A couple of weekends ago I drove a friend up to Eugene, Oregon to look at a 1964 Studebaker 1964 GT Hawk. This one has the R1 240HP engine. The green is said to be an original color. When we drove over to the owner’s house, I got a glimpse into a very dark shed and packed with some unusual motorcycles. The first was a red and white V twin shaft drive peeking out that was no Moto Guzzi. Please excuse the quality of the photos because the shed was pitch black and I was using my phone.
Recognize it? It’s a Lilac, by Marusho, from about 1960. It looks like a 250 LS. The seat was off for a bit of carburetor fiddling. There were 125 CC to 500 CC models in both V and a flat twin configuration. The Lilac was a great bike, but couldn’t compete with the less expensive motorcycles like Hondas and Yamahas.
This Kawasaki is a little newer and more familiar. If I’m not mistaken, it appears to be a W650 from about 2000, a nostalgia bike based on the “W” bikes from the late 1960s which were themselves meant to look like the British bikes of the day. Unlike the Triumphs and other British motorcycles, the W650 had an overhead cam. So, to recap, the W650 was a nostalgia bike based on a copy of British bikes. Triumph came out with their own Triumph nostalgia bike, so these didn’t sell well or for long.
This is the Army version of the Moto Guzzi V50 from the 1980s. The Dutch military and NATO used these. I know far less about motorcycles than many of you, so I look forward to your comments and more information on these interesting motorcycles.