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Hooper was a motorcycle designed by W. F. Hooper in 1921.

Hooper had previously been involved with the Superb Four, but turned his attention to this machine in 1921. The machine was a lightweight fitted with a 125cc four-stroke engine fed by a Willis carburettor, set in a duplex frame suspended by forks with a short leading-link. It had a forward facing engine with a horizontal cylinder and claimed an output of 2hp at 5,000rpm.

In July of 1921 it was reported that the machine would be produced in large numbers at a London works.

Silence followed.

Hooper 1921

A real lightweight which it is expected will be marketed at 38 guineas with two-speed gear

Mr. W. F. Hooper, 10, Genoa Road, Anerley, London, S.E., who was responsible for the Superb Four, is the designer.

The motive power is a small but efficient 2 h.p. single-cylinder four-stroke engine of 60x44 mm. bore and stroke (125 c.c.), which gives the horse-power stated at 5,000 r.p.m. The engine has overhead valves and a detachable head, while the gear-driven magneto is bolted behind the crankcase...

On the road the machine behaved quite well, and it was taken for a short run up Sanderstead Hill, which is a long, tiring pull for so small a mount; nevertheless, two-thirds of it were taken on top gear. We found the control to be very simple [and] is eminently suited for ladies. Arrangements have been made for production of this machine in quantity in a large and well-equipped works close to London.

The Motor Cycle July 14th, 1921. Page 44

Sources: Graces Guide, The Motor Cycle.

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