British Motorcycles

Hoskison Manufacturing Co

Hoskison were motorcycles produced from 1919 to 1922. The company was firstly called the Hoskison Manufacturing Co of Digbeth, Birmingham, before changing to Hoskison Motors of Lozell's Road, Birmingham.

  • 1919 Following on from the boom in personal transport after World War I, the first Hoskison machines were due off the productiion line in Digbeth, in December that year. This lightweight was fitted with a 292cc Union two-stroke engine, driving a two-speed Burman gearbox by chain, then by belt to the rear wheel. Designed for quick and ready assembly, the rest of the machine followed accepted lines and the works was expected to turn out 2,000 motorcycles per year.
  • 1920 Throughout that year the company kept to their one-model strategy.
  • 1921 The firm changed direction and their name and were now based in Lozell's Road, as Hoskison Motors. They dropped the two-stroke altogether and replaced it with two models with Blackburne side-valve engines of 348cc and 499cc. Both had two-speed Burman gearboxes, belt final-drive and B and B carburettor. There was a sidecar version of the solo and so a wide range of prospective purchasers was covered by a minimum of models.
  • 1922 By the spring of that year the marque was no longer listed.

Sources: Graces Guide

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