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Noble Motor Co

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Works located in Pocock St., Blackfriars Rd, London SE. and John Street West, Blackfriars.

Noble motorcycles were produced from 1901 to 1909

1901 Noble were one of the pioneering firms to locate their engine in a central position, using power by De Dion, Minerva or MMC.

1903 The company was now producing its own engine which hung from the downtube, similar to the Minerva. It had a mechanical inlet-valve, belt drive and braced forks. The inlet and exhaust valves were opened by a single cam.

1904 Henry J. Heasman is manager.

1904 In the 1904 Auto-Cycle Club Trial - August riders J. C. Brodie and H. J. Heasman rode Noble machines

1904 The engine was now rated at 2.75hp, located vertically in the frame and had conventional twin-cam side valves. A racing version was available with a 4.5hp engine that could be adapted to 3.5hp for touring. The earlier model remained on the list.

1905 In the 1905 Auto-Cycle Club Trial - August riders W. G. Watts and J. C. Brodie rode Nobel machines

1905-1909 The range continued for those few years and the company used both their own and Peugeot engines. By the end of 1909 the name had all but disappeared.

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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