Australian & NZ Motorcycles

Aussi-Also Motorcycles

Manufacture was planned by Russell, Walsh & Hitchcock of Sale.

Australia Enters the Manufacturing Field.

Two Motor Cycles produced in the Antipodes,

By Our Australian Correspondent.

AUSTRALIA is to produce its own motor cycles. True, only a few firms have started to make machines, but if they are successful others are bound to follow suit, and a field for export trade will gradually be lost to both American and British manufacturers. One of the Australian produced machines is known as the Aussi-Also, is all-Australian, and the price mentioned in its connection is so low that without doubt it would have a strong appeal with British motor cyclists.

The machine has shaft drive, a large four-stroke engine, and sells at £60. In laying out the machine the designers have certaily departed from the accepted practice of both Great Britain and America, although externally the products of the latter country have been followed. Mechanically, the machine breaks new ground by having the gear box embodied in the crank case of the two-stroke engine, and by driving with a shaft and worm.

A Large Two-stroke.

The machine was on view in the exhibition of Australian Industry. It is advertised as designed by Australians, built by Australians, for Australians. The engine is a large two-stroke, about [?]h.p. by English rating, but it is claimed develop 7 h.p. This type of engine is adopted for its simplicity, as the average "Aussie" is a slap-dash individual not accustomed to fine machinery. The crank case incorporates the clutch and two-speed gear, the whole of these moving parts therefore running in oil. The engine and gear box unit is placed longitudinally in the frame, and the drive is taken from the layshaft of the two-speed gear to the rear wheel by shaft via a universal joint ; it is therefore unaffected by wet when fording streams. The final drive is by enclosed worm gear (via another universal joint).

Close Gear Ratios.

The clutch is of the cone type, Raybestos lined, of very generous dimensions, and the two-speed gear is of the constant mesh, dog clutch variety. The top ratio is 4¼ to 1, and the second 6¼ to 1. This is one of the few points open to criticism in the machine. A lower second gear ratio would seem advisable, especially if a side-car is to be fitted. It must be noted, however, that this model is not designed for sidecar work, a more powerful model with twin cylinders arranged tandem fashion (car practice again) being in process of evolution for this purpose.

The Delco system of combined lighting and ignition is fitted as standard, the dynamo taking the place of a magneto.

The present price of the machine is £60, which, if it can be maintained, should cause English manufacturers with their present high prices to look to their laurels. A large factory for mass production has been erected, but labour troubles at present prevent it working to its full capacity, and delivery cannot be promised within four months of date of order.

(The second part of the article is about the Pasco)

Source: The Motor Cycle, July 29th, 1920. Page 133

No little interest is being manifested in motor-cycling circles in an all-Australian built machine to which has been given the name "Aussie-Also." It was designed and is manufactured in Melbourne, and pos-sesses many points of interest. The engine is of the two-stroke type, with a bore of 3in. and a stroke of 4in. developing 7-h.p. The transmission is first to an enclosed cone clutch, thence through a two-speed gear-box to a final shaft and worm drive, which is guaranteed for 5,000 miles. The ratios of the gears are 4¼ to 1 on top, and 6¼ to 1 on low. The electrical equipment (generator) supplies ignition and lighting, but a magneto will be fitted if desired. Although the machine has 28in. wheels (and 3in. tyres) it is low-built, with a long wheel base, which should make for easy riding, while the general design shows simplicity. The most interesting feature just now perhaps is the comparatively low price at which it is listed, practically at about half of the usual figure for machines of the same power.

Source: The Australasian Sat 13 Dec 1919 Page 31
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