British Motorcycles

Bordesley Engineering Co

Bordesley Engineering Co of New Bond Street, Birmingham
  • 1910 Company formed. Engines were assembles at New Bond Street and cycles assembles at York Mill
  • Connaught were motorcycles produced by them from 1912 to 1926 
  • 1912 The first machine was exhibited at the Olympia Show. They had one basic model, with a 293cc petroil-lubricated two-stroke engine and Amac carburettor at the rear of the cylinder. The engine design was quite advanced and inside it had a one-piece crankshaft, a connecting rod with split big-end and a deflector piston. It also had belt drive, single speed and sprung forks.
  • 1913-1917 For a list of the models and prices of motorcycles see the 1917 Red Book
  • 1914 Various transmissions were available to offer one, two or three speeds and belt or chain-cum-belt drive. There was also a ladies' version and all had the same engine. An oil receptacle, held by bayonet joint to a tap on the oil tank, enabled the rider to draw off a measured amount to mix with the petrol.
  • 1915-1916 The range continued for those two years and then production ceased for the remainder of the Great War.
  • 1919 They returned after the War with single or two-speed variants plus a Miniature model that had smaller, 24-inch wheels. For the next few years there was little change.
  • 1922 The Miniature was dropped and a 348cc two-stroke model appeared. This had a three-speed Burman gearbox and all-chain drive.
  • 1923 Various machines of various specifications continued to be produced, including a complete sidecar outfit with a larger engine.
  • 1924 The marque was bought by the J. E. S. Motor Company and production moved to Gloucestershire for a while, before going back to Birmingham.
  • 1925 Change of ownership brought a change in design and they added four-strokes with a Blackburne ohv, an oil-cooled Bradshaw and an sv engine of their own make. Yet more four-strokes were added, with either Blackburne or Bradshaw engines.
  • 1926 They now listed two models fitted with their own engine as well as several other models with Blackburne, Bradshaw or JAP units. They also built a solitary two-stroke. It was their last year of production.

Warland-Blackburne was a motorcycle produced in 1923, by the Bordesley Engineering Company, of New Bond street, Birmingham.

This was a reasonably priced machine fitted with a 348cc sv Blackburne engine with three-speeds and all-chain drive, Druid side-spring forks, BTH magneto and an Amac carburettor. As these were all industry standards and available in quantity, the retail selling price was kept low.

Sources: Grace's Guide

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