Majestic 500 OHV

Majestic 500 OHV

The concept of the Majestic was to create a two-wheeled conveyance which more resembled a car (think Art Deco Honda Pacific Coast), with full enclosure over all mechanicals (for cleanliness and styling), and hub-center steering via links and rods. The machine pictured in this catalogue uses a 500cc Chaise engine with vertical overhead valves, and the gearbox in unit. Other engines were used by the New Motorcycle company; JAP (350/500cc ohv and sv singles), Train (4-cyl 500cc ohv), Chaise (unit construction 350/500cc ohv), and the 4-cylinder 1000cc sv Cleveland engine pictured in the magazine 'Motor Cycling' on July 10, 1929.
Tragatsch gets his details a bit wrong by suggesting the bikes had rear suspension; the chassis ends in a pressed-steel rigid mounting for the rear hub. He also called it "another assembled machine [fromFrance]", which gives short shrift to the brilliance and originality of the concept the entire machine, barring the engine, was unique and manufactured for this purpose - only ancillaries like lights, seats, etc, were bought-in; even the hubs were custom-made, as there wasn't another hub-center steered machine of its scale. The nearest rival in specification is the Ner-A-Car, which was never as grand, and used lightweight engines - the Majestic aspired to be a motorcycling Grand Routier; a large, comfortable, and stylish tourer. if Brough-Superior was the Rolly Royce of motorcycles than the Majestic was the Bugatti.