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Sunday, 21 April 2013

Friday bike

I think most of us tend to think of scooters as starting with the famous Vespa and Lambretta models. However, scooters had been built much earlier and one of the most stylish of the pre WW2 era was the Salsbury.

 Groovy or what?

From Wikipedia:E. Foster Salsbury and Austin Elmore developed the Salsbury Motor Glide, a scooter with a seat above an enclosed drivetrain, and began production in 1936 in California. In 1938, Salsbury introduced a more powerful scooter with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). This was the first use of a CVT on a scooter.[20] It was such a success that Salsbury attempted to license the design to several European manufacturers including Piaggio. The Motor Glide set the standards for all later models. It inspired production of motor scooters by Powell, Moto-scoot, Cushman, Rock-Ola, and others.[21] 

And here's a chap showing the correct riding costume to be worn with the Salsbury.

And here's one in action:

1 comment:

  1. My father used to say the only two wheeled conveyance he ever owned was a Salsbury Scooter. I'll have to see if there are any pictures of it in the old family albums.