I love obscure (to me) bikes, anything weird or odd or unusual. Or just plain monstrous.....with that I'd like to show you one I just learned of myself....
There was a long familial connection between Ossa and the American upstart Yankee Motorcycles. The Yankee twin cylinder 2-stokes were based on a pair of Ossa singles crammed together rudely.
"Here is a picture of the OSSA BYRA 1000 built in Barcelona by the engineer Fernando Batlló (who also built a three cylinder 525 cc before that). The bike raced in the 24hrs of Montjuich in 1972 but crashed. The engine gives 115 HP and the top speed is 240 km/h (not bad for 1972???!!!). The bike can be seen nowadays in the motorcycle museumof Bassella, on the road to Andorra from Ponts, Lleida, Spain."
|This is at first glance a fairly typical for the time race bike. It's all purpose and anger. Oh....and 1000ccs worth of 4-cylinder 2-stroke psychosis. Gimme......|
|"Umm.....Fernando....perhaps some brake development is in order......" All joking aside, this pic was taken moments after the rider one Mr.Cufi died from a high-speed collision with a tree.|
|Nifty tip-up body work...|