This blog started when I owned and MZ Skorpion Traveller and a bike magazine dismissed it with the phrase 'you can't tour on a single'. The Skorpion's gone and I now have a Triumph Bonneville, but I can't be bothered changing the title of the blog!
On Friday I featured the Rieju Tango 250. I hadn't actually seen one, but thought it was an interesting looking bike. When I searched the Web for information I found a mention that the engine was made by Chinese firm Loncin. However, I have since found mention that the engines are built by Yamaha. I found this bike on Ebay.
In the listing it mentions it having a 'Yamaha sourced engine', and being 'not Chinese'. It also mentions that it is very similar to the Japan only Yamaha Tricker.
You can see the similarity! So, I'm not sure what engine the Tango has, it could be a Yamaha or a Loncin 'clone', or a Yamaha engine built in the Loncin factory (a number of manufacturers have their engines built in China, Loncin build the BMW F650 and possibly others).
Interesting looking bike from Spanish firm Rieju. Using a Chinese built Loncin 4 stroke single cylinder engine producing 16 bhp, the Tango is probably more suited to city commuting or mild off road use. Despite my local dealer including a single pannier on the right hand side, I think the 6.3 litre fuel tank would limit its touring ability!
You get the option of wire spoked 'off road' wheels or cast 'supermoto' ones.
A number of times last year I posted about the Zongshen RX3, marketed in various countries badged as Honley, M1NSK, CSC, and no doubt others. Found a blog written by an American rider travelling through China and beyond on one of them. I haven't had time to read much of it, but if anything has gone wrong with the bike, it'll be reported there. Last post on his blog was in August last year when he was on Day 38, let's hope his silence since isn't due to some catastrophe!
Not much information on the Web, but the PMZ-A-750 was the first Soviet built 'heavy bike', manufactured from 1934 onwards. It was one of a number of bikes used by the Soviet Army in the pre-WW2 era before they settled on the BMW derived designs.
More than a passing US influence! Love the swoopy pressed steel frame, and I just can't work out how the front suspension works.
Kind of the engine and its volume: 2 cylinders, 746 cm3
Engine power: 14 h.p.
Maximum speed: 90 km/h
In 1930 the group of designers of Scientific Autotractor Institute
(SATI) started creation of the first Soviet heavy motorcycle. Pyotr
Vladimirovich Mozharog — the known Soviet engineer, the founder of one
of first domestically produced motorcycles Izh-1 headed
designers collective. The experience received by Mozharog after training
in Germany at a factory of BMW allowed to develop in short terms
the necessary complete set of drawings and other engineering
specifications. Simultaneously in Izhevsk construction of the motorcycle
factory — giant with productivity of 120000 motorcycles in one year
started. May, first, 1933 in shops of the constructed Experimental
motorcycle factory four first motorcycle SATI A-750 were
framed. Because of some technological reasons manufacture of SATI
was transferred to Podolsk Mechanical Factory. First industrial batch of PMZ-A-750 in July, 1934 was examined by people's commissar of heavy industry Sergo Ordzhonikidze. PMZ-A-750
was used not only in army, in parts of People's Commissariat
of Internal Affairs, but also on civil service. It actively used both
in city, and on village (for example, for transportation of mail) and
even acted in film. People of the senior generation certainly know film
of 1939 «Tractorists». In film the main heroine whom Marina Ladynina
played valiantly steered with motorcycle PMZ.
Lots of photos of one being restored (Russian text): here.