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Motorcycle Manufacturers of Finland

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This page lists marque for which limited historical information is currently available.
For a more complete listing visit the Finland Index.


Mopeds in Finland

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AAR
Ice-racing machines built by Aki Ala Riihimäki using, it is believed, Jawa 500cc engines. Aki Ala was a member of the Finnish team which came 2nd in the 2000 Team Ice Racing World Championship. His team came 4th in the 1996 series, 3rd in 1997 & 1998, and 5th in 1999.


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Helkama

Helkama Oy built a series of mopeds from the 1970s to the 1990s, best known of which was a 49cc trials machine named the Helkama Raisu, powered by Minarelli. This was replaced in the late 1980s by the AX model.

Well known for their bicycles, the firm is quite large and has constructed shipping cables, refrigerators and other household appliances, and also imports and distributes automobile parts and accessories.

Models:

  • Raisu MM-78 - Minarelli engine and Marzocchi suspension
  • Raisu MM-79 - Minarelli engine and Paioli suspension
  • Raisu MM-79 - Minarelli P4SF engine
  • Raisu 1981-86 - Minarelli P4E engine. The MM designation was dropped, and the model was known simply as the Helkama Raisu. It was very popular.
  • Raisu CR 1984-86 - Minarelli P4R engine
  • Raisu 1986-88 - Plastic guards and rectangular headlight introduced.
  • Helkama AX 1989-1993 - Watercooled Minarelli RV4 engine, Acerbis plastics, Grimeca brakes. 2,300 produced.

See also Vasama, below.

Sources: Wikipedia Finland, et al


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Solifer
Manufactured by Solifer Oy 1954-1985

Solifer was among the most prominent moped manufacturers in Finland for nearly three decades, producing around 175,000 Solifer machines of which some 20,000 were exported.

Tomos engines were fitted between 1970 and 1986. Anker-Laura, Berini, Express and Pluvier engines were also employed.

Solifer mopeds were distributed nationally by AB Bensow Oy.

In 1961 the Ambassador firm in the UK fitted Villiers Mk 3K engines, advertising them as the model P.T. The timing proved unfortunate as the Ambassador firm was in the process of being sold by Kaye Don to DMW, and Villiers ceased building the engines as their two major customers had opted for other solutions. Very few of the 50cc P.T. were produced, and it is believed only three survive.

Several models were marketed under the Fram King brand in Sweden.

Moped production took place in China in the 21st century.

Established in 1954, Solifer has also built bicycles, boats, and camper vans.
Sources: Wikipedia, The Moped Archive, mo-ped.se.

  • Solifer Gallery

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    Tunturi
    Established in 1922 by the brothers Aarne and Eero Harkke in Turku, Finland, as a bicycle repair shop, they built bicycles and, in the 1950s, mopeds. The Tunturi firm became the nation's leader in the field during that time.

    Their focus shifted to fitness equipment which today is their main product.

    Moped models

  • Pappa Tunturi
  • Tunturi Tuisku
  • Tunturi Maxi (Puch engine)
  • Tunturi Automat
  • Tunturi Start
  • Tunturi Classic
  • Tunturi Sport
  • Tunturi Super Sport
  • Tunturi Trial
  • Tunturi DX
  • Tunturi Tiger
  • Tunturi Tiger S
  • Tunturi Tiger Air
  • Tunturi Tiger Aqua
  • Tunturi Hopper
  • Tunturi Magnum X
  • Tunturi City
  • Tunturi "Lähetti"
  • Tunturi Break

  • The Tunturi Super Sport, powered by a 50cc Puch VZ50 N4 engine, was built from 1977 to 1987 and had much in common with the Tunturi DX.

    Source: Wikipedia


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    Vasama
    Vasama motorcycles were built by Helkama Oy of Helsinki. In 1961 there were 50cc and 75cc models. The 50cc machine had a high exhaust and a Demm engine.
    In his youth, World Motorcycle Trials Champion and ISDT winner Yrjo Vesterinen rode a 1967 50cc Vasama trials machine.


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