1952 Rabeneick Cyclemaster Taxi

1952 Rabeneick Cyclemaster Taxi

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The Cyclemaster is the best-known model of cyclemotor in the UK. But did you know it was actually a German invention?

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The photo above is my 1952 German Rabeneick ‘Cyclemaster Taxi.’
Compare it with my English Cyclemaster, an early 1951 26cc model on a Jagrose bicycle (below).

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RABENEICK CYCLEMASTER TAXI

In Germany Rabeneick made their own version of the Cyclemaster, starting in 1952. It used the same bike as in Dutch machines but with German headlamp, rear lamp and saddle. The capacity was 32cc and the magneto cover had straight lines and a “Cyclemaster” name plate (but saying “Made in Germany” instead of “Made in England”). A Rabeneick logo was carried on the cover instead of the CM logo.

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Ignition was by Bosch. Some Rabeneick Cyclemasters had Wipac ignition; these ones have a magneto cover with a CM logo. The side cover had just one hole for the tap; the carburettor was a float-less Meco with its filter on the inside. The cover was held in place by four screws. The option of a conventional Amal carburettor was available. The silencer had a detachable side cover held in place by two screws. This was to make cleaning easier. Like HNG, Rabeneick used the model number M14. This version of the Cyclemaster was also marketed under the name “Taxi”.

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The Rabeneick frame has some delightful touches…

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The basic engine is the same, but the badges are different…

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This Rabeneick had stood in a small museum for 10 years; The seller and I got on very well. Now it has arrived I can start work on it. It will be mechanically restored so I can use it on the road, but the cosmetic patina will be left untouched.

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For a more comprehensive run-down on the Rabeneick company, you can visit the Online Cyclemaster Museum – PLEASE CLICK HERE

Published on August 30, 2008 at 10:49 am  Leave a Comment  

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