emu
British Motorcycles

Erlich Motor Co

Erlich Motor Company of Park Royal, London
  • EMC were motorcycles produced from 1939 to 1953 and from 1983 to 1990. The company was owned by Dr. Josef Erlich, an Austrian from Vienna
  • 1939 Having arrived in the UK in 1937, Joe Erlich was, by now, testing a machine that was fitted with his 240cc twin-piston, split single, two-stroke engine.
  • 1947 After World War II he built a 345cc machine with Dowty Oleomatic front forks and a rigid frame.
  • 1951 Erlich built a road racing model fitted with a 125cc Austrian Puch engine.
  • 1952 A model was built with a 125cc JAP two-stroke. This was exhibited at Earls Court.
  • 1953 The company was wound up and Erlich moved on to new fields, but remained involved with racing for many years.
  • 1982 After a long gap, Erlich became involved with the Waddon Engineering project and soon had the machine on form.
  • 1983 The machine became an EMC, with Rotax tandem-twin, two-stroke engine unit. It won the Junior 250cc TT that year.
  • 1984 and 1987. Both years saw further TT successes.
  • The make gradually slipped from favour as Honda and Yamaha motorcycles moved ahead.
Sources: Grace's Guide

If you have further information or a query related to this page, please contact us

Anderson Stands
Anderson Stands
Motorcycle Stands and Workshop Lifts for Sports Bikes and Cruisers
Front and rear stands, single side swingarm stands, workbenches...