I was sitting here thinking one day that perhaps one or two of you might be interested to see the sort of transport that the Wimbledon Wunderkinder like to use. This page is dedicated to one fine steed, the ‘Berlin Stradroller’ or street scooter as it roughly translates. Here are a few pics of Franks SR 59 Berlin.
This scooter was recently brought back to life after standing still since the 1970’s. Many things in Wimbledon have moved on since the 1970’s, the canteen for instance, not all of the tutors clothes though….
The IWL factory made the Berlin SR 59 you see here. It was the 3rd incarnation of the popular East German scooter, its successor being called the ‘Troll’.
After the second world war much of the soviet military hardware was melted down and made into useful household objects like this one. The British made sinks [as seen in the Kitchen sink page]. I,d prefer to scooter than do the washing up myself.
Gears are selected by a standard motorcycle style foot lever. The break is on the right hand side.
The Berlin SR 59 is capable of a heady 50 mph and its 150cc engine is air cooled and quite punchy for a 53 year old scooter. This example has only actually done 11,000 km from new!
Here we can see the rather attractive rump of the Berlin. Note the handy pressed aluminum spare wheel and carrier rack for your sandwiches.
As i said earlier, everything of the Berlin is made from aluminum including the leg shields, floor pan and mudguard. The only steel bits are the tubular frame section and the rear bubble.
This vent is for the fan, the motor is fan cooled via a little tiny fan belt direct form the crank. All the engine cowlings are cast aluminum also.
This Berlin is still sporting its original orange paint job. Its pretty rare to find a 53 year old scooter in its factory livery which is exactly why i left it that way. Remember, things are only original once!
Not every scooter us Wunderkinder ride is in fact German, some are Italian like this Vespa.
This one is painted in German U-Boat grey and sports the ‘laughing swordfish’ decals made so popular by the German Navy in the late 1930s.
This particular bike has seen some pretty hard service over the years as you can see from this close up of the front mud guard. It has even been a homeless persons main accommodation for a few months when Frank and the Vespa lived in Peckham, South London.
Here at Wimbledon we like graphics, logos and insignia.
We also really like engines and propulsion. The Vespa has a unique and very reliable power plant, this scooter started life as a PX200 however the original engine blew up [twice] so Frank fitted this smaller and considerably less expensive engine.
This engine was found in a friends garden and bought for the princely sum of £20. It has never broken down and continues to give great service to this day.
This is the hole where the old oil tank and viewing window once lived. Needless to say we don’t need those kinda things anymore believing in the power of premix instead. 2 stroke oil needs to be mixed into the fuel at source, usually the garage forecourt.
So there we have it, two fine steads i am sure you’ll agree. If you have any pictures of you scooter you’d like to send in and have us put up on the German Scooter Appreciation Society page then please mail them along and we shall see what we can do.
Thanks for visiting and happy motoring!