British Motorcycles of the Edwardian Era by Wearwell
Wearwell Motor Carriage Co., Ltd., Wolverhampton. Stand No. 58.
The company introduced a light motor bicycle at last year's Show, and it has been so successful that they have developed it in several respects, and now show quite a large number of different models. The Wolf, the Royal, and the Superb, are all made in two styles - (A) with accumulator and coil ignition, (B) with magneto ignition, and all these machines have the same engine, though arranged somewhat differently in each. It will be remembered that the motor is very light, and is constructed with an outside flywheel. The bore and stroke have been increased since last year, and are now 2A inches, giving about 2 H.P. In the Wolf pattern the engine is arranged in a sloping position near the top of the bottom tube, and drives the rear wheel through a round belt running over a jockey pulley. This pulley is now readily adjustable while running. The weight of the machine is about 70 lbs., and the retail price is £19 19s. In the Royal models the engine remains in the same position, but a V belt is used with a straight drive, no jockey being employed. This pattern also is fitted with a good stand to the back wheel, which does not interfere with the removal of the wheel if required for tyre repairing purposes. The Superb models have a specially designed frame with 18in. diagonal tube, and an extension forward of the bottom bracket, which enables the engine to be set in a nearly vertical position behind the front wheel. Handlebar control is provided by means of Chater-Lea slides and Bowden mechanism. The Druid front fork is used, and the front brake is readily detachable. The lamp bracket can be moved up and down the upper part of the fork, and the wheels have 2in. tyres. The back brake is applied by a pedal close to the left foot-rest, and acts upon the belt rim. Lastly is the Wolf twin. This has a 2-cylinder engine set in front of the bottom bracket, handle bar control, Druid spring fork, 18in. frame, two stands, so that both wheels can be raised from the ground, and a divided back mudguard, making altogether a very complete machine.