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Lightning was a motorcycle produced in 1900 and sold by Arthur Burgess of Malvern, in Worcestershire.

  • 1889 Jan/Feb. Stanley Exhibition. Tandem by the Lightning Tandem Bicycle Co. Own the patents but licence others to build them.

Arthur Burgess operated the Lightning Cycle and Motor Works in Malvern and also had premises at Barnards Green. From there he offerd a range of vehicles extending from pedal cycles to motor cars. His motorcycle came in the form of a De Dion powered Quadricycle, with twin front wheels and an upholstered seat between them.

Probably built for them by Components Limited of Selly Oak, Birmingham, the model was reasonably popular.

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 Engineer of 22nd Feb 1889 p158