British Motorcycles

SGS Motorcycles

SGS were the initials of the Syd Gleave Special, a motorcycle produced in Macclesfield, Cheshire from 1927 to 1931.

  • 1927 A range of Specials was produced using Villiers and JAP engines.
  • 1930 By now there were 196cc and 247cc two-strokes, plus 245cc and 346cc four-strokes. The machines were typical of the era, but attactive to look at. To begin with the frames were made in Macclesfield, but were later produced by Diamond of Wolverhampton.
  • 1931 Production ceased during the year as the economic climate had reduced sales dramatically making the business unviable.

Gleave continued his career as a motorcycle racer until 1935 when he suffered an accident. He was also a keen pilot and raced aeroplanes until the war, becoming a test pilot for the Fleet Air Arm. He was killed whilst testing an Avro Lancaster in 1944.

Further reading:

Syd Gleave and His Specials, The Story of a T.T. Rider ~ Paul Maybury.

Macclesfield at War ~ Philip McGuinness

Sources: Graces Guide, et al

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