Today in Motorcycle History

Forward Cycle Co

Forward Cycle Co of Edmund Street, Birmingham

  • Produced motorcycles from 1911 to 1915
  • 1911 This bicycle firm moved into the motorcycle trade with a 2¾ hp model powered by a 345cc V-twin engine with a basic specification that was typical of the era. There was success in the Junior TT that year, when Harold Cox finished third and was the first private owner home.
  • Built their own V-twins of 339cc and 479cc
  • 1912 Cox repeated his success by coming third once again and P. W. Owen rode a second machine into fifth place. A ladies' model was offered that year.
  • 1913 Three machines were entered in the TT, but all retired early.
  • 1914 A larger, 3½ hp V-twin was added.
  • 1915 Production of the range continued for that year and then ceased.

FORWARD, Stand No. 26.

M. G. Varley, Sparkbrook, Birmingham.

Eight different models of the Forward sidecar. The latest pattern is provided with a step at the side, and an apron of Cape cart hood material, which is fastened by means of spring fasteners.

Another model has a special frame made to support a suit case behind, and at the side of this there is a subsidiary frame carrying a specially constructed spare petrol can. On the luggage grid there are springs to prevent the box from rattling. A further model is provided with an efficient double folding wind screen, whilst the type illustrated on page 1316 of our issue of November 14th is also exhibited. Yet another model is provided with a screen and hood.

1912 Olympia Show
The Motor Cycle

N.B. Two different addresses are given, some 2 1/2 miles apart.

Sources: Graces Guide, The Motor Cycle

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