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Thursday, March 5, 2020

Here's the 1st Italian-made scooter even it just a prototype

Over the years many automotive enthusiasts around the world have known that the worldwide culture of scooters was originally popularized by the two Italian companies, namely Piaggio and Innocenti in the 1940s and experienced the heyday of the 1950s and 1960s. This was marked by the number of scooter products that were present in the world automotive market at that time.
Many thought that the 1938 Fiat scooter prototype was the 1st Italian-made scooter, instead Vespa or Lambretta. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/39gwX3G)
But did you know? if the Vespa and Lambretta scooters were not the first Italian scooters, it turns out that among many Italian companies working in the pre and post-war automotive industry, one of them was Fiat. The company was known to have ever made a scooter prototype in 1938 that looked similar to Piaggio's MP5 Paperino.

Because the Fiat prototype was made in 1938, so many people called it the first Italian scooter, even though it was built only as a prototype. The existence of this scooter began with an idea from Giancarlo Camarena, vice president of the Fiat Group at the time. He must think hard and try to maintain the business in order to survive in difficult economic conditions at the time by making a new breakthrough.
Now, the one-off 1938 Fiat Scooter prototype is sat on display in the Salsapariglia private museum. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/38b1D58)
Yes, at that time the world was hit by a severe economic recession, so that people could no longer afford to buy a car, even with a small engine size coupled with none of the military equipment orders. So then Camarena came up with an idea to create a more affordable alternative vehicle.

Shortly after, the alternative vehicle construction process was started immediately. The Fiat scooter project was then entrusted to a Fiat engineer named Vittorio Calosso. Next to the prototype design, Fiat collaborates with Volugrafo, a Turin-based company. Shortly afterward in 1938 was born a scooter prototype based on the Volugrafo scooter design created by Vittorio Belmondo.
The 1938 Fiat scooter protorype is used a 98cc Sachs engine with a magnetic ignition system and is capable of producing power of 2 horsepower. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2TCIofF)
Physically, this prototype scooter looks beautiful with a chrome-plated grill under the rider's seat where at a glance its shape reminiscent to the Alfa Romeo shield. This scooter prototype has a fairly lightweight of around 55 kg with a front leaf spring suspension system and swinging arms so that it can be a valid vehicle for traveling around the city or for just recreational rides.
The 1938 Fiat Scooter prototype has a gear-shift lever similar to one that used on the car. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/38b1D58)
The unique figure of a small scooter uses a 98cc Sachs engine with a magnetic ignition system and is capable of producing power of 2 horsepower. The engine power generated is then channeled through a 2-speed manual transmission system to drive its rear wheel so that it can run up to a top speed of 70 kph. The gearbox is operated through a lever located on the handlebar, with its front suspension exposed, so it looks comfortable, futuristic, and modern at the time.

Unfortunately, the development of this scooter then stopped without ever being produced at all, because at that time the second world war shortly began in 1939. Currently, this unique specimen is seen in a completely restored condition and is stored as one of the collections of the Collezione Salsapariglia private museum.
Indeed very little is known about this scooter, both from books and magazines even from the internet though. Hopefully, this article can be one of the references related to Fiat's scooter prototype. Grazie signore!

Kept spur your adrenaline on the power of the two-wheeled monster and stay alive with true safety riding. God will forgive Your sins and so does the cops.... *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | DANATA VINTAGE | COLLEZIONE SALSAPARIGLIA | BOOK OF GOOGLE]
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Friday, February 28, 2020

