Premier Motorcycles

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Premier Cycle Co
IndustryManufacturing and engineering
Fate1914 name changed to
Coventry Premier
Successor1921 purchased by
Singer Motors
Share of the Premier Cycle Company, issued 26. March 1903

Premier Motorcycles were British motorcycles manufactured by a business founded as a bicycle manufacturer by W. H. Herbert and William Hillman in 1876. Their "Hillman and Herbert Cycle Company" was renamed "Premier Cycle Co." in 1891.[1]

White & Poppe engine[edit]

Their first motorcycle was produced in 1908, with a White & Poppe side-valve engine and Chater-Lea front forks. They made their first V-twin in 1909, followed by a 499 cc single-cylinder machine in 1910.[2]

The business changed its name to "The Premier Cycle Company (Coventry Premier Ltd.)" in 1914.[1]

After the First World War bicycle or motorcycle production was not resumed and the cyclecar business was acquired by Singer Motors in 1921[2] although Premier motorcycles were produced under licence in Czechoslovakia throughout the 1930s.


Model Year Notes
Premier 1908 White & Poppe side-valve engine
Premier 500cc 1909 V-twin
998cc 1913 V-twin

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Premier". Archived from the original on 26 September 2008. Retrieved 14 August 2008.
  2. ^ a b "Premier Motorcycles". Retrieved 2008-08-14.