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British Motorcycles

James Roots

James Roots made a light tricycle in 1892.

It was capable of 15 mph and the engine was a single-cylinder two-stroke operating on the 'Day' cycle, with crankcase compression. It was water-cooled and hung upside-down behind the rear axle, which it drove by bevel gears. The frame tubes circulated the the cooling water and it had a single front wheel.

Although the De Dion-Bouton tricycle was more famous, this pre-dated it.

Sources: Graces Guide



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