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Mason and Brown

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July 1903.
November 1903.
November 1904.

Mason and Brown of Volta Works, Leicester

Produced motorcycles from 1904 to 1906.

Howard's patent motorcycle

Making their debut at the late Stanley show, these machines differed from their rivals in that the engine was fitted well above the bottom bracket, with the cylinder laid down to point forward. Inside there was a one-piece crankshaft with adjustable ball bearings. There was no carburettor as the action of the inlet valve was said to do away with the need for it. Control was by a single lever with ducts around it for the air cooling.

There were two sizes: 2hp Minerva engined weighing 75lb/34kg and 3hp weighing 95lb/43kg. Both had direct-belt drive, rigid forks and cycle-rim front brake.

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