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Motorbikes for the Masses

Motorbikes for the Masses Guest Curator Rob Kain tells us more about this summer exhibit

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Inexpensive, reliable, easy to maneuver and park transportation for a crowded urban area. This is where motorbikes, scooters, and mopeds really shine compared to ‘traditional’ motorcycles. The AACA Museum honors these often under-appreciated and sometimes ridiculed machines with its new exhibit, “Motorbikes for the Masses”.
While not a new invention (the 1915 Motoped from Long Island is considered to be the first production scooter), smaller motorbikes and scooters gained immense popularity during Post-WWII Europe and Asia. The ravages of war had left many factories in ruins, and transportation requirements for the populace were in dire need. Former aircraft factories, forbidden to build planes, turned to these two-wheeled, small-framed machines. They were easy to manufacture compared to automobiles or other large forms of transportation, provided much -needed jobs and immediate freedom to travel for the public.

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While the most iconic machines came from Germany, Japan and Italy, motorbikes have been produced and sold throughout the world. Here in America, major suppliers including Sears & Roebuck, Montgomery Wards and even Harley-Davidson offered imported examples under their brand name. While not as successful in sales numbers compared to Europe and Asia, these little entry-level ‘cycles have achieved a cult-level status amongst their admirers. “Motorbikes for the Masses” captures that appeal and its forgotten but historical styles and designs within its exhibit.

1966 Honda P50

1966 Honda P50

1955 Lambretta 150FD

1955 Lambretta 150 FD

1956 Miele (3)

1956 Miele Deluxe

1960 Peugeot

1960 Peugeot

1962 CZ Cezeta 504 with PAV 40 Trailer

1962 CZ Cezeta 504 with PAV 40 Trailer

1959 Simson

1959 Simpson KR

 Exhibit Vehicle Listing & Partner Sponsors

1948 Whizzer Pacemaker

1955 Lambretta Model 150FD Three- wheeler

Owner Jason McQuown

1955 Rixe Export Deluxe moped

Owner Andrew Baker

1956 Allstate Cushman model 62 scooter

Owner Dave Miller

1956 Miele Deluxe moped

Owner Ed Hanula

1957 TWIN Contessa scooter

Owner Roland Henry

1959 Allstate Scooter

1959 Cazenave moped

Owner Andrew Baker

1959 Zundapp Bella R154 scooter

Owner Roland Henry

1959 Simson KR50 scooter

Owner Dave Miller

1960 Harley-Davidson Topper

1960 IWL Berlin SR59 Scooter

Owner Roland Henry

1960 Peugeot Model BB104 Moped

Owner Rob Kain

1960 Riverside AV76 moped

Owner Rob Kain

Thank You to this Vehicle’s Partner Sponsor:

ROB KAIN

1961 Mitsubishi Silver Pigeon

1962 Motokov Cezeta 502 scooter & trailer

Owner Roland Henry

Thank You to this Vehicle’s Partner Sponsor:

TMI SCOOTER CLUB

 

1964 Allstate Puch MS-50 moped

Owner Rob Kain

1964 Heinkel Tourist scooter

Owner Svend Sheppard

Thank You to this Vehicle’s Partner Sponsor:

Carlisle Cycle & Scooter

Courtesy of: SVEND SHEPPARD, III

 

1965 Lambretta J100 ‘Cento’ scooter

Owner Rob Kain

1966 Harley Davidson Aermacci

1966 Honda P50 moped

Owner Dave Miller

1969 Lambretta Luna Cometa

Owner Jason McQuown

1970 Jawa model 21 scooter

Owner Dave Miller

1970 Honda Trail 70 minibike

Owner Matt Gotwalt

1977 Vespa Rally 200

Owner Jason McQuown

1978 Puch Newport moped

1979 Honda Dax minibike

Owner Matt Gotwalt

1980 Puch Maxi-Luxe moped

Owner Doug Jackson

2002 Cyklon-Berstal Solex S3800

Owner Roland Henry

 

Motorbikes for the Masses vehicle List – Updated 3/18/15
Subject to Change

Exhibit Supporting Sponsors

Rob Kain

Svend D. Sheppard, III

Guest Curator Rob Kain takes us behind the scenes of setting up this exhibit.

The most commonly asked question is “What’s the difference between a Moped and a Scooter?”   Here’s the answer!

Moped Vs Scooter

Guest Curator Rob Kain tells the story of the 1970 Jawa Model 21 – part of the current Motorbikes for the Masses Exhibit.