WWII Paratrooper: 1942 Excelsior Welbike

There are few things more terrifying than the idea of parachuting into a Nazi infested European mainland equipped only with a small folding motorcycle.   However, an enemy that is doubled over in laughter at seeing you ride a clown-cycle is perhaps an easier target.  Find this 1942 Excelsior Welbike here on eBay with starting bid of $7,500 reserve-not-met located in Santa Rosa, CA with 3 days to go.

The Welbike was designed to descend alongside the paratrooper in a small tube with a separate  chute.  Upon touchdown, the design goal was that the trooper could get his Welbike out of the container and push-start the 98cc 2-stroke within 11 seconds.  Not sure what step 2 of the minibike invasion looked like, but I can only imagine it involved lots of wheelies, whooping, and one-armed-machine gun action.  Range with the stock 3.7 liter fuel tank was limited to around 90 miles at 30 mph.

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