Today in Motorcycle History


Burford was a motorcycle produced in 1914/15

This make survived for less than a year as it first appeared shortly before the outbreak of World War I. It used a Villiers 269cc or 496cc sv engine, three-speed Armstrong hub for transmission, Brampton forks and curved foot-boards.


A neat little two-stroke lightweight which we recently examined is the 2½ h.p. Burford, sold by the Automobile Consolidated Alliance, Ltd., 1, Albemarle Street, W.

The model shown is single-geared and is fitted with a 2½ h.p. Villiers engine, to which a Senspray carburetter is attached. It has an excellent frame with a dropped top tube, a strong stand, excellent mudguards, a substantial carrier, and a good tank fitted with a hand pump for delivering oil into the, petrol in the proportion of two pumps to half a gallon of fuel. It will be noted that the control wires are passed through the tank, and that two pairs of footrests are fitted, while in the photograph of the carburetter side of the engine the substantial pedal operating the foot brake will be noticed.

A counter-shaft two-speed gear can be had to order; with this fitted the little machine should be capable of carrying its rider anywhere in reason.

The Motor Cycle, August 13th, 1914.

N.B. Possible relationship with Henry G Burford of Depford.

Sources: Graces Guide, The Motor Cycle.

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