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Ransomes, Sims and Jefferies: Motorcycles

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Ransome Sims and Jeffries produced a motorcycle in 1919 named Orwell.

During 1919, they constructed a battery-powered sidecar outfit, with the batteries fitted under the seat of a rudimentary sidecar body, upon which the passenger sat. Although the motorcycle appeared to be conventional, the control box for the motor was fastened into the space normally taken by a fuel tank.

The machine was registered for road use and trials were conducted, but it is not likely that it got past the prototype stage.

The Orwell marque was also used by the company for some of its products.



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