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Greyhound Motorcycle

In 1916 Mortlock Bros of Queen Street Perth exhibited a Greyhound motorcycle powered by a 2½ h.p. JAP with a 2-speed Albion gearbox. It is likely only one was built.

BSA Agents 1912-1938
Harley-Davidson agents 1919-1929
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They also built sidecars.

There was also a Royal Greyhound bicycle built by Gribbles' Motor & Cycle Agency of Cue, W.A. Given that the Greyhound name was well-established in the WA cycling world, it is possible there was a relationship.

Messrs Mortlock Bros exhibited this year for the first time at the Royal Show their display, consisting almost entirely of the well-known B.S.A. motor cycles, for which they are sole agents in this State. The first thing to catch the visitor's eye was the 4¼ h.p. three speed B.S.A. and torpedo shaped side car used by Mr. J. W. Evans when he made his side car record of 12 hrs. 8min. from Albany to Perth, and with which be climbed Mt Clarence at Albany in 35 minutes...

The next exhibit was a 2½ h.p. Greyhound 2 speed motor cycle, built by themselves. This machine was fitted with a J.A.P. engine and an Albion 2 speed gear box, and finished in a style which compared very favourably with the machines imported. But owing to the difficulty in getting parts Messrs. Mortlock Bros. say they will not build any more whilst the war is on.

Western Mail (Perth, WA) Fri 27 Oct 1916

Source: Trove NLA

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