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07-24-2011 #11MBc Newbie
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Very pretty and I believe 50cc Royal Nords were raced with some success.
I have recently built a Yamaha RD50 powered machine for sprints and hillclimbs. It weights 48kg wet, is huge fun to ride and will manage a whisker under 70mph at 11000rpm.
Nice work. Strictly speaking of motorcycles and not confusing them with motored bicycles, I love the 50cc class in Grand Prix racing and streamliner LSR bikes.
I bet that thing is a pain in the butt to pedal, and the short cranks are just to start it and meet legal requirements (like for moped laws requiring pedals, and for getting it off the road if the engine dies. It might be useful for the way some of us pedal our mo-bikes though: silently entering housing zones at late hours after work, or maneuvering in parking garages or outdoor shopping zones, to get parking close to a building.
I like the build idea though: A cafe racer shape, with the motor + transmission mated forward of the tube frame. Looks good. Don't a lot of Puch mopeds and scooters have this arrangement?Someone yelled at me while getting in their car, "ARE YOU TOO LAZY TO PEDAL?" I almost fell off the bike laughing at the irony.
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