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Iceni CAM Magazine

This is the home of the Iceni CAM Magazine—a free e-magazine about Cyclemotors, Autocycles, Mopeds … and more.  It was launched on 15th April 2007 and the most recent ten issues can be downloaded hereAll the articles from all the previous magazines are on this website.  For non-computerised folks, printed copies are available at £1.50 per edition; we can accommodate mail order too at £2.40 for single edition or £9.60 for a year’s subscription.

So what’s it about?

It’s an e-magazine all about cyclemotors, autocycles and mopeds that carries road test & feature articles, rally reports, free adverts and other assorted information.  Although we are an independent production, we have strong ties to the EACC and also to the New Zealand Cyclaid Register.

We are based in East Anglia, but are by no means limited to that area.  Much that appears in the magazine is of universal appeal.  We welcome contributions, whereever they are from, and are also happy to help to publicise any events for cyclemotors, autocycles and mopeds.

When’s it published?

We publish four times a year at the beginning of January, April, July, and October.  Iceni CAM is purely an enthusiast production, and all produced on a tiny budget.  The free downloadable version will be posted on this website on the same day as the printed version goes on sale.

All the issues of CAM Magazine that we’ve produced have been very well received.  Thank you all for your comments; they are much appreciated.  Several of you have also made donations, which has helped enormously in keeping Iceni CAM going.

What’s in it?

The October 2023 edition is available now on our Downloads Page.

Main feature: Chalk and Cheese

Two Maxis: Chalk & Cheese

Two Puch Maxis, but completely different machines, one Austrian Puch and the other Spanish Avello, hence the title saying ‘As alike as Chalk and Cheese’. Provided by John Squirrel (who previously supplied all the Jawas for our preceding edition), our Austrian E50 Maxi SW, registered in May 1985, was interesting in its own right, due to being one of the last pedal Maxis, especially when you consider the first Mo-kick Maxis appeared in August 1977.  Puch was obviously well prepared for the UK law change on 1st August 1977 redefining a 50cc moped with kickstart, footrests, and limited to 30mph, as they had their Mo-kick ready to go on Day One.  Remarkable that pedal Maxis were still being sold in the UK eight years after the specification change.

The Austrian Maxi also demonstrated a number of developments since the model was introduced in February 1969, ending its time with extra features including indicators, a brake light, 1½ length foam saddle, larger rear carrier, and larger diameter exhaust pipe though still into the same original pattern of silencer, which stayed the course.

The Puch Maxi was produced in considerable volume: 1.8 million of them, and sold worldwide, though the Avello Maxis are much less frequently encountered outside of Spain, which indicates the majority of production came from Austria.  Probably the greatest surprise might be that the Austrian Maxi was produced for 18 years (1969–87), while the Spanish Maxi was actually produced for longer!  From 1973, right into the Suzuki era, and through to 1987 = 24 years!

As two-speed models, the Avello Z50 and ZA50 Maxis were quite different from the single-speed Auto E50; in some respects the Z50 offered a positive hill-climbing advantage with two gears and a manual clutch, though the ZA50 two-speed auto was often reported to have a fragile clutch.

Beyond the photo-shoot, it was disappointing that our Z50 proved unserviceable on the day due to a badly binding back-pedal brake, but sometimes that’s how things work out, so we just have to work round the issue.  Fortunately it didn’t compromise completion of the article because we’d already had experience of this model, so could still fill in the road test aspects from previous experience.

The road test and photo-shoot were on 22nd August 2023, so this was a latest production feature.

Sponsored by David Parker from Newark, Nottinghamshire.

First Support feature: OR is it?

Coming from 16-year old Will Day, and built long before he was even born, his OR50 was registered back in 1981, which qualifies the bike for Historic Vehicle status (over 40 years old) and free tax.  Even more remarkably it has actually survived all this time as a 16-er sports moped—which has to be about the hardest life any road going bike could suffer! Think about the prospect of a new 16-year old rider every year for 40 years…

The OR50 came about as an evolution of the earlier Mame-Tan factory custom, though neither seemed to achieve much popularity, however Suzuki maybe hoodwinked Yamaha into thinking they might be missing an opportunity.  Yamaha brought out their FS1-SE Custom in April ’81 in response, only to discover there wasn’t any real interest in chopper style mopeds at this time, so it was rather a sales disaster.  The FS1-SE hung like a millstone around Yamaha’s neck until finally being de-listed in October ’83, when they’d finally managed to clear the last lingering dregs of the small numbers they built.

Today it’s considered a rare classic, but still doesn’t mean that there are many people who want to own or ride one.

Suzuki’s mini-choppers are equally rare, and just last weekend when the OR50 attended the Coprolite Run, another rider commented that they’d never seen one before, so when it came down to the count, the Suzuki was probably the same sales failure as the Yamaha.

