J-Be K125 designed by Joe Berliner

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    In late 50s /early 60s, I had a pretty machine designed by Joe Berliner of Ducati import fame. It had Sachs K125-

    3 speed. It had Earles type from suspension. It had BMW bayonet type key in headlight. It was maroon with cream and lima bean green pin stripes. The gas tank had chrome sides. It had aluminum rims. All of the rubber and vinyl was

    gray. The seat was tandem.

    I have never seen another one since. The Barber Museum in Alabama, USA, had not heard of the J-Be series until

    I sent them an email with an old motorcycle magazine ad with picture. I found that by Googling Joe Berliner

    J-Be motorcycle. There was also a 250cc version. How many were made? How long were they made?

    There were at least two shops in Alabama that sold these bikes. One in Birmingham and the other in Montgomery.

    I was only 13 at the time, and it was the late 50s, and I lived in a small town, Montevallo, about 1/2 way between the two large towns, 40 miles or so.

    I would like to find one of these to restore. It was my first bike.

    jcrow_t@bellsouth.net if ya wanna email direct. All input is welcome

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