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Whizzer motorized bicycles are still produced today and are one of the oldest motor bikes around. Share some of your stories about this timeless classic with us today


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Old 12-24-2007, 05:50 AM
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1939
August Breene-Taylor Engineering, a Los Angeles-based manufacturer of airplane parts, announced the availability of the Whizzer Model "D" Bicycle Motor. This kit sold for $54.95 and included an air-cooled, four-cycle engine that was capable of producing 1.375 horsepower as well as a 2/3 gallon fuel tank. Approximately 1000 Model "D" motors were made and sold.
1940
July Breene-Taylor released the new Model "E" Bicycle Motor, which was essentially the same as the Model "D" with several key improvements and additions. Most notably, the cylinder head was changed to aluminum for better cooling, the camshaft was redesigned to provide better performance, and an oil dipstick was added to check the oil level. Approximately 1500 Model "E" Motors were made and sold.
1942
The Whizzer Motors had not been a great success, resulting in sales of only about 2500 units. As such, Breene-Taylor decided to divest itself of this unit and focus on more profitable ventures. So, Dietrich Kohlsatt, who supplied the capital, and Martin Goldman, an attorney for Breene-Taylor, bought the Whizzer Motor operation from them.
1943
With World War II in full swing, Whizzer had to lobby the United States government for the right to continue production of their motorbike engines. Martin Goldman visited Washington and convinced the government that the Whizzer was a great way for defense workers to travel to and from work.

Whizzer released the "New Model" engine for "defense workers only." This redesigned engine was more reliable than previous models because it used a belt drive instead of the roller drive that Whizzer Motors had used up to that point.
1945
With the War ending, Whizzer was able to bring its production of engines back up and make them available to the general public. The Model "F" released in 1945 was the same as the "New Model" that had been released during WWII, with the same belt drive and large 5-quart gas tank. Approximately 4200 Model "F" engines were sold for $125 each.
1946
Whizzer moved its main production facilities from southern California to Pontiac, Michigan. This enabled them to use the nearby auto-production facilities to outsource the manufacture of most of the Whizzer components.

Henry Schuricht, a former Breene-Taylor engineer who had moved to Whizzer when it changed ownership in 1941, finished redesigning the Whizzer motor.

March Whizzer announced the availability of the new Model "H." This new engine featured a one-piece crankcase that replaced the old two-piece case, a crankshaft that used roller bearings at one end and a ball bearing at the other, more reliable seals, and a Tillotson carburetor. The Model "H" was more reliable and popular than any other Whizzer model, with sales of approximately 139,000 at prices ranging from $89.50 to $97.50.
1948
May Dietrich Kohlsaat announced that they had sold 150,000 Whizzer engines. The company had over 12 dozen warehouses nationwide that supplied 3500 dealers.

Whizzer announced the Model "J" engine, which had a chrome-plated exhaust pipe and fittings, a new, more-reliable Carter carburetor, and motorcycle-type twist-grip controls. Whizzer sold about 51,000 Model "J" motors at a cost of $97.55.

June Whizzer introduced the "Pacemaker," which the company referred to as the "only complete motorbike." The bike came with the Model "J" engine already attached to the frame and ready to run. The "Pacemaker" retailed for $199.50
1949
September In order to keep pace with its new competition, Whizzer released the Model "300" Motor. This new engine had 7/8 in. valves, a more efficient combustion chamber, better cooling, and a higher compression ratio. These changes resulted in a 3 hp engine that could reach speeds of 40 mph. Whizzer sold about 15,000 Model "300" motors at $109.97 each.

Whizzer released the "Sportsman" motorbike, which was much more like a real motorcycle. The "Sportsman" abandoned pedals altogther and used a kickstarter to get the bike going. The "Sportsman" cost $224.50 for the Standard edition, which had a clutch transmission, and $239.50 for the Deluxe edition, which sported the Bi-Matic automatic transmission.
1951
Whizzer released the "Ambassador," a motorbike similar to the "Sportsman" but with a full-size frame, larger tires, and greater overall length. The "Ambassador" was the top-of-the-line, with a gloss black finish, ivory trim, and chrome-plating. The Ambassador sold for $249.50, making it Whizzer's most expensive product.
1952
In 1952, the company introduced its last major motorbike engine, the "700." This motor was in many respects similar to the "300," but it included a new carburetor, a sealed-beam headlight, and a taillight.
1955
Whizzer Motorbike Company changed names to become Whizzer Industries, Inc. and began to expand into other areas of production. Whizzer Industries produced childrens' toys and wagons as well as windows and sliding doors. The company continued to sell parts for Whizzer engines and bikes until 1965, but times had changed and the Whizzer was no longer king.
1997
What do you get when you combine an intelligent investor with a seasoned motorcycle marketing professional? The idea of bringing the Whizzer back! The new Whizzer bought the trademark and embarked on creating a new bike to match those of yesteryear. They found a manufacturer, perfected designs to allow the new bike to meet DOT standards, created all new tooling and began re-manufacturing the legendary Whizzer.
1998
December The Whizzer has returned and Motorbike fun is back again! The Classic model, a black 26" bike, was introduced and received rave reviews. They immediately became the new "in" thing to own for motorcycle and nostalgia enthusiasts alike.
1999
The Classic sold throughout the year with great success.
2000
Whizzer introduced the Blue Sportsman, a 24" limited edition motorbike. It came stock with additional accessories not on the original Classic. The Black Knight was also created as a modification to the Classic with 24" chrome wheels and specialty decals.
2001
Whizzer came out with the Pacemaker II with the centrifugal clutch and later in the year made also offered them in a slip clutch version. It was available in a 24" or 26" vintage maroon bike. The Pacemaker II was loaded with numerous chrome accessories not stock on previous models.
2002
Whizzer continued to produce the maroon Pacemaker II slip clutch and introduced the Pacemaker II in midnight blue or candy apple red slip clutch bikes, 24" or 26".
2003
Whizzer came out with the Panther, a black, sleek 24" motorbike.
2004
October Whizzer introduced their new NE5 model in a pearlized sapphire blue or ruby red 26 inch bike. Significant modifications and enhancements have been made to this model. This is the first major change Whizzer has undergone since the new bike came out in 1998. See specifications page for more information. In addition, the NE5 engine kits were introduced with many of the same enhancements as the bikes.
2005
January Whizzer came out with the 24 inch version of the NE5 model in red or blue.
February Whizzer introduced the 24 inch version of the NE5 model in pearlized ultra black at the Dealer Expo in Indianapolis.
November The NE5 is now available with a brand new automatic centrifugal clutch.
2006
March The 26" Black is back by popular demand!!
September Whizzer introduced three exciting new colors: Forest Green, Vibrant Yellow and Original Vintage Maroon.

