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Tandon were motorcycles produced by Devdutt Tandon, who had been born in India, from 1948 to 1959, in Watford, Hertfordshire.

Made Milemaster, Supaglid models, a Kangaroo trials model, Imp and Starlett, as well as several others.

1948 The first model appeared as a cheap lightweight intended for both home use and export. Lacking in refinement, it was fitted with a 122cc Villiers 9D pre-war engine, installed in a frame that was of tubular, bolted construction. Although it had telescopic forks, it was angular and not at all stylish.

1950 The original model was joined by a much improved machine, known as the Supaglid, fitted with the more modern 122cc 10D engine and pivoted-fork rear suspension controlled by a rubber cartridge.

1951 Another version appeared, with a 197cc 6E engine, plus a competition model.

1952 Production of the original, somewhat crude model, stopped that year.

Further models were produced using 147cc and 224cc Villiers and 242cc and 322cc British Anzani engines.

1955 Time and money ran out and so the firm was wound up late in the year.

1956 The name reappeared on two road models using Villiers 8E and 1H engines.

1959 After a few more years of production, no further machines were built after that year.

See Also


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
  • The Encyclopedia of the Motorcycle by Peter Henshaw. Published 2007. ISBN 978 1 8401 3967 9
  • [1] Ian Chadwick's motorcycle web site
  • [2] Cyber Motor Cycles web site