Rover Motorcycles

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Rover Motorcycles 1910

The Rover Co., Ltd.

Meteor Works, Coventry. Stand No. 68.
Riders and agents alike welcome the return of the Rover Co., to the ranks of motor-cycle manufacturers. As might be expected, the Rover Co. have not restarted where they left off. Good as was the old Rover in its day, this new model is a great deal better. The engine has a single cylinder, with 85 mm. bore and 88 mm. stroke - very popular dimensions. The valves are operated mechanically, and the ignition is by high tension magneto, mounted vertically before the engine. The carburetter is Rover type, and is controlled from the handlebar. The engine pulley is adjustable to give different ratios of gearing between 4.5 to 1 and 6.5 to 1. A in rubber belt conveys the motion to the rear wheel, which is built up with a plate clutch - by licence from the Triumph Cycle Co.

The wheels are shod with 24in. Dunlop studded tyres, and the front one is carried in a spring fork of the parallel ruler type. The top of the saddle stands 32ins. from the ground, and there is 4ins. clearance under the crankcase. The standard equipment includes pedalling gear, stand and carrier. The machine is rather over the average length, the wheelbase being 56ins. The weight is about 180 lbs.

The timing of the magneto and the opening and closing of the exhaust cut-out are controlled from the handle-bar by a pair of levers, which is a duplicate of the carburetter adjustments. Two brackets are provided at the centre of the handle-bar, one for the lamp, and the other for the generator. A dummy belt rim is fitted for the pedal brake to act on. The front guard has closed sides, and the rear one an extension over the belt pulley. A fine machine truly.

Olympia Show, November 1910