British Motorcycles


Braithwaite was a motorcycle produced before World War I.

Made near Lake Windermere, by a gentleman of the same name, this model was produced in some numbers. His own machine was fitted with a Brough frame.

Sources Grace's Guide

Mon Apr 07 2014
robin at nibor.freeserve.co.uk
Braithwaite Motorcycle EC981
Braithwaite Braithwaite
Re your entry about the Braithwaite motorcycle (EC 981).  The motorcycle actually used a modified Brough frame (not [as previously stated] a Brough engine).  The engine was designed and built from scratch in 1911 by Burt Braithwaite.  The engine went through a number of revisions. The overhead valve design was largely copied by Norton.  The motorcycle still runs and is on long-term loan to the Lakeland motor museum, Cumbria, UK.  As an aside, today, I use one of the lathes, that was used to make the engine, to manufacture aircraft parts!  Burt Braithwaite was my grandfather. 
Robin Braithwaite
EC981 custodian

EC981 was one of around 30 motorcycles made by my grandfather but, as far as I know, it is the only one that has survived.  All the motorcycles were different as they were manufactured specifically for the customer.  EC981 was originally made in 1912 but it was constantly being developed with better engines and suspension.  Some of the earlier engines are on display with the machine.  You can find a photo on the internet.  Use https://www.flickr.com/photos/flattank-motorcycles/9802556355/in/pool-67102702@N00. 


Robin Braithwaite

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