British Motorcycles

Victoria Motorcycles (UK)

A Brief History of the Marque

Made in Scotland 1902-1926

According to Tragatsch and others, the Victoria motorcycle was built in Dennistoun, Glasgow and was Scotland's leading make for many years. The design was typically English as were most of the components including engines from Precision prior to WWI, and then Villiers, JAP, Blackburne and Coventry-Victor in capacities ranging from 127cc ot 688cc. These were mounted in Scottish frames of excellent qauality.

In 1914 it produced 9 different models from 2 to 4 3/4 hp.

There was no relationship between this factory and the German marque of the same name.

Surviving examples include:

Brian Hatton’s 1914 3 3/4 hp Victoria motorcycle, SP1470. There is an excellent article in Bike magazine of June 1992 on this machine.

A 1921 model Victoria which is fitted with a 3 1/2 HP 450cc J.A.P. engine. It has a Sturmey-Archer 3-speed gearbox and the primary drive is by chain and clutch, the secondary by belt and pulley. The machine has long swept back handlebars and an exhaust system consisting of a short pipe leading to a can silencer under the front of the engine. The registration number is SA4706.

Another Victoria is on display West Otago Vintage Machinery Museum in New Zealand.
More on the 12 known surviving machines including those above at at http://www.bawdeswell.net/victoria/

Also made in Scotland was the New Gerard marque.

Fri Apr 20 2007
biffhez at btopenworlddot com
Hi , Ive come across a JAP engine ,its a side valve,with an integral head and barrel.I'm guessing its between 200 and 250 cc.Its has a mag platform to the ear ,and JAP on the timing cover.Also has JAP London on drive side. Is it from a motor cycle and if so what or a stationary unit.Regards Chris

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