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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Vespa Elettra, an elettro design for a classic soul by MA-DE STUDIO

Recently, the trend of electrification in the two-wheeler segment has also begun to develop rapidly, marked by an unprecedented boom in popularity, especially in recent years. Various well-known motorcycle manufacturers have started to introduce and even sell electricity-based products.
Vespa Elettra, elettro design for a classic soul by MA-DE STUDIO. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2ML6WmD)
But the sophistication of an electric motorbike has not been able to shake the tastes of classic motorcycle lovers who remain faithful in choosing conventional classic motorbikes, and this also includes classic Vespa scooter fans who can be said to be one of the largest fan communities in the world.
Vespa Elettra, elettro design for a classic soul by MA-DE STUDIO. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2ML6WmD)
As we all know, Vespa is the most iconic Italian scooter brand in the world. But to be more specific, we are talking about the Piaggio's Vespa model which was patented almost 75 years ago, to be precise April 1946. Until now, Vespa scooters have had a fantastic total sales figure, reaching 18 million units worldwide. So it is not surprising that Vespa has many loyal fans around the world
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In the context of the electrification trend of motorized vehicles, it has also begun to touch the scooter sector, particularly Vespa scooters. Piaggio, as the manufacturer that holds the Vespa brand, has also tried to follow this trend. There are several models of electric scooters that this manufacturer has tried, namely the Vespa Elettrica which was introduced to the public for the first time in 2016.
Vespa Elettra, elettro design for a classic soul by MA-DE STUDIO. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2ML6WmD)
However, the foregoing does not reduce the interest of third parties outside the Italian giant scooter maker to try to come up with creative ideas in the form of electric vehicles which are design inspired by the Piaggio's classic scooter.

Here's MA-DE STUDIO is answered the above questions in their latest project. "This project is not an official Vespa assignment, but something we created because of our love for this iconic Italian Vespa brand," said Andrea Della Vecchia, founder of MA-DE Studio Design, as quoted of Autoevolution.

MA-DE Design Studio itself is an international design studio based in Cuomo, Italy, so it makes perfect sense that they involve Vespa models in this serious project. As a form of support for the scooter, the pride of the Italian state.
Vespa Elettra, elettro design for a classic soul by MA-DE STUDIO. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2ML6WmD)
The electric-powered scooter named Vespa Elettra, to be elettro design for a classic soul, is designed very attractive and inspired by the classic Vespa scooter, which is also known as the Vespa which is transformed into an electric scooter without losing its classic identities and souls. 

Everything looks harmonious together, starting from the classic handlebar on which there's a sophisticated dashboard and equipped with a touch screen with high technology. Then as the drivetrain, the scooter uses an electric motors that is capable of producing 9.38 horsepower with 240 Nm of torque, so that it can make it go at a maximum speed of up to 95 kph.
It armed with a 5.6 kWh battery, so the electric-powered Vespa Elettra scooter can cover a distance of 150 km for a single battery charge, far above the word that is enough to be used everyday around the city with this eccentric-style scooter.

But what is also no less cool than this 'classic' with the latest technology is the Bluetooth connectivity feature to be paired with a special application, which becomes an authentication key and a virtual dashboard for relevant travel settings and data.

“I really believe in the movement towards electric mobility. It's only a matter of time, not only for cars but also for scooters and other small vehicles as mobility vehicles in urban areas,” concluded Della Vecchia.

In fact, this is not the first time a third party has come up with a creative idea in the form of an electric-powered scooter concept inspired by classic Vespa scooters, such as the Vespampère electric scooter concept by Giulio Iacchetti, the Vespa 98e Concept by Mightyseed Designs, which was present some time ago.

