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  1. If you compare the mounting position of your pillion seat with the pictures below, you will notice that the pillion seat on your W/NG is mounted further forward Ron! Think you will have to start searching for this Ariel version... 😕
  2. It is now confirmed that only the part with the pressed in "ACUMEN" logo was leather, the rest of the cover was Rexine... I've added some new information in the "long Acumen" post. There was a slightly different version which was only used by Ariel. See further above... Jan
  3. From Grace's Guide: Acumen Co of Aston, Birmingham. Company at the Rose Works, 133 Park road from at least 1932, and originally were described as motor accessories, pressworkers & metal spinners, but by and during WW2 described themselves as manufacturers of cycle & motorcycle accessories & leatherworkers. The leatherworking had been dropped by 1946, by 1965 they had added scooter accessories, and by the time of the last Kellys in 1973 were just manufacturing cycle accessories. Leatherworkers...? I was already thinking that the scuffed edges of this cover revealed some leather instead of Rexine... I wonder if that's a leather cover on the Acumen pillion seats...?
  4. Still better than this contraption Ron! A Lycett with front springs combined with a Lycett with rear springs makes a... Lycett with NO springs! 😂 No, serious, looks like a Lycett front springer with the springs (and the D shaped bracket at the rear) removed... Jan
  5. And a Lycett exception to the rule: there was only one Norton contract with Lycett pillion seats and canvas covers, every other pillion seat should have a Rexine cover...
  6. Lycett with front springs: Lycett with rear springs:
  7. Mansfield with padding at front:
  8. Mansfield without padding at front (long and short versions):
  9. Acumen short version:
  10. Would also like to add some pictures of original covers. Starting with the ACUMEN long version:
  11. Have added additional information on the Acumen and Mansfield pillion seats. Original text has been edited... Jan
  12. The rear spring LYCETT pillion seat : Used by Matchless and Norton. The seat is based on a flimsier 1 mm mudguard section, which looks "cheaper" compared with the previous 1,6 mm version. War economy version...??? But why the springs were moved to the rear is anybody's guess. A complex hinge system at the front is the result... Hope this explains a bit Ron... 😊
  13. The front spring LYCETT pillion seat : Used by Triumph, Enfield, Matchless, Norton. The seat is based on a sturdy 1.6mm mudguard section, and although they were made by Lycett, they all had coil tension springs instead of rubber springs at the top (no doubt again because of the rubber shortage). And because they had two coil springs at the front, there was no "padded cushion" at the front of the seat. Easy to recognise in period photographs: this is the only model with front springs...
  14. The MANSFIELD pillion seats: Quite a complex variety of models, which I will try to explain. MANSFIELD pillion seats were used by Triumph, Matchless, Royal Enfield, Ariel. The MANSFIELD doesn't use a mudguard section as a basis, but two rails (the "legs"). I have seen at least three varieties: with "X legs" and with "O legs", and also with two sheet steel strips. Not sure which motorcycle model used which legs or strips though... The triangulated front frame structure is easy to recognise in period pictures, but appears to have been used with the O-legs and sheet steel strips only. There was a version which was padded at the front, and there was an unpadded version. The unpadded version appears to have been made in two lengths. The long unpadded MANSFIELD pillion seat with "O-legs": Unlike the long ACUMEN, the MANSFIELD was not always cushioned at the front to avoid painful contact with the tail bone... I guess the early versions were not padded at the front. The short unpadded MANSFIELD pillion seat with "O-legs": Presumably to avoid painful contact with the tailbone, MANSFIELD also made an unpadded short version of this pillion seat. The length of the legs is identical, but the legs are peaking out further at the front of the short version (see comparison pictures below). The long padded MANSFIELD pillion seat with "O-legs": A further development was the long version with padding at the front. Made with two kinds of "legs": thick flat strip or thin sheet steel strip. The long unpadded MANSFIELD pillion seat with "X-legs": Used by Matchless (and may be others?). Looks very similar to the versions above, with the exception that the bottom rails have an X shape, and there is no triangular reinforcement at the front. Also the back end of the seat frame has a different construction. This version had no padding at the front.
  15. The short ACUMEN pillion seat: The very last M20 contracts (1945) used a shorter version of the ACUMEN pillion seat. Apparently because although the long version was cushioned at the front, some despatch riders had complained about painful hits with the coccyx... For as far as I could find out, only used on BSA M20, and basically the same design (same mudguard section, two coil springs at the back, but a shorter frame).
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