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Some of the leading in the early history of the British industry were Norton, and BSA. Discover how some flourished while others failed in Shooting The Rise and Fall of the British Industry (ECW Press, The motorcycle industry is just out in this condensed excerpt, from Chapter 1, “Patriarchs.”

The ruled from London, but got things done in Birmingham. The West Midlands capital, to the industrial revolution as much as was the birthplace of Western civilization, was motorcars and BSA Gold Stars and fighter planes were where long trains in the coal from Wales and boats carried cargo in and out of the on its famous man-made canals. of staunch workers with caps on their heads and tin pails under their filed in to work every day to do the jobs.

Home to the bicycle boom in the Victorian era, Birmingham many of the leading motorcycle in the twentieth century. Norton, the famous road-racing brand in the at one time, the Ferrari of its domain, was in 1898 by Birmingham native Norton, the son of a cabinet maker. The Manufacturing Company initially chains and other bicycle then began assembling motorcycles using parts other manufacturers as early as

Its most famous models the Manx Norton, a 500 cc single-cylinder that won many important races worldwide over a span, and the Commando, the last of the superbikes in the 1970s.

Velocette, nearby in the Hall Green was the most exclusive British manufacturer, doing almost quite like any of the other The family-owned business traced its to German immigrant Johannes who arrived in England in 1876 at age 19. pioneered the quick “positive foot shift transmission, a still in use by all motorcycle manufacturers to day.

Ariel was a manufacturer that the Rover Safety Bicycle similar-sized wheels, chain to the rear) in 1885; almost all since have had the same design. The firm was swallowed up by in 1902, a conglomerate owned by Sangster and his son, Jack. Two stand out in Ariel’s history — a fast, overhead valve, bike, the beautifully named Red that was sold from the 1930s to the late 1950s, and the Four, an unusual four-cylinder that also had a long run.

BSA was to become the largest manufacturer in the city, country, and Incorporated in 1861, the company was by 14 local gunsmiths who had banded to bid on government contracts for long during the Crimean War. could make complete in his own workshop, with hand-rubbed and small forges and files to the metal parts, but none had the or capital to build a proper

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They formed a “co-operative” and the back street in the Birmingham of Small Heath where worked “Armoury Road.” The BSA itself stands for Birmingham Arms.

Triumph, in nearby first introduced a motorcycle in using a small Belgian-made The company’s German-Jewish founder, Bettmann, was so well liked he was mayor of Coventry in 1912 yet was to give up his post at the start of War I because of his German heritage. was to become famous for that British of motorcycle engines, the twin.

Motorcycle production in Birmingham and the West Midlands the 1920s and survived even the ’30s, though the Depression cut Industry wide, British production peaked at 147,000 in 1928, but that number to 74,400 in 1930. This led to within the industry, beginning Jack Sangster.

Tall, with a steady gaze and pout underlying his aquiline Sangster outwitted his board of and even his father, Charles, he purchased the Ariel motorcycle from Components in 1932. he fired all the employees and hired only those he wanted, which he moved the presses, and machine tools to suburban Oak in Birmingham.

Ariel (the name was from Shakespeare, who used it in The to describe an airy spirit) was an incubator for the British motorcycle in the 1920s as its personnel list was to a who’s who of the later, grander Chief engineer Val Page was aboard from engine JAP in 1925 (JAP built the in the Brough Superior luxury that Lawrence of Arabia in 1935). It was Page who designed the overhead valve engine for the Red Hunter model, then the avant-garde Ariel Leader 30 later, the brand’s last model.

But Sangster’s best was Edward Turner. Red-headed and short enough to be defensive it and imperious enough to be a snot, was born into a middle-class family in 1901 (his William, was a mechanical engineer). Yet he ran and joined the merchant navy World War I, training to be an apprentice operator. Many hundreds of and Allied merchant vessels sunk during that but the young Turner apparently was

He complained only about the on board — bully beef and dry that had to be banged against a surface to dislodge the weevils. demobilization, Turner eschewed a education, instead attending technical school while stints as a fitter, turner, and blacksmith. He also informally art, which was to put him miles of the competition in the styling department his long career in the motorcycle

In time, Turner purchased a repair shop, Chepstow on Peckham Road in London in It was a decently sized corner with large display on either side facing the outside, a showroom on the first featuring a Velocette motorcycle and a grimy workshop behind the with rickety steps to a private studio on the second The ruddy-faced Turner patiently small repairs on bicycles and old during the day, and in the evenings he to the second floor, where, long nights, apparently of friends, family, or female he turned himself into a Orville or Wilbur Wright, designing a motorcycle from then actually building it, many of the mechanical and metal-working he had learned in recent years.

Turner machined many of the himself on a small lathe, and in he built an overhead cam, 350 cc motorcycle engine. Later he together sections of steel to fashion a complete frame, not a bicycle’s albeit with spring front suspension and and dubbed his creation the Turner A national motorcycle magazine featured engineering drawings of the and a little blurb about the young man who had built it, portraying him a bit an English Don Quixote who would at industry giants such as BSA or or Ariel.

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