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Holden were motorcycles produced between 1897 and 1902, from a design by Brig. Gen. Sir H. C. L. Holden.
(Patented in 1894, the Holden was the world's first four-cylinder motorcycle).
1897 The motorcycle was first produced in air-cooled form. The horizontal cylinders drove the rear wheel directly and the camshaft was driven from this by chain and worm gear. It had coil ignition, a surface carburettor and geared pedals for the front wheel.
1898 July. Details and image of the motor bicycle.
1899 The version for that year had water cooling and went into production, but the result was heavy and expensive.
1902 By now the Holden was an obsolete relic of a by-gone age so production ceased.