Raleigh 1930 Model MH30 496cc 1 cyl ohv 2806



Raleigh 1930   model “MH 30 Two-port Sports”   496 cc  OHV  Sturmey Archer  frame #  221247 10R   engine #  DPFO205

In the beginning of the  20th century Raleigh’s main business was in the cycle trade.
Company founder Frank Bowden was a firm believer in variable gear systems and from the end of 1902 the Raleigh Cycle company  put the Sturmey-Archer cycle hub gear on the market.
There was some motorcycle production between 1899 and 1906, but only after the first world war some serious thought was given again to motorcycle production.

In the early twenties a 699 cc flat twin was produced; from 1922 mostly  single cylinder side valve  and OHV singles were put on the market and these economical, well made machines- equipped with S.A engine and gearbox- proved to be great sellers.
From 1930 dry sump lubrication became available and in 1931 sloping cylinders and chromium plated tanks appeared.
The model range for 1930 consisted of 5 models ranging from a 225 cc side valve machine to a 500 cc overhead valve sports mount.
The MH 30 was the top model of the range.

The engine has longstroke dimensions of 79 x 101 mm  and the machine is fitted with two separate  petrol tank halves that give the visual effect of a single saddle tank.
This good-looking sports tourer has been restored in the past but  the  beautiful tank side panels still show the original enamel and transfers.
The machine comes complete with Veigel speedometer and Dutch registration.