be sure to check out the complete line of Whizzer motor bikes and accessories at motorbikemikes store located at http://www.simpsonmotorbikes.com/


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Nice chronology of Whizzer over the years. I remember early Whizzers and Cushman motor scooters. I wanted something motorized but had to settle for a repainted Schwinn bicycle with leg motor.
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Hi gang, New Whizzers (98-08) are readily availble now. WhizzerUSA has discontinued engine kits as of this writing, but all parts are availble, and we are hoping that they will change their minds about the kit market.

They are, it is rumoured, working on a few new things to release this year, and that should be fun to see what they will do.

I am continuing to build the Model 10 series, Powered by Whizzer, and selling Whizzer Motorbikes, parts and reapir as needed.

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I am looking forward to what Whizzer will do in the near future!!
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A friend of mine posted this on another forun and I thought it was interesting. This is a Whizzer ad from 1993, an era which seems to be missing from their official history. And Mike, they mention the 16th anual Whizz in that you've be doing in recent years...Kelly
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Very nice story of the wizzer. First time I saw one was in Ashland, Kentuckey. At a fly in went there in my KR-2. I was ready to buy one couldn't fit it in my plane. That is what stopped me and I didn't have my hacksaw with me.
I need a mill. I'd like to try to major modify a briggs into a china doll type engine and if they are illegal might a well make it a 2 speed or 3 speed. I don't want to have to license and registration and insurance thing for a simple bike so the gears are just day dreaming. But if I get my hands on a mill. I know how to make molds and cast aluminum in sand, look out.
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You just need a small electric blast furnace. YOU fire it up and the whole town's light dim.
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I had a 1949 model and Doogie Feigle had one that was so old it had a screw-in exhaust elbow and a breather tube hanging down. He could wipe us up with that thing. The guys with the high comp heads and Carter carbs could hold him off however. Everyone carried a Phillips screwdriver and allen wrench, as well as a pair of scissors and a Prince Albert pipe tobacco tin and a pepsi bottle of oil. We kept them in an army surplus saddlebag unless the spokes ate their way in. It was common to see a kid shimming the rotten little rod bearing with the tin so he could get home with his rod. After Whizzers were history, the sport shop that sold them came up with a $21 needlebearing rod and crank assy. WHERE WERE YOU WHEN I NEEDED YOU? Keith (trackfodder) Williams

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Great post, it's fun to read about the grandpappy of motorbiking! I wouldn't kick one out of the garage!
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For those among you that never saw the origional Whizzers, they had a gas lever on top of the handlebar and a shorter compresion release lever on top of that. The exhaust was a finned cast iron ell with a 1" flex pipe running to a flattened little metal muffler. The flywheel was some kind of zinc/lead alloy or suchlike. It tended to "grow" after lots of "high" rpms and would rub the field coil. We used to routinely dress it with a file. The field was adjusted with a piece of thin paper, and if not close, the spark wasn't good.The points were pushed open by a rod sticking into the point box from the crankcase where the cam was spindled on a rod running through the crankcase. Sometimes the oil went into the point case. It just had a sheet metal cover though so the oil trickled down. They didn't really leak, they just marked territory Once I felt something on my leg and saw my cam spindle sticking out of the crankcase cover. Luckily it didn't let the cam out of mesh. Poked it back in and peined the cover with a couple of rocks. I finally fried it by running out of oil. Dad traded it in on a 1951 Mustang for my Christmas present in 1951. They were $375. Dad got $65 trade-in. A Tulsa midget auto racer famous for parachuting off the KOTV antenna bought it and got a skull fracture dropping it. Toly Arutunoff got a Powell P-81 the same Christmas. We were about equal. Conrad Brown got a Salisbury streamliner motorscooter and could mop us up with it. Disgusting! We could run 64 mph. Wish I still had the Mustang. It had the exhaust and carb in the back and a finned alluminum manifold taking it foreward to a squarish exhaust pipe. It had a Phelin mag unlike later models and drove a generator clamped to a down tube with a vee belt. The bushings would last maybe 2 weeks.
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