Battson's first motorcycle
"It was a little Sun V.T.S. (not to be confused with the Vitesse engine, which was a bit different; the V.T.S. merely stood forValveless Two Stroke) of about 1915 manufacture.
|Sun VTS 1916|
In 1916 it has been claimed that the Valveless Two-Stroke company was taken over by the Sun Motorcycle company and certainly in their brochure for that year detailed a lightweight motorcycle fitted with a VTS engine with a separate oil feed and a two speed cog box fitted with a cork clutch and they continued to use these engines until the mid 1920`s.
Battson's second motorcycle
"The machine in question was a 31/2 h.p. (500 c.c.) racing Singer, once the property of the famous Stanley, slightly detuned for road use..."
James Baxter Singer 3.5 HP 1910 at Goodwood Festival of Speed www.motorsport.com
Battson's third motorcycle
"This Norton was the Model 9, one of the last direct-drive models the firm ever made; and I regret to say, at this late stage, that Norton Motors were guilty of great duplicity in the matter. I knew, of course, that by 1923 the belt driver was on its way out, and, not wishing to be stuck with an obsolescent machine, I wrote to them asking if the Model 9 was likely to be discontinued in the foreseeable future. They replied promptly and courteously, that they had no intention whatever of dropping it, and would be happy if I would place my order.
On the strength of this assurance, I made them happy; and they dropped the model that same year. It was never catalogued again."
|Norton Model 9|
Owing to the non-auto carburettor, the throttle and air levers have to be juggled with at the same time when riding! The brakes are of a rudimentary bicycle design. Even in 1920, this machine was well out of date and it was to remain available until 1922.
All this just goes to show how conservative a buyer Battson was.