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British Motorcycles

Mohawk Motorcycles

The Mohawk Cycle Co produced motorcycles from 1903 to 1904 at Chalk Farm, London, and from 1922 to 1925 in Hornsey, London.

  • 1903-1904 A primitive machine was produced using a 2¼ hp or 3hp engine fitted with a Longuemare carburettor. The diamond frame had the engine mounted vertically, with flat or V-belt drive to the rear wheel, and braced forks.

    1922 Now based in Hornsey, the make reappeared on the market to offer a six-model range using a 269cc Villiers two-stroke, or 292cc, 346cc and 680cc JAP, and 499cc Abingdon engines. The simplest model was single speed, but the others had Sturmey-Archer gearboxes and chain-cum-belt transmission. The firm's distinctive green and yellow with gold lining gave the finishing touch.

    1923 The 680cc had all-chain drive as standard. This was also an option for the 346cc.

    1924 The range was drastically cut to leave only the 292cc and 346cc JAP models.

    1925 Those two JAP-engined models continued, but it was their final year.

Mohawk-1922-AKD
Mohawk 1922 AKD

Fitted with a 3 1/2hp Abingdon King Dick engine

1921 Olympia Show

The Mohawk Cycle Co. has probably been better known in the past by its pedal cycles than its self-propelled two wheelers; but for 1922 a complete range of motor cycles will be made. A Villiers-engined two-stroke will be supplied alternatively as a single-geared (direct belt drive) model, or fitted with a two-speed gear box with clutch and kick-starter. Next there is a very similar machine, but fitted with a 293 c.c. J. A. P.

A 350 c.c. engine of the same name has served as the basis of a neat sporting solo mount : and in the passenger class there is a single and a medium weight twin - the former a 3½ h.p. Abingdon, and the latter a 5-6 h.p. J.A.P.

The Motor Cycle, Nov 24th 1921

The 1922 Olympia Show.

MOHAWK. (92.)

Touring Solo Lightweights.

2¾ H.P. Model.

70x76 mm, (293 c.c]; single-cyl. four-stroke; side valves; hand pump lubrication; B. and B. carb.; chain-driven mag.; 2-sp. gear; clutch and kick-starter; Chain and belt drive; 26x2¼in. tyres. Price £68.

The Mohawk Cycle Co., Alexandra Road, Hornsey, and Coventry.

Mohawk models meet the demand for substantial and conventional machines built up from well-known and tried proprietary units, which are to be marketed at a moderate price. The equipment of the lightweight machine as a practical touring mount is sufficiently complete, with comfortable aluminium footboards, and the riding position and shape of the handle-bars are such, in the case of the standard model, as to appeal to the steady middle-aged type of rider. The machine is fitted with Brampton forks and Sturmey Archer two-speed gear box, with a simple and practical means for adjusting the driving chain from the engine to the countershaft.

A 770 c.c. J.A.P.-engined model is also staged, fitted with Sturmey-Archer three-speed gear box and all-chain drive. This is listed at £105. The sports model is fitted with 345 c.c. J.A.P. engine, and differs from the lightweight in having chain drive throughout. The frame is somewhat longer, and the machine presents a racy and attractive appearance. This model costs £67 10s.

Olympia Show 1922
The Motor Cycle, November 30th, 1922. Page 841



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