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Forward Cycle Co

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1911.

Forward Cycle Co of Edmund Street, Birmingham

Produced motorcycles from 1911 to 1915

1911 This bicycle firm moved into the motorcycle trade with a 2.75hp 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, 3.5hp V-twin was added.

1915 Production of the range continued for that year and then ceased.

See Also

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Sources of Information

  • The British Motorcycle Directory - Over 1,100 Marques from 1888 - by Roy Bacon and Ken Hallworth. Pub: The Crowood Press 2004 ISBN 1 86126 674 X
  • The Encyclopedia of the Motorcycle by Peter Henshaw. Published 2007. ISBN 978 1 8401 3967 9