And here's the soundless Piaggio Vespa Elettrica video, while passing through your heart.😀
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 | VESPA | MA-DE STUDIO | EICMA 2019 | AUTOEVOLUTION | ELECTRICMOTORCYCLES ]
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Monday, January 4, 2021

Here's one of the Austrian's reliable scooters

As all we know, the scooter's hey-day was occurred in the 1950s to 1960s throughout the world. This also happens in Austria, as one of the centers of the automotive industry in Europe, although not as big as its neighbor Germany.
Puch RL 125 uses a 2-stroke 125cc engine and was mated to a 3-speed manual transmission system was shifted from the left twistgrip. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/356wG3g)
A while ago we ever discussed before several Austrian scooter brands, such as Colibri from Josef Walter & Co or scooters made by KTM starting from Mirabel, Mecky to Pony. Then there are the scooters designed by Otto Kauba which are also made into several brands from this country.
Puch RL 125 was also known for their moderate performance, with a top speed of around 45 mph. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/356wG3g)
It turns out that there is another big name in the automotive world from Austria, namely Puch. For true automotive enthusiasts, you must be familiar with this brand which was quite famous in the 1950s to the 1960s. Well this time we will discuss the figure of a unique scooter which also comes from the Austrian manufacturer.

Puch Motorcycles is one of the oldest manufacturers in Europe, founded in 1891 in Graz, Austria, when Johann Puch & Comp was originally dedicated to bicycle production. As time goes by, besides bicycles, this manufacturer also produces cars, mopeds, scooters, motorbikes and machinery.
The company built their first motorcycle in 1903, and by 1912, the year company founder Johann Puch retired, the factory produced more than 300 motorbikes and cars every year, along with about 16,000 bicycles.
 
After World War II, they built two-stroke off-road and road bikes with 125, 175, and 250cc engines, as well as various scooters and mopeds with smaller engines. It is also known that Puch's machines are widely used by various brands of motorbikes and scooters and some of them are marketed in the United States by Sears Roebuck as Allstate engines.
Puch SR 150 uses a 2-stroke 150cc engine and was mated to a 3-speed manual transmission system. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/3ocGH6C)
Next to the scooters, this Austrian brand has also ever produced scooters in the 1950s to 1960s, with several models being born from the production line at its factory located in Graz. Until the end of the 1950s, this Austrian manufacturer saw strong sales due to the European public high interest to scooters.

The Puch's scooters have developed a reputation for reliability and are popular for everyday commuting, providing good weather protection and ease of use. Its first scooter model was known as the Puch RL 125 which had a 2-stroke 125cc engine and was mated to a 3-speed manual transmission system was shifted from the left twistgrip. According to some sources, the Puch scooter model bodywork elements were developed in collaboration with the Lambretta maker, although they are not intended for sports use.
Puch SR 150 was delivering better performance of 6 hp rather than 5 hp but retaining three-speeds gearbox. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/3ocGH6C)
The Puch's first model scooters went into production in 1951 and were also known for their moderate performance, with a top speed of around 45 mph, was not a problem. The next Puch SR 150 'Alpine' model has a 150cc engine and foot-operation, delivering better performance of 6 hp rather than 5 hp but retaining three-speeds gearbox.
In 1987, the motorcycle division of this brand became part of Piaggio Group and still produces bikes under the name Puch. When the bicycle division of Piaggio, which also included Bianchi Bicycles was sold to the Swedish Grimaldi Industri group in 1997, Puch became part of Cycleurope. In 2011, Austrian entrepreneur Josef Faber took control of the brand, with the 2012 line of bicycles manufactured by Cycleurope in France.

That's it, and if the article above is still considered inadequate or inaccurate, or if you have additional information related to these Puch's unique-shaped 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 | GDSIT | WIKIPEDIA | CYBERMOTORCYCLE ]
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Monday, December 21, 2020

The story of the Triumph's scooters (both TMC and TWN)

So far, many people thought that the Triumph motorcycle brand came from the UK. But did you know that the brand actually also has German's sibling? What's more, did you know also that Triumph has also ever produced several beautiful scooter models?
The TWN Contessa 200cc scooters were produced from 1955 to 1958 and uses a 197 cc 'split single' 2-stroke engine coupled with a 4-speed gearbox. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/3nrlzsF)
As quoted from Wikipedia, the company was originally founded by one of German expatriates in the United Kingdom named Siegfried Bettmann as a bicycle factory called the Triumph Cycle Company in Coventry, England in 1886.

