Who Says Bigger is Better?

Okay, in some cases maybe.  This cute little combo caught my attention a couple years ago and I’m just getting around to posting it.  A truly minimal teardrop trailer that I suspect can just sleep two with about one suitcase each. I found it labelled “The 1941 Kozy Coach Travel Trailer ” but a search around the internet didn’t turn up anything confirming this.  My only real fear in pulling this micro home on wheels would be the complete lack of rear visibility.

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A perfect little combination.

All I have is conjecture and observation for this one.  If anyone knows more and wants to share then please post in the comments section.  As a scooterist myself, I’m a bit jealous of this rig.

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And for some continuity, my great-grandfather on his brother-in-law’s scoot just after the war.

Anyone?

autopedWhere have you been all my life.  Lady Florence Norman on her Autoped; another interesting Internet find.  This is what I found about it:

“Lady Florence Norman, a suffragette, on her motor-scooter in 1916, travelling to work at offices in London where she was a supervisor. The scooter was a birthday present from her husband, the journalist and Liberal politician Sir Henry Norman.”

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1917 est une année cruciale pour la France en guerre : révolution russe et entrée de l’Amérique dans le conflit. En attendant cette aide décisive, il faut bien soutenir le moral des troupes… de l’arrière. L’hebdomadaire coquin La Vie Parisienne du 12 mai s’y emploit de son mieux et, à l’affût des dernières nouveautés, découvre un véhicule venu des États-Unis : l’Autopède. De quoi railler gentiment une nouvelle mode sur une double-page intitulée : “Le dernier cri ! La patinette automobile” … un engin que la France connaîtra quelques décennies plus tard. Vous vous souvenez ?

(Les légendes de ces dessins de G. Léonnec sont celles de La Vie Parisienne)

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I’m glad to know that, in the near future, no one will walk at all. Oh, it must be the future!

This one’s not quite the same, being gasoline powered but is an interesting little piece nonetheless.

Ex RAC Series 1 Lambretta; Sidecar Combo for Sale

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$_12$_12-2$_12-1These don’t come up very often… in fact, I’ve never seen one for sale before. I’ve seen pics of the RAC Lambretta’s of course, but here’s your chance to own one. It’s been completely restored, by no-one less than the famous Rimini Lambretta Centre, who have  done their usual fantastic restoration job, and, to give it a bit more oomph, stuck a  Innocenti TV225 engine under the panels. You also get the original 150 engine as part of  the deal. The full spec is available on the eBay listing, here, but this is a real head turner, as well as being eminently practical scooter if you want to lug more than a tent and a sleeping bag with you to the next scooter rally, without going to the extremes of a full caravan conversion.

Below are a couple of pics I found on the Red Devil motors blog

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Do the next scooter rally in comfort and style!

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4b98f96dbc8bca7b64209244945b68d1Fed up of camping? Can’t afford a B’n’B? This homemade scooter-caravan hybrid may be just the answer you’re looking for. Based on a beat of a scooter – the Soviet era Tula – or the Muravey commercial vehicle version of it… (think Russian Lambro. Lambretta-heads), I’ve been unable to track down much information on it. It’s a British build, put together somewhere in Leicestershire. And as well as a fabrication job, it looks like a first class restoration, from a less than promising original vehicle, see the first shot below! If you are the talented, but slightly nutty builder of this unique vehicle, please get in touch, I’d love to know more! Screen shot 2013-10-08 at 17.55.49Screen shot 2013-10-08 at 17.56.56Screen shot 2013-10-08 at 17.57.06Screen shot 2013-10-08 at 17.57.32Screen shot 2013-10-08 at 17.57.58Screen shot 2013-10-08 at 17.58.07Screen shot 2013-10-08 at 17.58.15Screen shot 2013-10-08 at 17.58.43Screen shot 2013-10-08 at 17.58.52

Fun fact: Muravey is Russian for Ant, (there’s a bit of a insect theme here, Vespa = Wasp, Ape = Bee, Muravey = Ant), Although, perhaps “Ulitka” would be more suitable. That’s Russian for snail. More for carrying…

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The KTM Ponny

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TM sold out its share for the first time in 1955 to a businessman named, Ernst Kronreif and result he bought the major part of the company. As as result, the consortium was renamed to Kronreif & Trunkenpolz Mattighofen. In 1957, KTM launched its very first moped, the Mecky. Followed by Ponny in 1960 and Ponny II in 1962. Meanwhile, KTM also molded bikes for racing. Unfortunately, the major stake holder, Kronreif died in 1960 and so the founder of KTM, Trunkenploz in 1962.

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Retro-Futuristic

I’m a big fan of Retro-Futuristic design.  Maybe that’s why some of the better Steam Punk designs appeal to me.  I don’t mean the stuff that’s just hot-gluing old watch gears onto some leather or carrying a toy ray-gun around in an old-western holster.  I want art that can actually be part of our daily lives.  To paraphrase a better writer than I, Life Should Be Art.  However, it shouldn’t just look cool or pretty, our tools, houses, and transportation can be practical, well-engineered, and well-made.  Things that are crafted by hand from good materials tend to be better thought out, have individual character, and have the quality of an heirloom.

Some mass-produced things are still pretty cool and it’s not always practical or affordable for us, in the modern rat-race, to make or have made, everything in our lives.  In this direction, I have noticed quite a few Makers repurposing or redesigning their possessions.  In other words, “hacking” the designs of others.

While looking for images of old scooters last night, I came across these amazing guys in Japan who took a pretty average-looking Honda scooter that looked like this:

and tore it down to the essentials before rebuilding it into this classy ride:

It is such a cool, yet realistic design, my first impression was that this was a 1930s or 40s scooter rebuilt.

Here’s another shot:

And it’s final color!

Click on the image above to have a look at their tear-down and build.  There’s a lot of pages but it’s a well-documented process.