It’s a wondrous thing how less can sometimes be more – especially when it comes to mechanical engineering. Soichiro Honda understood this implicitly; his abilities saw him dubbed the ‘Japanese Henry Ford’. Nowhere is this better demonstrated than with his pressed metal frame motorcycles, like the classic PC50 moped…
It’d be a pretty safe bet to say that most Pipeburn readers would have heard of café racers. Hell, if you haven’t then there’s probably not much hope for you. At all. But in stark contrast to the English tradition of café racing, the Dutch chose instead to race around their local village churches on mopeds. And while it would seem that something so predictable would be a godsend for the local police, you’ve got to admit that it sounds like one hell of a good time – especially if you were blessed enough to be out in front on a ‘ped like this. Meet Rook Motofiestsen’s ‘KermisKoerser.’
There’s not many vehicles in Australia that would earn you a police search and a close inspection of the business end of a boom stick, but believe it or not this bike would. Because it’s illegal. Actually it would also be illegal in Britain, Sweden, Austria, Germany, Netherlands and even Canada. Not because it exceeds any noise or build restrictions but because those big-ass brass knuckles under the seat. You see, knuckle dusters are illegal in most countries. In France where the Motobecane Moped rolled off the production line 30 years ago, brass knuckles are legal, but carrying them requires a license – not a bike license either. The French term for knuckle dusters is ‘coup de poing américain’, literally ‘an American punch’. So we think it’s fitting that an American, Jarrett Petty of Austin Texas gave this French moped a serious make over. You could call it an ‘American Punch’ to the eye balls.
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