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British Motorcycles

Jesmond Cycle Co

Jesmond produced motorcycles between 1899 and 1904 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
  • Jesmond were pioneers of the motorcycle world and started out by fitting imported engines into strengthened bicycle frames, before going on to produce their own prototypes.
  • 1902 The first catalogue model was listed. It had a loop frame with twin-bladed solid forks on each side. Fitted to this was a Fafnir engine with direct-belt drive.
  • 1903 They had progressed to a 2.5hp water-cooled engine mounted in the loop frame that was formed to carry the water tank ahead of the top of the vertical downtube. This was further braced to the headstock. Control was by varying the exhaust-valve. That year the manager, J. R. Moore left to form the Dene company.
  • 1904 The Jesmond marque failed to survive beyond that year.

    Hugh Mason of N.U.T., also in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, is mentioned in connection with Jesmond.

Sources: Grace's Guide



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