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Top 10 Pre-1912 Motorcycles
9. Holden – 1899
The bike named after its constructor, Colonel Sir Henry Capel Holden, deserves recognition for being the world’s first four-cylinder motorcycle. Resembling a longitudinally-mounted, flat-Twin, both cylinders, in fact, house a pair of pistons mounted on each end of a single connecting rod. The Holden also featured a battery and coil ignition system including a distributor and “detachable igniters,” or, in other words, an early form of spark plugs.
|Country of Origin||Great Britain|
|Engine Type||Flat-Four, four-stroke|
|Engine Capacity||1054 cc|
|Horsepower||3 bhp @ 420 rpm|
|Bore x Stroke||54 x 115mm|
|Transmission||Direct drive to rear axle|
|Weight||106 lbs. (air-cooled), 132 lbs. (liquid-cooled)|
|Top Speed||25 mph|