Quick Stats

1945-64 499cc (63x80mm) s/v twin 18hp, 75mph, 50mpg, 350lbs

What to Expect

Old sidevalve brute that was popular with the military because it just slogged on forever on the back of an excess of low rev torque. Sidevalve head means relatively poor fuel economy, though a bit of precision file-work on the ports can give a dramatic improvement. Really limited to about 65mph because it sounds and feels like it’s going to explode after that, and handling turns dire from pushbike inspired chassis.