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Premier Motorcycles


Premier Motorcycles

Premier Cycle Co
Industry Manufacturing and engineering
Fate 1914 name changed to
Coventry Premier
Successors 1921 purchased by
Singer Motors
Founded 1908
Defunct 1926?
Headquarters Coventry
Products Motorcycles

Premier Motorcycles were British motorcycles manufactured by a business originally 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 1
  • Models 2
  • External links 3
  • References 4

White & Poppe engine

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


  1. ^ a b "Premier". Retrieved 2008-08-14. 
  2. ^ a b "Premier Motorcycles". Retrieved 2008-08-14. 

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