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Hyde (1980 onwards)

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Hyde are motorcycles that have been produced by Norman Hyde since 1980, in Warwick.

Hyde had been involved with Triumph for many years and became a Trident specialist, supplying parts and improvements for both triples and twins. This was a combined result of the time he spent at Triumph and his successes at drag racing. This eventually led to new frames, disc brakes, tuning parts and custom items, and was subsequently followed by a complete machine called the Hyde Harrier. It was built in the café racer style and supplied, as required, with either a twin or a triple engine. The rest of the machine was built to customer specification from a catalogue that listed a wide variety of components. Less well known, but on a par, was a similar range for the BSA A65 unit twin.

A new model joined the Harrier in the 1990s. Based on modern components and called the Hyde Hornet, it was fitted with a 636cc Rotax four-valve engine (made by Bombardier-Rotax GmbH) and Harris Performance frame with Yamaha forks, wheels and many detail parts.

That machine was first built for racing and a road model followed in 1996.

  • Note: Norman Hyde Ltd. has its own web site [1]

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