Originally Posted by Rapid_Roy
It was made in the first part of 1955. They were just called R50's. They put a larger tail light and some other things on it and called it a /2 later that year.
I have the larger tail light because my friends highway peg took out my original one, and I have been unable to find one since.
Essentially, the same bike, but R50s are more rare.
Also, the tiny tail light is dangerous, and I ride mine.
I could call it a /2, but it is not.
I'm not sure about this one. It is my understanding that the pre-/2 bikes ran thru the end of the 50's, not just '55. Additionally, there are a number of other differences, a lot of them not cosmetic, 'twixt the pre-/2 and the /2s. This is also the same premise as to why there is an R69 in addition to an R69S, and in this case even the cranks are different to my knowledge.
Needless to say I could be mistaken, but my research to this point does not say so.