British Motorcycles

Coventry-Motette Tricars & Motorcycles

Lawson Co
  • Produced the Coventry-Motette motorcycles from 1899 to 1900
  • The project involved a modified version of the Bollee tricar that had belt drive and its cylinder alongside the rear wheel, and the crank-shaft and reduction gear ahead of it. The passenger seat went between the front wheels and the driver sat behind.
  • The company also built a ladies' model that had the engine ahead of the rear wheel, which was driven by a wooden pulley pressed against the tyre. The rider was seated above the petrol tank and hot-tube ignition burner, but despite this, the machine travelled safely from Coventry to London.
  • Produced the Beeston motorcycle from 1896 to 1901.
  • This company first produced a tricycle that mirrored the De Dion in 1896. The 1.25hp engine was mounted behind the rear axle, which it drove by gears.
  • 1897 The company produced its first motorized bicycles.
  • By 1898 they had gone into production and manufactured a quadricycle - the tricyle fitted with two front wheels with a forecar-style passenger seat hung between them. That year also saw the arrival of a motorcycle with an extended frame to accommodate the engine that was mounted just in front of the rear wheel, and direct chain drive.
  • In 1901 the company closed.
  • Note: They were also called Humber-Beeston and Beeston-Humber.
Sources: Graces Guide

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