Hobart-Coventry Motorcycles

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Hobart Motorcycles for 1914


THE latest model Hobart two-stroke is a very much more complete machine than the previous baby lightweight, and is neat in appearance and workmanlike in design. The company has undergone some modification, and Mr. F. Starr, the present manager, is an enthusiastic motor cyclist, and one of the type who regularly uses the firm's products as well as undertaking the business part of the proposition.

The new machine is fitted with the latest type of Villiers 70x70 mm. two-stroke engine, which drives through the medium of a chain, and a Roc two-speed countershaft gear, though a single-geared model is obtainable.

The engine is lubricated through a had to the inlet pipe between the engine and the carburetter, the oil being fed by means of the latest pattern of Benton and Stone sight feed drip which is fitted with a special device allowing a free flow of oil if desired.

Strong and Neat.

A very neat and substantial frame contains the power unit, and weight has not been cut down where strength is necessary, though the complete article scales well under 150 lb. Comfort has been carefully studied, and the pan saddle fitted is the result of practical experience, which proves that light machines are even more in need of such a device than heavy types. 25x2in. tyres are employed, and each mudguard is fitted with short side valances, the rider's feet being accommodated by long aluminium footboards. It is probable that an Everest carburetter will be standardised, as exceptional economy is claimed with this device, but at the time of writing the question has not been decided.

Finished in black with a wide gold line on the tank, the machine is pleasing to the eye, and with an excellent equipment, including metal enclosed pannier tool bags, it is good value at 32 guineas. The single-geared model is listed at 27 guineas.

The Motor Cycle, December 17th, 1914. pp683, 684.

Engine - 2¼ h.p. two-stroke, 225 c.c.
Iqnition - Ruthardt magneto, enclosed drive.
Carburetter - Senspray or Amac.
Transmission - Dunlop ¾ in. belt.
Dimensions - Height of saddle from ground, 29½in. Ground clearance, 6¼in. Wheelbase, 48in.
Lubrication - Oil mixed with petrol.
Other Features - Druid patent forks. Moseley tyres.
Price - 25 guineas.

Hobart Bird and Co., Ltd., Coventry.

British Lightweights, 1914