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Melen were motorcycles produced by F. and H. Melen of Cheapside,
Birmingham, from 1912 to 1913 and from 1922 to 1926.
1912 The first machine, a combination, was exhibited at the late Olympia
Show. It had a 6hp JAP
V-twin engine, Roc two-speed
gear and belt drive. The wicker sidecar had a four-point attachment.
1913 The enterprise was short-lived and did not last beyond that year.
1922 The Melen resurfaced on a tradesman's motor carrier tricycle,
in the form of a conventional motorcyle with the exception of the front.
This had two wheels and a closed-top delivery box positioned between them.
It therefore resembled the rather out-dated forecar of yesteryear, and
was powered by a 292cc two-stroke Union
1924 By now, the Union engine had
been replaced by a 343cc Villiers,
but otherwise the design was virtually unchanged.
1926 Production continued until this year and then stopped.