British Motorcycles

Motorcycles at the 1922 Olympia Show

NOVEMBER 23rd, 1922. Page 759
Forecast and Guide to Olympia.


Stand 107

It is not difficult to discover the reason, or reasons, for the great popularity of the 976 c.c. Enfield sidecar outfit. Not only is it moderately priced, but it has a high road performance, an attribute helped by a light and simple two-speed gear, instead of the more common but heavier three or four-speed box. The average man, who does not wish to climb freak hills, does not notice the absence of a third ratio.

Innovations for next year are a foot-operated front brake and a locking device for the rear brake. The tools are now accessibly carried in a wallet on the side-car door.

No extra charge is made for a kick-starter on the 225 c.c. two-stroke, which is retained in its touring and sporting forms.

  • Royal Enfield

    Stand 108.

    Recent successes at Brooklands have proved that the new Bradbury is speedy as well as reliable. The lines of the machine have been greatly improved, and are now really attractive.

    Three principal models are: a 350 c.c. single, a 554 c.c. single, and a 749 c.c. twin. All these have four-stroke engines made throughout by Bradbury and Co., Ltd. It is also worthy of note that the silencing arrangements have received careful study.

  • Bradbury

    Stand 109.

    One of the chief novelties of the Beardmore range of machines is a 345 c.c. four-stroke with side by side valves, and an outside flywheel.

    There is also a 500 c.c. machine equipped with a modification of the T.T. engine, eminently suitable for fast solo riding. The 598 c.c. big single remains largely unaltered.

    Pressed steel construction has been a feature of Beardmore-Precision motor cycles during the last four years, and it is now even further developed as the back stays are steel pressings in the latest models.

  • Beardmore Precision

    Stand 110.

    Pronounced successes in important competitions continued to go to Sunbeam motor cycles during 1922, as in previous years, but even had Sunbeam riders abstained absolutely from trials and races there are enough features of note on the design of the machines to attract crowds to this stand at Olympia.

    Furthermore, there is a new 347 c.c. machine to attract the man who considers, 500 c.c. too much. The engine may be described as a replica of the long-stroke T.T. unit. Two types will be shown a roadster with footboards, totally enclosed chains and touring gears, and a sporting model with footrests, aluminium piston, higher compression, close ratio gears, and a guard over the rear chain.

    The 492 c.c, two 499 c.c, 596 c.c, and 976 c.c. models remain unaltered.

  • Sunbeam
  • The Motor Cycle, November 1922

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