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Motorcycles at the 1909 Stanley Show

The 33rd Stanley Show was held at the Royal Agricultural Hall, Islington, November 19th-27th 1909.

A.S.L., No. 142.

3½ h.p. Model: 80 x 90 mm.; m.o.i.v.; Bosch b.b. magneto; B. and B. carburetter, h.b.c.; 3¾ to 1 gear; 2¼ in. Shamrock-Excelsior tyres; V-belt transmission.

Air Springs, Ltd., Kingsway, W.C.

The A.S.L. machine is new to the show, and also to many readers of The Motor Cycle. The firm, however, have decided to market two models of their spring frame motor cycle for 1910, and splendidly finished specimens are staged on their stand at the show. The spring frame enables small sized wheels to be used without any undue vibration being noticed. Of course, the advantage of small wheels, as most readers know, is to lower the centre of gravity, and thus increase the stability of the machine on grease...

Continued: ASL Motorcycles

The Motor Cycle, November 22nd 1909, page 926


3 ½ h.p. Model : 84 x 86 mm.; m.o.i.v.; Simms magneto; Amac carburetter, h.b.c; single gears; Dunlop 26 x 2¼in. tyres; rubber belt transmission.

Minstrel and Rea Cycle Co., Ltd., Birmingham. — A well-built and substantial modern motor bicycle, which is shown for the first time, is exhibited by the above firm, known as the Calthorpe...

Continued: Calthorpe 1909

CLYNO,No. 260.

The 3-3½ h.p. Clyno is a nice looking machine on standard lines, with the engine in a vertical position forward of the bottom bracket. The magneto is carried forward of the engine close against the front mudguard, and is driven by gearing enclosed in an aluminium case. Chater-Lea spring forks are fitted, and tyres of very ample dimensions are installed. Both brakes take effect on the rear wheel, the hand brake acting on the tyre rim and the foot brake on the belt rim. The lubricating pump is carried at the forward end of the petrol tank, which is provided with a gauge.

A special point in the construction of this machine is that the engine, carburetter, magneto, silencer, and footrests form a complete independent unit, which can be detached by removal of two bolts. The Clyno patent adjustable pulley is used, which gives a fairly wide range of gear, and is operated in a very simple manner...

Continued: Clyno 1910 Models

GRANDEX, No. 107.

2½ h.p. Model: 70 x 76 mm.; a.o.i.v.; Simms magneto; B. and B. carburetter, h.b.c. ; 5½ to 1 gear; 2in. tyres to order; V-belt transmission.

Grandex Cycle Co., 28, Grays Inn Rd., W.C.

This is a neat little lightweight motor cycle of good design shown for the first time.

Continued: Grandex

The Motor Cycle, November 22nd 1909 Page 915


2½ h.p. Model: 69 x 78 mm.; m.o.i.v.; Bosch H.T. magneto; automatic carburetter, h.b.c.; Michelin or Dunlop tyres; V-belt transmission.

HOBART Bird and Co., Ltd., Coventry.

This new motor cycle is an extremely light, simple, and, as its name implies, handy machine. The engine is placed over and slightly forward of the bottom bracket, and is inclined at an angle of forty-five degrees with the horizontal, the gills on the cylinders being cast horizontally. Both the valves are on the right-hand side, and are equal sized and interchangeable. The carburetter is placed above the crank chamber, between the cylinder head and the magneto, which is attached to the upper side of the aluminium crank chamber, where it is driven by enclosed gearing from the mainshaft. The carburetter has an extra air valve, easily operated from the saddle, and is of an entirely automatic type, specially made for this machine.
Continued: Hobart

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HUMBER, No. 97.

3½ h.p. Model: 83 x 90 mm.; m.o.i.v.; Bosch b.b. magneto; Brown and Barlow carburetter, h.b.c.; 4½ to 1 gears (adjustable); 2¼ in. Dunlop tyres; V-belt transmission.

HUMBER, Ltd., Coventry.

