Spartan Motorcycles

Wallis and James of Nottingham

Spartan were motorcycles produced between 1920 and 1921. The marque had been previously sold under the Welland B name and was a conventional machine. Engines used were the 348cc sv Blackburne, 269cc Villiers or 349cc Broler three-port two-stroke, coupled to an Albion two-speed gearbox with belt final-drive.

The Spartan 350 c.c. Lightweight.

Previously known as the Welland B. and the Broler, the Spartan is essentially the same machine under a different name. A 350 c.c. Broler engine is utilised as power unit, driving through an Albion two-speed gear box with clutch and kick starter. Doubl row ball bearings are fitted to the countershaft and big end of this engine, which is a cleanly designed two-stroke of the conventional three-port type. Band and belt rim brakes both act on the rear wheel. A light sidecar outfit to the same specification is also marketed. Although not very familiar in open competitions, the Spartan made a commendable performance in both the Leicester two-stroke trial and the more recent Leicester M.C.C. Pascal Cup event. The concessionaires are Messrs. Wallis and James, of Northhampton.

The Motor Cycle December 16th, 1920

Sources: Graces Guide, The Motor Cycle, Nick Smith.

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