Browsing and purchasing new bicycles can be an exciting experience, but one thing you can be sure of is that there are no mysteries. When you enter a new bike dealership, although you may not personally know everything about each bike on display, someone at the dealership can provide you with all the information you need. You can also research on your own to find answers to any questions you may have. It's simple, right?
However, the same cannot be said for used bikes. While you may be able to find some basic information about the features of a used bike when it left the factory, what you know about its life since then depends on its previous owners and the records they have kept (if any). It's a mystery, and it can either be exciting or frustrating. Sometimes, you won't know which until you spend some time with that old barn find special that you just had to have.
In the over a century that motorcycles have been around, countless manufacturers have come and gone. Royal Enfield and Harley-Davidson are notable companies that are still around in 2023, despite the challenges they have faced over the years.
However, many other brands did not survive. For example, a YouTube channel called 2Vintage discovered what appears to be a SCO Minor Grand moped in Wisconsin, which is a brand that no longer exists.
In the beginning of the video, the seller believed it was a rare German scooter because of the writing on it. The engine does resemble a Sachs unit, which was commonly used in German and non-German mopeds and scooters at the time.
However, thanks to the power of the Internet, viewers quickly pointed out in the comments that the writing is actually Danish, not German. The tank clearly says "Grand," and a European motorcycle website called Sheldon's EMU provides details about the history of Grand in the Danish moped industry. The company was originally established in 1891 as Dansk Cykleværk Grand, A / S, Nr. Åby. It started producing mopeds in 1955 and had a relationship with SCO, which supplied engines and frames. Grand also used engines from other suppliers such as BFC, Sachs, Derby, and Diesella. SCO eventually acquired Grand, which is a common story in motorcycle history.
In the video, someone also noticed the name Estlander on a badge. There is a Swedish moped page that showcases various moped and scooter models produced by the Danish brand Estlander, but none of them closely resemble the moped found by 2Vintage.
However, a photo on the Moped Army website shows a moped that someone claims is a 1970 SCO Minor Grand, and it bears a striking resemblance to the moped in the video. Sometimes, it's not always possible to find a complete and clear history of brands that disappeared long ago, but crowdsourced knowledge can be helpful in filling in the gaps.
Another interesting aspect of this vintage Danish machine is that it has points. While many older bikes have them, if you're unfamiliar with how they work, you can refer to a written guide from Old Bike Barn and a video from Living with a Classic for more information.