Probably the biggest surprise was that Suzuki fitted the 5.5bhp reed-valve motor, while its UK market X-1 cousin was rated at a miserable and restricted 30mph & 2.92bhp with a piston-ported cylinder.  You’d almost think that the OR50 just carried over the European market spec model, but it featured a 15mm Mikuni carb instead of the VM16S apparently fitted as Euro spec, so it’s puzzling why the model wasn’t made UK market compliant, but we don’t suppose its riders were complaining about the better performance.

Research into the OR50 proved extremely difficult, because there’s very little information on it available, which is often a typical sign that the model was neither successful nor popular, and over forty years after the bike has been discontinued, that’s not got any easier.

The only item in our own IceniCAM Information Service was a ‘not very good’ August 1980 road test, so that gives some idea what we’re up against in trying to produce articles on bikes like this.

The road test and photo-shoot were on 15th August 2023, so this was also a latest production feature.

Sponsorship credit: Thanks to Rob Foster, Mansfield Woodhouse, Nottinghamshire for his donation.

Second Support feature: Last Roll of the Dice

An ominous title for our presentation on a major player in the French motor cycle & moped markets for nearly sixty years, this presented a broad view of the crucial (and terminal) timeline for the old Motobécane Company, which was created on 27th March 1923, filed for bankruptcy in 1981, and subsequently re-structured into a new company called MBK.

M80E, Copdock Show, 2019
On sale at the 2019 Copdock Show

Our M80E was a rare and unusual small capacity Enduro motor cycle that was planned to appear with what turned out to be the most unfortunate timing, not just because the Motobécane company was swirling down the plughole, but also that the factoring contract with Derbi was signed before a European licence classification change that could compromise sales of the motor cycle.

The article may seem more like a motor cycling geopolitical analysis than many of our usual features, but chronologically assembling the relative elements toward the end of days for Motobécane gave an interesting view of the sequence of events.

Research was difficult, with very little information or specifications available on the M80E, and even less on the Derbi RD75 that it was based upon.  Fortunately we managed to track down the original French feuille de Mines, which helped a lot.

While it’s presumed that the Derbi was the same 77.8cc as the Motobécane, why did Derbi call its version RD75? And why did Spanish sources variously quote it as 74cc and 73cc?  We wonder about such anomilies, but remain unable to find answers…

The M80E came from Chris Day, having been purchased from Copdock Show Jumble in 2019 (pre-Covid), and received enough attention to get it running for initial assessment to ascertain it was quick and fiery, with a 6-speed gearbox.  Then it was mothballed until we decided to sort it out again for this IceniCAM feature.

Carb clean, tank flush, clean leaked grease out of the front hub from the brake shoes, replace a front wheel bearing, and it’s ready again to road test.

The road test and photo-shoot were done on 26th July 2023, so all three of our articles for IceniCAM edition-58 were latest production features.

The bike returned to Copdock Show on 3rd September 2023, but this time as a display machine on the EACC club stand.

Sponsorship credit thanks to donation from John Tudgay.

What’s Next?

The next magazine is scheduled for publication at the beginning of January 2024.

Next Main Feature: Something will turn up, but you wouldn’t be any the wiser even if we told you what it is.  Suffice to say that it’s a cyclemotor, but nothing like you could possibly imagine.  It’s ‘Beyond Imagination’

Next Support: A funny story about a Belgian manufacturer, though they did make quite a good quality moped.

Next Second Support: The letterbox clatters, post has arrived, followed by the sound of a small two-stroke engine burbling away down the drive.  Looks as if the postman has traded in his bicycle for a company moped!

What else?

Well, there’s this Website … we’ve put a lot of useful information here, and we’re alwas adding to it.  We have a directory of useful people to know.  Information on local events and, after each run, we put photos of the event on this website.  There’s also a market place where you can buy and sell mopeds, autocycles, cyclemotors and other related items

Director’s Cut logo

As each edition of the magazine is published, we add to our collection of articles.  From Edition 3 of the magazine, we introduced another evolution.  Previously, features in the articles section had reflected what appeared in the magazine, but you may now discover a bit of extra content has crept into some items as they’ve transferred to the website—you might call it ‘The Directors Cut’.  The problem with printed magazines is editing everything to fit page sizes and space, and there can sometimes be bits you’d like to include, but they have to be left out to fit the available space.  The web articles don’t need to be constrained by the same limitations so, although the text will remain the same, the ‘Directors Cut’ graphic in the header indicates the item carries extra pictures and bits that didn’t make it to the magazine.

We also have an Information Service—if you want to know more about your moped, we can help.

What we do

Iceni CAM Magazine is committed to celebrating all that’s good about the Cyclemotor, Moped and Autocycle scene; researching toward the advancement of the pool of knowledge about cyclemotors, autocycles, old mopeds, and other oddities; and the publication of original material.  We are a declared non-profit making production, though we still need to fund everything somehow to keep the show on the road.

