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Olympic were motorcycles produced from 1902 to 1905 and from 1919 to 1923, in Wolverhampton.
1880s The name was first used by a bicycle maker named Frank. H. Parkyn, of Green Lane, who moved to a factory in Granville Street factory shortly after the turn of the century..
1903 The first conventional motorcycles appeared, powered by 2¾ hp MMC engines.
Few machines were made and production soon stopped.
1919 The name returned shortly after WWI when the Granville Street works built a range of good-quality models. The first machine was powered by a Verus 268c.c., two-stroke engine. It had a two-speed gearbox, was fitted with a belt drive, and sold for £80. A selection of engines was used from Villiers, Blackburne, Wiseman or Orbit. The frame was designed to suit these engines and there was a patent swinging gearbox mounting, which allowed for simple adjustment of the transmission.
1920 The Olympic model for that year was powered by a 2.86hp, 261.5cc, two-stroke engine, and included an Amac carburettor, Gosport spring forks and was finished in black enamel with gold lining. The single speed version sold for £65 and the two-speed version was priced at £77. A two-speed machine with kick start was available for £84 and a three-speed version with kick start cost £90.
1923 As trade dwindled, the make disappeared.
New Courier Motorcycle
This was a range of low-cost alternative models built at Olympic's Granville Street,
Wolverhampton premises from 1922 to 1923. These were of medium weight with a variety of engine and gearbox combinations, as the frame layout had been specifically designed for a
choice of specifications.