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Roulette Cycle Co

of Coventry
  • 1896/7 Directory: Listed under cycles.
Roulette were motorcycles produced from 1911 to 1914 by the Roulette Cycle Co of Gosford Street, Coventry.
  • 1911 Late in the year the company showed a machine with a new kind of frame construction that they hoped to licence to other firms. It was invented by F. T. Robb and consisted of duplex tubes bolted together. The result was a light and rigid frame with easily replacable tubes. The prototype was fitted with a 2½ hp JAP engine and direct-belt drive.
  • 1912 Listed in Spennell's directory of Coventry as Cycle Manufacturers.
  • 1913 A larger 4¼ hp model was added.
  • 1914 Only the smaller model ran on for that year. This was soon joined by a lightweight with a 269cc Villiers two-stroke engine, two-speed gearbox, belt final drive and Druid forks.

Engine - 2½ h.p. two-stroke Villiers, 269. c.c.
Iqnition - U.H. magneto, chain-driven.
Carburetter - Amac or B. and B.
Change Speed - Albion counter-shaft two-speed, gears 5½ and 10 to 1.
Transmission - Chain and belt or belt.
Dimensions - Height of saddle from ground, 30in, Ground clearance, 6in. Wheelbase, 50in.
Lubrication - Oil mixed with petrol.
Other Features - Druid forks. Dunlop 26 x 2 tyres.
Price - Two-speed, £33. Single-speed, £26 5s.

Roulette Cycle Co., 84, Gosford Street, Coventry.

British Lightweights, 1914

  • During the First World War production ceased and did not recommence following the armistice.
Sources: Graces Guide, The Motor Cycle roulette.htm

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