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Bitza autocycle

John Ewart

In the ornithological world, once knowledge gets out of an unusual bird or one of abnormal colouring, bird watchers travel miles just for a look.  I think they’re called ‘twitchers’.  I’ve yet to hear of NACC members rushing off to see a yellow Quickly or a purple Solex - but I’ve bought something that’s a real mixture.

Bitza autocycle

The frame is from a Cyc-Auto; it’s been cut about and extra tubes welded in.  The spring forks are homemade.  The engine has a Villiers JDL barrel and is, maybe, an industrial version; it’s about 100cc.  It has a separate clutch and 3-speed gearbox, which could be Albion.  The one definite part is the Trojan petrol tank - but in an odd place.  The wheel hubs look like BSA Bantam and have been fitted with 26"1 3/8" rims.  The number plate indicates 1949 registration and someone unknown has spent a lot of time putting it together.

What do I do with it?  It’s very heavy and needs tyres that are more robust.  It does have pedal so is a ‘cyclemotor’.  It’s certainly unique; maybe I’ll restore it next century.
If a cyclemotor twitcher is out there - at 50 years of age it isn’t going to fly away.  Burying it might be preferable!


First published - October 1999


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