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George McKenzie

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McKenzie were motorcycles produced from 1921 to 1925, by George H. McKenzie.

1921 The McKenzie was produced as an ultra lightweight/featherweight, in an attempt to provide a machine suitable for everyday transport. It weighed a mere 80lb and had an open frame, unsprung forks, direct-belt drive and a 170cc two-stroke Hobart engine.

1923 As the model was a success and large numbers had been sold, the basic model continued into that year. A new two-speed model was now added, with Druid forks.

1924 That new model was uprated in a new design and given a new 147cc Aza two-stroke engine, Albion two-speed chain-cum-belt drive, clutch and kick-starter. The open-frame miniature also had a two-speed gear. The business faltered during that year.

1924 Grigg (1924) Ltd had sole rights to manufacture The George McKenzie motorcycle[1]

1925 After restructuring the company, George McKenzie secured the goodwill and continued production with the same two-model range, fitting the lightweight with a larger Aza engine. It was the last year of manufacture for the McKenzie.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Mar 24, 1924
  • 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
  • Coventry’s Motorcycle heritage by Damien Kimberley ISBN 978 0 7509 5125 9