ELEC­TRI­FY­ING

Real Classic - - Letters - Peter Sal­ter, mem­ber 11,417

In his re­view of the Münch 1200TTS-E (RC173), Alan Cath­cart poses the ques­tion of whether that was the first electric­start mo­tor­cy­cle. I can as­sure him that it wasn’t. In 1963 I did an even-up trade of my Se­ries C Vin­cent Rapide for an al­most new 1963 Honda CB77E Su­per Hawk, the E des­ig­nat­ing elec­tric start – a some­what su­per­flu­ous fea­ture for a 305 cc mo­tor­cy­cle.

I’m not sure if any bikes pre-dat­ing 1963 had elec­tric start, but it was cer­tainly unique at the time and elicited a lot of in­ter­est from own­ers of pretty well any other mar­que. And be­fore any­one sug­gests that I be con­signed to a men­tal fa­cil­ity for mak­ing such a trade, I sold the Honda two years later for $20 more than I had paid for the Vin­cent in 1959. Mind you, when I found the Rapide at a rally about 30 years later, the cur­rent owner wasn’t about to con­sider a sim­i­lar trade for a 1967 CB77E I pur­chased in 1998…

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