A year later the company was registered under the name New Triumph Co. Ltd., with funding from the Dunlop Pneumatic Tire Company. In the same year, Triumph turned into a manufacturing company after Bettmann partnered with Johann Moritz Schulte. And in 1888, Bettmann purchased a site in Coventry using his lent money from the Schulte family.
The TWN Contessa 200cc scooters were also equipped with an electric starter. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/3nqjzkw)
The company started producing the first Triumph-branded bicycle in 1889. And a decade later in 1896, Triumph started its German's subsidiary named Triumph Werke Nürnberg AG (TWN) to manufacture bicycles in Bettmann's hometown of Nürnberg, Germany.

Since 1890 the company diversified into manufacturing motorbikes at its Much Park Street's factory. As the results, the first Triumph motorcycle was rolled out of its Coventry's factory in 1902. It was a usual bike powered by a 2.25 bhp Minerva engine. A year later in 1903, its Nürnberg's factory was also carried out its motorcycle production.
The TWN Tessy Luxus 125cc scooters scooters were produced from 1956 to 1958 and uses a 125 cc 'split single' 2-stroke engine. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2KsXFP4)
Despite the turmoil of the Great War, the German factory maintained its good relationship with its British sibling and built motorcycles by using the same engines as, and otherwise very similar to the British bikes.
The TWN Tessy Luxus 125cc scooters scooters were produced from 1956 to 1958 and uses a 125 cc 'split single' 2-stroke engine. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2KsXFP4)
In 1913, the British and German factories diverged, after the German economic and political climate forced the company to use of fellow German manufacturers' products. This led to change to the components pinned in the German's factory subsequent motorcycle model by using the MAG and Sachs engines.

At the time, several German's Triumph models with 248 cc and 269 cc two-stroke engines, and being given the badge as Orial, but after they got the complaints from the French company of the same name in 1920s, so then the company decided independently to given its products the TWN (Triumph Werke Nürnberg) badges.
The TWN Tessy Super 150cc scooters scooters were produced from 1956 to 1958 and uses a 150 cc 'split single' 2-stroke engine. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2WnHKV6)
In the 1930s an engineer they had hired away from its rival NSU named Otto Reitz managed to design a single cylinder 200cc two stroke engine along the lines of the Puch "Twingle", with the two pistons sharing a forked conrod. Later, it was developed in 250cc and 350cc versions which were used in military machines during preparations for the coming war.
The TWN Tessy Super 150cc scooters scooters were produced from 1956 to 1958 and uses a 150 cc 'split single' 2-stroke engine. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2WnHKV6)
From 1939 to 1945 there was a second World War, which made almost all of Europe and the world feel how bad it was. In that time, Nürnberg was badly damaged in the latter years of the war, and the TWN factory also suffering extensively. Shortly after the war ended, by 1948 production had resumed. It is also known that during the 1950s, this German manufacturer had produced several scooter models, as follows;
  1. TWN Contessa, a beautiful premium scooter that is armed with a 197 cc 'split single' 2-stroke engine (a type of engine that has been developed by TWN since the 1930s) which is capable of producing around 10hp of power, combined with a 4-speed gearbox with a top speed of around 60mph, uses two 10 inch wheels. Besides that, the TWN Contessa scooter was also equipped with an electric starter and was produced from 1955 to 1958.
  2. TWN Tessy Luxus, a scooter produced by this German manufacturer from 1956 to 1958 by using a 125cc 2-stroke engine capable of producing around 7.5hp of power which can carry the scooter to run up to a top speed of 50mph.
  3. TWN Tessy Super, a scooter produced by the TWN manufacturer from 1956 to 1958 by using a 150cc 2-stroke engine which is capable of producing about 8.5hp of power which can carry the scooter to run up to a top speed of 50mph.
Finally, the company merged with Adler motorcycle and typewriter business after Max Grundig took over in 1958 and the German-built Triumph motorcycles ceased production. However, the mopeds production is still being carried out, it is likely that's the Triumph's rebadged and marketed as Hercules during this period by using Sachs engines.
The Triumph Tigress 250cc scooters scooters were produced from 1958 and uses a 250 cc twin-cylinder, four-stroke overhead-valve engine. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/3mmSgpT)
Meanwhile, the British Triumph or Triumph Motor Company is known to have made a scooter model known as the Triumph Tigress. The scooter is built on a design concept created by Edward Turner. And as a result, TMC introduced the Triumph Tigress in 1958 as a scooter that carried a 4 stroke-twin engine with a 250cc capacity that was able to deliver about 10 horsepower, so that it was able to make this scooter run fast to a maximum speed of around 70 mph while making it a the fastest scooter at the time.
The Triumph Tigress 175cc scooters scooters were produced from 1958 and uses a 175 cc single cylinder, two-stroke engine. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/3r666kg)
During its development, TMC also produced the 175cc Tigress Scooter which was armed with an air-cooled single cylinder 2-stroke engine. Inevitably, the Tigress became a scooter that was loved by the public at that time, besides being economical, it was also comfortable to drive because of its excellent handling, acceleration and braking.