Forgotten scooter of Royal Enfield

As we all know, the current invasion of scooter culture was initially popularized along with the successful development of scooters spearheaded by the two Italian companies, Piaggio and Innocenti a few decades ago. What about other companies, did they ever designed the phenomenal two-wheeled vehicle alongside with those Italian duo mentioned above.
1962 Royal Enfield Fabtabulus scooter made by Enfield India to gain a share of the growing scooter market in India at the time. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2HUfBO8)
Apparently, there is. One of which is a motorcycle manufacturer from England named Royal Enfield. As quoted from the My Royal Enfields site, that George Neal, an engineer who worked at the motorcycle company, had also ever designed the similar scooter-styled as that of Vespa and Lambretta in the early 1940s. 
1962 Royal Enfield Fabtabulus scooter was powered by a 175-cc, 2-stroke engine from Villiers and it churned out a maximum power of 7.5 bhp. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/32vEw44)
But the British company did not pursue the project more, if only the project continued, it would be the Royal Enfield's big coup for the supremacy of the Italian duo given the scooter craze of the 1950s. Newly in the next twenty years exactly in 1962, Royal Enfield through its Indian subsidiary (Enfield India) introduced a scooter model named Royal Enfield Fantabulus to gain a share of the growing scooter market in India at the time. 
1962 Royal Enfield Fabtabulus scooter was sold at the price of £175 in India, but it never became popular in the market at the time. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/32nfPGQ)
The Fantabulus name was claimed that it was short for fantastic performance, fabulous price. At that time the scooter body was made at Madras by Enfield India and its Villiers Mark 11E engine was produced in England. And the scooter sold at the price of £175 in India, but it never became popular in the market at the time.
The scooter was powered by a 175-cc, 2-stroke engine from Villiers and it churned out a maximum power of 7.5 bhp. It also featured an electric starter, which was an uncommon thing even in the motorbikes in those days. The scooter model manufactured from 1962 up to the 1970s.

And now this scooter has become a scarce item even in India and be one of the sought after items by many automotive collectors around the globe. So no wonder if the price has also become a fantastic and fabulous as its name.

Kept spur your adrenaline on the power of the two-wheeled monster and stay alive with true safety riding. God will forgive Your sins and so does the cops.... *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | TIMES OF INDIA | MY ROYAL ENFIELDS]
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Saturday, December 14, 2019

Here it is Komando, an extremely unique twin-engined scooter

At a glance, if you look at the vehicle figure, it will cross our minds that this is a tactical combat vehicle that is ready to be used by soldiers on the battlefield. Indeed, this is the impression wants to get by the vehicle maker when first make it.

The fact, the vehicle is the extreme and unique scooter modification results and given the name of 'Komando,' which was made by a man from Cilegon, Banten named Bagas Roffiyanto.
Komando, an extremely unique nine-wheeled scooter from Banten and still can be used as vehicles on the highway. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2siBWQV)
It all started when he wanted to modify the 1986 Vespa Strada scooter of his-owned then he chose the concept of a tactical combat vehicle due to he was very inspired by his father who worked as a soldier.

"Its basic was 1986 Vespa Strada, (and) inspired by (my) father who is worked as a soldier and also because I was not passed when registering the army. So I decided to make my scooter like an army vehicle," Bagas said as quoted by detikOto.

Unmitigated, he then completely overhauled his Vespa scooter appearance in his workshop and assisted by some friends. This extreme scooter modification process was carried out for 5 months and cost up to Rp.15 million, so be the figure of an extreme scooter that appears in gray, black and green military camouflage color.
Komando, an extremely unique scooter from Banten which is driven by two engines made by Bagas Roffiyanto. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2siBWQV)
Then he added a number of accessories to add the more military impression and the vehicle' fierce look such as on the front there was a machine gun replica, then the ex-ammo box was mounted on the left side and functioned to store mechanic's tools, then there were several other accessories such as ex bazooka tubes. Meanwhile, behind the rider seat, there's one seat is provided for passengers.

This extremely unique modified scooter has a length of about 3.5 m and a width of 1.2 m. As the drivetrain of this extremely unique nine-wheeled scooter is 2 units of engines installed at the rear where the first engine was taken from the 1975 Bajaj Chetak (front) and the second of the 1986 Vespa Strada (rear). Above the engines were also installed 2 units of fuel tubes.

To operate this extreme vehicle can be said to be a bit unique, where the rider must first start its two engines via its typical manually kick-starters. Then the driver sits in a lower position than the standard scooter seat. In addition, to control this extreme scooter, the rider hands should be stretched upwards like the high handlebar motorcycle riding position with the throttle position on the right-hand, clutch and gear-shifting on the left.

After the engine is turned on and by considering the condition of the vehicle which is fairly long, the rider must be able to adjust the speed when riding it on the road. Well, although it is driven by two engine units, not necessarily the rider could be maximized the power of its engines.
Komando was inspired by Bagas Roffiyanto's father who worked as a soldier. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2siBWQV)
"I did not dare to go fast when riding it, at most 40 to 50 kilometers per hour, and even then on the straight and empty road only. Because the Komando's length is 3.5 meters and 1.2 meters wide is not possible to run at high speed," said Bagas.

