19. 2000 Rotary Cruiser (Australian) 30cc

2000 Rotary Cruiser (Australian) 30cc

This is a modern (year 2000) cyclemotor using the Sachs cycle-attachment engine set up, but with a more stylish frame than the modern German Hercules bicycle. The description below is taken from my www.BuyVintage.co.uk website, as it’s one I have for sale.

New-Old-Stock ex Showroom Display.

DVLA Registered ‘W49 YNM’


The Rotary Cruiser is an Australian machine that was introduced 12 years ago. The Cruiser was their first model, and different desgins have been introduced subsequently by the company Rotary Australia. You can still buy one new in Australia (the Australian price is shown below), although the company’s Australian website suggests limited supply of this first version. The Cruiser has achieved cult status in Australia and the Sydney Power House Museum has one of these in its collection.


The company tried to market their products in the UK and, for a short time, a dealer in Bedford imported some for sale here. This particular machine was one of his showroom vehicles. It was DVLA registered at the time, probably to confirm that there would be no problem registering one (it can be difficult registering modern cyclemotors, as many owners of new Velosolexes have discovered).

W49 YNM is new-old-stock and has only been ridden once or twice on the road. Apart from a dent under the petrol tank at the back on the right hand side (see picture below) it is in excellent order throughout.


The power unit is a German Sachs 301 engine made under license in China. It’s sold in Germany as a Saxonette, usually fitted to a Hercules or Spartamet unisex frame, which are quite ugly bicycles. The Cruiser is far more stylish!

What I particularly like about the German connection is that the original Cyclemaster was designed during WW2 as an improvement of the 1938 Sachs rear-mounting cycle-attachment engine. It’s interesting to compare modern cyclemotors with the originals. The Rotary Cruiser is a modern collectable cyclemotor.



* Rotary’s 30cc 197watt power unit
* Front disc brake with alloy Teny rim
* 18 speed pedal gears
* Generator lighting system
* Colour-coded wheels
* Large sprung saddle,mirrors & colour coded fenders


Maximum Power Assistance (Effective Power): 197 Watts @ 130r/min, measured at OUTPUT spindle (shaft HP).
Maximum speed under power: 25km/h on level ground (average 23km/h)
Fuel consumption: 60km per litre @ steady 22km/h
Fuel tank capacity: 4.5L (usable)

Price for complete bike: $2499 inc GST + freight.

Price for engine kit only: $1550 inc GST + freight.
In this era of increasing environmental awareness and the frightening scenario of the ‘peak oil’ concept, any effort to lower the number of motor vehicles on the road must be seen as a positive step forward.

Rotary’s RH-01 INTERNALLY GEARED HUB ENGINE is more than just a ‘2-stroke motor bolted to a bicycle’. Rather, it’s a complete design package that condenses all elements that make up a reliable & light weight LOW OUTPUT propulsion unit to power assist your bicycle. It is NOT a higher power ‘off the shelf’ product that’s been restricted or governed to reduce its power.

This is achieved by taking an already proven design (German) and making improvements using modern technique’s in small engine manufacture.

All engine units are assembled & TESTED IN AUSTRALIA with quality components from Germany (bearings), Taiwan (case/internals) & Japan (carburettor).

ETHANOL BLENDED FUELS. Testing has finished on ‘E10′ fuels & we can confirm the RH-01 Hub Engine will run on 10% Ethanol Blended Fuels with no ill effect, nor any change to output power.

DID YOU KNOW The Sydney Power House Museum has one of our older motors in its collection ?

[Information taken from the company’s website: http://www.rotarybike.com%5D



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