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PostPosted: Sun Oct 17, 2021 10:42 am
by zafra52
The motorised bicycle was becoming popular in the early 1900s, but the positioning of a passenger in relation to the cyclist had not been quite decided yet. The Belgian company Minerva came out with a 2 HP 239 cc side valve with Mills and Fulford fore-car frame in 1903. This contraption could cruise at 30 km/h and was capable of a top speed of 50 km/h. I hope you like the photo of this week, which I took at the GOMA motorcycle exhibition early this year.


Re: Minerva

PostPosted: Mon Oct 18, 2021 8:11 am
by ozimax
Nice one Zaffs. Beautifully proportioned image.

Imagine if this vehicle was in NSW now? You'd need permits to start it, to drive it and to own it. It would then still be illegal to drive on a public street. Welcome to the world's #1 nanny state....

Re: Minerva

PostPosted: Sun Oct 24, 2021 12:46 pm
by zafra52
Thank you Ozi. I am afraid you are on the money. Many inventions and discoveries in yesteryear would be impossible nowadays with current legislation like Occupational Health and Safety and the like.