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Phoenix Motorcycles 1903


Report from the 1903 Stanley Show

Phoenix Novelties for 1904.

The new patent two-speed gear and free engine will be the firm's leading item in the way of novelties. This gear is claimed to be the simplest form of two-speed gear yet made. It is entirely dust-proof, but every part is easily accessible. In the many severe tests which have been given to the gear it has always kept absolutely cool: in fact, after a five miles' run on the low gear all the time the gear was cold. It is, of course, doubtful whether the gear would be continually run, under any circumstances, for such a period, but the test was given in order to prove the question of the heating of the gear.

In the "Phoenix" special spray carburetter it is impossible for any dust to penetrate to the interior. All the air necessary for the carburetter is drawn in through one gauzed funnel, running close to the engine. The adjustment of mixture and throttle is automatic, while the spraying nozzle is made adjustable. The petrol and oil gauges (registered) are let into the side of the tank, enabling the rider to see at once the quantity of oil and petrol in the tanks. The improved combined stand, carrier and mud-guard answers the usual purpose of carrier, but, when in use as a stand, it carries with it the top of the mudguard, thus leaving the tyre easy of access for repair. The improved paraffin injection valve will enable the easy starting of any motor, and affords a double check on loss of compression. Foot and hand applied band brakes and spring seat pillars will be embodied in the new machines. The two-speed gear was illustrated in "THE MOTOR" last week. The Phoenix machines will be on view at the Stanley, and the exhibit of this go-ahead firm will be full of interesting new features.

The Motor magazine, 18th November 1903

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