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Connaught Motorcycles

Connaught Motorcycles 1920

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2½ h.p. Connaught 1920

An early two-stroke in its modern form, the 2½ h.p. Connaught with Sturmey-Archer gear box.

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Connaught Two-stroke 1920

The new Connaught machines are fitted with a sound-proof, cast aluminium cover, enclosing the chain drive from the engine to the countershaft. Observe the heel brake, which, is easily "found" by the foot on the footboard.
The Connaught cylinder, showing combined exhaust and inlet manifold.

The 1920 Olympia Show.

Connaught. (Stand 95.)

  • 2½ h.p.; 73x70 mm. (293 c.c.); single-cylinder two-stroke; petroil lubrication; B. and B. carburetter; E.I.C. chain-driven magneto; two-speed Sturmey-Archer gear; chain and belt drive; Dunlop 26x25in. tyres. Price with sidecar £100.

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.

Olympia Show, 1920

The Motor Cycle, December 2nd, 1920.



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