LAURIN & KLEMENT SLAVIA CC – year 1903

LAURIN & KLEMENT SLAVIA CC – year 1903

Manufacturer: Vaclav Laurin & Vaclav Klement, Motorcycle factory, Mlada Boleslav, Austria-Hungary

After the Paris-Vienna races in 1902 year, when with 11 French motorcycles i 3 Laurin motorcycles & Klement, only four reached my destination, two of them are Laurin-Klements, interest in Czech motorcycles has increased. The factory has tripled its production area. New factory departments were established, such as engine assembly, body assembly shop and forge.

W 1903 in addition to the produced BZP models with engines of power 1,8 kW (2,5 KM), L — o mocy 2 kW (2,75 KM) i LW (water-cooled) — 2,2 kW (3 KM) the company also introduced the CC model. It was a touring vehicle, equipped with an air-cooled V-twin engine, with displacement 615 cm3 and power 2,2 kW (3 KM). The motorcycle had a magneto ignition system. A hand pump was used to lubricate the engine. Rear wheel drive, equipped with a band brake, was transferred directly (without clutch and gearbox) with a leather belt. Only the front wheel was sprung. The motorcycle weighed 65 kg and developed maximum speed 65 km/h. The average fuel consumption was approx 5 liters per 100 km. In the years 1903—1908, in which this CC model was produced, its price was 1200 Czech crowns.

The following years in the company's history were a continuous continuation of sports and commercial successes. Laurin motorcycles & Klement received a gold medal at an exhibition in Prague. Further medals and diplomas came from the Austrian Automobile Club, from Milan and London. In eighty-five races, in which vehicles of this brand participated, won 68 first prizes. The annual production of motorcycles then reached two thousand.

From 1905 In the year, the production of motorcycles decreased, because the company's management focused their interests on a more profitable product - a car. The last motorcycle left the factory halls in 1912 year.