British Motorcycles

W. J. Green and Co

Omega were motorcycles produced from 1914 to 1927, by the works of W. J. Green and Co, at Croft Road, Coventry.
  • 1914 The first machine appeared as a 3hp 336cc two-stroke model, with a two-speed Toroga gearbox, chain-cum-belt drive, chain-driven U.H. magneto, petroil lubrication and Druid forks.
  • Post-War. The model was soon joined by others but the firm concentrated on a 292cc sv JAP-engined lightweight in three forms of transmission choice.
  • 1921 After a move to larger premises allowed an increase in production, a 545cc sv Blackburne was added.
  • 1922 An all-weather machine was offered, as a 348cc two-stroke with widely splayed duplex tube frame and new spring forks of low unsprung weight. The engine of that model was also available in a machine with a more conventional outline, as were other lightweights of various engine capacity of sv V-twin JAP engines, and single speed or Sturmey-Archer geared drives.
  • 1923 The only JAP to be continued was the 293cc model, along with the 348cc two-stroke - both in various forms. These were then joined by a 170cc two-stroke miniature with forward-sloping engine in a loop frame and with two speeds.
  • 1924 The range expanded with the addition of Blackburne and Barr and Stroud sports models, plus a Ladies' Model variant of the 170cc miniature.
  • 1925 All except a 248cc Blackburne went forward into that year, and sv and ohv JAP models were added.
  • 1926 The preferred engine had become the JAP, and the 348cc two-stroke and Barr and Stroud models were dropped. A natty little three-wheeler was introduced, with two front and one rear wheel, and was available in either sports or family versions. It was heavily promoted and may well have put a financial strain on the company.
  • 1927 A 677cc sv V-twin was re-introduced. All the JAP-engined singles, the 170cc miniature and the four-strokes ran on. The latter were quite chunky in appearance, in short wheel-base frames with internal expanding-drum brakes. It was the firm's final year, then they totally withdrew from the market.
Sources: Grace's Guide

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