May 2013 Bike of the Month
Bike of the Month Larry Fisher with his 1947 James Autocycle

Make: James
Model: Autocycle
Year: 1947
Country of Origin: England
Engine: 98cc Single
Transmission: 1 speed
Owner: Larry Fisher
City: Chino Hills

1947 James Autocycle

Congratulations to Larry Fisher of Chino Hills for winning Bike of the Month with his 1947 James Autocycle. Larry won a $20.00 Beach Burgers gift certificate provided by Beach Burgers.

This was Larry's first time to our meet. He may have a bit of "beginner's luck" with Greg McBride taking his Vincent home early, but this all original Autocycle is very cool.

Larry has owned the Autocycle since 2007. He purchased it in England with the idea of riding it across that country. He is the third owner, and it was road registered 70 years in the UK since it was brand new.

Versatile Engine Design
The Autocycle has a 98cc 2-stroke Villiers 1F engine. According to Larry, most british cycle companies after the war used Villiers engines in their small bikes. Villiers built the engines during the war for the paratrooper's bikes. The engine was built in two sizes, the F size is 98cc and the G is 123cc. It came with three different transmission options, 1, 2, and 3 speed.

Larry has a collection of small motor bikes and also brought a 1969 35cc Velo Solex Cyclemotor from France.

Thanks Larry for bringing this unique bike to our meet. View all the photos in our May Gallery.

The Bike of the Month contest is held monthly at the Vintage Bike OC meet. Qualifying motorcycles must be 30 years old or older. Former Bike of the Month winning bikes are not eligible to win again. Anyone attending the meet is eligible to enter a qualifying bike in the contest and vote for their favorite bike. The winning bike is chosen by a popular vote and is featured on the Home page for one month and in this feature article. The Bike of the Month articles are permanent content on the site.

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1947 James Autocycle
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