NOVEMBER 23rd, 1922. Page 767
The Olympia Show.
Quite one of the most attractive of the heavy 1923 crop of miniatures is the 170 c.c. Omega, which has a well designed two-stroke engine, made by the manufacturers of the machine. Two examples will be staged, one with a two-speed gear box and clutch.
Four of the now well known 350 c c duplex-frame two-stroke lightweights, one with a suitable sidecar, will also be on exhibition, the points of difference being in gears and transmission.
Finally, there will be a 292 c.c. J.A.P.-engined utility mount.
Prices, solo, range from £25 to £69
Introduced almost exactly a year ago, the McKenzie lightweight made its first appearance before the public in an A.C.U. observed trial, in which it acquitted itself creditably. Since that time it has increased enormously in popularity.
Several modifications have been made to this model as a result of experience obtained during the past year with a very large output. Among these is an improved frame, which, however, is still of the loop type; it is more convenient for lady cyclists.
A new McKenzie has been designed fitted with the same 169 c.c. engine, but built on true motor-cycle lines. This engine is built into a motor cycle frame with a straight top tube, has a two-speed gear box, Druid forks, 24x2 in. tyres, weighs 120 lb., and costs £33 18s. complete with all accessories.
Built in one of the largest continental small-arm factories, F.N. products are famed for their excellent design, good material, and lasting qualities. The 748 c.c. four-cylinder is a machine which is built entirely on car lines, equipped with an engine which was entirely re-designed last year, and includes the very latest car practice, such as overhead inlet valves and mechanical lubrication. The single-cylinder 286 c.c. model, the engine of which is placed across the frame, also has propeller shaft transmission, and remains unaltered.
Extending from a. 211 c.c. two-stroke to a 1,098 c.c. three-wheeler of advanced design, the New Hudson range has been made still more representative by the introduction of two solo singles in the 350 c.c. and 500 c.c. classes respectively.
The engines of the new models are designed for efficiency with long life, and have plain bearings throughout. An interesting constructional detail is that the oil and petrol tanks are entirely separate members. Neatly guarded chain transmission, via a three-speed gear box, is employed, and internal expanding brakes are fitted to front and rear wheels. In. appearance both models, which are very much alike, leave little to be desired.
One or two detail refinements (including a new silencer) have been made to the popular 595 c.c. sidecar, which is now additionally obtainable in an attractive sporting form.
The Motor Cycle, November 1922
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