Nevertheless, this extremely unique modified vehicle has been used to drive around the streets of Banten together with his community members. This extreme vehicle was also ever participated in several motorcycle contests and also ever was ranked third for the 'Vespa Extreme' category in one event.

The scooter mentioned above can function like other two-wheeled vehicles so that it can be used as vehicles on the highway, but so far it is not known yet whether those vehicles have the roadworthy permit from the authorities.

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 | ANTARA-JAMBI | DETIKOTO]
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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Other unique wooden scooters made in Indonesia

Among the many modifications to the scooter in the world, perhaps the scooters made of wood are the most unique. After the last article, we discussed the Vespa MP6 scooter replica made of wood waste by Eri Ashari
Two wooden scooters made by an Indonesian craftsman named Eri Ashari. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2E8S0Y8)
So on this occasion, what was discussed was still about the unique scooters made of wood and were the work of the other Indonesian wood craftsmen.
Jepara, a small city in Central Java which been known for a long time for the beauty of its wood carving. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2rA1sB4)
Now we head to a small city in Central Java named Jepara. This city has been known for a long time for the beauty of its wood carving. And it turns out that in the city we can also find the scooters made of teak wood. Let's take a look two of them:

1. 1973 Vespa Super by Ruli Wood Custom
This unique wooden scooter was built by a Jepara-based workshop named Ruli Wood Custom. This unique scooter was created after going through a fairly long work process, which is around 3 to 4 months and the 1973 Vespa Super scooter was used as the modification basic material
1973 Vespa scooter made of teak wood by Ruli Wood Custom shown off at the ISF 2017 in Yogyakarta. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2RMvyw1)
Although the scooter is not entirely made of wood, according to Ruli Krisnawan of Ruli Wood Custom if the whole body of the scooter is made of wood, so the potential for the broken of the body is very large, if happens will endanger its rider.
On some of the 1973 Vespa Super scooter's body parts were decorated with a beautiful Jepara carving. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2Pb7H7u)
Therefore the original body of the scooter is still used, then it layered with teak wood which then is carved. The chosen of the teak wood as the coating material for this scooter body, because this type of wood has good quality than another type of wood, and has an advantage is a beautiful texture as well.
The 1973 Vespa Super scooter's handlebar and mirrors were also decorated with a beautiful Jepara carving. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2Pb7H7u)
However, the scooter components or parts which are related to its driving system (like engine and rims), remain in the original condition are not replaced and not layered with teak wood as well.

2. A wooden replica of Lambretta LI 125 by Taufiq Qurrohman
Still from Jepara, a city in Central Java which is famous for its wood carving. Apparently, there is another wooden scooter is a replica of Lambretta LI 125 scooter made by a wood craftsman named Taufiq Qurrohman. Unlike the previous wooden scooters which only layered the original body of the Vespa scooter with teak wood, but the Taufiq-made scooter whole frame and body made of teak wood.
A wooden replica of Lambretta LI 125 scooter made by a Jepara craftsman named Taufiq Qurrohman. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2rDGMbp)
Taufiq Qurrahman was riding
on the wooden replica of the
Lambretta LI 125 of his-owned.  
(Picture from: http://bit.ly/2LFEqjb)
According to the maker, the idea of ​​making the wooden scooter is his own idea and the entire frame and body are also made by him. Meanwhile, for mounting the engine to the vehicle frame, he got help from a mechanic. And the whole building process from the concept to completion and the scooter ready for use takes about nine weeks.

This unique wooden scooter uses automatic machines (but the names and types of machines are not mentioned), the use of this machine is intended to ease maintenance, comfortability when driving and can be used by anyone, including women.

All-wooden scooters mentioned above can function like other two-wheeled vehicles so that they can be used as vehicles on the highway, but so far it is not known yet whether those vehicles have the roadworthy permit from the authorities.

