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July 1903.
July 1903.
November 1903.

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.

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
  • [1] Ian Chadwick's motorcycle web site