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H. J. Talbot

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Talbot was a moped built by a bicycle dealer named H. J. Talbot of Northwood, London.

Later traded as Central Cycle and Auro Stores

He used a 49cc Mini-Motor engine, hung under the open frame ahead of the pedals to drive a counter-shaft with clutch by V-belt with chain to the rear wheel. It was also fitted with pedalling gear with a two-speed Derailleur, Webb girder forks, stirrup brake at the front and drum brake at the rear.

The transmission system was soon revised and the Derailleur gear and counter-shaft was replaced with two-speed Albion gearbox. To give the machine some style, the belt and chains were concealed by shields.

Production was limited and would have stopped when the engine supply dried up.

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
  • [1] Central Cycle web site