However, behind the Tigress perfection, there were major obstacles that caused this scooter to be less attractive due to expensive maintenance and spare parts. That's a classic problem faced by British automotive manufacturers. Besides being known as the Triumph Tigress scooter, this scooter also has another name, namely, BSA Sunbeam, because in the 1960s some of TMC's shares were bought by BSA.
The Triumph Tina/T10 100cc scooters scooters were produced from 1962 to 1970 and uses a 100 cc single cylinder, two-stroke engine. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/34g0cmP)
Besides the Tigress, the TMC manufacturer also had a chance to produce a tiny scooter called the Triumph Tina, a small-sized, low-performance scooter with a 100 cc two-stroke engine coupled with the automatic transmission system and a handlebar carrying basket. This Triumph tiny scooter model was produced starting from 1962 and stopped in 1970, having previously changed to the Triumph T10 in 1965.
This scooter had caused quite fierce differences of opinion among the TMC's internal decision makers, because it intended to be marketed specifically only for women. Some internal circles who oppose the its production and existency think that the scooter is very contrary to the identity of Triumph, which has been known as the big-engined motorcycle and is very synonymous with masculinity. It was not know, how many Tina scooters has produced by the British manufacturer.

That's it, and if the article above is still considered inadequate or inaccurate, or if you have additional information related to the Triumph scooter models, 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 | WIKIPEDIA | SCOOTERHOOD ]
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Friday, December 18, 2020

Take a look at the three most expensive Vespa's rare scooters in Indonesia

As we all know the Piaggio's Vespa scooter brand in Indonesia has its own history. It is not surprising then it creates emotional closeness to form a close brotherly bond between its users. Similiarly, if there is a classic scooter (especially a Vespa) that is offered at a pretty fantastic price, it would be an interesting topic of conversation.
1951 Vespa V30 'Faro Basso' sat on display at the Indonesia Scooter Festival (ISF) 2020 and was offered at a pretty fantastic price of Rp. 900 million (approx the US. $63,480). (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3maFlr6)
Yes, a while ago the world of scooter enthusiasts in Indonesia was busy when there's a Piaggio-made scooter was offered at a pretty fantastic price. Now here are three Vespa classic scooters got an exorbitant price tags in Indonesia;

1. Vespa V30 'Faro Basso'
Not long ago, there's something caught the attention of visitors to the 2020 Indonesia Scooter Festival (ISF). At the event, there's a gorgeous 1951 Vespa V30 'Faro Basso' appeared and said to be sold at a price of Rp. 900 millions (approx the US. $63,480). How does it look? This classic Vespa appeared in army green colored and was one of the participants for the Scooter Contest at ISF 2020 event which took place 5-6 December 2020 at Lippo Plaza Jogjakarta.
1951 Vespa V30 'Faro Basso' is one of the rarest classic scooter models has a stunning and iconic shape also carries a 2-stroke 150cc engine. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3maFlr6)
According to Dwi Yudha Danu, the founder and chairman of the event organizing committee, that the classic scooter was as the result of an original restoration featured with legal documents and valid vehicle taxes. Furthermore, he explained that there were only 50 units of Vespa V30 known existed in Indonesia, but the one was on the similar condition like this was very rare. As it is known that the Vespa V30 Faro Basso is one of the rarest classic scooter models has a stunning and iconic shape also carries a 2-stroke 150cc engine.
But unfortunately the appearance of this classic scooter only lasted briefly, due to the event was later disbanded by the local government, it considered to have violated the provisions of the health protocol in effect during the COVID-19 pandemic. So if you are interested to have this 1951 Vespa V30 classic scooter, please call +62-818-0423-4562.

