Top Mountain Motorcycle Museum
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Established for over 40 years and run by expert motorcyclists.
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Built in England from 1919 to 1920, these stand-up scooters were powered by a small OHV single-cylinder engine and apart from the pneumatic tyres they had no suspension.
A Brief History of the Marque
From Graces Guide:
Abbotsford Motor Co of Kingston manufactured motorcycles in 1919/1920.
Abbottsford* (Stand 162a.)
1½ h.p.; single-cylinder four-stroke; overhead valves; drip lubrication; single-lever carburetter; chain-driven magneto; single-speed gear; chain drive; 16x2 3/8in. tyres. Price £35.
This is distinctly the smallest mechanically-propelled three-wheeler in the building. Just as there is a small but steady demand for the tricycle in the pedal cycle world, so will the Abbottsford make its appeal. But beyond the question of its suitability for the nervous or elderly rider, there lies the wide field of light delivery purposes. Goods to a weight of 168 lb. may be taken on the specially constructed carrier; and we should imagine that, intelligently used, it is an ideal substitute for the boy and tradesman's carrier cycle. A cone clutch and handle starter are provided, the drive from the tiny four-stroke engine being by chain via a countershaft to give the necessary gear reduction. On account of a tendency to sway on corners, the laminated rear springs have been shortened. However, they are still ample for comfort at any speeds the vehicle is likely to attain.
The engine is the John scooter power unit, which has a bore and stroke of 55 mm. and 50 mm. respectively, the capacity being 142.5 c.c. It has overhead valves and an outside flywheel.
The Motor Cycle, December 2nd, 1920. Page 717
* Correct spelling is "Abbotsford".
There was also an Abbotsford built in Victoria Street Abbotsford, Melbourne Australia, c1912-1913.
Sources: Tragatsch p67, Graces Guide.