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Capacity : 250
Model : Silver Cloud
Production : 1936 - 1945
Category : (R) Racing


250 Silver Cloud - 1936

The privateers' favorite

The history of OK-Supreme goes as far back as 1899, when the company Humphries & Dawes Ltd – which had been making bicycles since 1882 – decided to make motorcycles. As did most manufacturers in those days, OK began by using De Dion, Minerva, Green and Precision engines; their machines were initially sold under the name "OK," the "Supreme" suffix was added in 1926.

Own-Make Engine

In 1919, OK built its first motorcycle with an own-make engine, a 350cc flat-twin along the same lines as the Douglas. It was costly and was quickly abandoned. During the 1920s, OK bikes used Blackburne and Bradshaw engines. Among the well-known riders who raced for OK was Wal Handley (who won the 1922 Ulster Grand Prix 250), Alec Bennett and Frank Longman, who won the 1928 Junior TT on an OK-JAP.

Modem without Being Revolutionary

The first overhead-camshaft OK-Supreme raced in the 1930 Junior TT, but an overcomplicated camshaft drive proved its downfall. In 1934, the overhead-camshaft engine was redesigned by George Jones and Ray Mason and fitted in the Silver Cloud 250 and 350 shown at Olympia in London. The camshaft was driven by shaft in the conventional fashion, and rockers actuated valves with hairpin springs. The cylinder head was cast in bronze, which gave superior heat dispersion to cast-iron, and there was also a sleeved-aluminum cylinder in 1937. The OK-Supreme had no outstanding racing successes, though it was very popular with privateers. Production ended in 1939.


Engine: 248cc (66x72.5mm) air-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke

Power Rating: 18 hp @ 6500 rpm

Valves: overhead-camshaft driven by sha-tand-bevel gearing

Fuel System: Amal carburetor

Transmission: 4-speed, chain final drive

Suspension: girder forks (front); rigid (rear)

Brakes: drum (front & rear)

Wheels: 21 inch (front); 19 inch (rear)

Weight: 309 lb

Maximum Speed: 80 mph

The OK-Supreme was used by Marcel Perrin to win France 's first postwar race, the Bois de Boulogne in September 1945.

Le fichier Moto Passion réalisé par François-Marie Dumas réunit près de deux mille photos accompagnées d'un historique très complet des machines présentées.
Il sera progressivement mis à jour ici et toute information complémentaire est la bienvenue sur info@moto-collection.org.

Cette documentation unique, qui constitue sans doute l'encyclopédie la plus exhaustive jamais écrite sur l'histoire de la moto, a été réalisée avec l'assistance de nombreux spécialistes dont principalement Didier Ganneau, Christophe Gaime, Mick Woollett, Jean Goyard, Bernard Salvat, Christian Rey, Yves Campion, Helmut Krackowizer, Michael Dregni, Michel Montange, etc. que je remercie ici.

Disponible sur demande :
- Les fiches originales sur papier
- Les photos et archives signées de mon nom en haute définition ou les documents originaux.
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