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Roulette Cycle Co

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of Coventry

Roulette were motorcycles produced from 1911 to 1914 by the Roulette Cycle Co of Gosford Street, Coventry.

1890 Company formed by Frederick Kerby and Henry Hewitt

1896/7 Directory: Listed under cycles. More details

1911 Late in the year the company showed a machine with a new kind of frame construction that they hoped to licence to other firms. It was invented by Fred T. Robb and consisted of duplex tubes bolted together. The result was a light and rigid frame with easily replaceable tubes. The prototype was fitted with a 2.5hp JAP engine and direct-belt drive.

1912 Listed in Spennell's directory of Coventry as Cycle Manufacturers. [1]

1913 A larger 4.25hp model was added.

1914 Only the smaller model ran on for that year. This was soon joined by a lightweight with a 269cc Villiers two-stroke engine, two-speed gearbox, belt final drive and Druid forks.

During the First World War production ceased and did not recommence afterwards.

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