Reference: Encyclopaedia of Classic Motorcycles

Reference: Encyclopaedia of Classic Motorcycles

Encylopaedia of Classic Motorcycles by Richard RosenthalThe Classic Bikers Club online reference guide is compiled from articles from the book Encyclopaedia of Classic Motorcycles. This definitive reference was commissioned and part serialised in The Classic MotorCycle. Further information about the book, author Richard Rosenthal and purchase details are available from Mortons Books.

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BAC - Busy Bee
Cairns Mo-Cyc - CZ
Dalesman - Durkopp
Dalesman 1969-74 UK
US financed production of well made lightweight off-road competition machines, using notably Puch and Sachs engines.

Eagle - Eysink
Fafnir - Fusi
Gadabout - Gys
Hagglund - Husqvarna
Hagglund 1973-78 Sweden
Limited production of pressed steel monocoque framed 345cc two-stroke Rotax engined military motorcycle with automatic transmission, the XM 74 was developed solely for the Swedish military by AB Hagglund and Soner, Ornsklosvick. Drive problems brought the project to a premature halt. Despite its problems, examples are available on the Continental autojumble scene and Rotax engine spares are available.

Jackson-Rotrax - Jupiter
K125 - KTM
L300 - Lutz
1928 Magnat-Debon 350Mabeco - MZ (MUZ)
Mabeco 1923-27 Germany
Intrigue surrounds Max Bernhard and Co from Berlin, who began making near exact copies of 600 and 750cc Indian Scouts with engines built by Siemens and Halske. Following successful legal action by Indian, production stopped and Max Bernhard and Co folded to be reformed as Mabeco.

Under this label, they built large American-like 996cc V-twins and 350cc two-stroke split singles, under licence from Garelli.

Nassetti - NVT
OCMA - Overseas

Minerva-engined 1901 Quadrant AutocycletteQuadrant - Quasar
Quadrant 1901-28 UK
Extravagant claims of ‘Britain’s oldest motor cycle’ were made in Quadrant’s mid-Twenties catalogues. True, they were pioneers, and extremely worthy ones too, but Britain’s first motorcycle makers they weren’t.

Rabeneick - RW Scout
Sadrian - Syphax
Talbot - Typhoon
Ultima - Utilia
Ultima 1908-58 France
Maker from rue Commandant Faurax, Lyon headed for many years by ME Billion. Early production centred round side-valve single and V-twin motorcycles using JAP and Zurcher engines. Later used Aubier-Dunne engines too.

Vaga - Vulcan
Wabo - Wurttembergia
XL - Xtra
Yale - Yvel
Zanella - ZZR

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