1901 Using an imported Schwan engine, the first motorcycle was built. It was belt driven and mounted over the front wheel.
A much better and stronger machine, with a 3hp Fafnir engine set vertically ahead of the pedals, then made an appearance. G. P. Mills, who possibly designed it, was soon to set a record on the 1904 Land's End to John O'Groats run and this gave a boost to the firm's reputation. Although it took fifty-one hours, the engine of the "sans pedale" performed faultlessly.
1903 Introduced the Raleighette, a belt-driven three-wheel motorcycle with the driver in the back and a wicker seat for the passenger, placed between the two front wheels. Due to financial losses the production only lasted until 1908.
1905 There had been a downturn in the trade generally and Raleigh began to advertise their machines at a considerably discounted price.
1906 Trade had become very poor so the company turned its attention to the production of bicycles until after the Great War.
1920 They returned to the motorcycle market with a brand new flat-twin model. This had the engine fitted in line with the frame.
1922 Two conventional singles were added to the lists, with either two or three speeds and belt final-drive.
1924 The reliability of the marque was demonstrated by Hugh Gibson who rode a combination round the British coast, while Marjorie Cottle reversed the direction on a solo.
A report on the 1924 Motor Cycle Show in Motor Sport Magazine reads, in part,
1960 A complete turn-about saw a replacement of their own moped by a model built under licence from Motobecane and a copy of the French Mobylette. Throughout the 1960s a variety of models came and went - all using the same basic engine and transmission. The only true variation was the Wisp, which had been turned into a moped from a small- wheeled bicycle.
1971 By now, most models had gone; production was faltering, and although there was a trickle of mopeds and scooters - some built in Italy - the market had seriously declined. As a result, the company returned to the production of bicycles.
Source: Graces Guide
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