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This Group is for fans of small motorcycles of all types the
name has its origin in a 1920's cartoon the adventures of Pip, Squeak and Wilfreds.

Pip, the dog, Squeak his penguin companion and a baby rabbit called Wilfred

A pip-squeak is still a term used to describe something or someone small and such was the case when, in the history of motorcycles, the Budget of 1931 introduced a reduced rate of road tax rate of 15/- (75p) for machines with engine capacities under 150cc.

The aim of this concession was to stimulate British manufacturers to produce machines similar to the autocycle, which were popular on the continent.

At first, manufacturers took advantage of this new taxation class by producing small capacity motorcycles which were immediately nicknamed "pip-squeaks"

When autocycles did appear, it was inevitable they were given the derisory name of "Wilfreds"

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  • Mopeds
  • Dec 9, 2007
  • English

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