Batavus

August 18, 2012

Batavus USA

Batavus antiqueWelcome. Here is a brief history from Wikpedia. The full article is here.

In 1904 Andries Gaastra opened a shop in Heerenveen Holland, selling clocks and small farm machinery. Within two years, he was selling bicycles. Soon, he began making and selling is own bicycles under the Batavus brand.  

By 1917 Batavus had taken over a large bicycle factory. In the 1930’s they diversified to produce carrier tricycles, motorcycles, and ice skates. World War II saw the temporary shutdown of the factory. Business resumed in 1945 when the war ended and demand for bicycles increased. The company invested in a new factory with modern assembly lines, which brought it to the forefront of bike manufacturing. In 1948, Batavus was one of the first to develop and manufacture its own moped.

IntercycleIn 1969, Batavus acquired the bicycle and motorcycle production of another Dutch company, Magneet. Then in 1970 they joined the Dutch Laura group, which includes Laura Motoren BV. Their name became Batavus Intercycle. By the late 1970’s Batavus Intercycle was the largest producer of bicycles and mopeds in Holland. The company’s 350,000 sq ft Heerenveen plant employed 700, to produce 70,000 mopeds and 250,000 bicycles a year. 55 percent of its production was for export, 45 percent for the Netherlands, which had more than two million mopeds in 1977.

In 1976 US laws welcomed mopeds. Batavus began exporting thousands of mopeds for sale in the USA. Batavus USA Inc was the importer/distributor, at 2546 NE Expressway Atlanta GA 30345. After 1980, Batavus Bikeways Inc, at 3061 Kingston Ct #A, Marietta GA 30067 was the importer/distributor. The Batavus USA logo is from their parts price list of 1981. 

 


1976 to 1977 Batavus VA (step thru), HS50 (top tank), Mobat, Bronco all with Laura M48 engine:

Info Batavus 1

Info Batavus 1

Info Batavus 2

Info Batavus 2

Info Batavus M48 Engine

Laura M48 Engine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1977 Batavus VA

1977 Batavus VA

1977 Batavus VA Deluxe

1977 Batavus VA Deluxe

1977 Batavus HS50

1977 Batavus HS50

 

 

 

 

 

 

1977 Batavus Flyer

1977 Batavus Flyer

1977 Batavus Flyer

1977 Batavus Flyer

1977 Batavus Flyer

1977 Batavus Flyer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


1978-1980 Batavus Starflite VA (step thru), Starflite HS (top tank) all with Laura M48 engine:

Batavus 1978 Brochure p1-8

Batavus 1978-80 Brochure

Batavus 1978 Brochure p4-5

1978 Starflite HS, Starflite VA 1, Starflite VA 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Batavus Speed Version Sticker

Batavus speed sticker
is on frame below seat.
Says 20, 25, or 30mph.

Batavus M48 Speed Versions (US models 1976-80)

20 mph    25 mph    30 mph   ##  parts that are different
M48-03   M48-01    M48-02
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485194    485180    485180   #64  crankcase (solid mount, silent, silent)
480695    480695    485695   #65  head   (low comp, low comp, normal)
485697    485690    485690   #66  cylinder   (restricted, normal, normal)
480894    480880    480880   #71  clutch housing (small pulley, norm, norm)
486795    481790    487190   #72  carburetor   (8 mm, 8 mm, 12 mm)
481794    481785    481785   #73  intake pipe   (small, normal, normal)
480893    480891    480891   #75  drive v-belt (thin long, normal, normal)
481091    481093    481093   #76  front sprocket (11 tooth, 13 tooth, 13)
481506    481505    481505   #77  sprocket nut (small OD, normal, normal)
10-388     10-342    10-342    #4  engine mount assy  (long solid, silent, silent)
16-008     16-091    16-098    #1  exhaust header (20×585, 22×550, 28×500)
16-090     16-105    16-097   #20  silencer assy (20 mm, 22 mm, 28 mm)

44-379     44-404    44-379    #7  rear sprocket (48 tooth, 50 tooth, 48)
45-174     45-094    45-094    #8  motor chain (88 link, 90 link, 90 link)

Laura M48 engine versions

Laura M48 versions, left 20mph, right 25 and 30.
The “silent” mount (25 & 30) has rubber cushions.

Conclusions:

To upgrade a 25 mph to 30, you have to change the carburetor assembly, head, sprocket and exhaust. 

To upgrade a 20 mph, you have to change the “whole” engine, carburetor, exhaust and sprockets.

The M48-03 (20 mph) version parts are made to not interchange, so you can’t upgrade easily. The clutch hub with smaller front pulley is painted golden yellow and uses a thinner and longer belt, so you can’t put a 30mph clutch hub, painted brick red (the belt would slip because the sides don’t touch). 

From a distance you can tell a 30mph version by the extra think 28mm exhaust header.

From a distance you can tell a 20mph version by the yellow clutch and thin long belt.

 

 


1978 to 1980 Batavus Regency VA, Regency HS  all with Laura M56 engine:

Batavus 1978 Brochure p2-3

1978-80 Regency HS, Regency VA

Batavus 1978 Brochure p6-7

Batavus 1978-79 Brochure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Batavus Regency 1978-1980

Batavus Regency HS 1978-1980

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Batavus M56 Speed Versions (US models 1978-80)

20 mph    25 mph    30 mph   ##  parts that are different
M56-03   M56-01    M56-02
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540681    540681    540695   #6  head
560688    540680    540685   #7  cylinder
561787    561782    561782  116  carburetor (8 mm, 12 mm, 12 mm)
560194    580180    580180  189  crankcase
561096    561097    561097  #38  front sprocket (13 tooth, 17 tooth, 17)
45.065    45.065     45.118   #15  drive chain (96 links, 96 links, 98 links)

16.141    16.141     16.151    #1  ex. silencer assy (478401, 478401, 478550)
16.130    16.130     16.152   #14  ex. header pipe (22 mm, 22 mm, 28 mm)

 


1980 to 1984 Batavus Mondial, Gran Prix, with Peugeot 103 swinging variator engine:

1980 Batavus Mondial

1980 Batavus Gran Prix

1982 Batavus Mondial

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1981 to 1984 Batavus Gran Prix, with Sachs 505/1D engine:

1981 Batavus Gran Prix

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Where most Batavus Parts are on this site:

xxxxxx Engine parts – Info and Parts / Laura Motor

xxxxxx Frame parts – Parts for Sale / Frame / Gas Valves, Gas Caps, Steering Parts

xx Carburetor parts – Parts for Sale / Carburetor / Encarwi

xxxxx Ignition parts – Parts for Sale / Ignition / Ignition Parts, Bosch Magneto, Spark Plugs

xxxx Electrical parts – Parts for Sale / Electrical/ Switches, Bulbs, Head Lights, Tail Lights, Horns, Wiring

xxxxxxx Other parts – Parts for Sale / Frame / Speedometer, Reflectors, Covers, Seats, Forks, Shocks

xxxxxxx Cable parts – Parts for Sale / Cables and Hardware/ Cables, Cable Parts

xxxxxxx Wheel parts – Parts for Sale / Wheels / Tires and Tubes, Wheel Parts, Brakes, Spokes

 

 

 

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