PREMIER 500 SSL – year 1929
Manufacturer: Premier bike & Maschinenfabriks AG, Mouse (Cheb), Czechoslovakia
Premier Company, known primarily for good bikes, in the history of motorcycles, it has appeared several times. In England, w Coventry, motorcycles of this brand were produced in the period from 1908 do 1918 year. The branch in Germany started production in 1911 year in Nuremberg, and two years later she moved to the city of Eger (Cheb), situated on the border of the former Austro-Hungarian monarchy. The company from Eger was international: its CEO was an Englishman - Geoffrey Rotherham, the main constructor of Germany - Hans Baumann, and the commercial director of the Czech Republic - Franciszek Maśinda.
The production of motorcycles after the war was started only in 1923 year. The first vehicle was a Lilliput with a two-stroke engine, air-cooled, with displacement 269 cm3. Thanks to great commercial success, this model, with minor changes, remained in production for a full ten years. During this time, the belt transmission was changed to a chain transmission, the two-speed gearbox was replaced with a three-speed gearbox.
In addition to the model with a two-stroke engine 269 cm3, w 1929 year, The Premier offered motorcycles with single-cylinder four-stroke engines with a displacement 346 cm3 i 490 cm3 (JAP brand or own production) and a two-cylinder model with a displacement 746 cm3.
Model 500 SSL (Super sport luxury), constructed by Eng. Otto Lausmanna, was one of the company's most modern and best motorcycles. Engine, also coming from the Premier label, he was leaning forward. It was a single-cylinder unit with an OHV overhead valve, with long stroke length and displacement 494 cm3. She was gaining power 16 kW (22 KM) at 4500 rpm. It had circulation lubrication, with manual oil pump, and two-way exhaust outlet. The three-speed manual gearbox, separate from the engine, was from Strumey-Archer. An innovative tubular frame, with high fuel tank, it had the front wheel suspended in a pendulum fork with friction shock absorbers. Brakes acted on both wheels. A motorcycle with a curb weight 140 kg was developing a maximum speed 125 km/h.
The vehicles of the Premier company did not belong to the motorcycle avant-garde design. If we also take into account their high price, this is not surprising, that the factory was forced to stop production in 1933 year, although it was one of the largest Czechoslovak motorcycle manufacturers at the time.