Reduce transportation costs through efficiency. Provide a
healthy alternative. Reduce highway infrastructure costs. Reduce dependence on
foreign oil. (less offshore drilling!) Improve access within
public facilities. And do it through augmenting the humans ability to propel a
bike on demand as needed. Side effect. Fun Factor of 9.
the long Haul!" was
our first slogan. Photo taken at East Rosebud Lake, MT in 1987. Before the
Motorized Bicycle History
Bicycle engines or motorized bikes became part of the landscape after
WWII. In Europe that is. The need derived from
necessity. Necessity to commute. Truth be known, bridges in GB for instance,
were severely damaged. The country offered the first tax credit to promote usage because
speed, utility, and the ability to be carried over destroyed roadways and rivers as
needed. This made a huge difference in time going from point A to point B. In
that country a front drive traction (now called "friction") engine was the local hero.
The French, the German, the Italians also invested into bolt on power for
bikes. Fuel was of poor quality, yet the engines, while puffing a nasty
exhaust, chugged along. Designs limited use to particular bicycle styles. But in
those days, bikes were made locally. Whether using chain drive, belt drive, front engine, rear engine,
hub motors, mid engine, or traction drive... well, installation
needed a mechanic, maintenance was every day. Traction drive won out because it
was attachable to more sizes of bikes and easier to maintain.
However, once factories and bridges were rebuilt,
the economies recovered, motorcycles became popular. At motorcycle trade shows, add-on
engines for pedal
style bicycles to the shows were banned . As it would deter growth of the industry. The shows
only for motorized bicycles lacked interest and a bicycle engine was relinquished as
a recovery tool. The market died.
However as time went on the old friction drives from the French and the
Britain's version drove on and on. Why? Answer: simplicity, aka: low
maintenance. (really what our product is about) They still run. Somebody
kept using it. For thrift, for autonomy.
Motorized Bicycle flair rebounded as a "tickle me Elmo" in the later
50's to early 1960's in the U.S. Got an old Boy's Life"? It's in there...
I took a Whizzer in trade at a show in Oshkosh, WI. 110 cc and will do 35.
Sounds cool. POP, POP, POP. But sometimes I like a maintenance hog. The old heavy designs
fit nice in our relics room. They show how we took a step back not to
reinvent the wheel, but reinvent how it is built. Uh, well, how about "back to
Chain and belt drive systems are an
attempt to create a motorcycle out of a bicycle. That not what we do, or want
for you. We want to augment your ability to propel a bicycle
"Shift on the Fly"
You will not be accused of trying to circumvent laws that exclude
motorized bicycles from the requirements attached to motorized vehicles.
The patented engagment/disengagement principles keep you safe, quiet,
and extremely fuel efficient.
And face it, its nice to be able to release the engine power with a flick of
your wrist, hit the kill switch , and coast or pedal by, and then restart the
engine by just engaging.
This makes us special.