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British Motorcycles

Primus Motor Works

Primus was a motorcycle produced between 1902 and 1903, by the Primus Motor Works at Loughborough Junction, London.

This machine was a primitive and very short lived. The company also produced the Ixion for an equally brief period.

The Ixion motorcycle was also produced by the company. This was almost certainly built under license from Leon Cordonnier of Ixion in France

  • 1902 The first machine appeared, fitted with a 1hp two-stroke engine attached to a bicycle to drive its front wheel by friction.
  • 1903 A complete machine was offered, fitted with a 1½ hp engine, hung from the frame top-tube to drive the rear wheel by belt.
  • 1904 Engine power had increased to 3hp and it was vertically mounted ahead of the bottom bracket. It still had direct-belt drive and its frame was still based on a heavy-duty bicycle with unbraced forks.

Notes
Ixion of Birmingham produced machines of the same name between 1910 and 1923. Source: Graces Guide



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