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British Motorcycles

Challenge Cycle Co

Challenge Cycle Co of Coventry
1912 Spennell's list them of Foleshill Rd (Tel 270), Coventry and manufacturers of motorcycles.

  • Coventry-Challenge were motorcycles produced by them from 1903 to 1922.
  • 1903 to circa 1913. Produced by a small firm, the machines were built by a cycle dealer who fitted various engines and other bought-in parts to his heavy-duty bicycle frames. Engines used were Minerva and Fafnir, followed by JAP and Precision.
  • 1905 Although there was a slump in the motorcycle industry, the firm managed to keep going, and at one point returned to the manufacture of bicycles only
  • 1914c onwards. At about this time they returned to the production of powered machines and used Villiers two-stroke engines, with the models sold as Challenge-Villiers.
  • After the First World War they used JAP single and V-twin engines. It is then presumed that lack of supplies meant that the production of bicycles and carrier cycles was better business.


Sources: Graces Guide



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