NOVEMBER 23rd, 1922. Page 753
Forecast and Guide to Olympia.
By winning the lightweight classes in the T.T., and the French Grand Prix, as well as a team prize in the Six Days Trial, the Levis has this year accomplished an unparalleled achievement in the annals of motor cycle competition.
Four models will be shown, three embodying the 211 c.c. engine, and one - at £68, the most expensive - the 247 c.c. unit with a three-speed Sturmey-Archer gear box, all-chain drive and two internal expanding brakes in the rear wheel. Two of the 211 c.c. machines have chain-cum-belt transmission, but differ in gear box (Sturmey-Archer two-speed with clutch and kick-starter, and Burman ditto), and in frame design (parallel top tube or sloping top tube).
At £38 the single-geared machine represents an excellent combination of simplicity and proved reliability.
Of the seven Campions to be shown, probably the most striking is a sporting sidecar outfit with a supersports 976 c.c. J.A.P. engine and a Jardine four-speed gear. Two touring outfits also have J.A.P. engines, but employ a Sturmey-Archer three-speed gear. One of the touring outfits and the sporting model have interchangeable wheels.
Intermediately there is a workmanlike 550 c.c. solo single with Sturmey gear and chain drive; and at the other end of the scale are three lightweights with various power units (J A. P., Blackburne, and Villiers), and transmissions.
In this year's Six Days Trials the Allon team made a very fine performance. Although of only 292 c c. capacity this two stroke has proved that it can compete with 350 c c. machines on most points desired by the average rider, i.e., reliability, hill climbing, etc.
Ignition on the two stroke will be, as before, by Villiers flywheel magneto, but the engine, of course, is of Allon manufacture.
An entirely new model employs a 348 c.c. four stroke J.A.P. engine in a very similar frame.
In 1923 the makers of the popular Matchless sidecar outfit will attack the solo market in a thorough style. They will offer a 349 c.c. Blackburne-engined machine and a 976 c.c. super-sports J.A.P. engined big twin, both with a specification to attract the soloist, including Sturmey gear boxes, T.T. bars and foot-rests.
The smaller model is sensibly designed, with adequate mudguarding, silencing, and tyres (650 x 65 mm. on voiturette rims), and a Lucas Magdyno may be fitted without structural alterations.
The Motor Cycle, November 1922
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