......The factory way
Despite being more a road race orientated company, Velocette dabbled in the dirt bike world thanks mainly to pressure from their American dealers. The Hall Greenbased manufacturer produced two distinct variants of scrambler – a 500 MSS in the mid-fifties and for the Sixties one based on the Venom and Viper. Sadly for such a company as Velocette, the resources to develop any of the off-roadsters just weren’t there and as Rod Burris relates in his book, Velocette Motorcycles MSS to Thruxton, a lot of the development work was done by dedicated Cheltenham dealer Fred Cheshire. By necessity the scramblers were heavily based on their roadster stablemates though this similarity to the rest of the range was by no means restricted to Velocette. It was hoped to show the roadsters off in a ‘there but for the higher bars and smaller tank go I’ way and was a popular theme in the industry. It is probable less than 500 scramblers left the factory in a ten-year period and even that figure adds together the production runs of the three variants and the Endurance model too. A shame, as Velocettes were renowned for being a tough motor.