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1952 Berini 32cc cyclemotor
« on: December 20, 2019, 08:54:35 PM »
We have had this since 1978 when the engine came out of the Northampton tip for 3, bike was a little more from the same tip.

Put together with mainly second hand bits, rims, spokes, frame, bars etc all came from different bicycles.

Engine has only had to come apart once since it was put back on the road.

Still in regular use.

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Re: 1932 Berini 32cc cyclemotor
« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2019, 09:42:13 PM »
The Berini motor egg - great stuff. A friend tells the story of traveling to the IOM for the TT in the early 1950s with his mate and his Berini, which ended up in the safety net after a loading accident on the ferry. No harm done.

Plenty of fun to be had with the most unlikely old motorcycles. Enjoy!

Leon

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Re: 1952 Berini 32cc cyclemotor
« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2019, 10:03:35 PM »
Yes they can be great fun,

I was with my father when we found it, as he had one on a tandem that he and my mother used as back up transport before I was born he got it.

The NSU Quickly came from the same place the same year and I still have it on the road.

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Re: 1932 Berini 32cc cyclemotor
« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2019, 11:46:56 PM »
Love Quicklys. Was given one years back that had been sawn in half. The owner intended to make a folding bike but got no further than the cutting up bit. Sorted it, had it sprayed in the maintenance depot where I worked. Bought the odd spare from a bloke who advertised in 'Motorcycle Sport' at the time.
Marvellous little jigger that came into its own during a series of railway strikes. The roads were hopelessly clogged but there was always room for the Quickly to squeze through. My commute time wasn't affected at all.
Finally sold it to finance my first decent lathe. Sold it to an Irishman who was delighted to get it. It was a sentimental purchase as a Quickly was his first bike. I tried to apologise about the rather pathetic brakes but he just beamed in delight and exclaimed "Thats roight, thats roight. (Irish accent) They were so awful on mine I planted it in the back of a Belfast bus!"  It was the first (only) time I've ever found bad brakes to be a major selling point.
Yes, I do like Quicklys.
 

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Re: 1932 Berini 32cc cyclemotor
« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2019, 09:18:09 AM »
We got hold of a cyclemotor in the 60s (borrowed?) and attached it to a bicycle. It had friction drive to the rear wheel and clamped to the rear downtubes. We ran it around for a bit, which was probably illegal. but who cared in those days.
We also reckoned we held the record for the most people on a 98cc Sun motorbike. Six in the New Forest woods. It was OK until, after a short distance, we came a cropper and the bloke on the tank got his hand crushed by the handlebar. Bloody good fun and all drug and alcohol free.
Getting grumpy, but not as grumpy as mini-me.

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Re: 1952 Berini 32cc cyclemotor
« Reply #5 on: December 21, 2019, 10:43:00 AM »
I like all (old) bikes, still have another 2 Quickly's and 5 Cyclemotors hidden away.

The Quickly's I bought cheap with the intention of making a replica racer but are too good to chop about, but all of them got pushed to the back of the queue when I was lucky enough to get a New Imperial.

I reckon getting the New Imperial tank repaired is not going to be cheap.



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Re: 1952 Berini 32cc cyclemotor
« Reply #6 on: December 23, 2019, 09:26:57 PM »
Can't you even up the hole and then weld a plate in? A decent slosh of POR15 and Bob's yer uncle.
Just to go against the grain here I can't stand mopeds. Quicklys were great little machines in their day, but 28MPH on 2019 roads? No thanks.

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Re: 1952 Berini 32cc cyclemotor
« Reply #7 on: December 23, 2019, 10:00:07 PM »
Bottom of the tank wants replacing completely, metal is a bit too thin to weld and seeing as it is a rare machine with only 4 known of this model I dont want to bodge it otherwise I'd have soldered patches over the holes.

28mph is plenty fast enough where I live in a small town by the sea, in summer traffic is heavy and you wont even get to 28mph.
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Re: 1952 Berini 32cc cyclemotor
« Reply #8 on: December 24, 2019, 09:25:05 AM »
Probably most towns and cities are much the same, but surely you want to ride a little further afield where the roads are clearer? :-\

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Re: 1952 Berini 32cc cyclemotor
« Reply #9 on: December 24, 2019, 10:34:27 AM »
Probably most towns and cities are much the same, but surely you want to ride a little further afield where the roads are clearer? :-\

Of course, that's why I have a variety of bikes. ::)
Going further afield I'll use the A.J.S or the Grumph, and with any luck I'll be able to get the New Imperial on the road next year

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Re: 1952 Berini 32cc cyclemotor
« Reply #10 on: January 03, 2020, 10:08:24 PM »
Do you  like the Grumph? The idea has always appealed.

Leon

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Re: 1952 Berini 32cc cyclemotor
« Reply #11 on: January 04, 2020, 01:33:54 PM »
The Grumph is nice to ride, realy light though so last time it was MOT'd I had to push down on the rear of the bike on the brake test.



Bit of luck today though as I got given another (1957) NSU Quickly.
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Re: 1952 Berini 32cc cyclemotor
« Reply #12 on: January 04, 2020, 09:49:49 PM »
The grumph looks nice - I'm not usually a fan of bitsas, but this combination is one that seems to work very well. An ideal "knock around" bike? Enjoy.

Leon

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Re: 1952 Berini 32cc cyclemotor
« Reply #13 on: January 05, 2020, 10:06:10 AM »
Yes, looks very tidy.
Ian
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Re: 1952 Berini 32cc cyclemotor
« Reply #14 on: February 03, 2020, 05:37:13 PM »
I had  a Grumph, the mixture  makes a nice bike.