Before closing the article, there's another unique modified scooter made by an Indonesian scooter builder called Komando.
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 | MOTOREXPERTZ | SURABAYA-KOMPAS]
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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

An Indonesian-made classic Vespa scooter of wood waste

As understood by all of us, that in the process of automotive modification sometimes not familiar with the 'expensive' word. In addition, the unique shape and eccentric appearance sometimes also become the owner's choices. Especially for motorcycle enthusiasts, typically they use motorcycle design based on their expertise-owned. In a previous article, there was a carpenter from Portugal named Carlos Alberto who made a unique wooden Vespa scooter.
The wooden Vespa composed of 65 million pieces of pencil wood waste, made by Eri Ashari shown off at the 2018 Indonesian Scooter Festival held in the Jogja Expo Center. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2E3nEGn)
Much like that but now an Indonesian wood craftsman who made a classic-type Vespa into a very unique scooter and looked different than others.

Well, he is Eri Ashari who managed to make a replica of the Vespa MP6 prototype scooter whose entire body is made of wood waste (specifically wood waste from the pencil-making industry).

Through his skilled hands, he managed to arrange more than 65 million pieces of wood waste material into an antique Vespa scooter for more than 2 years.
Eri Ashari posed with his wooden Vespa scooter creation. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2rmMGO9)
"This is all from pencil wood waste. There are about 65 million pieces to make this (scooter). Incidentally, indeed in my place, there are so many (wood waste), so I use them. The seats are also made of wood," Eri explained as quoted of the Tribun-Jogja.

A wooden Vespa scooter by Eri Ashari.  
(Picture from: http://bit.ly/2LFEqjb)
Eri also mentioned that before he ever had made several unique wooden scooters and this antique scooter was his fifth works. He further added that this scooter was the first scooter he made from the pencil wood waste material and possibly the first in the world.

"It starts to be produced in 2016, (and) this is actually the fifth Vespa. So from the small pieces of wood waste, it's (then) arranged (in such a way). What makes it difficult because (the material) is stiff, so it's hard to shape. It should be arranged vertically if arrange in horizontal was easy to break. This is the only (scooter) made from pencil wood waste. After this, there will be no more," he explained.

Besides being made of wood waste material, the antique Vespa created by Eri Ashari also has a remotely-controlled digital audio system. Then there is a fairly large white ivory-colored precious stone embedded in the seat that functions as a cooler, so that even though you sit for a long time but the seat does not feel hot. To ease its maintenance, the whole body of this antique scooter is given a nano-coating layer.

Eri also said that this shiny brown lines patterned wooden scooter had succeeded in carrying out a test drive through a long journey over more 1,000 km with the route of Lembang to Pangandaran round trip. He also said that this antique wooden Vespa had got a roadworthy permit from the authorities.

When asked about the price, it is not surprising that the antique Vespa by Eri has a pretty fantastic price. According to him, so far his wooden Vespa has received an offer from a scooter enthusiast with a price of €139,000 or equivalent to Rp. 1.9 billion. Although the scooter has been offered at a fantastic price until now he has not been willing to let it go.
"This year (2018 ago), I want (the scooter) to be auctioned off, but the price is not known yet. There are many offers coming in, from Italy, Indonesia too. But I'm not pursuing the high prices, but I want my wooden Vespa works to fall to someone who can appreciate it as an artwork," he said.

Reportedly now, Eri Ashari is finding out about the possibility to keep his antique Vespa in a museum, possibly in Yogyakarta or Bandung. Besides this Eri' wooden scooter,  do you want to see other unique wooden scooters made by two Jepara craftsmen? Let's take a look them!

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 | TRIBUN-JOGJA | MOTORPLUS-ONLINE | KUMPARAN | TEMPO-OTOMOTIF]
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Monday, December 2, 2019

