May 2021 Bike of the Month
Bike of the Month Baird Bergenthal of Midway City with his 1963 Batavus Bilonet

Make: Batavus
Model: Bilonet
Year: 1963
Country of Origin: Holland
Engine: 50cc Single
Transmission: 3 speed
Owner: Baird Bergenthal
City: Midway City

1963 Batavus Bilonet

Congratulations to Baird Bergenthal of Midway City for winning Bike of the Month with his 1963 Batavus Bilonet. Baird won a plaque provided by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys.

Baird always bring something interesting to our meet. He has won Bike of the Month once before in December 2014 with his 1957 Moto Beta. And placed three times:

News March 2021 with his 1963 Testi Grand Prix
News February 2021 with his 1978 Cimatti
News October 2020 with his 1962 Ducati Piuma

His Batavus is not only the first Batavus ever at our meet, it's the first bike made in Holland ever at our meet. The Batavus Bilonet was not imported into the U.S.A. Baird believes that this bike was built for the U.K. market and brought here later.

Baird has owned the bike for about three months. He picked it up from a private owner in Pamona while making deal on another moped. The Bilonet had been under a tarp for 20 years. Prior to that it was on display in a motorcycle dealership.

The Bilonet has a 50cc JLO TS50 engine that puts out 4.7 horsepower. The weakness of this bike is it's transmission. Fortunately Baird got this one running and it shifts through all three gears.

Built in bike lock
This bike has a unique built in bike lock stored in the handlebars. It's a bar that slides through two rings on the fork locking the front wheel.
Lock storage Lock in the wheel

Baird has nine different bikes, all under 100cc. Hmm, I just have one 900... They always draw a crowd and a smile. This one is for sale, if you're interested email me at and I will forward your message.

Thank you Baird for bringing your Batavus out for all of us to see. See all the photos in our May Gallery.

The Bike of the Month contest is held monthly at the Vintage Bike OC meet. Qualifying motorcycles must be 30 years old or older. Former Bike of the Month winning bikes are not eligible to win again. Anyone attending the meet is eligible to enter a qualifying bike in the contest and vote for their favorite bike. The winning bike is chosen by a popular vote and is featured on the Home page for one month and in this feature article. The Bike of the Month articles are permanent content on the site.

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1963 Batavus Bilonet
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