The magazine is free on line, and the nominal price of supplying hard copies to non-computerised folks is pitched only to cover printing and postage.  All advertising is free since we believe that the few people left out there providing parts & service for these obsolete machines do so as a hobby and an interest.  This involves far more effort than reward, and they should be appreciated for the assistance they provide.  Our Information Service is there to help anyone needing manuals to help with restoration of a machine.  We make a small charge for this but, again, we have set our prices so the just cover postage and material costs.  However, we are trying to make this free too!  We are setting up an on-line library where you can download manuals at no charge.

Overheads involve operation of the website, and particularly the generation of features.  Articles like Last Flight of the Eagle can cost as little as £20 to complete, while others have cost up to £150 to generate, eg: Top Cat on the Leopard Bobby.  With these overheads, you may be wondering how we get the money to keep it all going.  So do we!  But, somehow, it works, helped by a number of generous people who have sponsored articles or made donations to keep the show on the road.

How long does it take to research, produce, and get these feature articles to press?  Well, up to two years of preparatory research in some cases, where little is known about the machine or its makers, and where nothing has been published before.  Then, collating all the information and interviews, drafting and re-drafting the text, travel and photoshoots typically account for up to 40 to 50 hours to deliver the package to editing.

There are many examples where these articles have become the definitive reference material for previously unpublished machines like Mercury Mercette & Hermes, Leopard Bobby, Ostler Mini-Auto, Dunkley Whippet & Popular, Stella Minibike, Ambassador Moped, Elswick Hopper Lynx, and many others.

We’re committed to continuing to produce these articles, because we believe it needs to be done, and we’ve got a proven track record for achieving it.  Nobody else has done it in 50 odd years, so if we don’t do it—who will?

To whet your appetite for what’s ahead, here’s an updated list of machines with developing articles for future features: Ariel Pixie, Beretta–Mosquito, Bertocchi ciclomotore trasporto, Capriolo 75 Turismo Veloce, Cyc-Auto (Wallington Butt), Cyc-Auto (Villiers), Dot ViVi, Dunkley S65, Dunkley Whippet Super Sports, Elswick–Hopper VAP MIRA test prototype, Gilera RS50, Hercules Her-cu-motor, Honda Gyro Canopy, Honda Model A, Honda CD50, Honda SS50, James Comet 1F, MV Agusta Liberty, Norman Nippy Mark 2, Norman Nippy Mark 3, NVT Ranger, Powell Joybike, Rabeneick Binetta, Simson SR2E, Solifer Speed, Sun Autocycle, Sun Motorette, Vincent Firefly, Yamaha FS1-E.

The working list changes all the time as articles are completed and published, and further new machines become added—so as you see, there’s certainly no shortage of material.

Readers have probably noticed a number of the articles collecting sponsorship credits, and we’re very grateful for the donations people have made toward IceniCAM, which certainly assures we’re going forward into another year.  We don’t need a lot of money since IceniCAM is a declared non-profit making organisation, and operates on a shoestring (and we’d like to keep it that way)—run by enthusiasts, for enthusiasts.

It’s easy to sponsor an article by either picking a machine from the forward list, and we’ll attach your credit to it, or simply making a donation.  There is no fixed amount, it’s entirely up to you, and however large or small, we’re grateful for any contribution to keep the show on the road.

If a vehicle you’re interested in seeing an article about isn’t in the list, then let us know and we’ll see about trying to add it in the programme, but we do need access to examples—perhaps you have a machine you’d like to offer for a feature?

See the Contact Page for how to: Sponsor an articleEnter a free advertSubmit an article yourselfWrite a letter to usPropose a machine for featureOffer your machine for test feature


Archive Photos

January 2023

At the Mince Pie Run, Gareath Evans presented us with a quantity of his late father’s photographs.  By coincidence, Mark Gibb has also been going through some of his old pictures.  Consequently we have been able to post pages of pictures of several part events—many of these pictures have not been published before.  Along with David Evans’s and Mark Gibb’s photos, we have added a few of our own.  The events covered so far are:

Sars Poteries, June 1997

10th East Anglian Run, May 1991

NACC 10th Anniversary Rally, June 1991

Rando Cyclos at Sars Poteries, May 2003

NACC Coast to Coast Ride, June 2004

11th East Anglian Run, May 1992

12th East Anglian Run, May 1993

1st Breckland Forest Run, July 1991

Sandringham Run, September 1995

2nd Norfolk East Coast Run, September 1990

Nedging Fête

July 2022

Dear Andrew,
Please can you thank everyone that came to our Vintage Fête at Nedging Hall on 26th June 2022.  We made an amazing amount, £6041.72, and we have got some more to come.  Once again thank you for helping us to raise so much.

Yours sincerely,
P Gooderham


January 2022

Derbi moped in Lanzarote Derbi moped in Lanzarote
Moped in Lanzarote

Just spotted these mopeds in Lanzarote.  50 euros for the pair if anyone’s interested!
From Dunc and Margaret

Older news stories are available in our News Archive