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Stuart Turner and Co: Motorcycles

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Stuart Motorcycle

1911 R. G. Nye and Co of London first showed this make at the Olympia show, late in the year. It was fitted with a 2.5hp 299cc two-stroke engine with internal flywheels with aluminium plates to raise the primary compression. It had some very modern design features, including a non-return valve in the inlet tract, and compression release connected to the exhaust pipe. Chain-driven Bosch magneto, Druid forks and belt drive completed the outfit.

1912 Late in the year came another engine - a 784cc water-cooled in-line-twin two-stroke. This drove back through a clutch to an indirect two-speed gearbox that stepped the drive for a shaft to run back to a worm at the rear wheel. It also used pressure lubrication and Druid forks.

Stellar Motorcycle

Stellar was a motorcycle produced between 1912 and 1913 with sales handled by R. G. Nye and Co of Hampstead Road, London.

The machine was first listed as the Stuart and then as the Stella before being listed late in 1912 as the Stellar. It had a 784cc water-cooled, in-line-twin, two-stroke engine, with a clutch to an all-indirect two-speed gearbox, Bosch magneto, Amac carburettor and a kick-start pedal. The engine and gearbox fitted between the downtube and saddle tube of the sprung-forked frame. Although the design was interesting, it had little public appeal, so nothing further came of the venture.

Note: It was variously listed as the Stella and the Stellar, but nothing further came of it.

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