Today in Motorcycle History

Slinger Motorcycle

Slinger was a motorcycle produced in 1901, by W. Slinger, an electrical engineer from Settle, in Yorkshire, who took six years to complete the project.

This contraption was a very peculiar looking three-wheeler with all three wheels in line. The rear of the machine appeared much as a conventional bicycle, whereas at the front the normal wheel and forks were replaced by a small motorcycle with two small wheels and a De Dion engine between them. The engine was water-cooled with the radiator surrounding the cylinder. It had a surface carburettor and coil ignition. Transmission was by chain to a countershaft and then by a second chain to the rear small wheel. For steering it had braced forks to the front assembly, and further linkage for turning the front wheel. Forward motion was relatively easy but reverse was similar to backing a car with a trailer attached.

Source: Graces Guide

Sat, 28 Oct 2017
pgtech_88 at
Singer Motorcycle 1910

The attached picture is apparently of a one of a kind 1910 Singer motorcycle. The picture was taken in 1954 during a London to Brighton antique bike rally. At the time my old friend was not able to make direct contact with the rider but was told the make of the unit by one of the rally officials. My old friend, Ted (Edward) Havens raced in the 1954 Isle of Mann race then went on to Ireland for the Ulster GP. He managed a silver and a bronze in the Jr. event at the IOM. Currently, I am helping him recount his adventures from this time period. Any help you can provide will be greatly appreciated
Aeron Stedmann
Vancouver, B.C. Canada

    The image is of a 1901 Slinger, not a Singer. Courtesy Howard Burrows.
    Image posted to comments.

14-Aug-2019 dabdon at
1901 W. Slinger
This video of the 1955 Banbury Vintage Motorcycle run (still running every year) includes footage of the Slinger in-line three wheeler performing very well and, at the very end, some close up detail of the bike being ridden round a back street in Yorkshire. Amazing machine and seems to have still been very functional in '55.
Stephen Ball
Chipping Norton

"Here is J.P.Smith on his remarkable Slinger, powered by a four and a half horsepower De Dion engine..." (2m 30s)

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