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Endurance Motorcycles

The Endurance was produced from 1915 to 1925 by C. B. Harrison of Birmingham. [1]
    1915 A single model was listed, fitted with a 269cc Villiers engine. This basic machine had belt drive and petroil lubrication.

    1919 After the end of World War I, the company's address was in Sheepcote Street, Birmingham, and they produced a machine with a 269cc Arden two-stroke engine, late in the year.

    1920 A motorcycle was introduced fitted with their own 259cc two-stroke engine.

    1921 They returned to using the 269cc Villiers unit. All models had the choice of single speed with belt drive or two speeds with chain-cum-belt.

    1922 The range remained the same, but the 269cc Villiers adopted a flywheel magneto and pressure-fed oiling system.

    1923 343cc Villiers-powered versions were added to the catalogue.

    1925 Was the last year of production.

Endurance 1919 Two-stroke

The Endurance two-stroke, which is fitted with the new Arden engine of 269 c.c.

The Endurance Motor Cycle.

A Newcomer to the Range of British Lightweights.

THE Endurance Cycle Co. is one of the oldest-established firms in the cycle and motor cycle trade, but since the bulk of its products goes overseas, it is not so well known in the home country as it deserves to be. For 1920, however, a certain proportion of the output will be sold in this country, among which will be included the Endurance motor cycle. Following conventional lines, the Endurance light-weight is fitted with a two-stroke power unit of a new make - the Arden - which is described below.

The Endurance is well made and finished, and is fitted with an Albion gear box, Saxon, Druid, or Brampton forks, Dunlop tyres and belt in fact, all the equipment is of the highest quality, no attempt being made to produce the machine to a price. Aluminium footboards and a neat chain guard also are fitted, and altogether the little mount is one which should be a welcome addition to the lightweight market. The makers' address is Endurance Works, Sheepcote Street, Birmingham.

The Motor Cycle October 23rd, 1919. P452

Sources: Graces Guide, The Motor Cycle, Tragatsch p127.

Notes. 1. Tragatsch gives production dates of 1909 to 1924.

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