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Welcome to my humble little whizzer page

I've always loved early balloon tire bicycles and early motorcycles...so when I stumbled upon Whizzers I new I had to have one...it's the best of both worlds, a motorized bicycle with a sturdy 4 stroke engine (no mixing oil/gas).  I am an authorized Whizzer dealer. Please scroll below to see what i have collected as well as a history summary.

wizad.bmp 1949 Whizzer ad

2005.jpg  2005 whizzers for sale  no assembly charges,these are available in blue(pictured)black or red,also a 24 inch model is available in black,please ask for pricing

whizkit.jpg  New whizzer kits complete! All thats needed to convert your old balloon tire bike.  The kits are NO LONGER SOLD. (heavy duty wheels are recomended but not entirely necassary,I sell those too!) 

clevwiz.jpg This is an early Cleveland Welding Bike, this could be a luxury liner, but it has no badge at this time.  it's fitted with a Whizzer H-case motor and it's a total project. I have since this picture was taken sourced some more correct parts for it.                               

jcwhiz.jpg This is a 50's JC Higgins Bike fitted probably in the 50's with an H-Case whizzer kit.  It's a 100% complete barn find and is a total project. 

presch.jpg This is a pre-war Schwinn "world" fitted with an H-Case Whizzer motor.  Correct seat and original front end not to mention original paint (except fenders).

hot.jpg This is a bike im in the process of cookin up,its a seemingly rare(nobody anywhere seems to have any info or knowledge) "lindy" german frame/forks,the bottom loop is very curved,much like a early motorcycle,ive fitted it with a newer "hot" motor,its being built like an early "boardtrack" motorcycle,like were raced in the teens and twentys,it should be fun to see how fast i can get it to go(weve gotten near stock motors to go reliably up to 50mph) no throttle,except wide open,no clutch,braking is left to a kill switch and a modest coaster brake

pre.jpg This is a prewar western flyer(probably cleveland welding)its still collecting parts,but i think it would make a great whizzer,UPDATE-i have sourced a nice original whizzer engine and a internal spring front end (shamelessly robbed from a girls bike)

 

colum.jpg               SOLD is a 50s era columbia,very complete correct rack,chain guard,ect,this would make a great whizzer,add a new kit and presto!

4spd.jpg This is a zenith bike,mid 50s,fitted with a monarch front end,and a 4spd coaster brake rear wheel,great for tooling around,the gears really help and the bike looks old as dirt(thats cool by the way)rear dual baskets,$old

cl.jpg This is a 40s 50s era clevland welding bike,its fitted with the correct front spring forks,would make a great whizzer

 

Whizzer History (by jack backstreet; edited)

The idea of motorizing a bicycle isn't anything new.  Nearly every
motorcycle company prior to 1915 began by either building or modifying a
bicycle to accept an engine. Larger displacement engines available around WW1 meant motorcycle
manufacturers could build truly dedicated machines, but some bicycle engine
applications continued to exist into the early 1920's, namely Smith's
Moto-Wheel, a bolt on 3rd wheel contraption that's often seen on Indian
bicycles.

Breene-Taylor was a small company in Los Angeles manufacturing carburators and aircraft parts and launched their bicycle engine in late 1939, the Whizzer Model D.

Model D  Late 1939-July 1940  Sales: less than 300 (all kits)
* 1-3/8 hp
* Roller drive

Kit price: $54.95 (complete)
Model D suffered from numerous design defects, the most glaring was the use
of a pot metal crank (continued through to Model F) and a split crankcase
design. Many were later recalled by the factory and replaced with improved
models.

Opinion: If you come across an F, chances are it's unridable as they tended
to self destruct after a 1,000 miles or so without any help from their
owners. Novelty items at best and look neat on a prewar bike hung on a
wall... just don't try to ride it!

Whizzer interest sold to Martin Goldman and Dietrich Kohlsaat during final D
production.

Model E July 1940-42  Sales: 1,500 (all kits)
* Aluminum head substituted
* Oil dip Stick
* Improved Breene-Taylor carburator
* Hotter camshaft
* Improved magneto

Note: The Model E, while certainly an improvement over the D, usually lasted
just a few miles more before self-destruction. It still had roller drive,
the split case and the awful crank. Another novelty item to be seen and not
heard running.

Model F 1942-43 Sales Approx 4,000 (all kits)
* Horsepower increases to 2-1/2
* Larger 1.2 gal gas tank
* Switch to belt drive

COMPANY MOVES TO PONTIAC, MICHIGAN

Note: Quick! Name the only vehicle you could buy new during WW2... WHIZZER!
And then you had to have a qualifying certificate as a defense worker in
order to buy one. The Model F was no great machine yet, but had the
significant improvement of being belt driven.


