It’s been a while since I posted a collection of ‘oddballs’ (here are the last lot). So here goes, to be clear, the term oddball is not pejorative – these are scooters that just aren’t Lambrettas and Vespas – or clones of them!
First off is this BM Pokerino from 1963. BM, or Bonvicini Marini were an Italian motorcycle manufacturer founded in Bologna in 1952. An ‘ace’ looking little scooter, but, I must say my favourite part about is the poker hand badge – so if you’re feeling ‘flush’ (see what I did there) you can get hold of the Pokerino for a classified price of £1,895. It looks to be in great original condition.
Next up is a second 50cc classic – a straight-looking Zundapp RS 50 – another good looking little scooter. Yours for a grand.
One more ‘nifty fifty’ before I get to the big guns
… a Garelli Como – and I’m always a little unsure about classifying these larger wheeled bikes as ‘scooters’. Yep, it’s got the scooter style bodywork, but with those big wheels it’s more moped than scooter, right? While looking a little ungainly, the Garelli just about manages to pull off the ‘moped in disguise’ thing. I think. Anyway, it’s nearly twice the price of the Zundapp,at £1,995.
Next up is another scooter I don’t think I’ve seen before – A Jawa Tatran. Jawa – a long established Czech motorcycle marque – got in on the scooter gravy train just like everybody else. And they made a decent job of it by the look of things. This one has had a full resto job done on eBay for the same price as the Garelli, £1,999 – probably the better buy?
If you get that scooter, you’ll probably want to grab this book too… on eBay for £16.99.
Finally, and did I save the best to last? Maybe.
A great looking BSA Sunbeam. Look familiar? Well, the Sunbeam is basically a ‘badge engineered’ Triumph Tigress. One of my favourite British scooters, there’s no denying the sensuous smooth lines of this little beauty.
This one appears to be in very good nick, and has had the same owner for 15 years. It’s got a classified price of £2,495.
Back in the day my mate Graham, had a BSA Sunbeam but it had a 4 stroke – I just wondered if “Scooters” we’re defined by 2 stroke engines??
-Stroke, 4-Stroke, Electric, they’re all scooters – It’s more about the small wheels and enclosed bodywork – I think the 2-stroke engines in the Italian scoots was to “keep things simple” while the Brits already had a 4-stroke engine they could drop in… 2