2. Vespa GS (Grand Sport) Series
The presence of the 1950 Vespa GS (Grand Sport) VS on display at the Indonesia Scooter Festival (ISF) 2019 was quite shocking because the price offered on the scooter reached Rp. 500 millions (approx the US. $35,267). Even though the scooter appeared to be mediocre, has not much attributes, and even its silver paint look a little opaque, but who would have thought it was one of the scooters that were priced at a high price during the exhibition.
1950 Vespa GS 150 VS sat on display at the Indonesia Scooter Festival (ISF) 2019 and was offered at a pretty fantastic price of Rp. 500 million (approx the US. $35,267). (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2WbKTXP)
The Vespa GS Series scooters are one of collector items. What makes these scooter models were special, apart from its rarity, they have a slightly different physical form from any other Vespa types. The Vespa GS-Series has two variants, namely the VS and MK types. And the Vespa GS VS type has five series, namely VS1 to VS5. Meanwhile, there are only two types of Vespa GS MK, namely Mark 1 and Mark 2.
1957 Vespa GS 150 VS3 uses a 150cc 2-stroke engine with silver color body. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3oNo3BX)
Both of Vespa GS Series also carried different kind of engines, for the Vespa GS VS scooter carries a 150cc 2-stroke engine while the GS MK 160cc. Apart from the engine, the characteristics of the Vespa GS Series also can be seen from the color, for the GS VS type scooter is only available in silver, while the GS MK is wrapped in white.
Well, at the ISF 2019 event, it turned out that there were two other Vespa GS units on display along with several other beautiful and unique scooters, namely the 1957 Vespa GS VS3 Messerchemitt and the 1962 Vespa GS MK1 Messerchemitt.

3. Vespa SS (Super Sprint) Series
This scooter is also commonly called the Vespa smallframe and has only two variants, namely the 500 SS and 90 SS. If seen from its history, the Vespa SS Series was produced from 1965 to 1971 in limited numbers, reportedly only 5,000 units worldwide.
1965 Vespa 50 SS VS3 uses a 50cc 2-stroke engine was said to be offered at a pretty fantastic price of Rp. 1 billion (approx the US. $71,171) and today's highest bid of Rp.700 million (approx the US. $49,819). (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3qTfffU)
Apart from its small and cutie design, the Vespa SS Series is also unique thanks to the placement of the spare tire in the middle of the deck and the toolbox that resembles a fuel tank on the upper of the spare tire. Besides being useful to store various mechanic tools, the toolbox also functions as a chest pad for the rider.
As we all know, during its production period, the Vespa SS Series was intended to be used for racing at the Imola and Vallelunga circuits in Italy. And now, even though it has been almost 50 years since the scooter production have been ceased, the Vespa SS Series has never lost its charm among the world's scooter enthusiasts.
Not once, but twice this 1970 Vespa 90 SS with a 90cc 2-stroke engine has been sold at a fantastic price of Rp. 300 million (approx the US. $21,160). (Picture from: https://bit.ly/37Vw4y4)
Indonesia as one of the countries with the largest Vespa community in the world, there're several Vespa SS Series units still be found in the roads. However, due to its small population, the price of the Vespa SS Series scooters on the market has gone crazy, it is said that someone once sold a Vespa 90 SS at Rp. 300 million (approx the US. $21,160).
In the first transaction, the 1970 Vespa 90 SS was sold for Rp. 300 million, while in the second one, it was sold for around Rp. 340 million. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/37Vw4y4)
In fact there are many other Vespa scooter models that are known to have quite fantastic price tags in Indonesia, one of which is the Vespa Ausburg VGLA/B which is known in Indonesia as Vespa Kongo

That's it, and if the article above is still considered inadequate or inaccurate, or if you have additional information related to these three Vespa's rare scooters knew to have an exorbitant price tags in Indonesia, 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 | TEMPO | NAIK MOTOR | OTOJURNALISME | GRIDMOTOR ]
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Sunday, December 13, 2020

