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Phelon & Rayner Motorcycles

Phelon Rayner 1902
From Motorcycle Panorama by Bob Holiday

A Brief History of the Marque

Joah Phelon and Harry Rayner took a patent on the engine as a stressed member of the frame in 1900, a visionary concept used in many of today's machines including most BMW and Ducati motorcycles. Their 1.75 h.p. machines were built from 1901 to 1903.

"An extremely practical answer to the problem of where to mount the engine came from Yorkshire in 1900, when Joah Phelon and Harry Rayner, who were later joined by Richard Moore, began building motorcycles at Cleckheaton. As this photograph of a 1902 Phelon-Rayner shows, their method was to use the power unit itself as a main part of the frame, while four long rods, from steering head to bottom bracket, served the dual purpose of securing cylinder to crankcase and substituting for the normal front downtube. The idea was reproduced under license by the Humber company and was perpetuated through the long life of the P & M (Phelon & Moore) motorcycle ranges which succeeded the type illustrated."
From "Motorcycle Panorama, A Pictorial Rieview of Design and Development" by Bob Holliday, Arco Publishing Company, Inc, New York, NY, 10003, 1974. ISBN 0-668-03647-8.


Mon Apr 12 2010
Phelon & Rayner - P&R
I found this picture in my Panther Motorcycle Archive. Believed this is the only one of the bikes were only a handful were built each year.

The image is the same as that used in the Bob Holiday book. Ed.

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