Perks and Birch Autowheel

Key facts

  • Year: 1899
  • Country: Great Britain
  • Capacity: 222cc
  • Cylinders: 1
  • Maximum speed: 18mph/28.97kph
  • Price new: Not known
  • Manufacturer: Perks and Birch
Perks and Birch Autowheel 1899 On Display

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.

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