British Motorcycles

F. and H. Melen Motorcycles

Melen were motorcycles produced by F. and H. Melen of Cheapside, Birmingham, from 1912 to 1913 and from 1922 to 1926.
  • 1912 The first machine, a combination, was exhibited at the late Olympia Show. It had a 6hp JAP V-twin engine, Roc two-speed gear and belt drive. The wicker sidecar had a four-point attachment.
  • 1913 The enterprise was short-lived and did not last beyond that year.
  • 1922 The Melen resurfaced on a tradesman's motor carrier tricycle, in the form of a conventional motorcyle with the exception of the front. This had two wheels and a closed-top delivery box positioned between them. It therefore resembled the rather out-dated forecar of yesteryear, and was powered by a 292cc two-stroke Union engine.
  • 1924 By now, the Union engine had been replaced by a 343cc Villiers, but otherwise the design was virtually unchanged.
  • 1926 Production continued until this year and then stopped.

MELEN. Stand 105.
Tradesmen and others with a lot of light delivery work will be interested in this exhibit, which consists ot a self-propelled carrier tricycle. The framework is very strongly carried out, and the vehicle, although retailing at a moderate price, is in no sense a motorised pedal carrier. A 297 c.c. Union engine us used.

Sources: Graces Guide

If you have further information or a query related to this page, please contact us

Classic Motorcycle Fibreglass
Classic Motorcycle Fibreglass
Tanks, seats, guards and fairings for classic bikes, cafe racers and post-classic motorcycles.