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Monday, 18 October 2010

Never seen one of these........

You don't see much about two strokes out here on the blogscape, but I thought I would show y'all this. I never knew that the British industry pre-dated the Orientals in the fancy stinkwheel department, although as I type this I seem to remember Scott did a triple at some time.
I was going through my old manuals looking for stuff about Villiers motors to send up to Toddy off of DB and came across an Excelsior spares book, dated 1958. The book covers the 328cc Talisman Twin and this, the Talisman 3 at 492cc. Purely a modular design, the exploded view shows that it is 3 164cc singles bolted end on end, each with it's own crank and mains, which I suppose it's got to be given the crankcase induction principle used on strokers.
A bit more digging has revealed that the motor was not used in a bike at all, but in a fifties fibre glass sports car thing called a Berkley SE492, which is kind of strange as they were made about 10 miles up the road from here.

Here it is in all it's 30 bhp glory!

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