Ridley, like a lot of other Harley clones, rode the Harley-Davidson fad and was a “mini-me” of it’s big brother. A close friend of mine was an employee there and was largely responsible for solving most of the engineering issues. He has confirmed that building a half size motorcycle is nearly as expensive as building the big one. Differences in material cost are insignificant in comparison to labor, and labor to build the smaller but same motorcycle is nearly the same. Ridley sold lots of them but succumbed when the fad was over. But, it was a real motorcycle and was ridden by purchasers on public streets and highways. I never see one for sale and have to wonder what happened to all of them. Great article and want to see more bike coverage!
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