Beardmore Precision Motorcycles

Infobox Defunct Company
company_name = Beardmore Precision
company_
fate = Sold
successor = James Cycle Co
foundation = 1914
defunct = 1930
location = Birmingham and Glasgow
industry = manufacturing and engineering
key_people =
products = motorcycles
num_employees =
parent =
subsid =

Beardmore Precision Motorcycles was a British motorcycle manufacturer. The original Precision company was set up by Frank E.Baker in Birmingham. Frank Baker quickly established a reputation for performance motorcycle engines and supplied Haden, and Sun Motorcycles. He began to build complete motorcycles using frames suppled by Sun, who were based at the nearby the Aston Brook Street factory. At the 1911 Olympia Motorcycle Show in London there were 96 mototcycles with Precision engines and by 1918 the company had over 800 employees. Tom Biggs was appointed as chief designer in 1913. [cite web|url=http://www.ianchadwick.com/motorcycles/britbikes/otherk_q.html|title=Beardmore Precision Motorcycles|accessdate=2008-08-14] Frank Baker stopped motorcycle & engine production during the first world war.

In 1919 Baker's company was merged with William Beardmore and Company, a Scottish engineering and shipbuilding company based in Glasgowcite web|url=http://www.madeinbirmingham.org/motorcycle.htm|title=Birmingham's Industrial History |accessdate=2008-08-14] and between 1921 and 1924 Beardmore produced motorcycles under the name "Beardmore Precision". The first motorcycle produced was a 350cc two-stroke featuring leaf-spring suspension front and rear and was folowed by a range of motorcycles from 250cc to 600cc.

After 1924 Baker regained the rights and started his set up his own company to continue production with Villiers engines of between 147 and 342cc in Alvechurch Road, Birmingham The company was eventually sold to the James Cycle Co in 1930. [cite web|url=http://www.cybermotorcycle.com/euro/brands/beardmore-precision.htm|title=Beardmore Precision Motorcycles|accessdate=2008-08-14] Frank Baker became a James employee and they used his designs well into the 1930s.

Models

ee Also

*William Beardmore and Company
*London Motorcycle Museum

References

External links

* [http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afbeelding:Beardmore_Precision_advertentie.jpgBeardmore Precision advert] ]
* [http://www.cycletrader.com/find/listing/photos/93430242/ 1923 Beardmore Precision 250cc]
* [http://www.dogdragons.com/dogdragons/does2/cassington_07/beardmore-precision.html Beardmore Precision gallery]


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