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British Motorcycles

Kirk and Merifield

Kirk and Merifield, of Bradford Street, Birmingham, who started making bicycles in 1893 under the Kirmer name.


Arrow were motorcycles produced from 1913 to 1917.

The firm of Kirk and Merifield of Bradford Street, Birmingham, started out in 1893 making cycles.

The motorised version was powered by a 211cc two-stroke engine from Levis or Precision. It had a simple transmission and Chater-Lea fittings. After 1915 the machine was also sold, mainly in Australia, under the Kirmer label with a two-speed Burman gearbox.


Kirmer were motorcycles produced from 1915 to 1917. The name arose from the makers, Kirk and Merifield, of Bradford Street, Birmingham, who started making bicycles in 1893.

The company entered the motorcycle market in 1913 with the Arrow machines. They were simple lightweights with 211cc two-stroke engines from Levis and Precision, basic transmission and the usual fittings.

The Kirmer name was also used for machines sold in Australia, where they fitted the Precision engine and a Burman two-speed gearbox.


  • 1931 Bought the Swift Cycle Co name and moved the production to their Birmingham factory.

Sources Grace's Guide



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