The History of Coventry Eagle Motorcycles



Coventry Eagle started in 1890 as Hotchkiss, Mayo & Meek, but they transformed their name to Coventry Eagle in 1897 when John Meek remaining the enterprise.  In 1898, they also started to experiment with motorised automobiles and by 1899, creation of motorcycles experienced begun.

The bikes were hand constructed and finished thoroughly, and proved reputable.  By World War one, the selection experienced expanded and integrated a Villiers powered two speed 269cc light-weight, a three.5hp solitary, and a a few speed 5hp V-twin. 

Production was hampered for the duration of the war, but in 1919 creation resumed, and through the steerage of Mayo, started to build devices of vast attractiveness. 

In the early 1920s, the line up chopped and transformed depending on what engines were obtainable at the time and the enterprise swapped concerning Abingdon, JAP, King Dick and Villiers motors.

In 1925, the two stroke engine was enlarged to an Aza 175cc with an Albion two speed gearbox.  But then two strokes were dropped altogether for a couple of seasons as the enterprise concentrated on a vast selection of 4 strokes in solitary and twin types and even with sidecar outfits.

In 1928, the coverage of 4 strokes only ended with the arrival of the twin port, super sport Villiers engines in 147cc, 172cc and 172cc twin port, super athletics types.  The enterprise also started to use forks from pressed sheet steel, and although this was popular in Europe, Coventry Eagle were the very first important British enterprise to use this process, a go that proved to be pretty successful for the following ten years.

Coventry Eagle acquired the formulation ideal with potentially the most legendary bicycle of its time the ‘Flying 8’.  This was a development of the JAP V-twin, and to begin with employed the 976cc side valve motor, although a 50° 980cc OHV version trundled alongside for the 1926 season, with large duty Webb girder front forks, and 8 inch Royal Enfield brakes on the two wheels, it weighed 395lb and it’s wheelbase was 59 inches.

The Flying 8 experienced a round and tapered gasoline tank, and bore a putting resemblance to the Brough Superior of the exact same interval.  This is not astonishing as George Brough and Percy Mayo put in some time jointly to the close of World War one talking about the sort of motorbike they would like to manufacture when the hostilities were in excess of and they observed their tastes were remarkably identical.  It experienced a assured leading speed of 80mph and when it was geared up with a Jardine gearbox, it did not appear low-priced and the OHV Flying 8 was the 2nd most high-priced motorbike on the marketplace at the time

By 1928, the Flying 8 was geared up with mag dyno electrical lighting, ghost silencers and a steering damper, and this version was thought of a single of the most handsome British bikes on the marketplace.

When the entire world overall economy crashed in the thirties, Coventry Eagle was compelled to improve tack and they concentrated on the two stroke “bread and butter” lightweights.  The very last OHV Flying 8 remaining the factory in 1930 and the last side valve model the following yr.  Coventry Eagle ongoing making bikes until eventually the outbreak of World War two, and outlined a selection for 1940, but pretty several were constructed following the hostilities commenced.

In 1931, twins were dropped and the creation of two strokes ongoing for some a long time.  Many of the styles were fashionable and exclusive with substantial exhaust techniques, as on the ‘Silent Superb’.  The most primary model was the 98cc ‘Marvel’.  Other styles were the ‘Wonder’ and ‘Eclipse’ and most were in a pressed steel body.

The ‘Pullman’ arrived in 1935 with a new sort of pressed steel body with enclosure of the mechanics and rear wheel.  The rear suspension was managed by leaf springs working alongside the body sides.

In 1937, the 4 stroke solitary returned, using Matchless engines in a few measurements.  These, as well as a variety of two strokes ran on to the close of the ten years.

In 1940 creation, significantly slice because of the war, soon ceased, in no way to be resumed.


Resource by Dawn Martin

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