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Joseph Barter

Fairy was a motorcycle produced from 1906 to 1907.

It was the anglicized name of the Fee, built by Joseph Barter of Bristol in 1905.

The machine had a 2.5hp flat-twin engine fitted high in a stock bicycle frame, with transmission by chain to a counter-shaft and clutch, then by belt to the rear wheel.

In 1907, after Joseph Barter had joined Douglas, the name was taken up by them.


Fee was a motorcycle produced in 1905 by Joseph Barter of Bristol.

Joseph Barter had first produced a single-cylinder machine prior to this. He offered it under his own name until, in 1905, he turned to a flat-twin engine. Later it was known as the Fairy and was the fore-runner of the Douglas.

The Fee engine was 2.5hp and mounted high in the frame of a stock with braced forks. It had a large flywheel on the left and the transmission was by chain to a countershaft. This carried a clutch and then went by belt to the rear wheel.

Within a year the name had been anglicized to Fairy.

  • 1905-05 Barter designed side-valve flat twins with 198cc / 346cc / 676cc engines. Also known as the Fairy

Barter of Aston Gate, Bristol were motorcycles produced from 1902 to 1905.

  • 1902-5 The machines were designed by Joseph Barter. The engine had its drive pulley mounted on the camshaft so that, as it was larger than usual, belt slip was reduced. It was a primitive affair with the engine inclined above the frame downtube and only a few were built. Joseph Barter then moved on to a flat-twin engine design, firstly called Fee then Fairy, and the forerunner of the Douglas.


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