British Motorcycles

Radco Motorcycles

A Brief History of the Marque

Forecast and Guide to Olympia.

  • Stand 135 RADCO.

    Two interesting departures have been made by the manufacturers of the Radco two-stroke. Chain drive has been adopted for the sporting model, and a spring frame of somewhat unusual action has been designed. With disc wheels and an external contracting brake the 247 c.c. sporting model is a workmanlike product, embodying many years' experience in the construction of two-stroke lightweights.

    Wider mudguards, foot-boards instead of footrests, and a brake improvement are the chief changes on the belt-driven machines.

NOVEMBER 30th, 1922. The Olympia Show.

  • RADCO. (135.)
    Many Models - One Engine. 2 1/2 H.P. Model. - 67x70 mm. (247 c.c.) single cyl. two-stroke; petroil or drip feed lubrication; Amac or Mills carburetter; chain-driven mag.; single gear; clutch and kick-starter; belt drive; 24x2in. tyres. Price, £31 10s.

    E. A. Radnall and Co., Dartmouth Street, Birmingham. - The Radco is almost unique in that the makers adhere strictly to a single engine, with which, by means of various transmission, options, they furnish a sufficient range of models to suit all purses. Their successful 247 c.c. two-stroke engine is retained practically without change for 1923, and is fitted to single gear, two-speed, three-speed, sporting, and lady's models, not to speak of sidecar and a remarkably roomy tradesman's carrier at the astonishing price of £57 15s.

    The No. 2 Model is the cheapest, being shorn of any luxury fittings, so that the single-geared edition is listed at as low a price as many miniature 150 c.c. machines. For the first time chain drive makes its appearance on the de. luxe models, on which the rear chain cover is ingeniously mounted to slide with the gear box when the latter is adjusted. The petrol tank is now sup- ported from beneath on bridges carried on two light detachable tubes. The new band brake on the de luxe and the very simple rear belt rim shoe on the cheaper models are equally worthy of notice. Footboards, where fitted, are of the hinged type resting on rubber pads. A new spring frame is exhibited on this stand.

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Radco-Jap 300cc SV 1927

Here some photos of my 1927 Radco-Jap 300cc

Radco cycles were one of most popular small motorcycles in Finland between 1925...29.

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