RETRO RE­VIVAL?

Real Classic - - Letters -

You might have won­dered how far the retro styling thing could go, or how bad it could get. Last night I found out. We watched a pro­gramme called the‘Frankie Drake Mys­ter­ies’ and the hero­ine rode a strange bike called a Janus. It left a trail of smoke and sounded like the fa­bled 500 Nor­ton from the lim­er­ick and was hideous in the ex­treme.

I googled it and they are made in Goshen In­di­ana. The model Frankie rode is pow­ered (if that is the cor­rect word) by a 50cc moped en­gine. It seems they make a whole range of th­ese abom­i­na­tions, the lat­est pow­ered by a Chi­nese 250. I could in­clude a pic­ture but you might be tempted to put in the mag.

I dare you – on sec­ond thoughts I DOU­BLE DARE you to do a road test on one. It might be a chal­leng­ing bike to ride as you would have to wear a pa­per bag over your head so no one would know it was you.

Andy Loose­more, mem­ber 1713 PS: the retro Pan­ther Sloper pow­ered by a chain­saw en­gine is just round the cor­ner

It’s OK, Andy, I found some lovely photos of them. I don’t know what you’re grum­bling about. They seem to en­cap­su­late ex­actly what RC read­ers have been ask­ing for: low, light, elec­tric-start, stylish. We’ll send Frank to In­di­ana im­me­di­ately to try one. Great front end, too. Rowena

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