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British Motorcycles

Kieft

Kieft were mopeds and scooters produced by the German Hercules firm and assembled by Kieft in Wolverhampton, from 1955 to 1957.
  • 1955-1956 These machines were typical of the decade. The moped had a Sachs two-stroke, two-speed engine unit hung from a pressed-steel, spine frame. There was no rear suspension, but it had rubber in torsion to the front wheel. The scooter had a 191cc Sachs engine, four speeds, electric start and typical bodywork.
  • 1957 The range was extended and two scooters were added. These had 147cc or 197cc Villiers engines. The original moped was joined by one with rear suspension. There was also a Hercules [motorcycle with a 200cc Ilo engine. During the year, the Sport model moped was added, but this was more of a motorcycle as it had three speeds. In the September of that year, distribution shifted to BP Scooters of Wolverhampton and the machines were then sold under the Prior name.
Sources: Grace's Guide



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