The Whizzer "Ambassador" is back!

Discussion in 'Antique Motorized Bicycles' started by Quenton Guenther, Feb 20, 2008.

  1. Quenton Guenther

    Quenton Guenther Motored Bikes Sponsor

    Many, many, many members of this site have asked me about the new Whizzer, well it is official! After approx. 2 years of designing & testing Whizzer is ready to ship the new model. It is black, and sleek, has foot pegs, more power, bigger brakes, with a low seat height, and reminds me of my first Whizzer. My first Whizzer was black, and sleek, had foot pegs, more power, bigger brakes, with a low seat height, kick starter, and was Whizzers top of the line model called the "Ambassador". Oh did I mention the "Ambassador" is back? The kick starter has been replaced with an electric starter, and the wheels are 26" instead of the 24" , but once again the top of the line! The new Ambassador looks fast just sitting still, and has a refined "chopper" look, with all kinds of features like high handlebars, wide padded seat, crome controls, dual mirrors, custom cushioned grips, speedometer, tachometer, wider rims, DISC brakes, automatic clutch, turn signals, horn, 81 watt alternator, large headlight, tuned exhaust system, larger battery, electric start, and 26" X 3" tires. The famous Whizzer motor will still provide the power, but more power at your finger tips than ever before. Not only does the Ambassador have more power but still delivers 90 MPG. It just doesn't get any better than this! Well maybe it does, because Debbie at Whizzer told me today, mine would be shipped soon. I just can't say enough about the new Ambassador, it is far more than I expected. I was told Dealers should have them in stock by the beginning of March.
    Have Fun,
    Quenton
     

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  2. New Whizzer

    Wow that does look good. No pedals? That means it has to be registered as a MC here in CA. What do they sell for? Does the electric starter fit older whizzer motors?
     
  3. Zev0

    Zev0 Member

    My thoughts exactly. Without pedals how can it be considered a bicycle?
    BUT, it is really a great looking machine.
     
  4. thatsdax

    thatsdax Guest

    Wow!!

    That is an awesome looking ride.. But missing pedals is not good here where I live. Removing the pedals was not a good move for us here in Colorado anyway.. What size is the engine? Did I miss that? I think they are larger than 50cc or?. But.. Even at that, Pedals still help as cammo if you know what I mean.. At any rate.. A great looking ride for sure.. Thanks for the post.. Enjoy the ride...
     
  5. iRide Customs

    iRide Customs Member

    It will be interesting to find out how much they will charge for this. Will the price double??? Seems to me that it's no longer a motorized bicycle. Wouldn't you just buy a scooter or an old street bike and get a little better reliability and speed?? Yamaha makes a nice scooter that can be had for about $1000.00. Yes I know it's a scooter but you could also find an old Yamaha XS 650 for about a grand and modifiy it to be chopper like. Here is an example...
    http://www.custom-choppers-guide.com/yamaha-choppers.html

    Whizzer did, however, make a sweet looking machine.
     
  6. butch27

    butch27 Guest

    O.K. How much are we talking here? I like it but no pedals might hurt.
     
  7. HoughMade

    HoughMade Guest


    I think a normal Whizzer engine is around 138 ccs, but I could be a few off one way or another.
     
  8. Quenton Guenther

    Quenton Guenther Motored Bikes Sponsor

    Some states [such as North Carolina] doesn't consider pedals an issue. In North Carolina scooters [no pedals] including electric versions can be considered Mopeds. In some states it is the motor size, and in some states the HP and or top speed determine the class. It isn't a secret that many 2 stroke motorbikes bend the rules by upgrading to motors larger than 50 CCs [70 CC, 80 CC, etc]in states where motor size determines the class. It is important to check the laws in each state as they are seldon the same form state to state. When I was a teenager [14] in Ohio I rode my 1951 Ambassador [no pedals] and all that was required was bicycle license plates as long as the motor produced less than 5 brake HP. There were many to choose from at that time including Triumph cub, JBe, Ducati, Whizzer [all models], Cushman, etc that were legal because of the HP rating. Of course laws change over time, and it is wise to keep checking in each state.
    I think the retail prices is $1995.00, but If you loaded up a New Whizzer NE5 [pedal version] with all the features that come standard on the Ambassador the price would be very close. The Ambassador has been added to the product line, not as a replacement for the NE5 motorbike, but as another option. In a few states [check your local laws] the Whizzer motorbike [vintage or new edition]must have plates, so the Ambassador will be classed the same.
    Quenton
     
  9. Torques

    Torques Guest

    It's not a bicycle, can't be a bicycle and never will be one in that configuration.
     
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  10. kerf

    kerf Guest

    That machine looks really sharp but I'm afraid I have to agree with the nay sayers on this one. It looks like a motorcycle, it has no peddles and in most states, I believe the engine size would put it in the motorcycle category. Since it's sure to cost a pretty penny, why not just get a motorcycle with a transmission, register it and ride?
     
  11. fetor56

    fetor56 Guest

    Nice looking motorbike.
     
