Swedish Motorcycles

Svalan Motorcycles

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A Brief History of the Marque

Maskinfabrik John Eriksson, Falun

Prewar machines were mostly 98cc. Postwar they used many Panther engines and chassis components, in addition to some from NSU. They built a range of very attractive machines, along with mopeds with engines from HMW, Rex, and Sachs.

Postwar models include:

  • 1952: MC25, a modified NSU 251 OSL of 242cc
    1953: MC100, based on the NSU Konsul II, a 496cc fourstroke.
    Svalan Radex
    1953 Lyx 75 350cc
    1957 250cc JLO Twin

Svalan built a a model based on the Panther 250cc model Model 65 in 1952 which used many English components including Dowty forks, Lucas electrics and Panther wheels. This was upgraded in 1953 to a plunger-frame version with Hella electrics, using a 350cc Panther engine. These were built until late in 1956.

Murray Barnard's site has several good images and some useful history.

A wide variety of mopeds was offered during the fifties powered by engines from Husqvarna, Express, HMW, Zundapp and J.B. There was also a scooter in 1954-55 which ran a J.B. (J. Benson) 125cc engine.

Fri Aug 19 2011
Svalan Slavette
any information would very helpful & supplers for tyres size 24"X2"
Sydney Australia

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