Campion Motorcycles

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Campion Motorcycles 1920/1921 Season

8 h.p. Campion 1920

This 8 h.p. Campion outfit is shown, but will in the near future be discontinued in favour of the new two-seated "taxi" type.
N.B. Same image used to illustrate 1922 Campion article in The Motor Cycle

Olympia Show 1920

Campion. (Stand 163a.)

  • 8 h.p. J.A.P.; 85.5x85 mm. (£86 c.c.); V twin four-stroke; side-by-side valves; drip feed lubrication; Amac carburetter; Lucas Magdyno; three-speed Sturmey-Archer gear; enclosed chain drive; Dunlop 28x3in. tyres. Price without side-car £140.

Campion Cycle Co., Ltd., Robin Hood Street, Nottingham; and Nottingham Motor Cycle Taxi Co., Byard Lane, Nottingham.

Although these two firms (in conjunction) intend their vehicle primarily to be a sidecar-taxi outfit, there is no doubt that the luxurious two-seater here staged will appeal in addition to the family man. Another standard Campion outfit of last year's specification is shown; but, as this type is being discontinued, we will confine our description to the two-seater. Regarding the motor cycle itself, a Magdyno is standard; and the rear chain rims in an oil bath gear case, which , is different from, and probably neater than, any similar fitment on exhibition. This quality of neatness is gained by the central portion being cut away after the manner of several pedal cycle gear cases. Through the rectangular space thus formed, the rear sidecar connection reaches the lower back stay. Of polished aluminium, the chain case appears to be much narrower and smaller than usual; hut perhaps this impression is furthered by the very massive rear band brake casing. Two independent bands act on this drum - one operated by a hand lever, very like the Sturmey gear lever, and the other by a large pedal.

All three wheels are quickly detachable and interchangeable. The engine is lubricated by a sight drip feed, surplus oil from the cranky case finding its way into the primary and rear chain cases. With the hood in position, the sidecar passenger feels as if he were in a large car. All on, this very elaborate outfit sells at about £250.

Olympia Show, 1920

The Motor Cycle, December 2nd, 1920.