Here’s one I had never heard of before – a Genial Lucifer!
A seller in Montana has a pair of JTs that are claimed to be original (unrestored) and appear to be in quite nice shape. They were built in the same month with VINs within 50 of each other, and both have less than 800 miles each. These were popular mounts for many first riders, and Yamaha sold plenty of them. …
Cosmopolitan Motors of Hatboro, Pennsylvania closed down several years ago, but for a while they had claim to the title of America’s oldest motorcycle distributor. Back in their heyday you could stop by and find bikes from a wide range of smaller Italian manufacturers – many Parillas, Benellis, Capriolos, Garellis, Betas, (and more) featured here on Bike-urious were originally sold …
I have to admit, at first glance I thought this was just a poorly repainted Ninja 250. But it’s actually a KRR150, a mini two-stroke that was never officially sold in the US.
9-14-21 Update: Three years later, this bike is back up for sale. The seller “borrowed” Tim’s excellent description below to complement the new set of photos – find it still in West Palm Beach, Florida with an unmet opening bid of $3,500 here on eBay. Despite existing for some 90 years, Göricke-Werke AG has only been heard of by a …
There’s some great names in motorcycling history – Combat Wombat, Interceptor, and, to name a few. But damn if “Horny Toad” ain’t high up on the list as well!
Introduced in the early 90s, the Aprilia RS50 became a breakout hit in 1999 thanks to an aluminum frame (making it the first mass-produced 50cc with a die-cast aluminum frame) as well as a styling update reminiscent of Aprilia’s GP race bikes. European youths were all over it as licensing rules were relaxed for <50cc motorcycles and scooters.
Produced between 1970 and 1972, the CB100 featured styling from its bigger brothers and a claimed top speed of 60 miles per hour thanks to 11 horsepower. This example stands out as it has just 79 miles.
This YSR50 has an interesting history, as it was gifted to Brock Yates (the former editor of Car and Driver and creator of the Cannonball Run). It hung from the wall at Brock’s pub in Wyoming, New York until recently, and now it’s passed through the hands of a couple of people as a collectible.
The XL100 evolved into the XL100S in 1979, and it continued that way until the model was discontinued in 1985.
Sold in some markets as the Shuttle, the Suzuki FS50 was a family of scooters related to the FZ50 and FA50. The FS was built between 1980 and 1991 and was powered by a 49cc 3.2 hp engine paired with a two-speed transmission.
The Moto Morini Corsarino was sold between 1963 and 1977 in Scrambler, Touring, and the Sport version seen here. The adorable name translates to “Little Pirate,” (arguably, a little Corsican pirate) which explains the logo on the tail.
Only officially sold in Europe, the Bilonet was the first moped built by Batavus of Holland. The “Super Sport” variant featured a 49cc JLO two-stroke engine with a 3-speed transmission and kick start.
Equipped with a Baja Designs lighting kit, this little fifty has somehow got a CA plate so that you can ride it off-road, at camp, in the pits, and even on the street!
In 1977, Suzuki introduced the RG50, a small two-stroke standard. Five years later, the model evolved into the RG50 Gamma, a baby sportbike and the smallest of the Gamma lineup.