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Chase Brothers Motorcycles

Chase motorcycles were produced from 1903 to 1906 by successful bicycle racing brothers, A. A. and F. W. Chase of Anerley, London.

1903 With their comprehensive knowledge of all types of motorised machines, the brothers went into business to produce a motorcycle that was typical of the era. Engines were vertically mounted and included 2¾ hp and 3½ hp MMC or 2½ hp and 3hp Ariel. A photograph dated 1903 shows a Chase fitted with a Soncin engine.

1904 Power increased to 4hp, and they added magneto ignition to some machines. They also offered a forecar with air scoops to aid engine cooling.

In 1905 a racing model with a 6hp engine was listed, along with a 7hp twin-cylinder forecar with fan cooling.

1906 was their last year of production.

Report from the Stanley Show 1902

Stand 124.

The Chase Cycle Co., Birmingham, show a motorcycle, 2.25 horse-power, fitted in a vertical position, within a loop of the frame, of which one side forms the double top bar, and the other joins the loop for motor. Automatic petrol regulator and carburetter, one lever control for exhaust valve and advance sparking. The engine is placed in front of bracket to ensure a long belt drive, and an outer ball-bearing on the driving pulley is provided, which prevents straining of the crank shaft.

Motor Cycling, 26th November 1902

Chase Motor Cycles.

The speciality of the Chase Motor Co. is the constructing of a well-designed series of machines, to which practically any type or make of engine maybe fitted, and examples are shown on Stand 103 fitted with 2¾ h.p. and 3½ h.p. M.M.C. engines as well as that beautifully made engine, the 3 h.p. Ariel. The identical machine which Mr. F. W. Chase rode so successfully through the 1,000 miles motor cycle reliability trials is also shown. The exhibit as a whole deserves attention. (Stand 103.)

National Motor and Cycle Show 1903

Report on the 1904 Crystal Palace Show

Among other novelties Chase Motors, Ltd., are exhibiting one of their excellent motor bicycles fitted with the Eisemann high-tension ignition. The dynamo is driven by means of two spur wheels on the engineshaft, one of which is constructed of fibre. The Chase forecar, which is shown fitted with two capacious toolbags and a pair of voiturette acetylene lamps, presents a very handsome appearance.

A correspondent writes:
The Chase brothers were leading bicycle racers of the day who built a limited number of motorcycles using Minerva, MMC and Precision engines.

Source: Graces Guide

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