of 280 Deansgate, Manchester
Runbaken produced a motorcycle in 1919.
The Runbaken Magneto Company of Manchester were prominent makers
of oil-filled coils, magnetos and other electrical equipment.
In 1919 the head of the firm built a prototype scooter powered by a ½ hp
electric motor in-unit with reduction gearing and chain final-drive. A
massive 6-volt storage battery fitted on the foot platform above the tubular
open frame. The battery had its own special cradle and could be easily
removed for recharging. It also had miniature Druid
side-spring front forks, spoked wheels of 12-inch diameter, and twist-grip
The big drawback was speed, as the average was 9mph/14kmph with a cruising
range of a mere 12 miles/19km on a full charge. As its potential was so
limited, the venture was not taken any further.
1937 Electrical accessories. "Nivex" Electrical Test Equipment. "Runbaken"
Electrical Test Equipment.
1937 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Testoscopes. Engravers.
Hand Grinder. Time Switch. Insulation Tester. Instruments. Motor Accessories.
(Stand No. Cb.910). 280 Deansgate, Manchester, 9. Telephone: Blackfriars 5515. Telegraphic
Address: "Runbaken, Deansgate, Manchester". (1937)