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Hillman: Motorcycles

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Note: This is a sub-section of Hillman

Hillman was a motorcycle produced in 1902, by William Hillman. It had had a number of interesting features, including all-chain drive. The 1.5hp engine was mounted high up behind the headstock, and the crankcase became part of the downtube. The magneto was driven by crank and rod, so oscillated, and the chain drive was in two stages, via the bottom bracket. The mixture was provided by a crude spray-carburettor - a very advanced feature for the era. Only one model was built.

Sources of Information

  • The British Motorcycle Directory - Over 1,100 Marques from 1888 - by Roy Bacon and Ken Hallworth. Pub: The Crowood Press 2004 ISBN 1 86126 674 X
  • [1] A-Z of Historic, Classic, Vintage and Veteran Motorcycles web site
  • [2] Miscellaneous A-Z Classic and Vintage Motorcycles web site
  • Miller’s Price Guide to Classic Motorcycles