The Raleighette Tandem Tricar, as the makers
called it when first shown to the public at
the National Show in November 1903, was reported
as being something entirely novel. The frame
differed from that on any other similar contemporary
vehicle and the fact that a simple wire guard
could be fixed round the engine made it very
suitable for being driven by a lady.
The engine was Raleigh's own, being manufactured
in Nottingham, water-cooled and 3.5hp rating.
Cooling was by thermo-syphon, with twin coiled
The two-speed gear was said to be both simple
and efficient, consisting of chains running
either side of the rear wheel, high and low
ratios being engaged by clutches operated by
a twist grip. Anoth twist grip lifts the exhaust
valve and another twisting ring on the handlebar
actuates an exhaust governor.
Clutch and brake pedals are mounted adjacent
to the footboards. A handlebar lever operates
the front brake and cuts off the ignition system
which is high-tension supplied from accumulators
via a positive make and break.
The 1903 model was fitted with a rather ornate
wickerwork forecar, but for 1904 a mych plainer
and smarter unit was standard. The 1904 show
report summed the Raleigh up as "the first tandem
ever made with a symmetrical outline and one
of the smartest and handsomest tandems opn the