Outboard Motor Powers Bicycle (Jun, 1931)

Outboard Motor Powers Bicycle
AT a recent automobile show an outboard motor was shown as a power plant for a bicycle. The motor is attached to the handlebars and delivers its power to the front wheel through a friction drive which operates directly on the tire.

  1. jayessell says: February 18, 20101:05 pm

    As opposed to an inboard motor:


  2. rick says: February 18, 20103:19 pm

    When I was a kid there were two types of motorbikes available. One was called “Whizzer” which had a small motor mounted in the frame, similar to the way it’s done on a motorcycle. Those were the top of the line motorbikes. One of our neighbors kid had one. The envy of the neighborhood.

    The other was a small motor mounted exactly as shown in the illustration which used a friction wheel against the front tire. I wish I could remember the name of that one. It was small and relatively cheap and another neighbor’s kid had one of those. The Whizzer was a factory built motorbike while the other one was a motor you added to an ordinary bike you had on hand. Both of these were available in the late 40sand early 50s.


  3. KD5ZS says: February 18, 20104:28 pm

    In Europe they were referred to as velo-solex (or moped). Certain laws in Europe made it a logical choice as to a “pure” motorcycle or scooter. Frankly I would like to add power assist to my bicycle, because it is rather hilly where I live.

  4. Sean says: February 18, 20105:11 pm

    I wanted one of those Revo Wheels so badly when they got all the buzz 4 years ago, but it looks like the company went belly up.

    There’re a lot of motor makers out there. Here’s one site that sells a couple different makes: http://www.gasbike.net/ and here’s a whole community built around it: http://motorbicycling.c…

    Also: http://www.whizzermotor… They’re still in business.

  5. George says: February 19, 20109:30 pm

    Almira Gulch, having removed her basket to make room for the motor, must leave Toto behind. As she goes around the first curve in the road, her piston seizes up due to the sugar Auntie Em put into her gas tank while she was terrorizing Dorothy. She is thrown free of the bicycle and directly into the path of a tornado. Resume normal script.

  6. Firebrand38 says: February 19, 201010:06 pm

    George: I guess that I should point out that sugar in the gas tank doesn’t work http://www.snopes.com/a…

  7. dmz says: December 15, 20106:41 pm

    This is the same gal as the one on the bike built like a bumper car.

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