The 1922 Olympia Show.
Refined V Twins.
5 H.P. Model.
64x92 mm. (592 c.c.); V twin cyl. four-stroke; overhead inlet valves; drip feed lubrication; Amac carb.; chain-driven mag.; 3-sp. gear; clutch and kick-starter; chain drive; 26x3in. tyres. Price: Solo. £96 10s.
Lea & Francis, Ltd., Coventry.
To the most critical, the Lea-Francis models are a joy. This firm has always had a reputation for the highest class of workmanship and the most refined productions. Two models only are at present shown, both with V twin M.A.G. engines, which differ only in the matter of the stroke, the larger model having a bore and stroke of 64x92 mm., whereas the stroke in the case of the smaller machine is only 77 mm. (496 c.c). These machines have always been noted for quiet running, and the bigger model, which perhaps attracts the most interest on the stand, is fitted with an aluminium silencer of ample dimensions.
Chain guards are provided for the larger model, but the smaller machine, which is made for the solo rider, is fitted with complete chain cases, and the three-speed gear is of the firm's own manufacture; the other being a Burman. The brake work has been very thoroughly carried out, dummy belt rims being provided on both front and rear wheels, and the arrangement and application of the brake shoes is also very well carried out. In the case of the smaller model the frame is sightly shorter than that of the 592 c.c. model, and the gear box is fitted in the bottom bracket shell.
In the larger machine, however, advantage is taken of the space between the seat pillar tube and the rear mudguard for fitting a good sized leather tool case, which itself is enclosed in sheet steel. A feature of refinement which commands special attention on this machine is the provision of two shock absorbers for the chain drive, one in the countershaft, and one in the rear hub, which is the standard Enfield pattern.