Riley Forecar 3hp (1903-04)


Photo courtesy of Alan Teeder

The Forecar was launched alongside the revised Motorbikes in 1903. It too featured a choice of Riley Engines, although this, the 3hp, was the smallest available. The frame was very similar to the Motorbikes, with twin members and the engine mounted on the front frame, behind the front axle. The axle had twin wheels and a front mounted passenger seat. There were still pedals to assist the engine, but they were increasinly unnecessary.
For an additional 4 guineas, the 3Ż hp engine also available on the motorbikes could be specified.

ENGINE

Single Cylinder
RAC Rating 3hp
Capacity 402.1cc
Bore80 Stroke 80
Carburation Longuemare Updraught

TRANSMISSION

Freewheel in rear hub for pedal drive
Final Drive Ratio 8:1
Optional 2-spd:
1st g/r
5.4:1 2nd g/r 3.57:1

SUSPENSION

Springs at front, Sprung saddle

BRAKES

Front Band Brakes, Rear Block Brake.

PERFORMANCE

Negligible!

DIMENSIONS

Frame Size 23" (aprx. 580mm)
Wheelbase 4'5" (aprx. 1350mm)
Front Track 3'3" (aprx.980mm)
Wheels Dunlop tangentially spoked
Tyres 26x2 front / 28x2 rear.
Fuel Tank 2 galls

PRICE

60 guineas
2-spd +5 guineas