The new pattern belt-driven Humber motor bicycles have not been altered materially from last year's design, but many improvements have been made in detail. The single-geared model is fitted with pedalling gear, but in other respects it is similar to the two-speed machine, which we will describe hereafter. It needs but a close examination to prove that the 1910 pattern Humber machines have received very careful attention at the hands of its designers. They are splendidly-finished models, and are complete with every necessity the present-day motor cyclist desires, such as spring forks, long handle-bars swept well back, adjustable pulley, stand, and carrier.

Continued: Humber 1909-1919

The Motor Cycle, November 22nd 1909 pp915, 916


3½ h.p. Model: 84x86 mm.; m.o.i.v.; Bosch b.b. magneto; Amac carburetter, h.b.c.; 4 to 1 gear (adjustable); 2¼ in. Clincher rubber-studded tyres; V-belt transmission.

East London Rubber Co., Great Eastern Street, E.C.

This machine is a good sample of the latest design in motor cycles. It possesses no really new features, with the exception of the spring forks. It is substantially and well made, and likely to give thorough satisfaction in road use. The magneto (which is chain driven) is carried on a special bracket in front of the crank case, the forward end being supported by a rod from the down tube. The special type of spring fork permits a vertical movement for the front wheel. Broadly, it consists of a plunger working against a strong encased spring. Its operation and neat appearance will be gathered from the sketch. The new pattern Amac carburetter with variable jet is used on this machine.

Continued... Kerry-Abingdon 1909-1910

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L.M.C. No. 71.

3½ h.p. Model: 85 mm. x 88 mm.; m.o.i.v.; Bosch magneto; Brown and Barlow carburetter, h.b.c.; Lloyd variable pulley and free engine; Clincher tyres; V-belt transmission.

Lloyd Motor Eng. Co., Monument Road, Birmingham.

The exhibit of the above company is of particular interest. The chief novelty for 1910 is a distinct improvement in Lloyd's variable free engine pulley. Our readers will remember that this pulley is put into operation by wedging apart the flange with the aid of a phosphor bronze wheel. This wheel is now operated by means of a lever working in a quadrant, which gives the low, high, and neutral position.

Continued... Lloyd (L.M.C.) Motorcycles for 1910

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The Moto-Reve Co., 138, Gray's Inn Road, W.C.

No. 87, Main Hall.

The well-known twin-cylinder 2 h.p. Moto-Rêve motor bicycle, which has created so favourable an impression since it was first introduced into this country, will be improved in detail for 1910. A new type of carburetter will be fitted, which adds greatly to the flexibility of the engine, and enables the machine to pick up with wonderful rapidity. The handle-bar control will be slightly improved, and a new filter will be fitted.

Continued... Moto Reve

The Motor Cycle November 8th, 1909. Page 862

MOTOSACOCHE, Ltd., 65, Holborn Viaduct, E.G.

No. 102, Main Hall.

The stand of Motosacoche, Ltd., will present an interesting exhibit to the Stanley Show visitor. The Motosacoche may be referred to as the pioneer of lightweight motor bicycles, as it was the first of its kind ever to compete in open competition on equal terms with more powerful machines. Next year the standard single-cylinder will have a bore and stroke of 62 x 75 mm., the stroke being 5 mm. longer than last year. There is no separate combustion chamber, as the cylinder is cast in one piece, and there is much more clearance for the belt. The total weight of the machine with stand and fully equipped toolbag is 82 lbs.

Another interesting point regarding the new model is that it may be fitted with either the round or V belt transmission, and a rider may employ whichever method he prefers merely by changing the pulleys. With the round belt drive a free engine device may be fitted for a very small extra sum; and another extra which is not an extravagant one is the new adjustable pulley. The fastener on the round belt has been greatly improved...

Continued... Motosacoche UK

The Motor Cycle November 8th 1909, page 862

N.L.G., No. 125.

North London Garage, Corsica Street, N.

N.L.G. motor cycles have built up a name for themselves by their fine performances on the Brooklands track. On the other hand, these machines are not only built for racing purposes, but are constructed as excellent touring mounts to customers' desires. Three different types of machines are shown on the stand, all of them having torpedo tanks, handle-bar control, and footrests or footboards. Two models of single-cylinder machines are shown, but they are precisely the same in construction, the only difference being that one has a new Peugeot m.o.i.v. 84 x 86 engine fitted, and the other a 3½ h.p. side by side valve J.A.P. Spring forks are fitted to order, as well as carriers and other fittings; in fact, one of the specialities of the N.L.G. Co. is to build up racing or touring machines to motor cyclists' own specifications.

