Sunday, January 6, 2013

Gone Retro

One of the most stylish of Taipei's two-wheelers is the Yuen Foong 125, the Taiwanese version of the Kawasaki B1.  I spotted these in the Yenping N. Road area.
These photos show the same bike from different angles. In the top one, you can see the state of the frame underneath where the seat would be attached. In the lower one, a close up of the gas tank reveals the chrome and the side patch where a rubber panel is attached. I like the chrome, but I'm not sure what the purpose of the rubber panels are. I am assuming they provide a softer, stickier place for the riders knees.

A few blocks away, I saw this restored model for sale in front of a shop.These bikes are popular for their classic looks. Personally, they don't do much for me. I do like the big seat and the chrome tank, but I wouldn't expect much performance from those shocks and drum brakes front and rear