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Aurora Motorcycles

A Brief History of the Marque


Built by Graham Oates on the Isle of Man from 1919 to 1921, the first model was powered by a 318cc Dalm two-stroke engine which propelled the machine with Mr Oates and his father aboard to the top of Snaefell shortly after it was completed.

In 1920, two machines were constructed for the TT using a Juckes four-speed gearbox. One failed to start and the other retired. Two or three other machines were built, one with a 4hp Blackburne engine. The project was not successful and so it was discontinued.


JUST as one associates Epsom Downs with racehorses, so does a motor cycle produced in the Isle of Man automatically become a T.T. mount. It is therefore, perhaps, not surprising that the new Aurora motor cycle, made by Aurora Motors, of Mona Terrace, Douglas, I.O.M., is a sporting little mount, which should make a strong appeal to the youth of Manxland.

The engine is a 3 h.p. Dalm two-stroke, having double exhaust pipes to the silencer, two-speed gear, hand-controlled clutch, chain-cum-belt transmission, 26x25in. tyres, D.R. handle-bars, E.I.C. magneto, and Amac carburetter. The price of the two-speed model is 75 gns., single-speed 65 gns.

The Motor Cycle of April 1st, 1920

Sources: Graces Guide, Henshaw, The Motor Cycle magazine.

Another Aurora marque emanated from England in 1902-1907, Aurora of Coventry

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