......The fac­tory way

Classic Dirtbike - - Super Profile -

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.

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