1912 motor comparisons.

I have two builds to start this summer; both 1912 twins but very different motors. The first is the earlier motor; it is the smaller twin with 6 1/2 H.P. and the follow-on from the first twin put to the market in 1911. It has an open magneto and a 2 inch belt drive with the sheave mounted on a clutch drum (if it’s an X model).

The second is the first real big twin with the 7-8 H.P. motor. It is the first year of the chain drive and is also magneto powered.

These ’12s make good bikes to ride because of their lower seat height, the ful-floteing suspension and the clutch. One will be a restored machine but not overly so and not with an exhibition finish. The other will be built using original un-restored parts where possible and with an original finish. I will post some more motor comparison shots before I start the builds.

If the figures in “The Legend Begins” are correct (!), there were 11 of the smaller twins built without a clutch (8D), 49 with a clutch (X8D) and 63 of the larger chain driven twins (X8E) so these are quite rare machines.


1913 at Brighton

I didn’t post any news on the London Brighton Pioneer Run after all the efforts I went through to get the bike ready in time; I just forgot. The only reason it’s come to mind is that I was browsing the web today and saw a review of the Run and a photo of my bike.


She ran great and had no problems other than the mirror worked itself loose so I removed it at the Handcross stop. I know the City of London University broadcasters also took some film and that will be posted somewhere, maybe. It was another great day out.

You can see the seat off the restored 1910 which was pressed into service after the original failed. Jethro Smith has since done a great repair on the original (see earlier post).

The second photo of the bike in action came from the site:



1913 at Brighton pioneer-2016