Visnews filmed next year's cycles and motorcycles at the 1958 international show which opens at Earls Court, London, November 15.
Visnews filmed next year's cycles and motorcycles at the 1958 international show which opens at Earls Court, London, November 15. The organisers reported the show record would be the best in its 32 years' showing.
Two noted riders who arrived on preview day after a two-day non-stop run from Nuremburg were Andre Baldet and John Avery. Their aim was to publicise the Vicky Mopeds. Mopeds with their "egg cup" engines are generally numerous at the show this year. They are cheap to buy, cheap to run. Their appeal is the ability to run 200 miles on a gallon petrol-oil mixture.
There are still a million and a half motorcyclists in Britain. Manufacturers feel assured sales will continue for a longtime to come. For high-speed cruising no two-wheeler can touch the motor-bike which retains its appeal for the young because of its sporting performance.
One of these is the fastest motorcycle in the world - of its kind. It is the Triumph "Bonneville 120." The most expensive is the Ariel 1000 Square Four at GBP336. Most of the other touring mounts at the week-long show are well clothed in protective steel sheeting. The Ariel Leader, a 250cc two-stroke with four-speed gearbox in unit with the engine... new front forks, new layout - the "petrol tank" is really a luggage and tool locker, even an eight day clock is fitted in the enclosed body. Its cost: GBP209. Its claim the most modern design in the show.
Scooters are no longer concentrating on maximum mileage per gallon. The demand now is for a higher standard of design and improved performance as they become more popular as a touring machine.
The new BSA Sunbeam scooter looks sleek. It is a 250cc, costs GBP164. It has the luxury touch, aims with its suspension system to take the bumps cut of riding.
The new Snipe Canterbury sidecar has the modern streamline look too. It has a "panoramic" windshield and detachable hood and side screens for weather protection.
Bicycles remain the post reliable as well as the cheapest transport. For women, there is the Triumph Pink Witch, a glamours machine launched as a fashion bike for teenagers. Its colour is shocking pink and peacock blue. On the driving mirror: a gadget to hold lipstick.
Bicycles particularly have bright colours. They are mostly lighter with a tendency to break away from diamond-shape frames. The smallest children's pedal cycle is the Gresham Flyer, carries removable stabilisers and runs on balloon tyres. It is robust; the best model costs GBP13. There is also a Gresham Flyer - by the same London firm - for father.
Britain's answer to the German bubble car is the "scootcar" - an enclosed scooter - it is a cabin on three wheels powered by a scooter engine with handlebar steering. It seats three. One passenger sits behind the driver on a saddle; a second has an ordinary seat across the cabin.