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F. E. Waller
FEW were motorcycles produced in 1920, and from 1926 to 1928, by
F. E. Waller.
1920 Waller had already exploited the market with his patent valve-spring
attachments which protected stems and springs from road dirt. Having marketed
them under his own initials, he then ventured into motorcycle production
and started with a 6hp sv JAP
engine in a low, sporting frame, and Saxon
spring forks. Drive from the engine was direct by belt to the wheel, but
the design had a novel type of friction gear, the details of which were
kept secret. In the September of that year a prototype was built and shown
to the public and trade. It was hoped that it would be of interest to a
manufacturing company that would take on its construction, but none was
forthcoming and the idea was shelved.
1926 Waller again aroused interest with an unconventional machine
of the car-on-two-wheels ilk, whereby the rider sat in a low bucket seat.
The engine in this new FEW was either a 600cc sv single or 976cc
sv V-twin JAP
engine, three-speed Burman or
gearbox and all-chain transmission. Models available ranged from the 600cc
Popular, 976cc Special and the 976cc Paramount Duo
fitted out to carry two people, sitting in bucket seats that were fitted
within the wheelbase. The multi-tube frame lay at wheel-spindle height
or below, until, from a point there, a triangulated maze of tubes rose
upwards to a normal steering-head and link-action girder forks of conventional
outline. The panels over this elevated forward structure were carefully
arranged to act as leg shields, whilst panelling over the rear wheel provided
a clean area for carrying luggage. An instrument panel was formed behind
the steering head and the rider was given further protection by a small
screen in Triplex glass. Foot-boards kept dirt out and the engines
were also fitted with the patent FEW valve attachments. Late that
year they exhibited at the Olympia Show, but there was no sign of manufacture.
1927 In the Olympia Show of that October, there was confirmation that the
models would be available the following year, together with a slightly
lighter version fitted with a 499cc sv Blackburne
1928 Selfridges of London then displayed three models and the marque was
also listed in buyers' guides, but the make did not last beyond the end
of the year.
Paramount-Duo were motorcycles produced between 1927 and 1928
This model was rather unusual as it had two bucket seats and partial
enclosure, not dissimilar to the OECAtlanta-Duo that would apper in the 1930s. The engines were either
the 499cc Blackburne or
V-twin driving a Burman or Sturmey-Archer
gearbox. The design was not well-received and, as there were few buyers,
the make soon left the market.