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British Motorcycles

Ormonde Motor Co

Ormonde were motorcycles produced from 1900 to 1904.
  • 1900 The machine was a primitive fitted with a Belgian Kelecom or Antoine engine that was tucked into the space between the seat tube and the rear mudguard. The result was a reduction in the belt centres and enhanced belt-slip. The spark-plug was placed very close to the rider's thigh.
  • 1903 Engines of 2.25hp or 2.75hp were offered, along with solos, tandems and a forecar.
  • 1904 The engine position was moved to be more conventional, upright and central within the main frame loop, for the 3hp or 3.5hp Kelecom engine. They also introduced a belt drive fitted with cross pins to engage with grooved cut in the engine pulley. Tandems, forecars and trailers were all listed along with the solos. Some had fan-cooled engines. Kelecom and Ormonde merged, but failed before the end of the year.
  • Note: The assets were bought by Taylor Gue, who had been making their frames. A year later they made their own machine and in time that became the Velocette.
Sources: Grace's Guide



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