Bat Motorcycles

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BAT Motorcycles for 1909

Bat Motor Manufacturing Co.

Kingswood Road, Penge S.E.
Stand No. 97.

A very good range of Bat motor-cycles is exhibited here, the smallest being a new introduction of 2½ H.P., with the new JAP engine; in fact, it may be stated at once that the Jap engines are used throughout. The light-weight machine: scales about 100 lbs., and, like the other models, is fitted with the well-known Bat spring frame and spring fork. This frame is practically the same as last year, no alteration having been found necessary. Another feature that is common to - this and all other patterns is the Bosch magneto. Two of the machines shown have the Amac carburetter, which is controlled from the handle bar. Nearly all the models have hook handles, but the light-weight has felt. Two band brakes are fitted to the rear wheel, and are operated by pedals on either side of the engine.

The 3½-4 H.P. single-cylinder model has mechanically operated inlet valves, and the magneto is accommodated in the tank, otherwise the machine is very similar to the 2½ H.P. just described. The tourist model has a twin-cylinder engine of either 6-7 or 7-8 H.P., and weighs 180 lbs. Roadsters are exhibited of both these powers, and also of 7-9 H.P. Another model is the Bat car cycle. This is a kind of developed side-car with four wheels. Both the front wheels are carried in spring forks and coupled for steering purposes. The driving gear comprises a large cone clutch on an extension of the crank-shaft, and motion is transmitted thence by a chain to a three-speed gear-box. and finally to a balance geared back axle. One feature of the machine is that all the side-car mechanism can be detached, and by fitting a belt on to the pulleys on the bicycle the single track machine is made ready for use. We understand the car-cycle has been subjected to a lengthy test, with very satisfactory results.

Stanley Show, November 1908