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Old Jun 21, 2015, 6:42 PM   #1
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Saw this at Daytona earlier this year. Reminded me of Walter C's post "The Whizzer"
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Old Jun 21, 2015, 6:44 PM   #2
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The part that makes it go.
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Old Jun 22, 2015, 10:38 AM   #3
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Very interesting. Wonder if Dodge licensed it to the manufacturer.
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Interesting stuff. I recognize the motor as a copy of the Honda Super 90 from way back.
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Walter, I think this will help. http://articles.latimes.com/1995-06-...1_vintage-race

Brian, you have a much better memory than I!
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There is a manufacturer of 'vintage' racing bikes, mostly flat trackers, in NH. These aren't restorations, but newly made to look like the vintage machines.
Patents have long expired on the designs, and many of the trademarks and copyrights have also lapsed, so people are free to use them.
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Well spotted, a good shots of a very clean and shiny old thing.
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These are not old motorcycles. They are modern day mo-peds styled to look like vintage m/c.
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Yes that motor certainly isn't old and I bet it could get you peddling pretty quickly!
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It's called a Motoped. These are commemorative models in reference to the early Dodge Brothers that made engines to convert bicycles to motorized versions.

The basic motoped style is very similar to the old flat track racing motorcycles from the board track days. They look similar to even the current flat track bikes.

They can be bought as kits or complete and have a sort of niche market. The engine is usually a Chinese variation of the old Honda 70cc if I'm not mistaken. That engine could have a kickstart, rope or electric and had an automatic clutch. They were tiny compared to the 90cc. It was used in all types of mini-bikes and ATVs and could be modified with an unlimited number of aftermarket parts. They could be wicked bad on a tube chassis 3 wheeler back in the 70's and 80's when they were popular.

These are normally 49cc to get around the regulations and keep them in that bicycle classification. And they get about 150 mpg. They only reach about 25mph. The whole idea is to avoid the DOT and be considered a bicycle. Even the Forest Service would require a flame arrestor and specific tires.
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