The A.H. Haden Motorcycle Company was founded in Birmingham, England by Alfred H. Haden and was a well known British motorcycle from 1912 until 2002.
Originally started as a bicycle manufacturer in Hockley, Birmingham, Haden was first listed in 1882 in the Kelly's Directory, just prior to the introduction of the safety bicycle. Originally the business was owned by Haden's father, G.J. Haden who then passed it to him though he continued to make bicycles until 1912. Haden Motorcycles first introduced a motorcycle in 1906, but it would not be until just shortly before the First World War that A.H. Haden Motorcycles would move to a more extensive production of motorcycles due to their recent purchase of Regal Motorcycles Company. In 1919 Haden was forced to stop production of his motorcycles due to the war but shortly after the end of the war they would start production of his motorcycles for the consumer market again.
By 1921 the A.H. Haden Motorcycle Company cleared a new world record for speed when they were at Brooklands that year. One of A.H. Haden Motorcycle Company's most popular motorcycles was the New Comet that was produced until 1924. They used "NEW" before their Comet model to distinguish it from a motorcycle produced from 1902 until 1907 by the Comet Motor Works, which the A.H. Haden Motorcycle Company bought out shortly after their own production line had ceased operations. Only one known example of the A.H. Haden Motorcycle Company's New Comet is known to still exist.
By 1937 Alfred Haden's sons would take over the business just as his own father had done in the beginnings of the company. The A.H. Haden Motorcycle Company changed its name that year and became known to the world as Haden Bros. Under the new name the A.H. Haden Motorcycle Company produced tank parts for the British military but was able to return to motorcycles after the Second World War and until 2002 the A.H. Haden Motorcycle Company sold their motorcycles and motorcycle parts world-wide.
In 2002 the A.H. Haden Motorcycle Company or Haden Bros. closed their manufacturing doors for good and ceased production of their popular product.
Original Authors: Nicholas
Edit Update Authors: M.A.Harris
Updated On: 04/06/2008