Bradbury Motorcycles

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Bradbury Motorcycles

A Brief History of the Marque
Built by Bradbury & Co. Ltd. of Oldham, England from 1902 the factory produced robust singles, V-twins and horizontally-opposed twins. The 1912 models were one of the earliest with variable gearing. One of their engine designers was John Birch formerly of Perks & Birch. The last of the Bradbury machines left the factory in 1924.

More Bradbury History

ian.bade at
1912 Bradbury
I owned the 1912 Bradbury pictured on this page from 1968 - 1986. The machine with its sidecar is now in the Motorcycle Mecca museum Invercargill, New Zealand.
I attach a photo of the bike taken in 1970 at a vintage rally before I started restoration.
Ian Bade
Raumati, NZ

    Bradbury-1912-NZ-1970-IBa image posted to Comments.

A family member of mine has been researching our family tree and has identified that it is our ancestors that used to own Wellington Works in Oldham. They made sewing machines and the bikes you are referring to on this forum
Bradbury descendant

12th Jan 2018
I have a contract regarding this machine from the Powerhouse Museum from before it was restored. A friend of mine put in to restore the 1913 Rover and the 1921 Neracar and was successful, I did the blasting and painting of them both as well as supplying some parts along the way (never got paid either).
The Bradbury was restored to a very high standard by the late Rob Hart (Rob the Rudge) and Peter Scott, an interesting point is that it has a Juckes gearbox fitted. All this happened about 40 years ago.
Howard Burrows

Wed, 20 Sep 2017
family.chad at
Bradbury 3.5 hp 3.5hp circa 1911

Have purchased 3.5 hp Bradley circa 1911, desperately need info on magneto model (which is missing). Also where can I find one? Any info would be greatly received.
Alan Chadwick
Guildford, Surrey United Kingdom

Tue Jan 04 2011
james<at>whatsthatpicturedot com
Bradbury motorcycle image
Bradbury unknown
Hi, I have an image which has been identified as being of a Bradbury.  You can see it at

I'd love to know a bit more about it - the model, an estimate of year taken etc. I'd be grateful if you could post this request on the Bradbury page and anywhere else you see fit

Sat Oct 24 2009
markb at
Bradbury Motor CyclesThe
The Wikipedia entry for Bradbury motor cycles features a bike on display in what I presume is a museum. Where is this museum, and where else in the UK might Bradbury motor cycles be on display?
Mark Bradbury

The bike is in the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.

Tue Mar 04 2008
curlysanders at hotmaildot com
bradbury 1910 544 cc
I have a working 1910 bradbury restored to new.

Fri Aug 24 2007
carolinem at hotmaildot com
History of Bradbury

My grandfather, Herbert Walker, worked for the Bradbury Company building motorcycles in 1923 (I am not sure when he started there but not before Jan 1919 when he was demobbed after WWI) On November 22nd my grandmother notes in her diary "Bert stopped (laid off) until Monday. I think Bradbury's have gone into liquidation." On the 26th she wrote "Bert went to work but had to come home again." On the following day, he went to the labour exchange.

My grandfather and grandmother had a Bradbury 3.5 h.p. with a sidecar from 1921 and toured often in the north of England. The bike was always refered to as "the Brad". I may have some photos if you are interested.

Kind regards, Caroline Getaz
Oklahoma City, USA

Tue Feb 13 2007
paddy.odonovan at
Irish End to End Record
Bradbury 3.5 HP, Chain Drive & Side Car
Do you have any knowledge of this event which was won by Mr. Hugh Gibson with Mr. James Eastwood as passenger, they completed the 390 miles in 14 hours 9.5 minutes. Would appreciate any assistance that you can give in relation to this event and these and any other participants.

Paddy O Donovan,
Cork, Ireland.

Wed Jul 27 2005
Davidarthurbradbury at yahoodot com
Bradbury bikes
I would love to have a bradbury bike. it does not need to run were do you think I should start my search

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