Rover Motorcycles

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Rover Motorcycles for 1921

Rover 1920

A mediumweight twin which is popular for solo as well as sidecar work. Note the rear brake of the internal expanding variety.

Rover 1920

On the 5-6 h.p. Rover a Lucas dynamo (fitted on the down tube) is driven by an enclosed chain from the countershaft. Cast aluminium footplates are fitted to the new model.

3½ h.p. Rover

With clean lines and sturdy appearance, the 3½ h.p. Rover is a typical example of a British dual-purpose mount.

Olympia Show 1920

Rover. (Stand 89.)

  • 3½ h.p.; 85x88 mm. (499 c.c.); single-cylinder four-stroke; side-by-side valves; hand pump lubrication; B. and B. carburetter; E.I.C. chain-driven magneto; three-speed countershaft gear; chain drive; 650x65 mm. tyres.

The New Rover Cycle Co., Ltd., Coventry.

The Rover has always been immensely popular, and has gained a name for quiet and smooth running equalled by few single-cylinder machines. Minor alterations and detail improvements have been carried out, and all-chain drive is now standardised. A neat aluminium case encloses the first step, while the final drive has a guard on the upper portion only. A point about the Rover has always been the compact build; and a particularly comfortable riding position, including a low saddle, is an excellent feature. Large domed guards are fitted, and the foot brake is an internal expanding mechanism in a drum incorporated with the rear sprocket. It is operated by a pedal conveniently placed on the left side of the machine, the pedal on the right side operating the clutch. The front brake is notable for its simplicity, and consists of a fibre shoe operating in a dummy belt rim. This model may also be obtained single-geared with belt drive, or fitted with a Philipson pulley. A specially fast sporting machine is made.

  • 5-6 h.p.; 70x85 mm. (654 c.c); twin-cylinder four-stroke; side-by-side valves; hand pump lubrication; Amac carburetter; E.I.C. chain-driven magneto; two-speed countershaft gear; chain drive; 28 x 3 in. tyres.

A dual-purpose mount, which is popular with both solo riders and sidecarists alike, is the 5-6 h.p. Rover, fitted with a J.A.P. engine. In the general layout this machine is, however, similar to the single-cylindered Rover, though rather longer in the wheelbase. Transmission and brake are identical with those of the single-cylindered model, and large comfortable footboards are provided. An excellent finish characterises the Rover products, and the provision of larger wheels on this model is a feature which commends itself to many riders, and should result in enhanced comfort on the road.

Olympia Show. The Motor Cycle, December 2nd, 1920. Page 721