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Old 12-28-2016, 11:39 AM
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Default Pre 1920s Colson Fairy with motor

I am trying to find some information about a Colson Fairy that has a motor attached. There is no mention that Colson ever made a motorized bicycle, so I'm hoping someone here can confirm what I'm seeing.
I've been told this is a 1918, but I haven't been able to confirm that year. Also, there is a case number on the motor, 3038. I can get more pictures if needed of any part of the bike.
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Old 12-28-2016, 05:23 PM
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That looks like an Evans with a paint job. I will investigate. Where is this magical beast?

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Old 12-28-2016, 05:32 PM
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From the following link:

"The 119cc Evans Power-Cycle was manufactured by the CycleMotor Corporation between 1919 and 1924, both as a complete machine and as a separate cycle-attachment engine. Various Evans motorcycles were exported to Europe."

https://buyvintage1.wordpress.com/pa...ns-motorcycle/

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Old 12-29-2016, 11:16 AM
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Default Re: Pre 1920s Colson Fairy with motor

Thank you for the info on that motor.

The bike is located in Springville, UT at Legends Motorcycles. The owner picked this one up from another collector a couple of years ago. I am currently cataloging his collection.
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Old 12-29-2016, 11:32 AM
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Did the Colson company stamp their frames that might indicate what year the Fairy is?
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Old 12-29-2016, 11:37 AM
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You need to find a Colson collector or enthusiast site for that. Even if there isn't a datable number, an expert may be able to give you a time frame from the style and parts used.
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Old 12-29-2016, 11:53 AM
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Thanks. I did email Dave of Dave's Vintage Bicycles. Still waiting for a response. Hoping he gets back to me soon.
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Have you had a reply yet?
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Old 01-02-2017, 08:12 PM
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Try posting it on the CABE. the classic and antique bicycle forum.

Colson serial numbers are tough to date. Some seem to fit in with the system collectors have devised, and some don't.

I've had a few colsons, but have never seen a factory built motorcycle.
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Old 01-03-2017, 11:13 AM
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Have you had a reply yet?
Ludwig II, I have not heard back from Dave.
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