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Osborne were motorcycles produced from 1901 to 1909 by Frederick Osborne.

These early motorcycles were primitives with a 4hp engine hung from the downtube, and with a flat drive belt. There was also a four-speed engine pulley and the 1909 single had one fitted, plus an adjustor for the belt tension. Production ceased after that year.

1904 Advertisement. 3 h.p. Quadrant £45, or offer. 2.5 h.p. Osborne, Jap engine, £37. 10s or offer. A. Osborn's showrooms, opposite the church, Martock.[1]

1909 ' S. Osborne, riding 3.5 h.p. Osborne, was forbidden to proceed beyond Stourbridge without silencer, which that point be did not carry.[2]

  • Note: The firm returned to the market after the end of World War I, as OEC.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Western Chronicle - Friday 05 February 1904
  2. Daily Telegraph & Courier (London) - Wednesday 07 July 1909
  • 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