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Sprite were motorcycles produced from 1964 to 1974 by
Frank Hipkin of Hipkin and Evans, Sprite Motor Cycles, Oldbury, Birmingham,
and later by Sprite Developments, Halesowen, Worcester (1965-1971).
1964 This make came about when Hipkin
built and raced his own trials and scrambles machines. These were quite
successful, so he was asked to build for others. The first Sprite
was made with suitable parts that came to hand, but production brought
Sprite frames with duplex downtubes. The engine was a combination
of Alpha and Greeves,
and very similar to other 246cc two-stroke engines of the period. To keep
costs down, the machine was sold in kit form, and they also supplied a
frame kit for the 500cc Triumph
twin engine. Models were available for scrambles or for trials with a narrower
1965 Leading-link forks were used, with others remaining as an option.
They used the 247cc Starmaker engine, and when the Villiers
supply dried up, they offered their own engine for scrambles.
1969 This was joined by a trials model with a 125cc Sachs
1970s The firm ran on into the new decade, but when their US importers,
Eagle collapsed owing them a lot of money, Sprite motorcycles
came to an end in 1974 - although the firm itself recovered.
In 1972-1974 they also built machines for BVM of Belgium using Husqvarna 405cc engines.
Note: The company continued later to make forks and wheel hubs until
at least 1978.