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J. Roper

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Roper motorcycles were produced from 1901 to 1905 by J. Roper of Curzon Street, Wolverhampton, who had a business that dealt mainly with motor fittings and gears.

These machines would have been typical of the era and very primitive in design. They were probably fitted with a De Dion or Minerva engine. During 1905 there was a slump in the motorcycle market, so the firm returned to making motor fittings.

Later the company moved to Villiers Street and manufactured motor fittings including gear for Sunbeam


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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
  • [1] Wolverhampton Heritage and History Society
  • Powered Vehicles made in the Black Country by Jim Boulton and Harold Parsons. Published 1990. ISBN 0 904015 30 0