Lewis motorcycle agencies

As well as Lewis machines from their own workshops, Lewis also sold motorcycles from other manufacturers. Clearly supply problems late in the war caused a rethink away from the pre-war plan of manufacturing from British-sourced components. From 1923, when F.S. Mann gained a controlling interest in Vivian Lewis Limited, there were more changes as the motorcycle and bicycle operations were consolidated under the new Lewis Cycle Works Ltd at 111 Gawler Place. Here are the brands we are aware of:

Motorcycle Brand Known year/s of agency
ABC Vivian Lewis Ltd. 1920 and 1921. In 1922, after the demise of the British ABC, Lewis claimed to have the agency for ABC (France)
ACE Vivian Lewis Limited: Ace motorcycles
Vivian Lewis Ltd. were advertising Ace motorcycles late in 1923 and early in 1924 from their 170-190 Gawler Place premises. By April 1924, the agency had passed to Lewis Cycle Works Ltd. at 111 Gawler Place.
AJS An undated but c1924 Lewis Cycle Works Ltd. catalogue advertises "We have been successful in securing a sub-agency for the world-famous A.J.S. motor cycle"
Beardmore-Precision Vivian Lewis Ltd. advertised Beardmore Precision motorcycles from 1920 until early in 1924. From April 1924 into 1925, the agents were Lewis Cycle Works Ltd. 111 Gawler Place.
Chater Lea (2 1/2 HP 2 stroke) Vivian Lewis Ltd. 1917
Dayton Vivian Lewis Ltd. 1916, 1917, 1918
Douglas Lewis Cycle Works Ltd. advertised as "Agent and service station for Douglas" in April 1924
Hawker Vivian Lewis Ltd. c1921-2
(to be confirmed)
Levis Lewis Cycle Works Ltd. advertised as "Agent and service station for Levis" in April 1924
Phelon and Moore (P&M) Vivian Lewis Ltd. 1920, 1921, 1922
Triumph Vivian Lewis Ltd. were advertising Triumph motorcycles late in 1923 and early in 1924 from their 170-190 Gawler Place premises. Unlike Ace, Lewis Cycle Works Ltd. did not carry this agency on beyond April 1924.

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