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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
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
1926 They now listed two models fitted with their own engine as well as
several other models with Blackburne,
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
carburettor. As these were all industry standards and available in quantity,
the retail selling price was kept low.