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Aprilia November 14, 2015 posted by

1 of 3: 1983 Waddon 250cc race bike/works racer on ebay UK

Here is one that to my knowledge has only been on RSBFS once before, a  Wadon 250cc powered by a tandem twin two stroke.  The pictures aren't very good but the concept behind the bike is certainly interesting and this is supposed to be one of the Waddon company works racers so I thought it was worth a post.

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NOTE:  The pic above is of a different bike than the one in the auction (note the different tank decal) but I posted due to the low number of pics in the actual auction.

Personally I wasn't familiar with the tandem two stroke concept prior to writing this post but what I can find out, back in the mid 1980's Rotax offered a 250cc tandem two stroke engine as a powerplant.  The engine was essential a pair of two stroke cylinder units whose pistons rose and fell together but one cylinder ran forward and the other backward while tandem gears were linked to the cranks and kept everything in sync.  The engine came with power valved exhaust ports, rotary valved intake ports and incorporated a dry clutch, straight cut primary gears and water-cooling.   While it sounds a bit wonky the result was apparently quite something, with a properly tuned tandem two stroke Rotax able to produce around 90hp which was big power for a 250cc in the mid 1980's.
The Rotax engine allowed smaller manufacturers to go racing, with perhaps the most well known of these being Aprilia. In this case it was used by the Waddon Performance Products company in the UK (which was predominantly a frame maker) as the powerplant in a series of racing motorcycles.  The Waddon racing effort was launched in 1981 and featured the rotax engine mounted in the tubular spine frame the company was renowned for.  The bike was competitive but not wildly succesful and Waddon folder up shop shortly after.
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Here is what the seller has posted in their ebay uk listing.   Its a bit sparse and more pics would be nice.
  • One of only three Waddon 250cc racing machines (verified in writing by the manager of their Race Team).
  • It needs slight re-commissioning and possibly crack testing of some components (it is, after all, a fast race bike).
  • There are some spares and documents with it.
  • A rare opportunity to own an exotic piece of machinery. A complete change of plans has resulted in this machine being put up for sale. Now fitted with the correct rear wheel

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What is this piece of British motorcycle racing history worth?   Well bikes from the early 1980's that fall into the "Classic Grand Prix" class seem to be creeping up in value but most of the trading seems to be occurring between serious collectors or curators.  Prices seem to still be hovering around 15,000 USD as evidenced by Bonhams listings from a few years ago and what we have seen previously on RSBFS.     While it is interesting and is certainly a rare sportbike, I think this one will appeal most to the technically minded collector or someone who remembers the bike from their youth.

Marty/Dallaslavowner

1 of 3:  1983 Waddon 250cc race bike/works racer on ebay UK
Cushman April 1, 2015 posted by

Dawn Patroller – Restored 1993 Cushman ATM 800 Utility Scooter

After Ransomes of U.K. bought Cushman Motors production continued at a lower pace, concentrating on the police and factory markets.  The 9 and 18hp OMC engines long since exhausted, the company turned to Dihatsu for their 800cc mill and automatic transmission.

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1993 Cushman Utility Scooter for sale on eBay

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The water-cooled 800cc triple pushing 27 ponies against the 650 lb. weight give the three 400-8 bias-ply tires a test.  With speeds approaching 35 mph, this Truckster is street legal.  Front cow catcher and rear bumper are ready for action.

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Retired from the Iowa City traffic department, this 1993 was treated to a full restoration, fresh navy blue over a black frame, with red wheels ( even the steering wheel ! )  New carpeting and weather seals for the cargo bay, and fresh interior.  Not so long ago, one might have seen one like this in any major city nationwide.

From the eBay auction:

We are offering a 3-wheeler ATM Police Cushman w/3cyl water cooled 27hp gas engine.  3-speed manual transmission w/ reverse.  Restored and dependable.  Comes with complete parts manuals for body/engine & even accessories. This Cushman has the complete weather protection cab, with removeable doors, and covered trunk. The performance will surprise you, it's much quicker than you expect.  Vehicle is licensed and titled for street usage.

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Since Textron brought the brand back to U.S. they have concentrated on "gator" type vehicles and a comprehensive line of golf carts.  The venerable trike is relegated to the "Tugger" factory vehicle pictured above.  The last Patrol Truckster was built in 2002, and this lovingly restored Cushman revives a bygone era of community policing.

