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Johnson 1902

1. Johnson was a motorcycle produced in 1902 in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire.

This machine was a typical primitive, with a Minerva engine hung from the downtube of a heavy-duty frame. It also had the usual cycle forks and brakes, belt drive and pedals.

2. Johnson 1920s was a motorcycle that originated in the United States of America, produced circa 1921 to 1924.

This machine was flat twin two-stroke, single-speed, chain-drive cycle attachment engine. American in origin, it had powered generators in the trenches during the Great War.

Subsequent to the Armistice it was used over the rear wheel of a motorised bicycle, and was better known as the Economic. The production of the machine was short-lived as supplies of the engines were soon exhausted.

Source: Graces Guide

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