Smith "Motor Wheel"...interesting...

G

gone_fishin

Guest
so, i found this pic during a general search...there was no relevant info with it.

anybody know anything about this one?

 


U

uncle_punk13

Guest
There were many variations of this type kit from various manufacturers in the teens and twenties. These are now highly collected and valluable in the vintage engine/motor-bike realm.
Antique-Rider and Psuggmog can probably elaborate better, as i'm not well versed in these...
 
A

antique-rider

Guest
This is the engine that started Briggs and Stratton. They bought the rights from Smith, then built their version of the motorwheel for a while, then adapted the same engine to stationary use. I've got one of each, but none of them running. very expensive to restore. The mag on the smith is a special small mag, they go on ebay for no less that $500. My uncle has a running Briggs, the same one he had as a kid in the 30's. He said he could pull another kid on a bike by holding on to the handlebars, up the Good Sam Hospital hill (Rif knows what I mean). If you look close the engine is hinged at the front so there's no problem going around corners.

Bob
 
A

antique-rider

Guest
Here is the Briggs Motorwheel, they enlarged the bore, and put the magneto in the flywheel, pretty radical for 1920's this one is missing the fender and gas tank
 
G

gone_fishin

Guest
dang, that's cool stuff, antique-rider, thanks a lot :)

so, how do they engage/disengage?
 
A

antique-rider

Guest
There is no engage or disengage, there is a compression release for srarting and stopping. and of course a throttle.
 
S

Saabsonettguy

Guest
Back in the day you could buy also buy a microcar called the red bug, It was a wood chassis car which was also powered by the smith/briggs motor wheel. These were cheap transportation of the depression era.
 
B

Blaze

Guest
"so, i found this pic during a general search...there was no relevant info with it.

anybody know anything about this one?"

Yeah, it looks like about a 1973 Moto Guzzi Eldorado. Not sure about the bicycle, though. :)
 
Thread Status: Hello , this thread is over 3 years old. You can still reply if relevant, but sometimes it's better to create a new thread to get more replies!
Top