British Motorcycles

Perks and Birch

Perks and Birch produced motorcycles between 1900 and 1901.

They were the originators of the idea to build the complete engine unit within the wheel it was to drive. The single-cylinder engine was fitted between the spokes of an aluminium wheel, with eight to ten spokes on each side. A low-tension magneto provided the spark and the assembly could be fitted in place of the rear wheel of a bicycle or the front wheel of a tricycle.

The Singer Cycle Co took up the design in 1901.

Sources Grace's Guide

If you have a query about about this page, or have some information to add, please contact us

Phil Aynsley Photography
Phil Aynsley Photography
Thousands of quality photographs featuring Ducati, Moto Guzzi, MV Agusta and numerous other marques. An index to many of the amazing galleries on his site is available here:
Phil Aynsley's Motorcycle Photos