Ridley Motorbikes of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, have a model line that features vintage style motorbike kits that bring back the fun, ease, and vintage styling of the early 1900′s. First introduced by Clay Ridley in 2008, there are five models in all including a limited production model the Desert Patrol MP.
The styling and overall feel of the new vintage motorbike line is a throwback to the original motorcycle. Ridley’s 1903 model features a gloss black with gold pin stripe scheme and white tires. The Twin model pays tribute to the British bikes of the early 20th century with its hunter green and black glossy paint, white wall tires, and “GBR 750” decorative plates. With a look straight out of WWI, the MP is “OD” green with luggage racks on the front and rear fenders. The Boardwalk model features a custom stark white and hunter green paint scheme with “Huntington Beach” decals, white wall tires, and springer style front end.
Ridley will be offering two engine kit options. The model 48 kit includes a 49cc, two stroke engine that is capable of speeds around 24 mph. For those a little more daring, the model 49 kit includes a 70cc, two stroke engine that is capable of speeds around 33 mph. Both motors are EPA compliant and offer an estimate 120 mile per gallon efficiency.
“This is an idea we have been contemplating for several years” commented Jay Ridley, Vice President of Ridley Motorcycle. “As a novelty, this is the ultimate toy. The motorbikes have a real vintage look that will leave people scratching their heads.” Ridley began R&D and production in 2008.
Interest in the bikes has garnered World-wide attention with orders going out for customers in as far away as Australia, Germany, England, Belgium, and the UAE.
“Our next challenge is setting up the retailer network to handle the demand” said Don Cox the company’s head of Dealer Development. “We will be offering the motorbikes to our current Ridley dealer network first and filling in the gaps where necessary.”
Bicycles and engines are sold separately. Bicycle kit MSRP $1,440.00. Model 48 Engine kit MSRP $559.00. Model 49 Engine kit MSRP $559.00. Shipping in the lower 48 states $175.00.
Ridley Automatic Motorcycles are best known as the manufacturer of high quality American made fully-automatic motorcycles. Ridley’s Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) allows the rider to cruise without manual shifting or clutching.
For more information visit the Ridley Motorcycle Company