British Motorcycles


Scale were motorcycles produced by Harry J. Scale of Alexandra Park, Manchester, from 1906 to 1920.

  • 1906 The construction of machines began and a reputation was soon gained for quality. At first the 6hp Belgian-built Antoine V-twin engine was used, but this then changed to JAP.
  • 1910 By now Harry J. Scale had entered the TT with a 3½ hp ohv JAP model. Although he had to retire from that, he had many other competition successes throughout his career, which proved the worthiness of his machines.
  • World War I. Production stopped for the duration of the war.
  • Post-war. Production restarted with a lightweight fitted with a 348cc Precision two-stroke engine. Finance was obtained through Messrs. Robert and Hibbs and this enabled a move to larger premises and increased production.
  • At that point the business was renamed New Scale and continued as such until 1925.

  • New Scale

    New Scale were motorcycles produced from 1920 to 1925, by Harry Scale in Droylsden, Manchester, who had previously been responsible for the Scale marque.

    • 1920 The Scale firm reformed to create New Scale. Various models were produced with Precision two-stroke, Blackburne and oil-cooled Bradshaw singles, all finished in a stylish cerise colour.
    • 1921-1923 Various classes of the TT were entered with no success.
    • 1924 A fourth place in the Sidecar race at the TT was the best result achieved. They tried out a 147cc Villiers lightweight with two-speed chain-cum-belt transmission. They also listed a machine fitted with a 349cc ohc Dart engine. Towards the end of the year, Harry Scale left the company.
    • 1925 With just 349cc Bradshaw and 348cc ohv Blackburne models on offer, the company struggled on for one season before coming to a stop.

    • Note:
      • 'The History of Scale and New Scale Motorcycles' web site can be found by clicking the following link. [1]

    Sources Graces Guide

    , newscale.co.uk

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