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British Motorcycles

Alert Motorcycles

A Brief History of the Marque

Built during the pioneer era or British motorcycling, between 1903 and 1906 Smith & Molesworth of Coventry produced a range machines powered by a variety of Sarolea engines.

The Alert motorcycle was a very primitive machine with the engine hung from the downtube. There were two models in the range - a 2.25hp Alert with a Belgian Sarolea engine and the 2.75hp or 3.25hp Coventry Alert. There was also a model with a Montgomery sidecar. The company also supplied fittings to the trade.

The same company was producing motorcycles, sidecars and bicycles in 1920.

Sources: Henshaw, Grace's Guide



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