Australian & NZ Motorcycles

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Australian Motorcycles (P)


Manufactured E. B. Pappin, at Kensington Cycle Works, Bridge Street, Kensington S.A.

The firm was in business from at least 1902, and motorcycles fitted with JAP V-twins are known to have been built in 1914 and 1915.


Pappin JAP 1915 Motorcycle Radloff SA TAVCCA Index

16866. - H. R. Gilmour, Torrens road, Brompton, 6 (h.p.) Pappin J.A.P.
Registered SA June 1920 (possibly a re-registration) (Trove)

Sources: Trove NLA, et al


In 2015 Paul G. Maloney, a man of considerable experience in the fields Moto GP , F1 and WSBK as an engineer, gathered a team in Melbourne to meld a pair of Yamaha YZF-R1 engines into an extremely compact V8 of almost 2000cc. The result was an attractive beast capable of melting the paint off almost anything, with the possible exception of an RAAF Hornet.

Specification include 334 hp @ 12,800 rpm from the 40 valve engine, carbon fibre frame, Öhlins suspension front and rear, with state of the art brakes, wheels and tyres.

Price: US$180,000



This brand is listed by Simon Fleming with no further information.

The Kapunda Herald of Fri 7 Apr 1905 writes:

The commodious premises of this company are situated at 125 and 127, Pirie street..."

"...Mr R J Hancock (the company's manager) visited Europe for the express purpose of gaining experience and purchasing plant, and the works, as already stated, are fitted up in the latest and most approved manner. The manager will be pleased to receive correspondence from bicycle agents and others feeling sure that complete satisfaction will be given..."

Trove NLA

Pirie 1903-1914 (S.A.)


Planet S.A. c.1915


Tandem Pacer built in Sydney, 1901

Source: Trove NLA

Platt-Betts' smart little five and a half horse-power motor tandem, behind which he will shortly be doing some speedy work, is said to have a speed capacity of a mile a minute if desired. Since November last the genial little annexer of records has been busily engaged upon the construction of this tandem, which, says the 'Cyclist,' does him great credit as a cycle engineer.

Referee (Sydney, NSW) Wed 19 Jun 1901

Premier Sidecars

Established by Ian Souter in Ferntree Gully, Victoria, the firm was relocated under new ownership to Broken Hill by Rob Wilson, before changing hands once more and moving to Bathurst with Sean Kelly at the helm.

Pride 1905-1910

Prince of Maitland, NSW 1903

Prince and RTV 1970s-1990s

Rarer Australian Marques