The Ninth Annual Motorcycle, Bicycle and Accessories Show | Seeing the Show Through Technical Eyes

By D.r. Hobart, Photography by Unknown

From the February 1923 issue of Motorcyclist magazine

Each successive motorcycle show demonstrates that the comfort and safety of the rider are given increased attention, and the Ninth Annual Motorcycle, Bicycle and Accessories Show is no exception to the rule. The day of novelty for the sake of novelty has definitely passed, but the veteran rider and his less experienced brother will find plenty to interest him in the motorcycle, sidecar and accessory line.

Following is a review of the exhibits:

The Ace Corporation, of Philadelphia, is a marked advocate of the comfort and safety features. The handlebars on the Sporting Solo model Ace are noticeably rigid and of a width and position that needs only a trial to demonstrate the full control the rider has of his steering at all times. The bucket saddle is most comfortable and is well sprung. The fins or flanges on the valve cages of the motor give an increased total radiating surface of 30 per cent and the gas passages have been refined to give an easier flow of induction and exhaust gases. The Butler piston, of special copper, aluminum and nickel alloy is used, permitting of high speeds in connection with careful and individual balancing of each motor. That the Ace rider is assured of a seasoned product is warranted by the preliminary block test to which each power plant is subjected. The motors are jacked in for ten hours, then given three hours on the firing stand, and a final dynamometer test before being put on the road for the final road and adjustment run. The ease with which the Ace is dismounted completely and again assembled is demonstrated twice daily at the exhibit.

The Cleveland Motorcycle Mfg. Co., of Cleveland, Ohio, is showing the Cleveland two-stroke and the Reading Standard big twin. From the rider’s viewpoint, the handlebars on the Cleveland are noticeable for their rigidity and comfortable position, the cross-brace contributing to these desirable qualities. The handlebars are finished in black enamel, another item which tends to keep the machine in neat appearance. The old and tried Reading Standard shows no structural changes, but the inclusion of an ammeter as standard equipment now enables the rider to watch the condition of his electrical equipment to better effect. The weather-proof switch on the battery casing, while not new, is very desirable from the rider’s viewpoint.

The Evans Power Cycle shows no structural changes, unless a neat red rim to each wheel can be so considered. Chief Engineer Joe Merkel was kept busy answering questions about these rims, as well as about this American representative of the widely-popular and growing lightweight mount which is widespread in Europe. The product of the Cycle motor Corporation of Rochester, N.Y., is a pioneer in the use of a combined ignition and lighting magneto as well as one of the staunchest advocates of the two stroke motor.

By D.r. Hobart
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