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Baker Motor Cycles

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1929 Baker, 196 cc Villiers engine
December 1929.
June 1930.
June 1930.

of Alvechurch Road, Northfield, Birmingham

Baker were motorcycles produced from 1928 to 1930.

The company was owned by Frank Edward Baker. He had a long involvement in motorcycle manufacture - firstly in America and then as F. E. Baker which made the Precision motorcycle and engine.

Post-WWI Baker formed a connection with industrial giant William Beardmore and Co which created the Beardmore Precision marque. Beardmore pulled out in 1924 and the company closed, so Baker went on to start his own company in 1926.

1928 He produced two lightweight models using 172cc and 247cc Villiers engines and three-speed Albion gearboxes.

1929 Other versions of those two motorcycles were offered, plus models with 147cc and 196cc engines.

1930 The 147cc models were dropped and replaced by one with a 343cc engine. In addition, there was one further model with an inclined 249cc sv James engine. Late that year Frank Baker sold out to James who used his frame for some of their models.

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
  • [1] Ian Chadwick's motorcycle web site