Model H Summer 1946- May 1948  Sales: 139,000 (approximate)
* One piece crankcase casting w/side cover access
* Improved bearings
* Improved seals & tappetts
* Elimination of oil pump (splash/spray lubrication)
* Changed exhaut design
* Twist off gas cap
* Tillotson carb replaces B/T unit

THE FIRST MODERN WHIZZER! Look at the improvement in the sales! The big news
was that with WW2 over, an enormous pent up demand existed for ANYTHING that
moved (new cars were hard to come by and you had to wait for up to 18 months
to get one)... but the Whizzer finally evolved into a quality machine
capable of both performance and long life. Most Whizzers encountered are
Model H's.

The Model H (introduced in the summer of 1946) changed everything. The most
significant development for the company was that bicycle manufacturers began
to take notice of these little engines and set out to design bicycles around
them.
In late 1947 Cleveland Welding produced a type of Roadmaster specifically
for the Whizzer engine (maybe 1,000 were produced; note that all sales
figures mentioned are for kits only, perhaps an additional 5% of the H's and
later models were installed in preassembled bikes at best).

Schwinn would become involved with Whizzer in late 1947 through a patent
conflict with Cleveland Welding.

Model H kit price: $97.55

Even with the prassembled bikes (discussed later), the most commonly
encountered Whizzers are of the kit variety. Most will be found on various
26" men's (there are no girl's Whizzers) bikes such as Cleveland Welding, JC
Higgins, Shelby, BF Goodrich (a Schwinn licensee) and Schwinn itself. THERE
IS NO TYPICAL WHIZZER. What you see when encountering a kit bike is some
kid's idea of what a motorized bicycle should be 50 years ago... if it's
'restored' you get the restorer's idea of nostalgia.

Sidebar:
Ideally, a kit bike should include a front expander brake. Most often
however, this is not the case. When encountering an authentic 'barn bike'
with the font expander brake, it'll be a small miracle if it's complete. The
internal mechanisms were often ditched due to their cost at the first sign
of wear or trouble back in the old days... THEY ARE VERY EXPENSIVE AND HARD
TO COME BY TODAY! You can expect to pay over $300 for a working NOS unit in
1998.


Model J May 1948- Sept. 1949  Sales (Unknown, but alot!)
* Throttle controls replace thumb unit
* Most have Carter carbs
* Some have 'tall' oil stack towers (a rarity)

With the model J, Whizzer began producing, in addition to the kits, their
own line of proprietary bikes: the PACEMAKER (24") [later produced as a 300
series] 1948-51 (about $200.00), the SPORTSMAN (a bit later, as a 300S)--- a
20" (!) miniature motorcycle (no pedals to crank!) with a kick starter and a
2 speed automatic transmission, the bimatic. 1950-52 ($239.50), and the
SPECIAL (Schwinn DX frame by Whizzer, built until about 1963).


Schwinn would produce the WZ series and the Ambassador (their most deluxe
model) until about 1952 and sold through their extensive dealership network.

European affiliates are established and begin selling preassembled bikes
utilizing frames quite different than anything seen in the U.S.

Alpha-numeric sequences (which skipped several letters in the alphabet) are
ditched.

300 Series Sales 15,600

Sales begin to fall off dramatically in late 1952.
* Bimatic transmission proves a costly failure and is discontinued.
* Kick starter introduced
* 3 hp

Company begins production of aluminum windows and kitchen utensils.

500 Series Sales 2,300

600 Series Sales 1,500

700 Series Sales 5,300
*Kick starter deleted

All figures are for kits. 700 sales figures are deceptive due to the length
of production. Whizzer would continue building preassembled SPECIALS in
limited quantities until company closes using virtually any available NOS
parts from across series which blurrs model lines.

Factory closes in 1964.
Remaining inventory sold to late Leonard Davis in 1970 for a rumored $5,000
(he buys approx 175 kits, some completed bikes and bins of misc. parts worth
an estimated $1,000,000 today).
(Sorry folks! He's taking a dirt nap, having sold off the stuff at Hershey
back in the early 70's).


1998- Re-tooled and reproduced.  Readily available affordable parts and many improvements made in reliability.  Hooray! 

my email address hugheseum@earthlink.net 

Check out the Official Whizzer website at: http://www.whizzermotorbike.com