Very Rare & Unusual c.1914-15 Two Stroke 'Crescent' Motorcycle With Two Speeds
Now here's a rare opportunity to own a rare and unusual motorcycle from the early days. It is a 1914/15 Crescent Motorcycle that was built by the Rudge motorcycle company at the outset of The Great War when production turned to munitions and away from vehicles. Rudge not wanting to loose a foothold bought in Villiers engines and Druid forks along with other items and built a frame then assembled these lightweight motorcycles. I am selling it on behalf of the owner who is a friend and currently away working in Singapore for three years but I know the motorcycle extremely well as I restored it, used it and finally sold it to him some years back so am best placed to be the person selling it on his behalf.
Much research was undertaken by the myself, in conjunction with the then highly respected V.M.C.C. librarian Phil Heath, where supporting documents and period articles were discovered including an accessories catalogue from Hobbs Brothers of 1915 showing the 'Boa' head motorcycle horn to be absolutely correct; also it was discovered that it is only one of two machines (the other in N. Ireland) to exist. Sadly, if you are a must have veteran nut, it just falls outside of the veteran criteria as Crescent motorcycles were made at the very end of 1914 in readiness for the 1915 season but it is a superb entry into the early vintage era machines. It was fully restored back in 1992 and everything that needed doing was done, a matching Miller lamp set was fitted of correct date and even a Miller tax disc holder is fitted. The motorcycle has in the past not only won many awards in shows such as Best in Show on the V.M.C.C. stand at Stafford bike show, best two stroke at Bristol Classic Show etc. etc. but also it has been ridden in rallies/road runs in Belgium, Holland and France not to mention my doing a night trial where the carbide lamps were used to illuminate the route.
The motorcycle has a typical diamond frame with Druid front forks, Brooks saddle and tool boxes, Villiers 269cc two stroke engine with outside flywheel coupled via chain to a two speed 'crash' Albion gearbox. The beaded edge wheel size is 26 x 2 1/4 and the tyres when purchased through the V.M.C.C. tyre scheme were genuine R.F.C. tyres from the Great War period !! Starting is an art ( it does start and run ) as it is by the typical period 'run and bump' system so one needs to be fit if planning to use it in anger. If you just want a show machine to take to rallies or even have in the house, as I did, then this is just the job. Now just in need of a little fettling and a good clean to bring it back up to the gorgeous state of its just after restoration condition.
It is only being sold as my friend is 6'2" and has a circumference to match as he enjoys good food and equally good wine but not in equal measures !!! so is just a tad too small for him, plus he is thinning his collection down so it is a reluctant sale, and I hear you ask if its such a wonderful motorcycle why are you not buying it back ? Well although not so tall I also enjoy good food and a little too much G & T and must admit to needing to pay a visit to a Jenny Craig weight loss centre, similar weight loss centres are available for stout gentlemen, add in my knees are knackered and eyes are squew whiff I've taken up knitting flower pots instead !!
There is no V5 at this time as DVLA cocked up and when they did some thing or other to centralise records they omitted UK 519. I know its unbelievable that a government department can make mistakes but there we are. A new application will be needed to be submitted by the lucky winner of this cracking machine and I will be happy to assist in any way I can.
Righty oh the boring stuff now; this is a cash on collection only sale but cheques, transfers and bankers drafts are acceptable but must have cleared and the money in the account and able to be withdrawn before the bike goes anywhere, the amount of the winning bid is the amount to be paid no haggling, ifs, buts or maybe's. Yes it can be shipped and all assistance given but you are responsible for arranging it. My input will be to supply dimensions and put it on a pallet if required. if you want it crated then you send the crate and straps etc. It will not be shipped to the land of hopes and dreams if your rich 2nd uncle Goateybeards 4th wife, three times removed sends a million pounds and a golden donkey if I give out bank details etc. i.e. no scammers as I know most if not all of em ! Apologies to genuine ebayers but just so many triers out there the above has to be mentioned.
Any questions please ask as happy to help as bound to have forgotten something & good luck with your bidding.