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.
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.
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.
C. H. Wait and Co.
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.
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