Continued... NLG Motorcycles

The Motor Cycle, November 22nd 1909, Page 920.

NORTON, No. 86.

3½ h.p. Model: 82 x 94 mm.; a.o.i.v.; Simms magneto; Brown and Barlow carburetter, h.b.c.; fixed gears; Clincher tyres.

Norton Mfg. Co., Ltd., Floodgate Street, Birmingham.

The Norton motor bicycle remains practically unaltered for the coming season. One or two interesting improvements in detail have been embodied. One of these is the new exhaust lifter, which consists of a sleeve slipped over the exhaust lifter guide, on which there is a lug. A long arm hinged on one of the crank case bolts works underneath against this, thus lifting the valve in a particularly neat manner.

Three Norton machines are shown of standard length, and a specially short touring model is also exhibited. The design of the silencer is worthy of inspection, and is a distinct novelty, as the latter is practically of aluminium, the ends of which are turned over and clamped together. The Norton Mfg. Co. also show the new Simplex belt, consisting of chains, to the links of which V-shaped slips of leather are attached.

Continued... Norton

The Motor Cycle, November 22nd, 1909. Page 920

The N.S.U. Motor Co., Great Portland Street, W.

(No. 264, Gallery).

The N.S.U. Motor Co. will occupy the same stand as before in the Gallery, on which about eighteen of their well-known machines will be open to inspection. At least two new models will make their debut on the occasion of the Stanley Show, among which we may mention a 4 h.p. single-cylinder, 82 x 105 mm., illustrated on page 837 last week.

Another new model will be the 4 h.p. two-cylinder, 64 x 85 mm., fitted with geared down engine pulley, thus enabling almost equal size belt pulleys to be used. As in the case of the 4 h.p. model, the magneto is carried behind the rear cylinder...

Continued: NSU Motorcycles (Great Britain)

Templeton Bros., 535, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow

(No. 258, Gallery).

A Tee Bee lightweight motor bicycle showing a number of special fitments will be exhibited on this stand. The following additions to a smart set of accessories for motor cycles have been made for 1910. Silencer, foot attachment for operating two-speed gear, spring forks on an entirely new principle, and spring seat-pillar also new in design suitable for high or low machines. The riding position can be varied. Templeton Bros, will also show F.R.S. lamps, D'All belt fasteners, Cowey speedometer, etc., for which they are special agents.

The Motor Cycle November 15th, 1909. Page 895

More information: Templeton Brothers

WOLF, No. 54.

Wolf Engineering Co., Ltd., Wolverhampton.

No less than seven different models of motor bicycles are shown by the above company. Standard Model A is a 1½ h.p., 63 X 66 mm., single-cylinder, accumulator and coil ignition, Stevens carburetter, 6 to 1 gear, rigid frame and forks, sold at a very moderate price. It is fitted with round belt.

Standard Model B is a 2½ h.p., similar to the above, but with Bosch magneto, round belt, weight 80 lbs. The Royal Model A, fitted with the same size engine, accumulator ignition, with one hand and one foot brake instead of two rim brakes, weight 83 lbs. The Royal Model B, fitted with a similar engine, with Bosch magneto, weight 85 lbs. To the above Druid spring forks are fitted as an extra.

Continued: Wolf Models for 1910

ZENITH, No. 127.

3½ h.p. Model: 85 x 88 mm.; m.o.i.v.; Bosch b.b. magneto; B. and B. carburetter, h.b.c.; infinitely variable gears; 2¼ in. Clincher N.S. tyres; V-belt transmission.

Zenith Motors, Ltd., Weybridge.

The 1910 model Zenith has been redesigned throughout and is a great improvement on the 1909 model both in the matter of design of the frame and the operation of the infinitely variable gear. The engine used is one made by Zenith Motors, Ltd., and ha a ball bearing mainshaft and very large valves. A diamond frame is now used very much on the lines of the ordinary motor cycle frame, which spells increased strength. It will be gathered from the illustration...

Continued: Zenith Models for 1910

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