Lloyd Motorcycles

Cycle Fittings, Birmingham W.A. Lloyd produced motorcycles from 1902 to 1903.

There were two Lloyd firms, but this was the earliest and was founded by W. A. Lloyd - see Lloyd Firms

They used their own 2 hp engine and primitive fittings.

W.A.(William Arthur) Lloyd, who worked with his brother W.J.(Walter John) Lloyd at Quadrant, later went on to produce the Dreadnought from 1915 to 1922.

Report from the 1902 Stanley Show

Stand 142. W. A. Lloyd's Cycle Fittings, Ltd., Birmingham. A motor cycle is exhibited, fitted with one of their own make 2 h.p. engines in which the cylinder and head are cast in one piece. The bore is 2.625 in. and the stroke 2.875 in. The connecting rod end is made in two parts to provide for adjustment on the crank pin. A new contact breaker of registered design is fitted and also a new fork crown. A combination hub, having a ball-bearing ratchet free-wheel without springs and a large silencer make up a motorcycle which will no doubt give general satisfaction.

Motor Cycling, 26th November 1902

Report from the 1905 Stanley Show

The 2½ h.p. Lloyd motor bicycle for 1906, although it does not possess any startling new features, is well made and well finished. All the control levers work in the same direction, and are fitted on the same side of the tank. The most interesting feature about Messrs. W. A. V. Lloyd's tricar; is the system of springing.

The front and rear seats and footboards are all completely insulated from the other portion of the frame by means of semi-elliptical springs. This appears to be the most simple way of overcoming the difficulty of springing a tricar. The motor power is a 6 h.p. engine, which drives by means of chains to a gear box having two speeds.

The Motor Cycle, 27th November 1905

W. A. Lloyds Cycle Fittings Ltd, of Clyde Works, Birmingham.

1879 Established, presumably as W. A. Lloyd and Co.

1897 Name changed to W. A. Lloyds Cycle Fittings

1898-1903 Annual reports in Coventry Archives

1903 Made motorcycles

1905 Made a three-wheeler

1908 Offered men's and ladies' lightweight racers as well as the usual range of Lloyd cycles.

Presumably later became W. A. Lloyds Cycles at Clyde Works, Droitwich (near Worcester).

1940 At the same address was W. A. Lloyd Cycles, maker of "Dreadnought" cycles

W. A. Lloyds Alloys, also of Droitwich, advertised aluminium ladders in the 1960s. This firm was acquired by Birmid Industries in 1965. By then all connection with the motorcycle trade had long ceased.

Source: Graces Guide