Getting know the Adler automotive brand

At present, maybe some of you only know motorcycle manufacturers from Germany such as BMW Motorrad, Horex and many others. But did you know, in 1900 to shortly after the 2nd World war ended, there was one German brand that was considered very popular, namely Adler? Adler is German for eagle.
1901 Adler Vis-à-Vis. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2Y2i40g)
This German manufacturing company was founded in 1880 by Heinrich Klenyer in Frankfurt. The company started its business by producing various products such as bicycles, tricycles, and typewriters which later turned to produce cars, and motorcycles even aircraft engines.
1902 Adler motorcycle. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/34Dpd9C)
During the production period of this German automotive manufacturer, there were many products of four-wheeled vehicles. And this indicates that the company was one of the leading automotive manufacturers before the war. (List of Adler's four-wheeled vehicles can be seen HERE.)
1940 Adler MF2A 98cc motorcycle. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2DHDTsF)
The oldest motorcycle product manufactured by the German manufacturer is the Adler 3PS motorcycle (pictured above), which is a bicycle driven by a De Dion engine that is capable of producing 2.5 PS of power. This two-wheeled vehicle was produced in 1902.
1958 Adler 250 cc 'Favorit' motorcycle. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/37RbMoq)
Interestingly, in 1944 when the world war was still raging and bombing by Allied forces against a number of industrial cities in Germany. And Frankfurt also did not escape the Allied bombing which resulted in the Adler factory in the city being ravaged.
1953 Adler M250 motorcycle. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/33sLcic)
However, the motorcycle production still to run. Even though at that time there were only a few machines and some equipment still functioning properly.
1957 Adler ISDT motorcycle. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2qYj6y5)
But after the second world war ended, this German manufacturer only produced motorcycles, instead of four-wheeled vehicles. At that time Adler was known to produce small motors for daily needs. Their motorcycle products were also famous for their toughness and durability.
1954 Adler MB Twin 200 motorcycle. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2OCwZex)
There are six variants of motorbikes that have been produced by this German manufacturer, namely Adler 1902, Adler Favorit, Adler ISDT, Adler M-series, Adler MB-series and a scooter variant, Adler Junior M100 is used an air-cooled, two-stroke, 98cc, single cylinder engine. It claimed to produce power of 4 horsepower and mated to a three-speed manual transmission.
1955 Adler Junior M100 scooter. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/34Adfxp)
Unfortunately, despite having survived the war and bombing, but Adler had to surrender the economic conditions. In 1956 Adler merged with Triumph (TWN). The business was taken over by Grundig in 1957, and motorcycle production ceased in favor of office equipment, notably typewriters.
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 | AUTOEVOLUTION | CYBERMOTORCYCLES]
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Sunday, December 1, 2019

Piaggio's unique three-wheeled vehicle

Previously, who among you are still confused to distinguish between Vespa and Piaggio? Because apparently there are still many who can not distinguish between the two brand names. So, Piaggio is one of the motorcycle manufacturers from Italy that has the official name Piaggio & Co. SpA. While the Vespa is a product made by Piaggio which was first launched in 1944. See the company's history HERE.
1953 Piaggio Ape Callesino. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2DuQ23R)
Until now the "Vespa" name is still used for the Piaggio scooter products which have been used more modern engines. 

But did you know if Piaggio also has a special three-wheeled vehicle? Its function is more or less the same as public transportation. The name of this vehicle was the Piaggio Ape Calessino, which was made first in the 1950s.
The handlebar of 1953 Piaggio Ape Callesino. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/37Vu7RA)
This unique vehicle was made based on Enrico Piaggio's idea to create a vehicle that is easy to use, economical, versatile, and lightweight for public transportation. Enrico then asked Corradino D'Ascanio, a talented and creative engineer to realize this vehicle. 

Historically, this three-wheeled vehicle was created because of Piaggio was inspired by the wooden body vehicles that were trending in North America at the time. As for production not only used in Italy but also in India. So it can also be said that the Piaggio Ape Calessino is one of the forerunners of three-wheeled vehicles made by Bajaj Auto India in that era. 
Left side view of 1953 Piaggio Ape Callesino. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/37Vu7RA)
Its front shape is already very similar and even exactly the same as other Vespa scooters. But this three-wheeled vehicle does not actually use the name Vespa, the official name is Ape. It turned out that this was because the back of the vehicle was very different from the Vespa scooters at that time. 

The term "Vespa" in Italian means wasp, this is because the rear body of the Vespa is bulging like the belly and tail of a wasp. Then for "Ape" has the meaning of bees in Italian. The name Ape is given because the rear body shape is larger than that of ordinary Vespa scooter.
Rear three-quarter of 1953 Piaggio Ape Callesino. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2DuQ23R)
Physically, Piaggio Ape has some differences compared to other Piaggio Vespa scooters available at the time. First of the engine position, where the Ape is located right under the driver's seat. As for the other classic Piaggio Vespa scooters at that time the engine position was located on the right. 

