I like motorbikes,
so this for me was of interest, how a bicycle became motorised, this is a Singer bicycle, in a flash of inspiration Singer approached manufacture Edwin Perks and Harold Birch to place one of their engines complete with hanging petrol tank into a Singer frame, (as an aside they, Edwin Perks and Harold Birch were well ahead of their time and also invented the world’s first cast alloy wheel), back to the bike, the experiment was a success, the motorbike was born, the engine was a 222cc four-stroke single, the tank holds enough fuel for about 50 miles at a leisurely pace, price new? about £63 at the time - the equivalent to £21,000 today, which is what it is estimated to sell for at auction,
Ben Walker, from auctioneers Bonhams, said: 'this is really from the dawn of motorcycling, the makers were ahead of their time and what they produced was incredible given the lack of miniaturisation in most Victorian engineering', the bike will be sold by Bonhams in Stafford on Sunday, would I like one? well not really, but of interest to motorised transport for what this early experiment became.