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Precision Motorcycles

Precision

This company was founded by Frank Baker in 1906 to build bicycle fittings under the Precision name. Frank Baker had worked for Eadie, Royal Enfield and Premier Cycles.

Precision motorcycles were produced from 1912 to 1919, in Moorsom Street, Birmingham. They continued to produce engines for some years thereafter.

There was an earlier company of the same name, mentioned at the end of this article.

  • 1910 Built 499cc sv single-cylinder engines and quickly developed a following.
  • 1911 Ninety-six machines at the Olympia Show, in London used Precision engines: 293cc, 499cc and 599cc singles, or 760cc V-twins. Early Scottish Victoria motorcycles utilised these engines.
  • 1912 Complete machines were produced, but this was found to be less than popular with existing engine customers. The complete machines were therefore exported - to Australia in particular.
  • 1913 Moved to a new factory and by the following year they employed 400 persons and produced 100 engine per week. Long description of this factory in 'The Engineer'. Tom Biggs joined as chief designer.
  • 1918 The company employed 800 people.
  • Post-World War I they released a complete motorcycle designed by Biggs using their own 350cc two-stroke engine, in 1919. At this time they were calling themselves Beardmore Precision after Scottish industrial giant William Beardmore and Co injected new capital into the company.
  • Their engines were featured in numerous trials and race winners in the 1920s, but sales were sliding and an attempt to introduce a new 250cc engine failed when the leaf-spring valves caused excess guide wear. There was also a model with a Barr and Stroud engine, and an ohc model which did not see production. William Beardmore and Co withdrew its capital in 1924 and Frank Baker pulled out, to make two-strokes under his own name (as F. E. Baker) and the company closed.
  • Note: The company was eventually sold to James in 1930.

Marques which employed Precision powerplants include:

A-C

A.K.D.

Alldays & Onions

Alp Engine Works

Armis

Arrow

ASL

Belvedere

Bolton

Bright and Hayles

Brown Brothers

Bown

Calcott

Calthorpe

Camber

Campion

Cartwright

Challenge

Champion

Chater

Chater Lea

Cleveland

Colmore

Comet

Corah

Cripps

Crown

Cygnus


D-H


I-M

Impiri

Ivy

Ixion

Juno

Kerry Abbington

Kirner

Kumfurt

Kynoch

Leader

Little Giant

Lugton


Lyle

Macbeth

Marloe

Martin

Matchless

Mead

Midget-Bicar

McKenzie

Monarch

Monopole

Moto-Reve

Morgan

Moveo


N-R


Nestor

New Comet

New Crescent

New Era

New Hudson

New Imperial

New Ryder

New Scale

NLG

Noble

Norton

N.y.e.

OK

Osmond

Pilot

Precision

Premier

PMC

Portland

PV

Radmill

Raglan

Regal

Regina

Reg-Samson

REX

ROC (R.O.C.?)

Rolfe

Romp

Russell

Ranger

R.O.C.

Rollo

Tiny


S-Z



Precision 1902-1906

These were typically primitive and powered by a Minerva engine. The company is not believed to be related to F.E. Baker's Precision.

Sources: Grace's Guide

, FEB Precision Group.

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