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Barry Motor Co

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February 1905

Barry Motor Co, of Barry, Glamorgan.

c.1904 Company formed by Alban Richards and Charles Benjamin Redrup

1904 The Barry motorcycle was first seen at the Stanley show, the machine was unusual in that it had a 200cc flat-twin-cylinder rotary engine that turned on a fixed crankshaft. It was fed by a gas storage reservoir that balanced the silencer. The engine rotated between twin downtube sections of the frame and was enclosed in an aluminium case that had cooling air holes.

1905 The frame was revised so that the engine could be moved to just in front of the pedals and it was fitted with belt drive. Nothing was then heard of it for some years.

1910 The engine name appeared again as a patent raised by W. A Richards and C. R. Redrup. No more was heard of the rotary engine after that. See International Rotary Motors

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