Toreador were motorcycles produced from 1925 to 1928 at works at
Ribble Bank Mills, Preston, Lancashire, to a design by Bert
1925 Having previously been involved with the Matador
marque, Bert Houlding continued his talent for sporting motorcycle design
with the Toreador range. His first model was a rakish 495cc ohv
V-twin, with Burman three-speed
all-chain transmission and an exhaust system coupled into a
silencer. This, and patented adjustable handlebars, had already been pioneered
by Houlding in his Matador days.
engines were standardized - 344cc and 246cc ohv and 490cc sv singles, plus
a 490cc ohv model with a 90mph speed guarantee. All had Burman
1927 There was a three model range, still with Burman
gearboxes. These were a 349cc ohv oil-cooled Bradshaw
model, and the 490cc JAP,
in either sv or ohv forms. Superports options were available on
the Bradshaw and the ohv JAP.
1928 The 344cc returned, in two-port racing trim, and 346cc ohv JAP
models, plus a new 498cc ohv JAP
racing machine. After this, the marque folded and the works closed.