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Bright and Hayles

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Bright and Hayles of Camberwell, London

Camber were motorcycles produced in 1908 and from 1920 to 1921.

1908 A V-twin model was offered. Because it was built to order, it could be as expensive as the buyer's specifications required, as it allowed for almost any choice of engine, transmission and cycle parts. In most cases it proved to be very costly and buyers soon found that a stock model was better value.

1911 Directory lists them at 73 Church Street, Camberwell, London SE and as motor cycle manufacturers [1]

1920 After a gap of more than a decade, the firm returned to the market. They offered a model fitted with a 499cc Precision engine for a couple of years. They probably used old or available stock; including transmission, frame, forks and other parts.

1922 There were no further listings after that year.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Post Office London Location Suburbs Directory, 1911.
  • 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