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Starley's Ltd of St John's Works, Coventry
1903 Starley was a motorcycle invented by W. Starley of Coventry (presumably William Starley), and built under licence by the Swift Motor Co. It was shown on Houk's stand at the 1902 Stanley Cycle Show.
This machine differed from most in that the single-cylinder engine was mounted transversely to drive back through a two-speed gear and worm and wheel. The wheel was on a countershaft that drove the rear wheel by chain.
The engine construction was also different as the cylinder was held down by a large ring, which screwed on to the crankcase top, and a one-piece over-hung crankshaft.
The whole design was highly complex and nothing further came of it.