British Motorcycles

Clyde Cycle and Motor Car Co

Based in Shenton Street, Leicester (1902), Clyde motorcycles were built from 1900 to 1926, by George H. Wait of Queen Street, Leicester, who also produced automobiles.

  • 1900 The machines were well made but typically primitive. The engine was mounted vertically in a loop frame with braced forks.

    1904 There were engines of two power outputs available, both with magneto ignition and also a forecar with a water-cooled engine.

    1906 saw the introduction of V-twin engines and sprung front forks.

    1906 Produced 8 h.p. automobile.

    1910 White and Poppe or JAP engines were fitted.

    1911-1915 Only JAP engines were used with a variety of transmissions.

    1919 Production started again, post-war, with a single and a V-twin - both with four speeds and chain drive.

    1924 Both models reduced to three speeds for the next couple of years.

    1926 Was the last year of motorcycle production, but cars continued until 1930.

Clyde 1907 4hp Single

4 h.p. Clyde spring frame bicycle, fitted With high tension magneto ignition.

C. H. Wait and Co.
(Stand 121)

The Clyde motor cycles have been on the market for several years, Mr. Wait being one of the first makers to take up the manufacture of a motor bicycle which he fitted with a low tension magneto ignited engine. He has adopted the J.A.P. engines with high tension magneto ignition, and makes an excellent display of six machines varying in power from 4 h.p. single-cylinder to 8 h.p. twin-cylinder. All the frames are 21in. high, and we reproduce an illustration of one machine - the 4 h.p. It will be seen that the main frame tube passes right under the crankcase and up to the seat lug, a method of construction that is at once strong and light. The saddle-pillar is not fitted in the seat tube, but in a separate tube provided with springs, situated intermediately behind the seat tube, and on a level with the back stays. This causes the saddle position to be slightly lower than it otherwise would be. Spring forks are fitted to all models.

Stanley Show 1907

Sources: Graces Guide, Tragatsch, The Motor Cycle.

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