British Motorcycles

Ernest Smith and Woodhouse

Regal motorcycles were produced by Ernest Smith and Woodhouse of Birmingham, from 1912 to 1915.

  • 1912 The firm started out with the 4¼ hp Regal-Precision, with two or three speeds.
  • 1913 Other models were added with 2.75 and 3½ hp Precision engines, with two or three speeds and belt or chain drive.
  • 1914 The Regal Green name appeared. The model was fitted with the Green-Precision water-cooled engine, three-speed gearbox and chain drive. There was also the Regal-Peco with a 349cc two-stroke engine, three-speed Sturmey-Archer hub gear or two-speed gearbox, and belt or chain-cum-belt drive.
  • 1915 Those models continued and were joined by a 225cc two-stroke Peco model and a V-twin. Production then ceased.

Engine - 2¾ h.p. two-stroke, 349 c.c.
Iqnition - U.H. magneto, chain-driven.
Carburetter - Senspray.
Change Speed - Sturmey-Archer three-speed or countershaft two-speed.
Transmission - Belt or chain and belt.
Dimensions - Height of saddle from ground, 27½in. Ground clearance, 5¾in. Wheelbase, 52in.
Lubrication - Best and Lloyd drip-feed.
Other Features Extra strong frame, suitable for sidecar work if required.
Price - Three-speed, £45. Two-speed, £42. Single-speed, £35.

Regal Motors, Saltley, Birmingham.

British Lightweights, 1914

Sources: Graces Guide, The Motor Cycle

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