Today in Motorcycle History


Cygnet was a motorcycle produced in 1923.

The machine was a prototype designed for all-weather. It was built by two enthusiasts who tried to produce an "ideal" design. Little is known about either the engine or the transmission. This could possibly have been due to the fact that several options could easily be accommodated.

The frame consisted of a number of formed steel plates and a single malleable casting as the steering head. The plates enclosed the working parts, thereby semi-enclosing the rear wheel and proving legshields. Channel section steel was used to support the plates, where necessary, and for the rear wheel stand.

A complete machine was shown although there was no mention of the names of the designers. The machine did, however, bear a resemblance to the pre-war Swan motorcycle.

Source: Graces Guide

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