- donn

Dawn Patroller – Restored 1993 Cushman ATM 800 Utility Scooter
Sport Bikes For Sale February 4, 2015 posted by

SOLD: 1989 Moto Paton 500cc four cylinder two stroke

NOTE: This bike sold while I was writing the post but since its a brand/manufacturer that has NEVER been on RSBFS before, I thought I would go ahead and post it anyway.

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Never heard of Moto Paton?  The story is actually pretty interesting: back in 1959 a bunch of the Italian motorcycle manufacturers all got together and decided they would all agree to reduce their racing efforts.  This "abstention pact" was signed by Mondial, MV Agusta and Moto Guzzi.  Moto Paton was founded by two former employees of the racing department of Mondial; Giuseppe Pattoni and Lino Tonti.  Similar to the later Bimota, the founders names were used as the basis of the new company (hence the name "Pa ton").   The early Paton motorcycles blew away the competitors of the day such the Matchless G50 or Manx Norton and were ridden to success against top level racers of the day, including the legendary Agostini.

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1989 Moto Paton 500cc two stroke for sale

The full history of Paton is available on the Paton website (here) but as was typical for small manufacturers the company always seemed to be flirting with financial insolvency.   By the early 1980's Paton had begun to seriously struggle and even stopped racing for a few years but development quietly continued.  In 1983 Paton returned to racing and introduced a new four cylinder V configure two-stroke liquid-cooled unit, known as the C90 due to the 90 degrees between the engine cylinder banks.  In 1986 another another engine was introduced, this time a V engine with 115 ° angle between the cylinder banks and prodcuing 140 bhp.  It was this configuration that actually gave Paton some racing success in the predessor to MotoGP.

Note:  More info about the Paton models development history can be found here and on wikipedia.

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This bike is supposed to be one of only four (4) made and the only one that has survived in original condition.  The bike looks pretty close to the pictures on the Paton website except for the wheel color.   Overall the bike looks to be very clean but there isn't much other info and pics do seem to show a worn rear tire and what appears to be a modern rear shock.

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So now we come to the question of whether this bike is worth the $67,500 USD asking price  Well it will probably only appeal to to a serious collector but its certainly a rare piece.  Even though Paton has restarted operations in 2010, Paton is not something you will likely see at any events.   While it probably wont appreciate like a Supermono, it would still look very cool parked in the living room.

Note:  As stated previously, this bike sold while this post was underway.  Not sure if the $67,500 USD asking price was met.   Even though it was sold I thought it was interesting and we had never had a Moto Paton on RSBFS so I decided to post it anyway.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

SOLD:  1989 Moto Paton 500cc four cylinder two stroke
Uncategorized January 15, 2013 posted by

WINNER! RSBFS Charity Auction for the Red Cross

Over the holidays RSBFS auctioned off some logo gear on eBay for the benefit of the Red Cross. We were overwhelmed with support by our readers, and are pleased to announce that $120 was donated directly to charity as a result. We donated all of the merchandise and all of the auction proceeds, but it was the faithful RSBFS readers who stepped up and bid the package well beyond the face value.

Charity Auction Package

Our winner is a RSBFS reader who, in addition to earning everything in the originally offered prize package (two RSBFS tee shirts in black and white, RSBFS logo mug, RSBFS stickers and koozie) will be able to select additional items from our RSBFS Logo Store to pad out the difference.

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We still need to determine sizes and what additional merchandise might be desired. So Jeff, please contact us when you get you a chance. We would love to get your prize package to you as soon as possible!!

Thanks to all who helped RSBFS give back for the holidays!

MI

Sport Bikes For Sale April 1, 2012 posted by

MotoGP Promotion: Snag a RSBFS hat for $12.95!

MotoGP is almost here - and RSBFS can't wait a minute longer! To make sure that you are ready to fly the colors for the upcoming MotoGP season, you can snag a high-quality, RSBFS stiched logo hat for only $12.95! (plus taxes and shipping) Supplies are limited, and the offer ends when the green flag drops in Qatar on April 15.

These embroidered logo hats feature white piping on the brim and a velcro enclosure at the back. Perfect for a day at the track, or a day indoors watching the action on TV.

Be sure and order soon, as supplied are limited. $12.95 is a real bargain, and represents more than 30% savings. We have another batch of hats on order, but we're blowing these out at rock-bottom prices for now.

Help us celebrate the opening of the MotoGP season and be sure to let us know who you are cheering for! Hit up the RSBFS Merchandise Store for more info.





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