|Manufacturer||Autoped Company, Krupp|
|Engine||155 cc air-cooled single (Autoped)
191 cc air-cooled single (Krupp)
|Bore / stroke||56 mm × 63 mm (Autoped)|
|Top speed||20 mph (32 km/h) (Autoped)
35 km/h (22 mph) (Krupp)
|Power||1.5 hp (1.1 kW) (Autoped)
1.3 kW (1.7 hp) (Krupp)
|Transmission||clutch operated by handlebar column|
|Frame type||welded steel|
|Tires||10 inches (250 mm) diameter|
The driver stood on a platform with 10-inch tires and operated the machine using only the handlebars and steering column, pushing them forward to engage the clutch, using a lever on the handlebar to control the throttle, and pulling the handlebars and column back to disengage the clutch and apply the brake. After riding, the steering column would be folded onto the platform to store the scooter more easily. The engine was an air-cooled, 4-stroke, 155 cc engine over the front wheel. The bike came with a headlamp and tail lamp, a Klaxon horn, and a toolbox. Developed during wartime and gasoline rationing, it was quite efficient, but was not widely distributed.
A patent for the Autoped as a "self-propelled vehicle" was applied for in July 1913 and granted in July 1916. An early description of the Autoped described it as having a hollow steering column that acted as the fuel tank. However, the production version had a fuel tank above the front mudguard.
- "America On The Move - Pope, Cleveland, Autoped, and Simplex". America On The Move. Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Archived from the original on 2012-10-19. Retrieved 2009-05-17.
- Wilson, Hugo (1995). "The A-Z of Motorcycles". The Encyclopedia of the Motorcycle (in UK English). London: Dorling Kindersley. p. 22. ISBN 0-7513-0206-6.
- "ScooterManiac - Autoped". ScooterManiac. Florian JACQUET, webmaster. Archived from the original on 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2010-08-28.
- US patent 1192514, Arthur Hugo Cecil Gibson, "SELF-PROPELLED VEHICLE", issued 1916-07-25
- U.S. Patent 1,192,514
- H. H. Windsor, ed. (August 1914). "New Power Vehicle Built on Unique Lines". Popular Mechanics (Hearst Magazines) 22 (2): 163. ISSN 0032-4558. "The engine, 21⁄2 hp., is built in the front wheel, and the steering pillar is hollow, serving also as the gasoline-supply tank."
- Wilson, Hugo (1995). "The Directory of Motorcycles". The Encyclopedia of the Motorcycle (in UK English). London: Dorling Kindersley. p. 243. ISBN 0-7513-0206-6.
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