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Aberdale of London were motorcycles produced from 1947 to 1949; presumably the same company as Aberdale Cycle Co.

The Bown Manufacturing Co entry has a note that the company was taken over by Aberdale in the 1930's. The marque Bown is associated with Aberdales from 1946 to 1949.

1947 The firm was London-based although production was at the Bown factory in Tonypandy in Wales. The machines were very simple and typical of the type. The 98cc Villiers engine hung from the frame and it had petroil lubrication, direct lighting and blade girders. A carrier was positioned over the rear wheel, and side panels concealed the engine. It also had a bulb horn, drum brakes and a speedometer driven from the front wheel. The controls were simple to use.

1949 The machine was revised and then sold as the Bown.

See Also


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
  • British Motorcycles of the 1940s and 1950s by Roy Bacon ISBN 0-85045-856-0
  • The Encyclopedia of the Motorcycle by Peter Henshaw. Published 2007. ISBN 978 1 8401 3967 9
  • National Archives [1]