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Radco Motorcycles 1920/1921

Olympia Show 1920

Radco. (Stand 61.)

  • 2½ h.p.; 67x70 mm. (247 c.c); single cylinder two-stroke; hand pump lubrication; Amac carburetter; Lion chain-driven magneto; two-speed Albion gear; chain and belt drive; 24 x 2in. tyres.

E. A. Radnall and Co., Dartmouth Street, Birmingham.

On the new Radco sporting model all non-essential parts have been eliminated, yet there is everything that could assist the rider to attain the required end. Footrests, naturally, have superseded foot plates in this type; the engine is standard, as also the transmission,, but the equipment includes knee grips; the bars are dripped and aluminium discs give a distinctive air to the 24in. wheels. A long pipe conducts the exhaust gases well away from the aluminium silencer, and this pipe is substantially stayed fore and aft to prevent rattle. An improvement this year, in addition to the enlarged engine, is that the decompressor discharges into the main silencer pipe instead of into the atmosphere. It is possible to drop the engine from the frame when three bolts have been withdrawn and the engine controls disconnected. The touring models range from a simple single gear mount to a machine equipped with two-speed clutch and kick starter, and a Maglita lighting and ignition set arranged in lieu of the magneto. A Flexa saddle suspension pillar is fitted to one of the standard models.

Olympia Show. The Motor Cycle, December 2nd, 1920. Page 707

Radco 1921

Sporting lines are followed on this Radco 2½ h.p. model, which is equipped with disc wheels, knee pads, and rubber grips at an inclusive price. A low-priced two-stroke machine, the 2¼ h.p. Radco No. 2, sold with fixed gear at forty-two guineas.

Radco Sporting and Fixed Gear Models.

Long associated with a leading position in the world of lightweight two-strokes, the name Radco will be well

The first is a fixed gear model selling at. the remarkably low-price of £44 2st It is soundly constructed, and vet very light in weight (112 lb.): the engine is the well-known Radco unit of 211 c.c. capacity (52x70 mm.) fitted with a chain-driven Fellows magneto situated behind the cylinder on a bracket cast with the crank case. Lubrication is by the petroil system.

For riders who favour a sporting layout the new two-speed disc wheel model at £66 10s. will make a special appeal. In this ease the engine has a bore and stroke of 67x70 mm. (247 c.c.), but it follows the general lines of the smaller engine, but has the refinement of the exhaust release being led through a duct in the cylinder casting to the exhaust port. The frame has a pleasing appearance, and very wide back stays are used.

The Motor Cycle April 11th, 1921. Page 430