I ran across this on EBay for sale . It is a 1960 Belgian Royal Nord 50cc Moto Motorbike Cafe Racer . The pedal arm is off in the picture but it is a pedal start . It has a cool dual exhaust as well. ........ D.J.
Are you sure that is a pedel start? It looks like a connector for a kick start to me as it is round. I had a friend who had a little Bultaco Cafe Racer that looked almost the same but was a kick start.
I'm not really sure of anything ( I grew up in the 60's ). I did see pictures from all angles and do believe that it is a pedal start . The same shaft was coming out of the other side of the case . but no pedals were shown . ....................................... D.J.
I bet that thing is a pain in the butt to pedal, and the short cranks are just to start it and meet legal requirements (like for moped laws requiring pedals, and for getting it off the road if the engine dies. It might be useful for the way some of us pedal our mo-bikes though: silently entering housing zones at late hours after work, or maneuvering in parking garages or outdoor shopping zones, to get parking close to a building.
I like the build idea though: A cafe racer shape, with the motor + transmission mated forward of the tube frame. Looks good. Don't a lot of Puch mopeds and scooters have this arrangement?