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Perks and Birch Autowheel

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Perks simplified the problem of fitting an engine on a pedal cycle by introducing the motorwheel. It could take the place of the normal rear wheel of a bicycle or the front wheel of a tricycle.

In 1901, Singer acquired production rights. Among modifications was the fitting of a low-tension magneto, perhaps the first motorcycle engine to be so equipped.

About fifty years later, the motorwheel concept reappeared in the 35cc BSA Winged Wheel and the 30cc Cyclemaster.

Year1899
CountryBritish
Capacity222cc
Cylinders1
Maximum speed18mph/28.97kph
Price newNot known
ManufacturerPerks and Birch

 

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