NOVEMBER 30th, 1922. Page 745
The Olympia Show.
Although beset in the past by various difficulties, the makers of the Wooler have never adopted the line of least resistance to a motor cycle manufacturer and marketed on assembled machine embodying proprietary components. Their 1923 models supply ample justification for their attitude, the designs being full of practical originalities. Flat twin engines are exclusively fitted.
The chief types shown will be 350 c.c. and 500 c.c. touring models and a 350 c.c. sports model with an unusual form of semi-overhead valve gear. The larger Wooler is intended for sidecar work. Chain transmission from a gear-driven gear box in the crank case is employed on the three-speed models.
Comfort is naturally the slogan of the manufacturers of the P.V. For many years now a simple spring frame has given every satisfaction to riders of this machine, and the very choice of engines fitted to the various, models has obviously been based with the idea of gaining smooth running and even torque.
Only the smaller sizes are single-cylinders (250 c.c. Villiers, 350 c.c. Villiers. 293 c.c. J.A.P., or 350 c.c. Barr and Stroud), the larger sports solo or dual-purpose machines being fitted with 496 c.c. and 654 c.c. J.A.P. V-twins. With the super-sports type of smaller twin engine the P.V. presents a very attractive combination of liveliness and luxury.
100 m.p.h. records by Le Vack have done much to impress the name Zenith on the average motor cyclist's mind, but in case of pre-war riders there is little necessity, for the Zenith and its Gradua gear attained much fame in the days when 60 m.p.h. was marvelled at. With the decline in popularity of the belt drive the firm has gradually increased its range of chain-driven models, which now comprise 976 c.c. J.A.P., 496 c.c. oil-cooled flat twin Bradshaw, 348 c.c. J.A.P., and 293 c.c. J.A.P. engined models.
Only the 556 c.c. Gradua-geared touring model will remain on exhibit, but the equivalent sports machine and its larger edition will still be marketed.
Miniatures on the borderline of the motorised bicycle will be shown by the famous French firm of Peugeot, First exhibited at the Paris Salon, the machine employs a proprietary French two-stroke engine specially designed for its purpose and a two-speed gear, final drive being by belt over large pulleys. Proper girder-type spring forks and a sloping top tube (on the standard model) follow motor cycle practice, but a good deal of the specification and the general appearance are distinctly reminiscent of the pedal cycle.
The Motor Cycle, November 1922
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