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Kynoch: Motorcycles

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1912. Kynoch 500 cc. Reg No: E 4002.
1912. Kynoch 500 cc. Reg No: E 4002. Detail.
1912. Kynoch 500 cc. Reg No: E 4002. Detail.
1912. Kynoch 500 cc. Reg No: E 4002. Detail.
1913. 4 h.p. JAP engine. Exhibit at the National Motorcycle Museum.
1913. 4 h.p. JAP engine. Exhibit at the National Motorcycle Museum.

Note: This is a sub-section of Kynoch

1904 Hayden were motorcycles produced for F. Hayden of Cheltenham, by Kynochs of Birmingham. A machine was built that used the frame as a fuel tank. The tubes were larger in diameter than normal, and the oil was carried in a reservoir by the bottom bracket. It had braced forks and a simple form of plunger rear suspension. It was fitted with a vertically mounted Simms 2.75hp engine with magneto and FN carburettor. The drive to the rear wheel was by belt. At least two examples of the machine were constructed.

For several years there was no more mention of Kynoch motorcycles.

1912 The firm re-appeared as motor cycle makers with a model fitted with a 3.5hp JAP or Precision engine, BSA two-speed gear or free-engine option, and Druid forks.

1913 Only JAP engines were used, either a 4hp single or a 6hp twin, driving a Sturmey-Archer three-speed hub gear. The machine had belt final drive and the single was also listed with direct-belt drive.

1920 Invested in downstream outlets for their products in the aircraft and motor sectors: holdings were acquired in John Marston Ltd, the manufacturers of the world famous Sunbeam cycles and motorcycles as well as radiators and radiator tubes, Amac Ltd. of Aston (motorcycle carburettors) and Excelsior Motor Radiator Co. Ltd. of Leeds (aircraft radiators)[1] [2].

1937 Matchless Motorcycles (Colliers) Ltd purchased the Sunbeam motorcycle and cycle business of John Marston Ltd from ICI[3]

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Sources of Information

  1. History of Kynoch Works [1]
  2. The Times, Wednesday, Jul 07, 1920
  3. The Times, Tuesday, Sep 07, 1937