The British-made Douglas Vespa scooter models

Most people only know and even consider the Vespa brand scooter to be a scooter that is only produced in Italy. This assumption is neither wrong nor 100 percent correct as well. Because in fact, there are the Vespa scooters produced outside of Italy, such as in England, France, Germany Russia, and many other countries in the world.
1951 Douglas Vespa Rod. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2DMAgn2)
And here's the Douglas Vespa, the Vespa scooter models ever produced by the British manufacturing company named Douglas (Kingswood) Ltd. The presence of Vespa Douglas scooter began when the British company headquartered in Kingswood, Bristol, England, which is known to have been producing motorbikes since 1907, and in 1948, the company was effectively bankrupt after having suffered a decline in business significantly.
1953 Douglas Vespa G Model. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3qBlVz2)
However, the condition of the company slightly improved, when at the same year, Claude McCormack, Managing Director of Douglas returned to England after taking a vacation trip to Italy and caught sight of a Vespa scooter while in there. Immediately he make a memorandum of understanding with Piaggio that generally consists an agreement to build the under licensed Vespa scooter in Bristol.
Piaggio had shown off a Vespa scooter model at the Douglas booth in the Motorcycle Show at Earls Court in 1949. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2VQNKVY)
It seemed then that the deal looked to be going well when the Italian manufacturer had shown off a Vespa scooter model at the Douglas booth in the Motorcycle Show at Earls Court in 1949. Two years later, the scooter model was really produced by Douglas to be pricisely in April, 1951, shortly after the entire manufacturing infrastructure was completed.
1954 Douglas Vespa GL2. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2VQhhix)
Initially, all Douglas scooters were built intact in England. The Douglas foundry churned out items such as engine bearers, clutch covers and cylinder heads, whilst from the machinery shop came gear clusters, brake drums and much else besides. And most of the pressing items were made by Pressed Steel, a workshop based in Birmingham, England.
1955 Douglas Vespa 42L2. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3mX2IFI)
But after the British company introduced the Douglas 152L2 scooter model, all scooter parts were supplied directly by Piaggio from its factory based in Pontadera, Italy. Meanwhile, the Douglas factory in Bristol only had assembled them becoming a scooter.
1956 Douglas Vespa 92L2. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3mUjsO4)
During the production periods that rolled ranging from 1951 to 1965, here's several types of Vespa Douglas were successfully produced by the Brit company, as follows:
  1. Douglas Rod, is a Vespa model which refers to the retro term for gear shifting. This scooter model takes the specifications of the 1949 Piaggio Vespa scooter model. And the Douglas Rod model was produced between 1951-1955 with only 125 units ever built.
  2. Douglas G Model, is a continuation of the previous model with a cable gear change. This Vespa Douglas model uses a two-stroke 125cc capacity engine and was produced between 1953-1954.
  3. Douglas GL2, is an update of the Piaggio 1949 model, especially from the twin chassis and ports on the engine. This model uses a two-stroke 125cc capacity engine and was produced from 1954-1955.
  4. Douglas 42L2, is a new model that has applied the headlights to the handlebar sector and The model was produced in 1955-1956.
  5. Douglas 92L2, is a modification of the Douglas 42L2 model by carrying a larger fuel tank. This model was developed in 1956-1959.
  6. Douglas 102L2, this is a Vespa 92L2 but has a 150cc capacity engine imported directly from Italy. This model was produced in 1957.
  7. Douglas 152L2, is a completely new model with a 150cc capacity engine. The rear is constructed in two parts, as well as the engine carrier which is attached to the crankcase. This model was produced from 1959 to 1960.
  8. Douglas Sportique, is the last generation of Vespa Douglas scooter. This scooter model carried a 125cc capacity engine and was produced from 1961 to 1965.
Clearly, Piaggio were expecting too much for a big-scaled production from Douglas. They gave Douglas not only the UK market but also large areas of the globe covered by Commonwealth countries e.g. Canada, Australia, East Asia and Southern Africa. They were to be disappointed, due to it could not compete in the market.
1957 Douglas Vespa 102L2. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3oxqzMB)
In 1965, after successfully assembling around 126,230 scooters, the entire production process of Douglas scooters had been ceased. After that, Douglas became the sole importer of Piaggio-made Vespa scooters to England. There various scooter models such as the GS 150 and others were imported directly from Italy until 1982.
1959 Douglas Vespa 152L2. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3lU7cvD)
It seems that Piaggio has to accept the reality of the situation namely that the British market has been irreparably compromised by their decision to go with Douglas instead of exporting the scooters directly to British soil and those good relations continued until the demise of Douglas in 1982.
1963 Douglas Vespa Sportique. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3oxrkVX)
That's it, and if the article above is still considered inadequate or inaccurate, or if you have additional information related to the Douglas scooter models, 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 | VETERAN VESPA CLUB]
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Thursday, December 10, 2020

