First Pakistani Motorcycle/Scooter

scan0001.jpg A view of the first motorcycle/scooter built in Pakistan. Built by Hamid Omar, inspired by plans from Popular Mechanics.

It was built from pine wood because in those days I had no tools available, nor access to welding, steel etc. I needed a transport, and couldn’t buy one.

These were the days when nobody ever checked for things like licenses, etc – the old Lahore of 1960s. I used this bike for a few months.


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The engine was a 4-stroke 200cc engine commonly used for pumps and small electric generators.

The motorcycle/scooter had no suspension, except for a coil spring under the seat.

12 thoughts on “First Pakistani Motorcycle/Scooter”

  1. I love to see this effort with wooden material and pumpset engine. Those were golden days when nobody cared for what is on the road. But nowadays, you do a little tinkering with your vehicle and you land up with the traffic police net and virtually getting the vehicle impounded for violating Motor vehicle acts. However, Still We do get into such improvisations at my farm in Western U.P. where traffic Police is still comfortable with Jugaroo or Petter rehra etc ferrying foodgrains and cattle ( Jeep Chassis with a petter engine and wooden body ). We made a small cart with Bajaj 150 cc petrol engine/ wheels and Angle chassis made by our small time welder. The cart is effecetively utilised for ferrying pumpsets, Fertilizers, seeds and other farm inputs. Subcontinental Govts. must allow rural areas to come up with such simple and cheap machinaries. This would eventually lift the engineering standards and skills of these areas.

  2. That’s amazing to see! Definitely a piece of Karachi history! What became of the original? It would be fun to refurbish it and have a historic moto gp! On another note, I agree with the one of the previous comments, that grassroots efforts drive true innovation, we see it all throughout history : )

  3. The motorcycle was made from a plan published in the “Popular Mechanics” in the nineteen sixtees! It was inspired from that and the fact that fact that I had the “pump” engine! The wooden based motor cycle was made in Lahore – not Karachi – the the litttle red car (also posted on the website) was also made in Lahore – which was used by me in Karachi for two years (while I was studyind at IBA for my MBA)!

    As in most of the motor cycles – the engine was connected to the rear drive wheel by a steel chain. The engine had a centrifugal driven clutch but no gear box! It reached a speed of about 30MPH!

    After some months, I used the engine of the motorcycle to build the little red car – that was the end of the motor byke!

  4. I am happy to see the technical innovation being documented and appreciated . I would like to know more about hybrid vehicles in Indian Punjab, where such vehicles seem to have come up first. Please do share some more information on the subject.

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