British Motorcycles

New Comet Motorcycles

A Brief History of the Marque
See under Haden

A Lady's Sidecar Outfit.

Open Frame and Protected Transmission are Features of the New Comet.

FITTED with a Climax engine of 70 x 76 mm. bore and stroke (292 c.c.) and a two-speed Albion gear box, with clutch and kick starter, the latest model New Comet is specially intended for ladies' use. A semi-open frame and well-guarded transmission are features that will appeal to the fair sex, while the absence of an outside flywheel obviates another possible chance of damage to skirts and long coats.

Aluminium foot plates, Druid forks, 24in. X 2 1/4in. Dunlop tyres and excellent mud guarding are included in the specification. Attached to this neat little machine is a light, but sturdy, coach-built sidecar, suspended on C springs at the rear and coil springs in front. The chassis is somewhat unusual, and a straight tube, parallel with the cycle frame, extends from the dropped axle to the head of the machine, where it is fixed to a short horizontal bar. The toolbag is mounted on the long side member. After a few miles on the road we are in a position to state that this little outfit is admirably suited for runabout purposes or for shopping trips. The plucky little engine will pull its full load up reasonable hills on top gear, and low gear is sufficient for all normal work.

Some Good Performances.

It will be recalled that the Climax engined New Comet has several sidecar records to its credit, which proves the power and reliability of the engine, one of the main features of which is the fact that, unlike the majority of two-strokes, inside flywheels are fitted. This accounts for the absence of "ring," so noticeable with most outside flywheel engines. Smooth running and silence are good features of the little outfit, while the finish of the outfit is in black enamel relieved with gold lines, the tank being decorated accordingly. The primary driving chain is enclosed in a polished aluminium case, which also enhances the appearance, and at 87 guineas complete the proposition is quite attractive.

The Motor Cycle, OCTOBER 27th, 1921

New Comet, New Zealand
New Comet, New Zealand

Sat Jan 15 2011
1924 New Comet
New Comet 147cc Villiers
Looking for an image of the New Comet logo or the style it is written so I can finish my New Comet tank. The two images are my bike as found, it needs the bottom tank tube removed and the tank lengthened back to its original size. The other photo is another bike that survives in NZ, but did not have the original script on its tank to copy, so was apparently done to suit.
Cheers for any info or a good photo of what is needed.
New Zealand

Many thanks, like I said, I lost all these images with my computers expiration, really pleased to see them again. Since we talked last I have sent a picture of my New Comet to a man who is the Grandson of the original builder of New Comets (he is also writing a book on the subject), he has confirmed that the bikes in New Zealand are indeed that marque. If you want to go ahead and put the images in your New Comet page, you will indeed have the correct motorcycles under the New Comet brand.

From what I have been told, the son of New Comet's designer, Mr Haden, came to New Zealand and married here. It was him who imported and sold these bikes in New Zealand in the 1920's.

There are 3 left in this country (same model), mine was modified by the farmer who owned it when he cut the tank down shorter and also shortened and bent the top tube down so that his son could ride it!

I have not heard of any other New Comet's of this era left in existence, but would be happy to know if there were others left, especially as I need a good close up picture of the tank insignia or how New Comet was written on the tank.
Many thanks,
Kerry Griffiths.

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