Today in Motorcycle History


Faceler was a motorcycle produced from 1903 to 1904.

A heavy roadster bicycle was used, fitted with a 2hp engine in an odd location. Part of the seat tubing was cut away and the engine was positioned in its place. Chain drive was employed.

Little came of the idea, as most people were somewhat reluctant to have their bicycle frame cut up.

The Faceler Motor Syndicate.

The motor bicycle exhibited by this firm will consist of an engine and set designed and made to fit a heavy roadster bicycle frame. This is accomplished by cutting out part of the diagonal tube, placing the motor above the bottom bracket, to which it is secured by a malleable clamp, which completely encircles the bracket and clips on to the tube on both sides.

Above, the motor is clamped to the short end of the diagonal. Thus, the frame in actually strengthened and stiffened by the motor, and with a stiffened head and motor tyres an ordinary roadster bicycle is made capable of taking the standard 2 h.p. engine.

The Motor Cycle, November 18th 1903
Stanley Show 1903

The Faceler Motor Syndicate

This company is showing one motor bicycle with the engine mounted between the bottom bracket and the seat-pillar lug. There is no seat-pillar tube as usually known, the engine and crank chamber forming this between the seat-tube and bottom bracket. The speciality in this machine is the arrangement of two independent flywheels driving a second shaft, mounted on balls, through a spring mounted gear wheel. The tread is very narrow; in fact, no wider than an ordinary pedal-propelled cycle, and the drive is by means of a chain from the second shaft direct to the back hub on which is mounted a large chain wheel about 16in. diameter. (Stand 14.)

Stanley Show, The Motor Cycle, Nov 25th 1903

Sources: Graces Guide, The Motor Cycle.

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