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Barber's Best

A virtual tour of the classic motorcycle collection on display at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Ala.


1947 Saginaw Powerbike

1947 Saginaw Powerbike

1947 Saginaw Powerbike

Country: U.S.A.
Engine: Air-cooled, single-cylinder, 4-stroke
Ignition: Magneto
Power Rating: 1-1/2hp
Valves: Side
Fuel System: Single carburetor
Transmission: Centrifugal clutch
Suspension: None
Brakes: Coaster rear
Weight: Approx. 135lb
Top Speed: 25mph

1947 Saginaw Powerbike

The Saginaw “Powerbike” motorized attachment was adaptable to virtually any bicycle, and could be purchased from Sears & Roebuck Co. Post WWII there were many similar attachments on the market, the most successful being the Whizzer, as it had the looks and feel of a conventional motorcycle.

1947 Saginaw Powerbike