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Motorcycles

ItalJet Kit Kat- 1971

ItalJet Kit Kat- 1971

ItalJet founder Leopoldo Tartarini was a pilot, and later a factory racer for Ducati. The Kit Kat was ItalJet’s 73-lb non licensable-for-street-use transportation solution. It was powered by a 49cc Gyromat two-stroke engine.

IZH Planeta 5- 1968

IZH Planeta 5- 1968

Russia has always had a strong domestic production base for motorcycles, having its largest plant (Imz-Ural) built to produce 400,000 motorcycles per year.

Jawa 175cc- 1959

Jawa 175cc- 1959

After the decline of the armaments industry, in 1929 Czech engineer and inventor František Janeček began producing motorcycles. He purchased the German motorcycle company Wanderer from Winklhofer & Jaenicke and named the new company Jawa Motokov, created by merging the names JAneček and WAnderer.

Jawa Scooter-2006

Jawa Scooter-2006

Frantisek Janecek opened a mechanical shop in Prague that made armaments for European armies.  After WWI that business declined and he decided to diversify by building motorcycles in 1929.

MBK Magnum Racing XR- 2002

MBK Magnum Racing XR- 2002

Motobécane was a French manufacturer of bicycles, mopeds, and motorcycles established in 1923.  Motobécane came from two slang words:  “Moto” for motor and “bécane”  for bike.

McLean Monowheel- 1998

McLean Monowheel- 1998

A monowheel is one big wheel with the rider and engine inside the circumference. It differs from a unicycle which has the rider above the wheel.

Mitsubishi CM90 Silver Pigeon- 1957

Mitsubishi CM90 Silver Pigeon- 1957

Motor-scooters were available by mail before World War II through “Popular Mechanics,” but when Gambles stores began selling them in 1946, mail-order motor scooters took on a whole new meaning. The Montgomery Ward Company began offering this Mitsubishi-built Silver Pigeon C90M scooter in the 1950s under their “captive import” motorcycle brand, Riverside.

NSU 501 Konsul II- 1952

NSU 501 Konsul II- 1952

NSU began motorcycle production in 1901, four years before they began producing cars.

NSU Fox-1957

NSU Fox-1957

The NSU Fox was the first entirely new design motorcycle after World War II.  The Fox used a 98cc four stroke engine which was very new, as most motorcycles built before World War II used two stroke engines.

OSA M-50-1960

OSA M-50-1960

During the communist regime in Poland, scooters were associated with the freedom and luxury of the West. The Osa M-50 entered mass production in 1959, powered by a two-stroke 148cc motorcycle engine with a capacity of 6.5 hp.

Paglianti-1959

Paglianti-1959

In the 1950s and ‘60s there were over 300 motorcycle manufacturers in Italy.  Paglianti was one of the small manufacturers in business from 1948-1966.

Peugeot Scoot'elect electric scooter (white)-1998

Peugeot Scoot'elect electric scooter (white)-1998

The Scoot’elec shared both body panels and suspension components with the Zenith, but differed greatly in the frame. The on-board charger, controller, and cord are stored beneath the seat, leaving only an irregularly-shaped cubby up front for storage.

Rumi Formichino- 1955

Rumi Formichino- 1955

Fonderie Officine Rumi (F.O.R.) was founded in 1906 in Bergamo, Italy by Achille Rumi.

Salsbury Model 85 Standard- 1947

Salsbury Model 85 Standard- 1947

In 1935 Californian E. Foster Salsbury, an innovative businessman, was impressed when he saw pioneering aviator Amelia Earhart using an old small motorized two-wheeler Motoped around Burbank’s Lockheed Airport. He had a vision for “a cheap and cheerful vehicle that would propel the country forward to prosperous times.”

Schwinn Whizzer Model WZ-1948

Schwinn Whizzer Model WZ-1948

Whizzer motor kits were introduced by Breene-Taylor Engineering Corporation, a Los Angeles maker of aircraft parts, in 1939. 

Sears (Puch) Compact DS60 Scooter- 1966

Sears (Puch) Compact DS60 Scooter- 1966

Sears began selling American-made Cushman scooters under their “Allstate” brand since 1948, but also imported various Vespa models from 1952 to 1969, also re-badged as Allstates. In 1954, Sears began importing small-displacement two-stroke motorcycles from Austrian company Steyr-Daimler-Puch, A.G, or Puch, like the Compact DS60 Scooter seen here.

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