CYCLE ATTACHMENT ENGINES: 1919 Evans Power-Cycle 119cc

 

1919 Evans Power-Cycle 119cc

The 119cc Evans Power-Cycle was manufactured by the CycleMotor Corporation between 1919 and 1924, both as a complete machine and as a separate cycle-attachment engine. Various Evans motorcycles were exported to Europe.

After CycleMotor ceased production around 1924, manufacture passed to Stock-Motorpflug A.G in Berlin, who made them until 1933 under license and sold them under the name ‘Stock.’ Tax records from Berlin show Stock was only in business from 1924 – 1933. Later models had a 3hp engine with shaft drive.

 

 



As you can see from the brochure reproduced above, the Cyclemotor Corporation supplied this engine and petrol tank as a kit to fit to your own bicycle. Motorcycles were still very basic at this time, and cycle-attachments such as this were popular options. This example is an original Evans bicycle and engine.

 

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The Evans was marketed in Great Britain too. By the mid-twenties, however, motorcycle design had improved and prices had been greatly reduced for lightweight motorcycles; even small cars were now sold for under £100. As their production costs were high, cyclemotor manufacturers could not compete, and the era of cyclemotors and cycle-attachments came to an end (just as it did in 1955 with the introduction of the first mopeds).

Below: an Evans pictured at the beach in a period magazine.

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