British Motorcycles

Alldays & Onions Motorcycles

Alldays & Onions built motorcycles in Sparkbrook, England from 1903 to 1915. Models included the Villiers-powered Alldays Matchless (no relation). After 1915 they moved to a new factory in Small Heath and marketed under the Allon brand up until 1927. Allon models included a 539cc JAP V-Twin model.

The Alldays name dates back to the 17th century, and the firm merged with JC Onions in 1885 to build all manner of machinery including numerous bicycles and tricycles, and branched into automobiles in the early 1900s. During WWI they built mostly motorcycles, returning to cars on cessation of hostilities. The company changed its name to Alldays Peacock which was acquired by the Spire Group in the 1980s.

Alldays and Onions.

Matchless Works, Birmingham. Stands Nos. 82 and 83.

This firm have an extremely well-designed 3 H.P. motor-bicycle, up-to-date in every respect. The valves are mechanically-operated, and the engine is provided with a ball bearing crank shaft. The magneto is driven by an enclosed non-stretchable chain. The engine is free, the clutch and two-speed gear being in the hub of the driving wheel. The belt pulley is adjustable so that the correct tension can be maintained on the belt without the risk of unduly straining the bearings. The frame is low, and spring forks are provided. Ample petrol and oil tanks are fitted, a great point from the tourist's point of view. The machine is a very quick starter and the "pick up" on either gear is gentle. It will be noticed that the firm only manufacture this one size of engine, so that all the attention in the countless details that go to make up a perfect design has been bestowed upon the one model - a fact which we think the purchaser will appreciate.

Olympia Show 1910

Engine - 70x70 mm., two-stroke, 269 c.c.
Iqnition - U.H. magneto, chain-driven.
Carburetter - Senspray or Amac.
Transmission - Belt.
Dimensions - Height of saddle from ground. 30in. Ground clearance, 5½in. Wheelbase, 48in.
Lubrication - Oil and petrol mixed.
Other Features - Druid or Saxon forks.
Price - £26 5s.; 33 guineas with two-speed gear.
Other Models - 292 c.c. engine, two-speed counter-shaft, drip-feed lubrication.

Alldays and Onions, Ltd., Fallows Road, Birmingham.

British Lightweights, 1914

Allon 1922 Two-stroke

The popular Allon two-stroke has now a flywheel magneto.

Guide to Olympia, Nov 1921


Interesting features which should not be missed on the Allon exhibit are the horizontally split crank case and the method of casting in the oil leads. Cylinder and top half of crank case are cast together, and the engine unit is held in the frame by lugs placed above the crankshaft centre, so that it is only necessary to detach the lower half of the crank case in order to remove the crankshaft, connecting rod, and piston.

A large bore steel oil pipe leading to each crankshaft bearing is cast into the crank case so that only one oil union is necessary and a multiplicity of bent tubes is avoided. Larger bearings have been fitted, and the piston has been modified to obtain lighter weight and better gas flow.

Several detail modifications are incorporated, including wider mudguards and longer wheelbase. A Villiers flywheel magneto is now fitted, thus avoiding an auxiliary chain drive which might cause noise. This ignition set may be converted to provide current for lighting at a very moderate cost. Sensible legshields are included in the specification, and an unusual feature is the fitting of the Allon special band brakes to both front and rear wheels.

The Motor Cycle

November 30th, 1922. Page 825
The Olympia Show.


ALLON. (73.)

ALLDAYS AND ONIONS Ltd., Birmingham.

Four-stroke Model Introduced.

2¾ H.P. Model.

70x76 mm. (292 c.c); single cyl. two-stroke; drip feed lubrication; Amac carb. : flywheel mag.; 2-sp. gear; clutch and kick-starter; chain and belt drive: 26x2¼in, tyres. Price: Solo, £59 17s.; with Sidecar, £75 12s.

Both the 292 c.c. two-stroke and the 346 c.c. J.A.P.-engined four-stroke machines are shown, both as solo and as sidecar outfits. The two-stroke has not been altered much from the design with which the Allon made its name, and is a neat and workmanlike job, substantially built and with plenty of protection from bad weather. The touring machine, in particular, is provided with very ample mudguards.

The four-stroke is on much the same lines, with a well dropped top tube, sloping tank, and low seating position. Either chain and belt or all-chain drive can be fitted, as desired, and a choice of carburetters is given, either Amac or B. and B. being specified in accordance with the requirements of the rider. In cases where an electric head lamp is used, the current is derived from the flywheel magneto when the machine is running and a dry battery when standing. The latter is carried by the headlamp bracket.

The use of a proprietary four-stroke engine is an innovation on the Allon machines, as are the proprietary gear boxes.

Olympia Show 1922
The Motor Cycle, November 30th 1922

Thu Dec 22 2016
pamrickaitken at iinet.net.au
All Days & Onions motorcycle 1914
I am interested in an estimated value for a 1913 Alldays & Onions motorcycle fully restored to concourse condition

Sat Nov 13 2010
alldays allon
what is the general value of a 1910 allon missing lights, not running(no spark) but in general good condition.
  The page on Vintage Motorcycle Values may prove helpful.

Fri Mar 26 2010
magneto for Alldays allon
alldays and onions allon
i think it was EIC mag that was fitted from 1914 - . Maybe Baby Fellowes 1913. Hope this helps. please send me photos of your bike. thanks

Tue Feb 16 2010
motosdhier at yahoo.fr
What make was the original magneto ?
ALLDAYS ALLON 3HP 2 strokes 1919
Re engine TSA 2023, what make and type of magneto should be used as original please ?
We do hope this period document can be useful. Thanks a lot for your kind help
Pierre Martin
Editor in chief
MOTOS d'hier

Tue Apr 17 2007
w.grattan at ntlworld dot com
alldays & onions
Hi there, can you tell me the colour scheme of the petrol tank?

Sun Sep 24 2006
hjvinning< at >hotmail dot com
Oil leak
Alldays Allon 1920
I have an oil leak at back of the drive pulley wheel, after removing pulley wheel I find there is no felt or rubber washer should one be there?
Jersey, CI

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