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The Rolls Royce of Scooters

Heinkel Tourist - 1960

The Heinkel Tourist is a motor scooter made by Heinkel

Flugzeugwerke from 1953 to 1965. More than 100,000

were manufactured and sold.

The   Tourist   was   sold   as   an   upscale   scooter.   It   was   more   expensive   than   a   Vespa   or   a   Lambretta, and    was    generally    heavier,    more    comfortable,    and    more    stable.    It    was    available    with    a speedometer,   a   steering   lock,   a   clock,   a   luggage   carrier,   and   a   spare   wheel.   It   was   referred   to   in England   as   "The   Rolls-Royce   of   Scooters"   and   was   advertised   by   a   dealer   in   Massachusetts   as   "The Cadillac of Scooters". The   Tourist   had   a   tubular   steel   frame   to   which   pressed   steel   body   panels   were   mounted.   The engine   of   the   Tourist   was   mounted   in   the   frame   and   drove   the   rear   wheel   by   a   chain   enclosed   in the    swingarm.   Thus    sheltered,    the    chain    ran    in    a    sealed    oil    bath,    extending    its    life    and preventing   any   oil   from   contacting   either   scooter   or   rider.   The   engines   used   in   Heinkel   Tourists were   4-stroke   while   most   other   scooters   of   the   time,   including   the   Heinkel   150   light   scooter from the 1960s, had 2-stroke engines


Heinkel's first prototype scooter was built in 1949. Production of the Tourist began in 1953. The Tourist   was   manufactured   in   five   series:   the   101 A0   (1953–1954),   the   102 A1   (1954–1955),   the 103 A0 (1955–1957), the 103 A1 (1957–1960), and the 103 A2 (1960–1965).

101 A0

The Tourist   101 A0   was   the   first   series   of   Heinkel Tourist,   the   only   series   with   a   149   cc   (9.1   cu   in) engine,   and   the   only   series   with   a   kick   starter.   Production   began   in April   1953.   The   three-speed transmission was actuated by a twistgrip on a tubular steel handlebar. In   June   1954,   the   electrics   were   uprated   from   6   V   to   12   V   to   accommodate   the   addition   of   an electric   starter   at   that   time.   Production   of   the   101 A0   ended   two   months   later.   6,500 Tourist   101 A0s were built.

102 A1

Production   of   the   102 A1   series   began   in   July   1954.   The   main   changes   from   the   101 A0   were   the larger   engine,   which   had   been   bored   and   stroked   to   a   capacity   of   174   cc   (10.6   cu   in),   the absence   of   a   kick   starter,   and   the   use   of   the   12   V   electrics   and   an   electric   starter   as   on   the   last of   the   101 A0s. A   glove   box   was   included   behind   the   legshield. The   speedometer   was   mounted   on the glove box. 17,500 Tourist 102 A1s were built before production ended in August 1955.

103 A0

Production   of   the   103   A0   series   began   in   August   1955.   103-series   Tourists   had   four   speed transmissions   and   ten   inch   wheels,   enlarged   from   the   three   speed   transmissions   and   eight   inch wheels   of   earlier   models. The   result   was   a   larger,   heavier,   and   thirstier   scooter   on   one   hand,   and a faster, more sophisticated scooter on the other. It   is   stated   that   34,060   Tourist   103   A0s   were   built   before   production   ended   in   September   1957, but this production figure is disputed.

103 A1

Production   of   the   103   A1   series   began   in   September   1957.   The   tubular   handlebars   of   previous series   were   replaced   by   a   cast   handlebar   containing   an   instrument   panel.   The   engine,   while remaining   the   same   in   size,   was   improved   by   the   use   of   a   two-bearing   crankshaft.   The   engine was now mounted to the frame with rubber mounts, improving the ride. 50,050 Tourist 103 A1s were built before production ended in June 1960.

103 A2

Production    of    the    final    series    of    Heinkel   Tourist,    the    103   A2,    began    in   August    1960.   The telescopic   forks   of   the   previous   series   were   replaced   by   a   two-sided   trailing-link   fork   late   in   the A2   production   run.   The   rear   body   panel   was   restyled   and   was   not   interchangeable   with   those   of earlier series. 55,000    Tourist    103   A2s    were    built    before    production    of    the    Heinkel    Tourist    ended    on    31 December 1965.


Engine 174 cc 4-stroke OHV
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