This little poppet is a 50cc, 4 speeder, which can get up to just over 40mph on the flat. But if there is a head wind or on hills, she rapidly struggles. She went round the Isle of Man TT course in 1 hour 17 minutes (not bad for 50cc), but needed first gear briefly when starting the mountain climb.
This was originally a 500cc, now bored to 600cc. It’s been made less life-threatening by having the throttle changed to the usual, right-hand side, unlike it’s original spec. Foot clutch, 3 speed. Shame about the colour!
I bought this bike in 1994 and for the first four years used it daily to travel from Reading to Didcot in all weathers. Eventually one of the pushrod tubes rusted through and the bike was taken off the road for repairs, a frame respray, new exhaust system and a good clean and polish. The rest of the paintwork is original.