All Types of Solo Singles up to 350 c.c. Capacity.
HOBART lightweights for 1922 embody no startling changes, but at the same time several important alterations and additions will be made, so that the range includes practically every type of solo machine with an engine of less than 350 c.c.
Change of Engines.
In future all the two-stroke models will be fitted with Morris engines, which, incidentally, have made some most meritorious performances in one or two of the difficult trials of 1921. With this power unit, the Hobart may be obtained with direct belt drive, a plain two-speed gear box, or a Sturmey-Archer two-speed with clutch and kickstarter. In the latter form it will be sold as an "all on" model, the lighting equipment being a B.T.H. Sparklight.
Next there is a 293 c.c. J.A.P.-engined mount, also with a two-speed Sturmey gear and kick-starter and final belt drive. 25x2¼ in. tyres are substituted for the 26x2 in. size on the two-strokes.
Another final belt drive model has a 2¾ h.p. (350 c.c.) Blackburne engine, and either a two or lightweight three-speed Sturmey gear box; and at the top of the scale there is au all-chain drive 350 c.c. J.A.P.-engined machine, which gives one the impression of being an especially attractive solo mount. Although a two-speed gear box is also optional in this case, we should imagine that the three-speed (Sturmey) model will probably make the greater appeal to the soloist's taste. Such items on the specification as Brampton double vertical spring type forks, dummy belt rim compensating brakes on both wheels, and a B.T.H, Sparklight ignition and lighting set speak for themselves. A sidecar has been specially designed for this model.
Excepting the last-mentioned, all the models may be fitted with the well-known Hobart spring frame. No alteration has been deemed necessary to this simple and efficient frame.
2¾ H.P. Model.
70x90 mm. (346 c.c): single cyl. four-stroke; side valves; sight-feed lubrication; Amac carb.; chain-driven mag.; 3-sp. gear; clutch and kick-starter; all-chain drive; 26x2¼in, tyres. Price : Solo, £72.
HOBART Cycle Co., Ltd., Coventry.
Hobart has long been an honoured name in the lightweight world, and although proprietary engines are employed - a J.A.P. in this case and Blackburne in others - they show the result of this specialisation very clearly.
The specified model is a sporting type, and has the super-sports engine.
Other prices for the 250-350 c.c. machines extend upwards from £56.
1¾ H.P. Model.
A welcome addition is the new Hobart Junior with 170 c.c. engine. It is certain to find favour with those who are looking for a neat, practical, and reliable machine that is really light.
A light type of Brampton fork with central tension spring is fitted, and the cylindrical form of the tank gives a most pleasing appearance to the machine, suggesting that a special study has been made of providing the utmost accommodation in the smallest possible space. The Albion two-speed gear box is standardised. The miniature may be obtained, either as a sports or a touring machine, variation being provided in the position and inclination of footrests and handlebars.
1922 Olympia Show
The Motor Cycle, 30th November 1922. Page 827