Two fine machines seen at a display in a neighboring city late last year. Looking at them as it was you are tempted to scout around for those in the kampong perhaps stored under the houses left to rust away.
You may have heard that there is a long waiting time for new purchases of motor-bikes, though there appear to be even people waiting for new motor cars too. Obviously Malaysians do not pay heed to world's inflation or are they loaded? Or maybe they are happy to receive RM 625.00 per motorcar as a subsidy collected at the post office.
Maybe we can take to riding scooters again as they had become popular in 1950's. Now two brands, namely Vespa and Lambreta were the vogue of the decade. Even now the machines are still on the road with many of them refurnished and in good running condition. With the fairer one riding side-saddle it may bring back the good old days and femininity on the road.
The light blue NSU Prima at Raub Pahang in May 1959. I rode the bike to Raub via the Gap and later proceeded to Kuala Lumpur and back to Alor Star. It had a windscreen fixed at the front then and much like the traffic police man you see on the road. It attracted a good crowd where it was parked. I must have forgotten that the Gap zone near Fraser's Hill was a hot bed during the emergency.
Luckily an old photograph found recently manage to bring the nostalgia and therefore this article. My brush with a two wheeler in fact began much earlier. In 1954 I had already possessed a class 'A' driving license meaning I could ride a 500cc above motorbike including the 750cc 'Norton' comparable to the present US-made Harley Davidson. At home my father owned a 500cc BSA. Surely it would be sneaked out when dad had his siesta. While in 1957 I made a tour of Europe on a Vespa visiting all the countries in western Europe excepting Portugal. The 'beetle' that moved in around early 1960's made people switched into a more comfortable and safe ride. VW and other cars from Europe captured the market and many of the older bikers too took to riding in automobiles.
So this recapitulation is itself refreshing while in a way bringing back the days when we would dare turn the trottle revving the engine and brushing against the wind with the face smeared by dirt, insects and raindrops. Who cares! We had excitement and speed. Still no 'Mat Rampit'.
Vespa and Lambaretta refurnished and a gem as a collection piece while an envy of many as you ride on it in the evening in your kampong. Also seen at Chengmai