Vespa PK50 (1946-47)

The Vespa PK50 motorcycle was first produced in 1946-47, with a total of 36,126 units produced. It was equipped with a 98cc two-stroke, single cylinder engine that provided a maximum power of 2.4 kW or 3.2 hp. The engine had a capacity of 6 cubic inches with a bore and stroke of 50 x 50 mm. The motorcycle had a Dell’Orto T2 16/17 carburettor and was air-cooled with a Volcano magneto ignition and a 6V battery. It had a kick-start and a continuous speed variator gearbox with a direct drive final drive. The frame was made of pressed sheet steel with a streamlined monocoque structure. It also had elastic front suspension with spiral steel springs and rubber buffer rear suspension. The brakes were drum-style both in front and rear. The wheels were made of pressed steel flanges and interchangeable split rims. The motorcycle had a dry weight of 60 kg or 132 lbs and carried fuel capacity of 5 L or 1.3 US gal. It had a fuel consumption of 2.0 L/100 km, 50 km/l or 118 US mpg, and a top speed of 60 km/h or 37 mph. It was available in silver and metallic green colours.

Technical specifications:

Make Model: Vespa 98

Year: 1946 – 47

Production: 36 126 units
Engine: Two Stroke, single cylinder
Capacity: 98 cc / 6 cub in
Bore and Stroke: 50 x 50 mm
Carburettor: Dell’Orto T2 16/17
Cooling: Air cooled
Battery: 6V
Ignition: Volcano magneto
Starting: Kick start
Max Power: 2.4 kW / 3.2 hp
Transmission: Continuous speed variator gearbox
Final Drive: Direct drive
Frame: Pressed sheet steel with streamlined monocoque structure
Front Suspension: Elastic with spiral steel springs
Rear Suspension: Rubber buffers

Front Brakes: Drum
Rear Brakes: Drum
Wheels: Pressed steel flanges, interchangeable, split rims
Front Tyre: 3.5 x 8″
Rear Tyre: 3.5 x 8″
Dry Weight: 60 kg / 132 lbs
Fuel Capacity: 5 L / 1.3 US gal
Consumption: 2.0 L/100 km / 50 km/l / 118 US mpg
Top Speed: 60 km/h / 37 mph
Colours: Silver, Metallic Green
Source: Wikipedia

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