PAGE 5. 1952 Berini M19 Cycle Star (Cyclestar)

1952 Berini M19 Cycle Star (Cyclestar) – the Dutch Cyclemaster

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In 1952 HNG produced the CycleStar, type number M19. The 32cc engine was developed from the DKW blueprints like the Cyclemaster manufactured in Britain. It uses many of the same parts as the M13 & M14. The engine fits under the bottom bracket and uses a roller drive to the rear wheel. The Cycle Star had a spring fork using rubber bands and short leading links.

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Last year, I started to collect variations of the Cyclemaster, and among other cyclemotors, I was on the lookout for a Berini Cycle Star, the Dutch version, to complete my collection. I’d never actually seen one in the flesh.

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At Beaulieu Autojumble I did a double-take when I spotted this 1952 Cyclestar – and even more so because it was on the stall of my friend Fabian. He lives only 10 miles away from me, but I didn’t know he owned this machine.

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Fabian had found it in Holland and restored it. Obviously I had to buy it immediately.

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The original Cyclemaster wheel sold in the Netherlands for the equivalent of £27. As an option, for about £38, you could buy it in a special frame with a rubber-sprung bottom-link front fork. Just like the M13 (the front-mounted Berini – see below), the first engines were 25.7cc and later 32cc; the type number was M14.

The Pluvier factory never made any engine parts or bikes; these were made by other factories, Cyclemaster Ltd for example. What is sometimes called the “Dutch Cyclemaster” is, in fact, the very first model. This had no hub brake, a Bantamag ignition and an Amal carburettor; the magneto cover had a “CM” logo with curved lines and no “Cyclemaster Made in England” plate. The side cover had two holes: one for the tap and one for the filter, the fuel tank had radial ribs. The bicycle was made in Germany by Rabeneick; the wheels, head lamp, rear lamp and saddle came from Holland. Cylinder capacity was 25.7cc in 1950. One year later this was changed to 32cc—still with the Bantamag and Amal carburettor but now the magneto cover had straight lines and a “Cyclemaster Made in England” plate.

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I suppose that one of the original Dutch Cyclemasters mentioned above is now much rarer than this M19 Cycle Star. The Cycle Star, however, is a beautiful machine. In my opinion it’s much prettier than the British Cyclemaster company’s attempt at a mid-engined Cyclemaster, the Norman Cyclemate.

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Berini M13

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I’ve owned a few Berinis over the years, but they were all M13 models, with an engine over the front wheel. The Berini M13 was built in Rotterdam from 1949 to 1961. As it was developed from the Cyclemaster, engine size was initially 26cc, increased to 32cc in 1951 (the M14). In the Netherlands, it was known as “the Egg” because of the shape of the fueltank (designed by welding two headlamps together from a DKW motorcycle). The Berini was the most popular Dutch bicycle engine and could reach up to 30 km/h.

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1955 Berini Moped

The 1955 ‘Berini de Luxe’ was essentially a Cycle Star to which had been added the latest styling trend – a new forward-mounted tank flared in to the bodywork to give the appearance of a moped.

The Norman Cyclemate had been introduced in 1955 to try and propel the Cyclemaster name somewhere within the onslaught of mopeds that came in this year. It failed miserably.

The Cycle Star was already a stylish, well-made machine that had sold well. Cyclemaster Ltd imported it so they’d have something to offer besides the Cyclemate.

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Rene Willink – 25,000 km on a Cyclemaster

Dutch journalist Rene Willink travelled over 25,000 km on his Cyclemaster on a grand tour of Europe and North Africa.

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In Stockholm, Sweden, he was a guest at the Science Fair, hence the article, below, in the Swedish newspapers of the day.

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It is an interesting route: although it obviously took in the British Isles, I’ve not yet tracked down British press reports of his trip.

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The photo below was taken in Tunisia

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His Cyclemaster carried 50kg of luggage

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