innocenti and Piaggio, are one of the few manufacturers a run for their money in styling.

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 | SCOOTERHOOD | WOIWEB | PROVA MAGAZIN  | PREWAR.COM | MOTOCICLISMO | LAMBRETTISTA.NET]
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