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Old 11-17-2014, 10:09 PM   #1
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A real battle scooter....

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Old 11-17-2014, 10:17 PM   #2
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I like it! Get some knobbies on there, stat!
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Old 11-17-2014, 11:18 PM   #3
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Some competition from history (70 years ago - WWII) to be a real 'battle scooter':




Geronimo!: 1942 Paratrooper Welbike


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The name Welbike comes from the area of its development, an hour north of London in Welwyn, Hertfordshire. The idea — cooked up by the British Army’s clandestine force, Special Operations Executive (SOE) — was that paratroopers needed a way to quickly move about the countryside after parachuting into a location. The finished bike needed to fit inside a standard parachute airdrop container 51 inches long, 15 inches high and 12 inches wide. To fit comfortably inside the small container, the Welbike had no suspension, lighting system and just a rear brake.
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Old 11-17-2014, 11:19 PM   #4
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Old 11-18-2014, 02:34 PM   #5
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Rather neat. Ditto on the tires, needs some knobbies.

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Old 11-18-2014, 09:31 PM   #6
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An infantry man on a Welbike - was this ever actually used? Seems like a duck at the shooting arcade.
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Old 11-18-2014, 10:36 PM   #7
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An infantry man on a Welbike - was this ever actually used? Seems like a duck at the shooting arcade.
Yes it was.
May have seemed like an arcade target, but it sure beat walking.
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Old 11-19-2014, 03:50 AM   #8
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Cool. Looks like something from Mad Max. The explosives box and hatchet are nice touches, though they might get you arrested around here. I was stopped on a bike once for carrying a hammer in a belt holder.

I have had a couple of rat bike motorcycles, it would be nice to build a rat scooter. Hardest part is finding a beat up scooter that is still in great mechanical shape.
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Old 11-19-2014, 07:02 AM   #9
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I talked to the fellow converting those bikes at the Long Beach bike show last weekend. He was a very interesting artistic guy, that has ratted out all kinds of bikes & cars.

He'll take anything you bring him and rat it out. As an example, when I asked about the cost of a him doing a conversion.....$2500 to $4000, for a scooter.
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Old 11-19-2014, 07:20 AM   #10
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We will posting more on those bikes in the near future on the California Scooter blog.
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Old 11-19-2014, 08:31 AM   #11
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Those old dove-tailed wooden boxes, especially ammo or explosives, are worth some money, depending on condition.
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Old 11-19-2014, 08:35 AM   #12
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it would be nice to build a rat scooter. Hardest part is finding a beat up scooter that is still in great mechanical shape.
C'mon...any Chinese scooter has a great engine while the bike falls apart around it!!
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Old 11-20-2014, 05:39 PM   #13
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Get rid of the street tires, put on knobbies..
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Old 11-20-2014, 05:44 PM   #14
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When the Japanese invading Singapore riding bicycles flatted, they simply took the tires/tubes off and rode on the rims.

the british mistook the sound for tank tracks and fled.

Despite a 10:1 or greater numerical superiority, the Japanese easily captured Singapore. Worst military performance ever....
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Old 11-21-2014, 11:23 AM   #15
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I once had what one might call a battle scooter/moped. a 1981 honda express that every kid in the neighboorhood had bought sold and traded multiple times. It had been ridden, wrecked, ran without oil, ridden on a flat tire, jumped, abused and pee'd on....but it ran like an absolute tank. Fired on second kick always......Oh yes.. it saw battle. I eventually restored it and sold it as a teenager...but that thing was bulletproof! I kinda want another one just to stare at in awe..

This is its story:

http://youtu.be/e8hag5v1hz8
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