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British Motorcycles

British Motorcycle Personalities

Notable Competitors, Industrialists and Designers

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Baker
F.E. Baker had a long involvement in motorcycle manufacture, firstly in America and then with William Beardmore and Co. He was the founder of Precision Motorcycles.
Frank Baker

Bentley
W.O. Bentley was a racing motorcyclist before WWI who was one of the first to fit aluminium pistons to motorcycle engines. During the Great War he became heavily involved in aviation.
Walter Bentley

Bowden
Frank and Harold Bowden were the driving force behind Raleigh and Sturmey-Archer


Bradshaw
Granville Bradshaw
Granville Bradshaw


Brough


Butler
The first petrol-driven vehicle.
Edward Butler


Butterworth Archie Butterworth was well known in the auto racing field where he produced F2 and hill-climb cars. He was also responsible for the Norton flat-four fitted to the Kieft Butterworth, and for the "Swing-Valve" engine mentioned in a satirical article by George Cohen.


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Collier, Harry


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Day, Joseph

In 1889 designed a two-stroke engine.

Joseph Day


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Goodman, Eugene
Velocette


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Hawker, Harry

Closely associated with Sopwith Aviation, his firm is now best known for the production of the Hawker Hurricane of WWII. He was involved with Bradshaw's ABC and his own two-stroke motorcycles, and was a famed aviator of whom King George V said, "The nation has lost one of its most distinguished airmen, who by his skill and daring has contributed so much to the success of British aviation."

Harry Hawker was born in Moorabin, Victoria in 1889 and travelled to England in 1910 to persue a career in aviation after witnessing one of the first powered flights in Australia the previous year. He was 22 years old, and in September 1912 obtained pilot's licence No. 297 after three solo flights. In October he won the Michelin Cup for a flight of 8 hours and 23 minutes.

Over the following decade, until his death at age 32 in an aviation accident, he achieved many more laurels both in the air and on the racetrack.

Harry Hawker


Henderson, Leonard B. Sheffield-Henderson motorcycles were designed by Leonard B. Henderson, an aeronautical engineer.

Sheffield-Henderson


Hopwood, Bert

Worked with worked for Ariel, Norton, BSA and Triumph. Designed Norton Dominator, BSA A10 and the BSA Rocket 3/Triumph Trident.

Bert Hopwood


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Irving, Phil
Phil Irving is best known for his Vincent V-twin engines, and is credited with the original concept for Velocette's "Noddy Bike", the LE. This article discusses that: L.E. Velocette Prototype

Quite simply the best information on preparing old motorcycles is to be found in Phil Irving's "Tuning for Speed", which was taken from his slide rule articles. ~ George Cohen

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Low
Archibald Montgomery Low, British rocket scientist.

Archie Low

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Maplestone

A.N. Maplestone designed the motorcycle fork which became widely known as the Webb Fork, used for decades by many of the best British motorcycles.

Maplestone

Miller
Sammy Miller, Ariel and Bultaco



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Page, Val

JAP, Ariel, Triumph, and BSA.

Val Page


Phillips
Wall Phillips 1908-1998, Speedway Icon.

Wall Phillips


Poppe
Erling Poppe. Sunbeam, Packman and Poppe, Gordon microcars.


Prestwich
John. A. Prestwich, J.A.P.


Pullin
Cyril Pullin
Ascot Pullin, Douglas

Cyril Pullin


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Ricardo


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Sangster, Jack

Owner of the Triumph and Ariel firms.

Jack Sangster


Sprayson, Ken

Ken Sprayson, known as "The Frame Man" of Reynolds Tube Co Ltd, developed the Norton Featherbed of McCandless design. He also built the forks for Ernie Earles TT machine.


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Turner, Edward

Worked with Triumph and Ariel. Designed the Triumph Speed Twin and the Ariel Square Four.

Edward Turner


Turner, Stuart
Stellar motorcycles, steam engines.

Stuart Turner


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Wallis

George Wallis - Hub-Centre Steering 1925

George Wallis

Weslake

Wooler


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