Sturmey Archer 1923 LS LW Lightweight 2-stud 3 speed hand-change motorcycle gearbox

Sturmey Archer 1923 LS LW Lightweight 2-stud 3 speed hand-change motorcycle gearbox


Sturmey Archer 1923 LS LW Lightweight 2-stud 3 speed hand-change motorcycle gearbox.

The LS Type of Sturmey Archer gearbox covered an enormous range. To begin with, they had the LW (Light weight) and the HW (heavy weight) models. They were easily distinguished as the 2-stud were the LW version and Sturmey Archer suggested that they were for models with a capacity up to 400cc. The HW version of the LS gearbox had 4-studs and were for 400cc to 1000cc motorcycles.

Here’s where it gets tricky. Sturmey Archer were liberal with variations of both the LW and HW versions. They seemed to make a change to the design to suit a customer and failed to distinguish it in the model name or stamp. For example they list 31 different cases and 18 different end covers in their 1930 catalogue.

This “Standard” 2-stud LS LW 3-speed Sturmey Archer gearbox doesn’t appear to have any obvious design variations. Some had extra long main shafts. Others had a variety of covers.

From the sequential number, it appears to be from 1923. See the images for the number and then go to my page of Sturmey Archer gearbox dating.

Condition: Used and not tested in a motorcycle. Although it turns nicely and seems to select gears OK. The case and cover have been checked for cracks by eye and I can’t see any. There are no visible weld repairs either. This gearbox was probably fitted with a tapered-shaft 2 plate clutch. The insert for the Woodruff key is fine. The main shaft threads will need a tidy up. The sprocket is used but complete. The studs are probably too past it to recover the threads. They will need to be replaced. The clutch worm is pitted. It is being sold as a gearbox that will need to be checked thoroughly.

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