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British Motorcycles

Motorcycles at the 1922 Olympia Show

NOVEMBER 30th, 1922. Page 843
The Olympia Show.

HARLEY-DAVIDSON. (34.)

Big American Twins.

9.89 H.P. MODEL.

84.1x88.9 mm. (989 c.c.); V twin cyl. four-stroke; overhead inlet valve; mechanical lubrication; Schebler carb.; gear-driven mag.; 3-sp. gear; clutch and kick-starter; all chain drive; 28x3in. tyres. Price: With Sidecar, £139 15s. (with full electric equipment).

Harley-Davidson Motor Co., Ltd., 74, Newman Street, London, W.l.

Although several improvements have been made to the standard Harley-Davidson sidecar outfit, the chief point of interest is undoubtedly the new price. In past years American machines have not unnaturally tended to cost appreciably more than British products in the same class; for next year the Harley compares favourably with anything else in the building on a price basis alone, and its reputation for power and speed places it in a high position among the big twin sidecar outfits.

Detail improvements have been made in the mechanical oil-pump (now a detachable unit) , in the fork springing (now embodying double the number of springs), in the weather-proofness of the rear hubs, and even in such a comparatively insignificant items as the suspension of the rear lamp.

Conforming to the same specification generally is the "oversize" 1,208 c.c. model shown solo at £120, and with a new two-seater sidecar and full electric equipment at £157 5s.

Acetylene equipped touring and exceedingly attractive sporting 989 c.c. outfits are also on view at £135.

5.84 H.P. Model.

69.8x76.2 mm. (584 c.c); Flat-twin cyl. four-stroke; side valves; mechanical lubrication; Scliebler carb.; gear-driven mag.; 3-sp, gear; clutch and kick-starter; gear and chain drive; 26x3in tyres. Price: Solo, £105.

Interesting as representing the American ideal of a "light" solo machine as well as for its proved silky running and controllability, the flat-twin Harley is little altered. Only one example is staged, and here again full electrical equipment, including horn, is supplied for the moderate price stated.

On the electrical Harleys the magneto is dispensed with entirely.

ECONOMIC. (45.)

Friction-driven Miniature.

2 H.P. Model.

52.5x38.5 mm. (165 c.c); flat twin cyl. two-stroke; petroil lubrication; own make carb.; flywheel mag.; variable-sp. gear; no clutch or kick-starter; friction and beltdrive; 26 x 2¼in. tyres. Price £28 17s.

The Eynsford Engineering Co., Ltd., Primrose Works, Eynsford, Kent.

The Economic miniature has frankly been designed and built...

Continued: Economic Motorcycles

HENDERSON. (123.)

Four Cylinders, Three Speeds and Reverse.

ll.5 H.P. Model.

68.3x89 mm. (1,301 c.c); four cyl. four-stroke; side valves; mechanical lubrication; Zenith carb.; gear-driven mag.; 3-sp. gear; clutch and kick-starter; chain drive; 27x3½in. tyres. Price; Solo, £137; with Sidecar, £163 5s.

Melchior, Armstrong and Dessau, 15, Newman Street, London, W.l.

The four-cylinder Henderson has gradually developed during late years into one of the most compact and luxurious machines on the road. The principal alterations of this elaborate layout consist of additional finning over the exhaust ports; as each port was already provided with a separate branch pipe over 12in. in length, there is no doubt about the efficiency of the scavenging. The transmission has been further silenced by the incorporation of a spiral bevel in the primary drive to the gear box. Lubricators are now fitted to both hubs.

The Coupette sidecar is one of the handsomest and cosiest in the Show. A curved three-ply hood, with talc side windows, is hinged to disappear completely into the body at will. When raised, it joins a one-piece three-sided celluloid windscreen, so that the interior is completely windproof. The Henderson is the only motor cycle at the Show offered with a reverse gear; it is an optional addition.

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