British Motorcycles

Monopole Cycle Co

Monopole Cycle Co of Foleshill, Coventry

  • Monopole were motorcycles produced from 1902 to 1903; from 1912 to 1914; and in 1927.
  • 1902 The name first appeared late that year, when a machine was exhibited at the Stanley show by the Monopole Cycle Co It was a very primitive affair with a 2.25hp engine and a single-lever control. The name did not appear again for several years.
  • 1912 The name surfaced once more at the Olympia Show as the Monopole Cycle and Carriage Co of Foleshill, Coventry. Two models were exhibited, similar in type, with 2.5hp and 3.5hp Precision engines. They both had Saxon forks and direct-belt drive, the larger to a Sturmey-Archer three-speed hub gear. The design and finish were of high quality although the specification was conventional.
  • 1912 Listed in Spennell's directory of Coventry as Cycle Manufacturers.
  • 1913-1917 For a list of the models and prices of motorcycles see the 1917 Red Book
  • 1913-1914 Those two models continued, with little change.
  • 1915 Nothing was listed for that year.
  • 1916 One model was listed with a 269cc Villiers engine, a Jardine two-speed gearbox and belt final-drive. A single-speed version was also available.
  • Post-war. The two-stroke ran on and was joined by four-stroke models with Abingdon and JAP engines and a choice of transmissions. Some sports versions had all-chain drive as standard.
  • 1924 Only the 292cc and 346cc JAP remained and then venture came to an end.
  • 1927 The make made another brief appearance when a 147cc lightweight with an Aza two-stroke engine went on the market for one season.

Sources Grace's Guide

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