British Motorcycles

Motorcycles at the 1922 Olympia Show

NOVEMBER 30th, 1922. Page 756
The Olympia Show.


Stand 92.

So far as solo mounts are concerned, the chief specialities of the Mohawk Cycle Co. are a 293 c.c. J.A.P.-engined machine and a 350 c.c. sports model, both fitted with Sturmey-Archer two-speed gear boxes. A standard 350 c.c. machine has chain transmission.

Passenger enthusiasts have not been neglected, since the company also produces a useful 680 c.c. J.A.P.-engined sidecar model fitted with a three-speed gear and chain transmission.

  • Mohawk

    Stand 93. Particularly neat frame design and a number of examples of fully enclosed chain transmission are the chief characteristics of the Diamond motor cycles.

    The chain cases are commendably clean in appearance, and instead of detracting from, probably add to, the beauty of the machine.

    J.A.P., Villiers, and Barr and Stroud engines are employed.

  • Diamond

    Stand 95.

    For many years Lea-Francis motor cycles have enjoyed a reputation for very excellent finish and, while retaining this trait for 1923, they have been thoroughly modernised, particularly the frame design.

    Two models only are specialised on, both being fitted with V twin M.A.G. engines, and both suitable for solo or sidecar work. Although the two are alike in some respects, they differ considerably in specification. The smaller (495 c.c.) machine has a Lea-Francis three-speed gear box, Druid forks, and 26x2½in. tyres, while the larger (592 c.c.) has a Burman gear box, Brampton forks, and 26 x 3in. tyres.

  • Lea-Francis

    Stand 94.

    In view of the discussion regarding noisy motor cycles, it is notable that great attention has been paid to the silencing of the New Imperial sports models, but otherwise little change has been found necessary. The chief single-cylinder models are 248 c.c. sports, 293 c.c. light touring, and 348 c.c. sports and touring. A special sidecar which is remarkable for its roominess and comfort has been evolved for the last mentioned model.

    Some improvements have also been made in the big twins, which now have loop frames on similar lines to the light-weights.

    New Imperial for 1923


    Stand 96.

    Famous throughout the world for excellent finish, solidity and reliability, the B.S.A. is made by a company that is not content to rest upon its laurels. It has introduced an entirely new 493 c.c. sports model with mechanical lubrication, as well as a 349 c.c. machine, which is to a certain extent a small edition of the first named. Both models are chain driven, and great attention has been paid to mudguarding, legshields being included in the equipment of the 349 c.c. machine.

  • BSA
  • The Motor Cycle, November 1922

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