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British Motorcycles

British Standard

British Standard of Aston and then in Newton Row, Birmingham

  • The company produces motorcycles from 1919 to about 1925.
  • 1919 The marque made its debut as a 269cc two-stroke single with direct-belt drive.
  • 1920 That model continued with the addition of a simple two-speed model with the option of a clutch and kick-start.
  • 1921 Following modest expansion, the company moved from Aston to Newton Row. Various two-stroke models were produced including a sidecar version, plus some with bigger sv four-stroke Blackburne engines.
  • 1922 A model was listed with a 348cc ohv Blackburne engine.
  • 1923 That model was replaced by a 349cc ohv Bradshaw oil-cooled engine with all-chain drive. There were also two two-stroke models with two-speed gearboxes.
  • 1924 Four models were still listed.
  • 1925 This was the last year of listings, as falling sales saw thirty of the 348cc sv Blackburne British Standard motorcycles advertised at clearance prices.


Sources Grace's Guide



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