The German's gorgeous Diana scooter of '50s

Dürkopp or Dürkoppwerke is founded in Bielefeld in 1867 by Nikolaus Dürkopp who started out as the sewing machine maker, later the company was also knew as one of the pioneers of the German motorcycle industry.
The Dürkopp Diana scooter was first displayed at the Frankfurt Show of 1953 (the IFMA Fair), and entered into the market in 1954. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2Jr00Kp)
 Dürkopp was constructing bicycles, motorcycles, cars and various other components from 1901. The company ceased manufacturing motorcycles before the outbreak of World War I between 1912 and 1927, although there was a period of assembling motorized bicycles in the 1930s, it did not resume production until 1949.
1902  Dürkopp Phaeton Karmann. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2VEjU6O)
In the 1920s, Dürkopp shifted its business activities to producing automobiles and had more than 6,000 workers building a variety of cars covering models from 1500cc to over 6 liters. This company was very active in the years leading up to WWII, by producing all kinds of weaponry and components, and in 1944, the company was reported that it had up to 3000 prisoners of war and forced labourers in its workforce.
1902  Dürkopp MD 200 uses a 198cc engine. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/36JRUFh)
Post-war production commenced with a motorized bicycle powered by a 48cc JLO engine delivering power to the rear wheel by roller drive. Dürkopp's most successful post-war model was the MD150, introduced in 1951 and remaining in production until 1954. Almost 18,000 MD150 machines were built. There was also a 198cc model, the MD200, available from 1952 to 1954.
1959  Dürkopp Diana TS uses a 175cc two stroke engine. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/36JRUFh)
The 1950s was known as the heyday of scooters, so it did not escape the German manufacturer's observation. And finally in 1953, the company was interested in producing scooters through the Dürkopp Diana scooter model.

1959  Dürkopp Diana Sports ads.
(Picture from: https://bit.ly/2VFnCNB)
The scooter is clearly influenced by the Innocenti Lambretta LD scooter which is a rival to Piaggio Vespa, but is equipped with a larger engine (194cc)
and the front shield shape is unique. As a result, its scooters were well built but relatively expensive, so the number of scooters offered and successfully sold on the market during the 1950s was not large.

The Dürkopp Diana scooter was first displayed at the Frankfurt Show of 1953 (the IFMA Fair), and entered into the market in 1954, and was well received (almost 25,000 of the two-seater scooter version being produced). The scooter is featured with a relatively luxurious unit with an electric starter and a manually four-speed gearbox coupled its two stroke engine with a capacity of 200 cc. Two new models were introduced in 1959, the 175cc Diana TS and the Diana Sport with a more powerful 198cc engine.

It's also noted that a number of leading contemporary magazines at the time have tested the Dürkopp Diana scooter, and the results, it is described as 'well designed', and built to luxury specifications. The scooter remained in production until 1959.
1959  Dürkopp Diana Sports uses a 198 cc two stroke engine. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/36JRUFh)
In 1955, the company was acquired by the Ardie company so that Dürkopp's Fratz I, II, III, IV and Dianette's mopeds were marketed under the Ardie label. Unfortunately, the production of the Diana scooters and all motorcycles ended in 1961 due to the sewing machine product proved to be more profitable.😢

And after a series of merger attempts (lastly the Dürkopp mergered with its compatriot company Adler in 1990), the company was bought out by Chinese investors (ShangGong Company of China) in 2005.
That's it, and if the article above is still considered inadequate or inaccurate, or if you have additional information related to the Dürkopp Diana scooter models, please don't hesitate to let us know via the comments column below this article.

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