Then Piaggio Ape has an additional frame at the rear for installing passengers' seats. The frame is supported by rigid legs and uses a hydraulic suspension. The passenger's seat was later named Calessino and completed the name Piaggio Ape. 

If in Italian, the term Calessino can be interpreted as a cart, but in the case, it doesn't use a horse. The point refers to the passenger seat made of wood. As a complement, there are also canvas umbrellas, but unfortunately lacking shade the Ape Calessino driver. 
Well, the three-wheeled vehicle discussed here is the result of the restoration of the 1953 Piaggio Ape Calessino. And as reported by the official page of the auction house at RM Sotheby's, this three-wheeled vehicle has been sold for the US. $45,600 or around Rp.652 million. WOW...! 

But, if you want to have this unique Piaggio's three-wheeled vehicle maybe you can do a restoration by yourself or through the workshop as seen in the following video. Or might be You wanna see the racing version of Piaggio Ape.
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 | RM SOTHEBY | INSIDE HOOK]
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Saturday, November 30, 2019

Its name was Bond, a classic Brit automotive brand...

Ever heard of the Bond brand before? Does it have any relationship with James Bond? Of course, it has no related to the famous fictional figure of James Bond, but they have similarities, both are the same coming from England.
1958 Bond P1 scooter powered by 148 cc engine. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2qGqUVf)
Well, the owner of this brand is a British company named 'Sharps Commercials Ltd.' which was founded by Paul Sharp in 1922 and based in Preston, Lancashire. The company at the beginning known as a retail motor trading company.

This British manufacturer began its work in the automotive world by producing an economical three-wheeled vehicle in early 1949 which was named Bond Minicar due to the machines initially were designed and produced by Lawrence Bond. After that, the mass production of the minicar was carried out from 1949 to 1966 with a total production of 26,500 units (ranging from Minicar Mark-A to Mark-G).
1949 Bond Minicar Mark-A. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/33plJGb)
Once the minicar project was turned over to Sharps Commercials Ltd., he turned his attention to the design and manufacture of a series of small lightweight motorcycles and scooters. Finally, the first motorcycle named Bond Minibyke was launched at a motorcycle show held in September 1949.  
1949 Bond Minibyke powered by 98 cc engine. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2OXElbs)
This uniquely shaped motorcycle originally used a 98cc Villiers Mk1F engine. Due to construction problems on the front fork. Then a number of improvements were made, but at least partially successful and a De-Luxe version was soon introduced powered by a 125 cc JAP engine and in November 1950 the design and manufacturing rights were sold to Ellis Ltd of Leeds who continued production until 1953.
1952 BAC Liliput powered by 98 cc engine. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2qLowfV)
The following year, the company changed its name to Bond Aircraft & Engineering Company (BAC) and further expanded its range of motorized two-wheelers with the scooter called Gazelle and Lilliput. Unfortunately, these machines were not successful in the market. The Liliput ceased production in 1952 with only some 200 machines built overall. While the Gazelle scooter production was short-lived and in late 1952 the project was sold to a Blackburn based company, Projects and Developments Ltd. later known as Oscar scooter.
1952 BAC Gazelle scooter powered by 122 cc engine. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2QYKZk3)
Lawrence Bond astride one of his
lesser-known designs back in 1955
called Sherpa scooter. (Picture from:
Lawrie Bond's final two-wheeled vehicle offering was announced in November 1955 named the Sherpa, with lightweight construction, and applied fiberglass bodywork. But despite initial interest, orders failed to materialize and the project was abandoned, with only the single prototype believed to have been made.

Bond refused to give up and present new models of scooters including P1, P2, P3, and P4. The P1 scooter model powered by a 148 cc Villiers Mk 31C engine and featured fiberglass bodywork, was rolled out in 1958 shortly to be followed by a similar-looking 197 cc Villiers Mk9E engined sister the P2, but sales were slow.
1958 Bond P1 scooter powered by 148 cc engine. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2qGqUVf)
1959 Bond P3 scooter powered by
197 cc engine. (Picture from:
Both models continued in production until superseded in late 1959 by two improved models the P3 and P4. The new models were powered as their predecessors but featured improved engine access, a redesigned frame, but most noticeably a redesigned front apron with a now fixed front mudguard. The sales remained low despite vigorous advertising, including entries in 1958, 1959 and 1960 Isle-of -Man rallies with limited success.