  12. beach cruzin

    beach cruzin Guest

    Looks good for what it is a motorcyclewhitout the pedals it don't float my boat.Looks sharp tho i'm sure all the yuppies will buy them up like hotcakes
     
  13. I do like the look of the new Whizzer, but am disappointed that they did away with the pedals. Isn't that what made the Whizzer special/different!? Hopefully, the entire Whizzer line won't departr from its pedal-powered roots.
     
  14. Quenton Guenther

    Quenton Guenther Motored Bikes Sponsor

    Hi Capitol Motorbikes,
    I guess it important to note that Whizzer is and will continue to make a motorbike with pedals. The new Ambassador model is in fact an updated version of the 1951 Whizzer motorbike [notice I called it a motorbike]. The 1951 Whizzer Ambassdor, and all the 20" Whizzer Sportsmans produced [thousands], which were certainly part of Whizzer's history, did not have pedals, but were a large part of "what made Whizzer special/different". The vintage 1951 Ambassador was the most expensive model, and along with the Sportsman were the first Whizzers to have a built in alternator, and head light & tail light were standard equipment. I think it somewhat ironic that the new Ambassador enters the market place with a major step forward in electrics [electric starter], and the earlier vintage Ambassador's step forward [along with the Sportsman] was in improved electrics [built in alternator].
    One again, Whizzer is and will continue to offer the pedal version [currently called the NE5], the Ambassador is simply another Whizzer model offered. And the majority of emails, PM, phone calls, & IM have been very possitive about the new model. And a few have voiced sadness because of the missing pedals [read earlier posts], sounds like Whizzer needs to make a similar model with pedals.
    Have fun,
    Quenton
     
  15. No pedals seem like a big mistake but then again,it would attract the scooter crowd. But if you're gonna go without pedals at least add a transmission of some kind so you can be safe riding with other cars by maintaning their speed.
    I think the Whizzer buyer is gonna look for pedals.
    This is like when Harley Davidson went for liquid cooling.
    People buy nostalgia. They want to go back to better days.
    For whatever that model may cost,I would just get a motorcycle.
    No pedals just takes so much away.
     
  16. gone_fishin

    gone_fishin Guest

    yeah...in for a penny, in for a pound...if they want to offer the no-pedal "motorcycle" give it the goose it needs...definitely let it use it's full capacity, how about a cvt or similar?

    it's a groovy ride...but i've been agonizing over whether to place it in the white zone because of the pedal thing...i think it would have been best to qualify the OP with the news that whizzer will still be producing the all-time favorite.

    anyway, very interesting news and feedback...i'll be watching this one.
     
  17. Dockspa1

    Dockspa1 Guest

    Ya, I gotta agree. It does look nice but it doesn't belong here. I have other home made projects that I don't post here for just the same reason ( no pedals). Maybe some one could modify one to put on here with pedals?
    JMHO
    Doc
     
  18. Quenton Guenther

    Quenton Guenther Motored Bikes Sponsor

    Hi Augidog,
    You are correct it should have been stressed that the "Regular" Whizzer is alive and well, and will continue to gain market share.
    I do know the motor on the Ambassador is very capable, and can certainly supply the "goose" it needs, and if down the road Whizzer hooks up a CVT [ya never know] it would add a whole new meaning to their slogan "Ride one and you will buy one".
    Please move the post to whatever area you think best, I only wanted to let everyone here know about the new Whizzer first [I am sure there are a few Whizzer dealers that still haven't received the news yet].
    Because of all the different state laws concerning mopeds, motorized bikes, motorbikes, scooters, etc, it is hard to tell exactly how the new model will be classed, however I am leaning towards "lightweight motorcycle". In my youth in Dayton, Ohio I owned a 1951 Ambassador [in 1958] and like the famous Whizzer Sportsman it had a kick starter, no pedals, and was classed as a motorbike, but it drove the police crazy because it didn't require a motorcycle plate, but a fifty cent bicycle plate. I guess somethings never change, it is now 50 years later and the debate continues. But one thing is the same, Whizzers sure are a lot of fun no matter how you class them.
    Whizzer OuterBanks,
    Quenton
     
  19. gone_fishin

    gone_fishin Guest

    Quenton: because i'm interested, and it hasn't been mentioned...will the engine be de-restricted as stock? i ask because it has been bumped into a new class, imo, and it would make sense to let 'er loose! so you know...besides rif's whizz'ster, i've also ridden the beauty that "bill green" built for a local rider...so, yes, i do know what i'm talking about...& i know what you're talkin' about, too ;)

    i had to move this to the white zone, but in return i edited the subject line :)
     
  20. graucho

    graucho Active Member

    This has a great look. But....When I was a young boy riding my bicycle, I dreamed of the day I could buy my first MOTORCYCLE. This new Whizzer Ambassador reminds me of those days. MOTORCYCLE, MOTORCYCLE, MOTORCYCLE. The Ambassador has very little to do with a bicycle. You have to have peddles. No "foot pegs" to be in my classification of a motorbike/bicycle.
    Heres a photo of my first motorcycle. Anything similar?

    I do really appreciate the education, and update of the Whizzer products though. Thanks, graucho
     

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