I stumbled across this picture of a neat little retro scooter in immaculate condition and thought to myself, 60’s maybe late 50’s , probably Italian.
How about 1930 Stream Line KJ Henderson motorcycle?
I have heard of Henderson motorcycles but didn’t know they made a streamlined Art Deco version.
It’s a pretty cool looking old thing but I bet it’s a complete pain in the ass to work on.
This is what a 1930 Henderson looks like without all the fancy body work.
This is an original unrestored Police version bike.
1930 Henderson KJ
Engine: 79.4ci (1,301cc) air-cooled IOE F-head inline four, 2-11/16in x 3-1/2in bore and stroke, 4.4:1 compression ratio, 40hp at 4,000rpm (claimed)
Top speed: 100mph (claimed)
Carburetion: Single Schebler
Transmission: 3-speed handshift, chain final drive
Electrics: 6v, magneto ignition
Frame/wheelbase: Dual downtube cradle frame/58in (1,473mm)
Suspension: Trailing link double leg springer forks front, rigid rear
Brakes: Drum front, contracting band rear
Tires: 4 x 19in front and rear
Weight (dry): 440lb (200kg)
Fuel capacity: 4gal (15ltr)
Gotta love that 4:1 compression ratio. At least the thing wouldn’t launch you if it kicked back.