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Beeston

Introduced in 1896 the Beeston  tricycle was manufactured by Beeston cycle works in Nottingham (UK). Powered by a 400cc engine the Beeston tricycle was the only motorcycle / tricycle to make it from London to Brighton in the 1896 Emancipation Day Run to celebrate the raising of the speed limit to 12mph.  In 1898 the Duke of York (later King George V) was the first royal to ride one.

With works in Nottingham, Coventry and Wolverhampton, in 1898 the Beeston Motette was manufactured at Coventry (UK).  The Motette was a “car version” of the tricycle and was powered by a 1.5 hp “Electric Spark Motor” , this being: “a petrol motor developing from 0.7 to 1.5 horse power, the charge in which is ignited by an electric spark.”  This had three speeds of 5, 15 and 20 mph. The price for the Motette was 160 Guineas.

Production ceased in the early 1900’s.

An 1898 Beeston Tricycle

The 1898 Beeston Motette

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Museums:

The National Motorcycle Museum, Solihull (UK) has an 1898 Beeston Humber Tricycle.

The Museum of Transport, Glasgow. Scotland. (UK) has an 1899  Beeston motor Tricycle.

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