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Pilot, of Farm Street, Birmingham.

1884 Production of bicycles began; the firm offered frames, forks and many other components to the trade

1904 First motorcycle was supplied ready to take the Minerva and Excelsior vertical pattern engine. By the end of the year they had a complete motorcycle listed for £32.

The company then dealt mainly in components.

1910 Late that year they returned to making complete machines, with a range that had belt drive and sprung forks. Engines varied in size and make, and were a 4hp JAP or 4.25hp Fafnir single.

1911 JAP V-twins of 6hp or 8hp were used.

1912 Just the 8hp JAP was used, then in came Precision singles of 3.5hp and 4.25hp.

1913-1917 For a list of the models and prices of cars see the 1917 Red Book

1913 The JAP single was back again.

1914 Only Precision engines were used, and the four-strokes were joined by a model fitted with a 318cc two-stroke.

1915 The range was reduced to models fitted with Precision singles of 199cc and 597cc, plus a 499cc V-twin, all with sv, and the two-stroke. No further production of motorcycles

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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