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Capacity : 550
Model : 3-Speed
Production : 1913 -
Category : (R) Street Bike


3.5 hp Clutch Model-1911

Under the sign of the kangaroo

Though the first Premier motorcycle was not shown until 1908, the Premier Cycle Company Limited had a long and distinguished history of two-wheeler manufacturing.

Father of the Bicycle

In the earliest days of the cycle industry, William Hillman -later a famed automobile manufacturer - was associated with James Starley ("the father of the bicycle") and invented the tension-spoked wire wheel as well as the first two-speed cycle gear.

World's Biggest Cycle Factory

Hillman and two associates, Herbert and Cooper, went into business in 1876 to build a safety high-wheeled bicycle, in which the rider sat low, propelling the front wheel through a system of pedals and levers. The machine was called the "Kangaroo" and their business grew by leaps and bounds. In 1891, their company name was changed to "Premier," since they claimed that it had become the world's biggest cycle factory. Alfred Angus Scott fttted his first twin-cylinder two-stroke to his Premier bicycle in 1901. When Premier turned to motorcycle manufacturing, their logo was a kangaroo holding a crown between its paws. At first, White & Poppe engines were used; then in 1909, came an own-make 548cc V-twin that finished seventh in that year's TT. In 1910, Premier unveiled a 3.5 hp 499cc single. In 1911, Fred Dover rode one for 3400 miles around the coastline of Great Britain in 21 days. A novel feature was an extra exhaust outlet in the cylinder wall with its own down pipe.


Engine: 499cc (85x88mm) air-cooled singlecylinder four-stroke; Bosch magneto

Power Rating: 3.5 hp

Valves: side; auxiliary exhaust outlet in cylinder wall

Fuel System: Brown & Barlow carburetor

Transmission: hub-clutch; 3-speed Armstrong epicyclic gear (optional), V-belt final drive

Suspension: Druid girder forks (front); rigid (rear)

Brakes: rim (front); belt rim (rear)

Wheels: 26x3.00 inch wire clincher (front & rear)


The 1913 Premier 3.5 hp range offered the choice of direct drive, hub-clutch, epicyclic three-speed gear or two-speed counters haft gearing.

Le fichier Moto Passion réalisé par François-Marie Dumas réunit près de deux mille photos accompagnées d'un historique très complet des machines présentées.
Il sera progressivement mis à jour ici et toute information complémentaire est la bienvenue sur info@moto-collection.org.

Cette documentation unique, qui constitue sans doute l'encyclopédie la plus exhaustive jamais écrite sur l'histoire de la moto, a été réalisée avec l'assistance de nombreux spécialistes dont principalement Didier Ganneau, Christophe Gaime, Mick Woollett, Jean Goyard, Bernard Salvat, Christian Rey, Yves Campion, Helmut Krackowizer, Michael Dregni, Michel Montange, etc. que je remercie ici.

Disponible sur demande :
- Les fiches originales sur papier
- Les photos et archives signées de mon nom en haute définition ou les documents originaux.
Me contacter sur info@moto-collection.org pour les conditions et droits d'utilisation.