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Herwin, Canney and Co

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Herwin was a motorcycle produced from 1905 to 1906 by Herwin, Canny and Co

The company exhibited at the late-1905 Stanley Show. Their model was low-built and fitted with a 5hp twin-cylinder engine. It had Simplex anti-vibration springs and brake mechanism. This comprised a spring fork on the front wheel carrying an arm that held the brake band in position. A similar arrangement was fitted to the rear wheel. The whole machine was well-sprung and thought to be a very comfortable ride.

1911 Stanley Simplex belts made by Herwin Canney, sole patentees and manufacturers (see advert)

Herwin Canny also designed and produced the first army ambulance, and a timing mechanism for bombs dropped from planes in WW1 [1]

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Sources of Information

  1. Email from RS 21 Mar 2011
  • 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