Once again, the success is not at the rendezvous and the manufacturer decides to cease its two-wheeled vehicle production in 1962. However, the brand continues its activities as a car manufacturer until the mid-70s (in 1964, the company renamed to Bond Cars Limited) with more or less successful before disappearing altogether.😢

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 | GRACEGUIDE | BONDSCAR.NET | WIKIPEDIA | LE REPAIRE | FLICKR | MOTORBIKE SEARCH ENGINE]
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Thursday, November 28, 2019

The first Yamaha's scooter

At the end of the 1940s, which was spearheaded by the appearance of a series of Vespa (Piaggio) and Lambretta (Innocenti) products which became known as the most revolutionary two-wheeled vehicle figures in the world. Piaggio and Innocenti through their scooter creations that are strong, tough, comfortable to drive and have an affordable price tag.
The 1st Yamaha scooter product launched in 1960 and named Yamaha SC-1. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2pTfMUm)
And in its development then managed to make the scooter to develop in such a way that it became a figure of two-wheeled vehicles whose existence at that time was even able to change the face of the automotive world and shake the existence of motorbikes in general.

No exception in Japan, which later also to follow the trend of scooters in the 1950s through several pioneering manufacturers such as Mitsubishi with the Silver Pigeon, then there was Fuji Heavy Industries with the Rabbit turned out to also feel the sweetness of success in the market of two-wheeled vehicles, especially scooters. Whether it's recognized or not, this also seems to inspire other Japanese manufacturers such as Yamaha Motor Company to join into the scooter segment.
Front view of 1960 Yamaha SC-1 scooter. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2XZSysx)
At that time, Yamaha was just starting to be active in the world of the two-wheeled vehicle industry, after launching its first motorcycle product namely the Yamaha YA-1 in 1955 which was followed by a series of other models such as YD-1 & YDS-1 until 1959. And then in March 1960, the three-tuning forks-logoed motorcycle manufacturer then released a scooter product named Yamaha SC-1 and is believed to have the meaning of Yamaha Scooter 1 or the first scooter from Yamaha.

The Yamaha SC-1 is presented not as a 'trial and error' product, this can be seen with a variety of the latest technology at that time deliberately installed on this scooter by Yamaha. Then from the SC-1 scooter design, Yamaha tried to display slightly different designs and styles from the top Italian scooters such as Vespa, which at that time carried more rounded shape design with the headlight placement on the handlebar. While Yamaha presented a taper, boxier-shaped design pattern with the headlight placement on the front body (like most German and British scooter designs in the 1950s).
Right side view of 1960 Yamaha SC-1 scooter. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2R0PmLo)
Then the chassis has applied a strong and sturdy monocoque chassis system. For the suspension is somewhat special, by using the single-sided suspension model on the front and rear wheels. With such those suspension system applied certainly makes it easier for its users, especially when they replace the rear wheels.

The Yamaha SC-1 scooter produced only for the Japanese domestic market (JDM) has a size that is arguably small, with a length of 1,770 mm. However, it has fairly hefty ie around 123 kg, this is due to dominantly use of the metal materials on its monocoque chassis. Then other sophisticated features that were also installed on this scooter include the use of an electric starter with the help of a dynamo in the engine.

Meanwhile, for the engine, Yamaha equips its SC-1 scooter with an air-cooled 2-stroke single-cylinder 175 cc engine. And Yamaha claimed that the engine is capable of producing power of around 10.3 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and a maximum torque of 15 Nm at 3,600 rpm. Then all those power is channeled to the rear wheel through the shaft with 2-speed manual transmission systems.
Yamaha sold its SC-1 scooters at a price tag of around ¥150,000. By the presence of the Yamaha SC-1 is apparently able to attract many consumers so that the scooter sales also reaped success in the Japanese domestic market at that time. So no wonder, if in the next following era, Yamaha Motor Company always launches its reliable scooter products to the domestic market up to worldwide.

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 | YAMAHA]
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