Give Away Free Solex engines

Discussion in 'For Sale' started by willy79, Oct 9, 2012.

  1. willy79

    willy79 New Member

    FREE SOLEX ENGINES. I have 4 solex engines built in China as described in the BGF Hongdu/Solex thread below. I am cleaning out my shop and would like to give them away.
    I purchased these engines new from a vendor in Canada. I mounted them on two different bikes as shown in the pictures attached. I have had a lot of fun with these engines adapting them to my bikes. They are very quiet and smooth. However, I have found the engines to be quite unreliable and require a lot of tinkering to keep them running well. I never did follow all of the modification suggested in the thread so that is probably the reason. This was my first experience with motor bicycling and was hooked after my first ride. I decided that I wanted a motorbike that was more powerful and reliable. I have found the perfect combination for me is the Honda 4 cycle, 1.6 hp engine with the Staton friction drive using either the 1" or 1.125" roller (weight is 195#).
    If you want these engines you need to be prepared to spend the time with them to get them running well. The engines are complete except for all of cables and hand controls. The engines have less than 2 hours run time each. I would suggest getting two engines so that one can be used for parts if needed. Since nothing is really free, I need to charge for packing and shipping to your location. I have an estimate from UPS for packing of $18 to $20 each and a packaged weight of 23 to 25 #. You can figure out the total cost shipped to your location. If you are able to pick them up from my house in Salt Lake City, they will then be free.

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  2. MotorBicycleRacing

    MotorBicycleRacing Well-Known Member

    Those Solex motors are too cool.
    I am interested.
  3. willy79

    willy79 New Member

    Thanks for looking. The motors will work for someone who has the interest to update.
  4. Scooter

    Scooter New Member

    I'll take two.
  5. Fabian

    Fabian Well-Known Member

    I'll take three - one for the front wheel and one for the rear wheel and one for my BoB IBEX trailer wheel :devilish:
  6. MotorBicycleRacing

    MotorBicycleRacing Well-Known Member

    I sent you a pm. I want 2 too thanks.
  7. willy79

    willy79 New Member

    I have done a little more checking on the packing and shipping cost of sending the motors. The cost of packing and shipping from my zip 84109 to MN zip 55330 turns out to be approximately $45 for each motor. Shipping to closer zip codes would be somewhat less. This makes the free motors not so attractive. Consider these cost when you decide you want the Solex motors.
  8. BigBlue

    BigBlue Active Member

    I won't be greedy and will take one. PM sent.


    AKA: BigBlue
  9. darwin

    darwin Well-Known Member

    So far folks want 8, maybe you should become a vendor.
  10. Fabian

    Fabian Well-Known Member

    8 folks want one and 500 others are signing up to the site to get their hands on one, or maybe two or three :grin5:
  11. willy79

    willy79 New Member

    Hold the requests for free Solex engines. I am re-thinking what to do with my four engines. My original thinking was to give these engines to someone with no strings attached. By that, I mean I would not need to invest more time and money and no obligation to provide sound usable engines. However, now I can see that selling one motor to each person and charging up to $45 each for packing and shipping, is in fact, selling the motors just at a lower price. I would still need to invest more money and time and feel obligated to provide value for the money. The only solution I can think of, is to just give them to someone in my area where not shipping and money changes hands. If anyone has a better idea, please let me know.
  12. Fabian

    Fabian Well-Known Member

    Somehow i think a monster has already been created. The word has got out and another 2,000 people have joined the site to get their hands on the Solex engines. It's become a war out there with people clawing each others eyes out trying to queue jump the line.

    I hear that some are even trying to bribe moderators with cash to be the first in line and those moderators refusing monetary incentive are having lewd propositions put forward by those willing to sell their body and/or other favours of a graphic and exposing nature.

    A monster has been created and it can't be stopped.
  13. darwin

    darwin Well-Known Member

    Just my 2 cents, give one each to the 1st four takers in order they asked and let them pay shipping.
  14. willy79

    willy79 New Member

    I have decided to not ship any of the Solex engines. I don't feel right about charging packing and shipping cost when I have no idea what shape the engines are now in. I will keep the engines in storage at my house. If anyone can pick them up in
    Salt Lake City, they are free.
  15. Fabian

    Fabian Well-Known Member

    How is that supposed to work?

    The moment people find out where you live, you'll need the LA Riot squad to tame the 5,000 people fighting and trying to crawl their way forward to be the first to get a Solex engine.

    Holy smokes, i'll be hearing about this event on the news in Australia, as your street is turned to rubble upon surveying the aftermath of events.

    Maybe i'm being overly optimistic about the situation :whistling:
  16. BigBlue

    BigBlue Active Member

    Then do this man a favor and straighten this situation out. You should get on the first airplane from Australia and relieve this man of the 4 engines before anymore mayhem takes place:)

    AKA: BigBlue
  17. Fabian

    Fabian Well-Known Member

    No, no,no

    You don't understand - i want to sit back with popcorn and watch the mayhem unfold as 5,000 people turn to savages, employing cave man mentality, arming themselves with whatever they can tear out of the ground, just like a large department store "boxing day" sale with 70% mark-downs - it's a bad day for business when at least 50 people are not lying in the hospital intensive care ward from their shopping injuries.

    I'm wondering if the OP's wife knows about this little plan to sell free Solex engines and the ramifications of such actions on a quiet and peaceful and civilised neighbourhood, because the neighbourhood is going to look like the opening scene in Paris of the movie """Team America - World Police""" :devilish:
  18. davidvieira

    davidvieira New Member

    motor solex

    ola eu gostava de ter um desses motores como posso adquirir ?
  19. barbie

    barbie New Member

    VeloSolex engines any other parts

    Hiya Willy,

    I understand your not wanting to ship the Solex engines when you do not know what shape they are in.

    I have just purchased a 1975 VeloSolex and am looking for parts for it. It has an engine on it, however, I don't know if it works. I am wanting to fix it up and use it to get back and forth to work. I'll need a gas tank and some controls, as you can see from the pics.

    Are you sure you don't want to sell the engines? If not, do you have any other parts that you do want to give away? I understand if you don't... just thought I would give it a shot.
    1.jpg Bike 3.jpg Bike 13 need a new gas tank.jpg Bike 7 need a new switch.jpg
  20. butterbean

    butterbean Well-Known Member

    Barbie, its been 3 years since he even had the engines. No offense read the date on the original post. He hasn't posted about them since, so I doubt he has any left or any other parts.