The Orient tricycle was an early motorized tricycle (classified as a motorcycle under some definitions). It was manufactured by Charles H. Metz's Waltham Manufacturing Company in Waltham, Massachusetts and advertised in 1899 as a "motor cycle", the first use of the term in a published catalog.[1]

Orient tricycle
Orient tricycle with a trailer
ManufacturerWaltham Manufacturing Company
Production1899–c. 1901
ClassMotorized tricycle
Engine20 cu in (330 cm3) water-cooled de Dion-Bouton gasoline or naptha fuel single
Bore / stroke2+1516 in × 3 in (75 mm × 76 mm)
Top speed50 mph (80 km/h)
Power2.75 hp (2.05 kW)
RelatedDe Dion-Bouton tricycle
Orient converted to quad configuration

Orient advertised that the single-person tricycle could be converted to a two-person four wheeled "autogo" in five minutes.[2] A 1900 Orient appeared in The Art of the Motorcycle exhibition at Guggenheim Museum in New York.[3]



Specifications in infobox to the right are from Garson,[1] and from Krens.[3]

Notes and references



  1. ^ a b Garson 2011.
  2. ^ Orient 1901, p. 39.
  3. ^ a b Krens & Drutt 2001, p. 101.


  • Garson, G.P. (January 12, 2011), Motorcycle History: Part 1, Milestones: the genesis of the motorcycle,, retrieved 2014-06-16
  • Orient (1901), "Autogo advertisement", The Automotive Manufacturer, 42, Trade News Publishing Company
  • Krens, Thomas; Drutt, Matthew, eds. (2001) [1998], The Art of the Motorcycle, Harry N. Abrams, ISBN 0-89207-207-5

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