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Fairfield Motorcycles

Built by Alfred Forster of 41 Mersey Street, Warrington, Cheshire.

Fairfield motorcycles were produced from 1914 to 1915.

For 1914 a choice of machines was offered, fitted with a 269cc Villiers two-stroke engine. Both were belt-driven, with either direct-drive or an Armstrong three-speed hub. They were fitted with Druid forks.

The following year only the direct-drive version was offered, now with rigid forks. The war was not over by Christmas, and production ceased.

Engine - 2½ h.p., 270 c.c., two-stroke, three-port type.
Iqnition - Bosch magneto, chain-driven.
Carburetter - Amac.
Change Speed - Fixed, 6 to 1, also Armstrong three-speed, 6½, 8½ and 13 to 1.
Transmission - Dunlop ¾ in. belt, h. b. controlled clutch.
Dimensions - Height of saddle from ground, 27in. Ground clearance, 5½ in.
Lubrication - Oil mixed with petrol, and hand pump.
Other Features - Druid forks. Dunlop 2in. tyres.
Price - £29 single-speed. £37 three-speed gear model.

Alfred Forster, Warrington.

British Lightweights, 1914

Alf Forster worked in the bicycle and motor trades for some 50 years, and died in 1970 at the age of 85.

Sources: Graces Guide,, The Motor Cycle.

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