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G. B. Motor Co

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G. B. Motor Co

GB were motorcycles produced from 1905 to 1908. The company was run by F. Claassen and Co, based in Sydenham, London.

The machine made its debut at the late-1905 Stanley Show. The models were a 3hp single, plus 3.5hp and 5.5hp Minerva V-twins which were all fitted with a gear-driven magneto. There were many options including spring forks, free-engine clutch and a sidecar with a coach or wicker body. They also listed a tricycle with a passenger seat, carried between the twin rear wheels and fitted behind the rider's saddle.

With a long 58-inch wheelbase, the models were low in build and quite advanced for the period.

Production continued until 1908, during which year they listed machines with either a 4.5hp Minerva single engine or a 5.5hp Zedel V-twin.

See Also


Sources of Information

  • The British Motorcycle Directory - Over 1,100 Marques from 1888 - by Roy Bacon and Ken Hallworth. Pub: The Crowood Press 2004 ISBN 1 86126 674 X
  • The Encyclopedia of the Motorcycle by Peter Henshaw. Published 2007. ISBN 978 1 8401 3967 9