Legally It Is A Bike
Hello all. I have not been here a while for various reasons and have a lot of catching up to do.
One distraction has been a new purchase and whilst I am no fan of cars particularly this has caught my eye and not only is it licensed as a bike it really is about 90% of one too !
What do you think? - photos in next post.
and here they are. It is a 1961 Velorex 250 and is completely bonkers. Crank is away for a refurb right now but other than that it is in good shape.
Wow, I can't even believe that wasn't still ugly back in 1961! Seems unnecessarily large, but at least you can get at everything!
Captain scarlet said: "Wow, I can't even believe that wasn't still ugly back in 1961"
You want to see the 1973 model. It's got flares!
Do you use guy ropes to anchor it down when you stop for a cuppa? Still, if it blew over, at least you'd pick it back up easy enough.
As cap'n says, there is plenty of room in there. Room enough for a nice large vee twin. Ballast.
Or how about a hammock and a couple of deck chairs.
Or..... Sorry, I'll stop it now. : D
Ya gotta larf.
(ps. Everything above was just a mickey take. Everything except the bit about the big vee twin.)
It was never sold on it's looks that's for sure.
Someone has put a CBR600 motor in one with, I can only assume better brakes etc
I will say one thing about it though, it is far and away the best appreciating motorcycling investment I have ever been involved with.
I would quite like to modify one but I will keep this standard and look out for one in need of repair - some time.
What can I say? That is...
Well it's different that's for certain.
How about a nice Guzzi motor in there Shuggie?
Navy Boy - different it is and that is the main reason why I like it.
I think if I ever do get another one to play with then it would be exactly something like a Guzzi motor that I would look at. To be honest though they go for relatively such good money and they are not exactly thick on the ground that I will be happy to keep just one in as near to original as possible.
It will get used though !!
That is one fine machine shuggie, you've made me come over all jealous!
Mr Rebel, given your screen moniker I am not surprised that you may find it of interest. Thank you.
Well it is full of surprises this thing. I got the insurance yesterday, third party for a year the princely sum of 70 Czech Korun which is about Two Pounds Thirty or just under three Euros.
Engine is also back with refurbed crank, new primary chain, new crank case seals, all gaskets and re-assembled ready to put back in the frame for just under 6000 Korun (200 quid). not so bad me thinks.
Now I just have to remember how to set the weird ignition up.
"Now I just have to remember how to set the weird ignition up."
Throw a few logs on? : D
That is seriously cheap motoring. You actually taking it out?
My oh my what a bunch of cynics you all are :-)
Fact of the matter is that my wee Velorex has appreciated more in value than pretty much any of the bikes that all of us regulars on here have. Plus it raises more smiles that's for sure.
Anyway Pittsy not only will I take it out but I already have. Engine back in quite easily and the wiring was not so bad as I took loads of photos and marked things up before stripping it and ta da - today it started and I zoomed around the village in it. It goes from 0-50km/h faster than anything anyone who visits this web site owns. Well I say that as it appears the speedo goes from off to 50km/h as soon as I start to move and then does not budge but that's OK. It is great fun but rather uncomfortable so far.
It is many things but large is not of them Cap'n. I suspect it may be a trick of the camera. I can get the entire bike into the back of my VW Transporter.
If you collided with an Ariel Atom, you'd probably end up underground in Geneva with a prototype reasonably-priced Hadron and a Nobel prize to your name.
UcR, I'm afraid your three-wheeled chuck wagon has been supplanted.
Hate to admit it Mr Silvercub, but you're right.
Said it before and I'll say it again, that is one fine machine.
And the insurance!!! Spent more than that on phone calls to get insurance. Even my little Mobylette cost circa £50 TPFT!
Yeah, shuggie's not as daft as he... er .... looks.
Let me know when you've dropped an 1800cc vee twin in there. Now THAT would be fun.
Hey, Shuggs, it looks brilliant fun and should draw a crowd bigger than the Diavel might!
BTW, I didn't say it was large, only that it looked 'unnecessarily' large. A vertically challenged persons fingers are not mandatory to work around the engine, unlike a VFR12 say :-D
I love it ......want one ......unfortunately in Sunny South Africa.....dammm....wonder what it would be classified as in this neck of the woods....
Spanny - OK tell you what, If I can wangle the time, I'll get you one and I'll drive it to South Africa. Should only take about two months !!!
Great country, I loved my visits there over the years and always got offered a job by the agent I was working with in Kempton Park but it just was not practical.
The Velorex is actually a bit sick again as the generator needs re-wound or most likely re-placed. I am anxious to get it done though and get some more k's on it. I am considering it may be my vehicle for the Elefantentreffen next year. The Monkey bike has been my mode of preference for that on previous occasions but this may be given the nod!
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