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1978 AMF Roadmaster Moped 3-fer

In America, Italy, Less than 5k, Scooter, Small Displacement by Tom Wacker0 Comments

American Machine and Foundry was founded in 1900 by Rufus L. Patterson, inventor of the first automated cigarette rolling machine. In the course of time AMF bought many companies and manufactured many items, including Harley Davidson, Roadmaster Bikes, Alcort Sailboats, and AMF Atomics. Yes. AMF made small atomic reactors for the US Military. Fast forward to 1976. The gas crisis …

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Ending Soon – 1917 Colson Bicycle with Smith Motor Wheel

In America, Small Displacement, Vintage by Abhi0 Comments

The Colson Corporation sold bicycles between 1917 and 1953, typically through retailers like Goodyear and Firestone. So why are you seeing one on a page about motorcycles? Because this first year Colson bicycle is equipped with a Smith Motor Wheel! Around 1910, Arthur William Wall developed a direct drive motor wheel to power a bicycle – it was the first …

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1953 Aermacchi 125N Cigno

In Italy, Scooter, Small Displacement by Abhi0 Comments

According to the seller, there are less than 5 of these little Aermacchi scoots in the United States. I have no idea if that’s true, but what I do know is that what looks like the gas tank is actually a storage unit, and you can shift it to make the bike look like a small motorcycle or a step-through …

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1953 Harley-Davidson ST165

In America, Small Displacement by Tom Wacker0 Comments

Part of the immediate aftermath of WWII was the Allies seizing and using certain German patents to boost their own civilian production. Among these was the DKW 125 that was copied in England by BSA (Bantam), in Russia (Mockba M1A), in Japan (Yamaha YA1) and Harley Davidson’s S125. Harley brought out the S125 in 1948 with it’s two stroke 125CC …

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1959 Tohatsu Runpet CA1B

In Japan, Small Displacement by Tom Wacker0 Comments

1-31-17 Update: This Runpet is back up for sale with a BIN of $1,500 or best offer here on eBay. March, 1967, Spokane, Washington State B Basketball Tournament was (still is) a big deal in Spokane, March ‘67 I was a Sophomore and the BB Tourney was a perfect excuse to get needed supplies for Baseball season and to cheer …

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1982 Honda Motocompo

In Japan, Less than 5k, Small Displacement by Abhi0 Comments

I don’t know why I like the Motocompo so much. It’s just so quirky and adorable that I can’t help but want one. Honda designed the Motocompo as a 50cc folding scooter that would fit in the trunk of subcompact cars Honda was making at the time, like the City. In fact, the City’s trunk was designed specifically to house …

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Honda Z50 Collection

In Japan, Off-Road, Small Displacement by Abhi0 Comments

A seller in Hollywood, Florida has 5 different examples of Honda’s iconic Z50 line. From old to new: 1. 1969 Honda Z50A Military Tribute – the seller got this three years ago. It’s said to run as it should and it comes with a military helmet. Bidding is currently up to $730 with the reserve not yet met or a …