The 1920 Olympia Show.
Connaught. (Stand 95.)
The Bordesley Engineering Co., Ltd., Birmingham.
Quite the most attractive exhibit of the Connaught stand is the fascinating little sidecar outfit, for the performance of which we can vouch after an extended road test. Our readers will remember that the Connaught, which was a pioneer among two-strokes, has always embodied a combined inlet and exhaust manifold so that the incoming charge is well warmed. The engine is well constructed with ample bearing surfaces and drives by chain to a two-speed countershaft gear with handle-bar controlled clutch and kick-starter. This primary chain is protected by a neat cast aluminium cover. Final drive is by belt.
A metal shield prevents oily vapour spreading from the release valve, and the oil measure is now carried in a convenient position on the sidecar chassis. Neat and light is the little sidecar attached to the machine, which provides a wonderful amount of room for the passenger in spite of its apparently small outside dimension. The body is suspended on long leaf springs both fore and aft.
A similar machine can be supplied as a solo mount with or without clutch and kick-starter, while, in addition to this range, is a miniature machine with 24in. wheels and direct belt drive. This little machine is particularly suitable for ladies or young folk, since it is light and the essence of simplicity. A feature of Connaught two-strokes is the wonderfully economical consumption results which can be obtained by the ordinary rider without special tuning.
The Motor Cycle, December 2nd, 1920.
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