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Page 626. 1952 Triumph Rex FM50

1952 Triumph Rex FM50
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With a larger 49cc engine, the rex FM50 was the fastest of all the Rex models. Uniquely, it featured a clutch.
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The Rex is probably my favourite German cyclemotor. I’ve always been a sucker for engines mounted over the front wheel with tank on the handlebars, probably because it reminds me of the original old turn-of-the-century pioneer motorcycles. It looks like a real ‘dinosaur’ of a machine, and attracts attention wherever it goes.

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…Our 1950s cyclemotors are, in effect, really just a postwar version of those earliest prototype motorcycles.

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Along with those pioneer-type looks of a front-mounted engine, you usually get various ‘pioneer-type’ disadvantages, such as no clutch, and a heavy front end. Although it takes a bit of getting used to and engine over the front wheel, the Rex unit is actually much lighter than you expect. And, of course, the FM50 does have a clutch.

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Many cycle-attachments were not produced for long enough for their design flaws to be ironed out and updated; and many of the early postwar machines such were still more-or-less prototypes. However, most of the German machines were based on sound design technology and well-built – don’t forget that the Cyclemaster was originally a German invention. Despite its old-fashioned appearance the Rex is a well-made engine…

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…and, it would seem, is so light that a woman can carry it under one arm without even ruffling her clothes.

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REX & CYCLAID

In Great Britain in the 1950s, the Rex was sold under license as the Cyclaid, a cycle-attachment engine that mounted over the rear wheel instead of the front.

Compare the two in the photo below.

 

Next to the engine number on a Rex identification plate is its year of manufacture and cubic capacity.

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