Velocette LE.

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  1. Snowbird

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    Even when am outside the UK I cannot resist a bargain. Just bought a 1962 Velocette LE off evilbay unseen to collect when I get home in October. I thought the low centre of gravity would suit me in my advancing years and it would be a handy thing to put on the motorbike rack on the back of the van.
    Has anyone ever had one of these Noddy bikes, or because they were so quiet running were often known as silent death. In my youth I did have a few run ins with the local bobby who had one :).
     
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    A friend of mine had one, I was impressed with how quiet it was but it was incredibly slow. Top speed about 45 to 50 on a good day.
    Sounds like your going to have a lot of fun come October, albeit, slow!
     
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    This one is the later 4 speed floor change, which I think is a little faster, but 50 will do me nicely nowadays. I still have my original Triton still in pieces in my mates garage where its been languishing for over 20 years if I wanted to really blow the cobwebs off, I should make a start on rebuilding that beast.
     
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    Our life insurance man had one he was known locally as the clubman and came every week for his two shillings .
     
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    My Dad had 3 at one time, all different capacity's, if I remember right there was a fibre gear wheel that would wear. After thinking about it, it might have been 150 & 200cc but thought he had a 175, but I was just a little tacker at the time(y)
     
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    Rob @Anthea M 's other half used to have an LE. I thought they were all 200cc.
     
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    The Mk2 was, earlier MK1 was 150cc. (y)
     
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    Apparently the MK1 was 149cc and the later MK2 and MK3 models were classed at 200cc. This is 192cc, so I presume its the 200cc.
     
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    Yes, you are both right and was wrong. The earlier ones were hand gear change which was dropped in favour of a conventional foot change. Engines were water cooled which led to their quietness.
     
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    50mph 50 years ago Dave.
    I bet it won't see 40mph today.

    Still laugh at em coming into Scarborough on the A64 for the annual scooter/mod rally...... Sat on the pillion seat, laid flat behind the headstock and legshields out the wind, struggling to get to 40mph in a headwind.
     
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    Bloody hell John, I wont be going as far as Scarborough or for that matter anywhere when its windy or wet. It will only be used for pottering around Spanish villages in the winter and German villages in summer where no one at home knows me. I wouldn't be seen dead on the thing in the UK :rolleyes:.
     
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    Had a LE Voge:D
     
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    Velocette LE, do you have any photos to share?
     
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    If you like the old uns Dave you would love my one and only scooter (before I was old enough to ride) and I wish I had it now.
    A 1960 something BSA SUNBEAM 250cc twin Bsa-sunbeam-1.JPG
     
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    Its photos like that that bring back good memories from my younger days but never seen one of these before.
     
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    I remember them. About as quick as a scooter could be in the day.
     
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    That was the gentleman's LE (y).
     
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    That was an all new parallel twin (what other kind of twin from BSA :D) 4stroke, good for 70mph.
    The other option was a modified 175cc bantam engine good for 55 to 60mph.

    Knew bugger all about engines in those days, around 1971, and never did get it to run but I had it given so it didn't owe me anything.

    One recently went to auction with an expected price of £3000 to £5000
     
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    I had one of these but mine was a single. BSA Sunbeam 175cc if I remember correctly.

    It caught fire while I was riding it and got very burnt. It was scrapped by the insurers.

    A couple thousand pounds and another could be yours on ebay.
     

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