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British Radial Engine Co

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The British Radial Engine Company of Lacland Place, London, SW10

British Radial produced motorcycles from 1921 to 1922.

1921 The company acquired the rights of production for the 396cc 2.75hp three-cylinder radial engine, deigned by J. E. Manes and built by C. B. Redrup. Soon they were able to assemble complete and marketable machines. These had in-line mounted, 309cc engines with valves placed either side of cylinders that were spaced 120 degrees apart, and a two-speed Sturmey-Archer gearbox with chain-cum-belt transmission. Frame and forks came from Chater-Lea, carburettor from Senspray and magneto from Runbaken. In all but the engine configuration, the machine was conventional. The engine was also available for stationary applications.

1922 Specifications included a Vici carburettor. That year was to see the end of British Radial.

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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