Alfred WisemanAlfred Wiseman
of Birmingham built Sirrah, Macklum, Verus and Weaver motorcycles.
were motorcycles produced from 1921 to 1925.
1921 The Sirrah was brought out as the cheaper, lightweight version
of the Verus, fitted with a 292cc two-stroke Union
engine, and two-speed Burman gearbox
in solo or sidecar forms.
The range expanded quickly and included models with a wide range of capacities:
from Blackburne; JAP;
and Stroud; and Wiseman. All had Burman
gearboxes and the frames and forks were conventional.
1923 Late in the year they adopted a new universal frame for all models
with the tubing formed to avoid all but one joint, which was welded rather
than brazed and lugged.
1925 Production came to a close.
Note: When production ended, the name of Sirrah had already
found its way onto a number of special purpose machines, including an inspection
trolley that could run on South American railway lines. A similar device
that could run on road or rail, was also produced for the Indian railways.
was a motorcycle produced in 1920, to a design by F. McCallum.
Simple in design, this machine was scooter-style. The foot platform was
a one-piece steel stamping that doubled as the frame. It had a 292cc Union
or Peco engines positioned over the
front wheel, which it drove by chain.
were motorcycles produced from 1919 to 1926. It was the de
marque of the Alfred Wiseman
1919 The line began with lightweights with 211cc and 269cc Verus
two-stroke engines. The smaller was single speed, the other with a Burman
two-speed gearbox and chain-cum-belt.
1920 Those two models remained and were joined by two Blackburne
four-strokes, a 348cc and 499cc sv, with two- and three-speed Burman
1921 It was the same for that year, when trials were conducted with V-twin
1922 The simple lightweight and the 499cc Blackburne
models went, and the 348cc four-stroke was given the option of a three-speed
gear and all-chain drive.
1923 Only the four-strokes remained, with extra models being introduced
with 248cc and 348cc ohv Blackburne
and 248cc and 346cc JAP
1924 The range carried through and the universal Wiseman tubular
frame, with a single welded joint, appeared on both the Verus and
Sirrah ranges. For the 348cc ohv Blackburne
sports model there was a high-level exhaust pipe running along the off-side
of the machine (setting a vogue for many others in the years ahead).
1925 A smaller, 292cc sv JAP
1926 The range was reduced to two - a 348cc sv Blackburne
and 344cc ohv JAP.
Both had three-speeds and the Burman
gearboxes. It was the final year of production.
It appears that there was a collaboration with Oreste Garanzini of Milan, who imported Blackburne engines with the name modified on the case to "VEROS" and sold under that name between 1920 and 1925.
Weaver were motorcycles produced from 1923 to 1925. The marque was
named after its designer who was the works manager at Alfred Wiseman.
1923 The first model was known as the Cyclette and was an open-framed
commuter machine with the marque's own 150cc ohv engine, single-speed and
1924 That model continued and was joined by a true lightweight motorcycle
known as the Colonial model. It had a 130cc version of the same
engine, two-speed Burman gearbox,
all-chain drive and 24-inch diameter road wheels. Later in the year, either
a 147cc Villiers or Aza
two-stroke engine became an option.
1925 Only the motorcycles continued. It was the final year.
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