Velosolex: anybody familiar?

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by mystic-chris, Mar 26, 2011.

  1. mystic-chris

    mystic-chris New Member

    Is anybody familiar with the new Velosolex mopeds that are once again made in France, and available in the U.S. through a headquarters in NJ? They look pretty cool, and they usually go for about $1,800, but Velosolex America is blowing out a bunch of new 2007 models in black on eBay for $1,350. I'd be able to drive down from CT to NJ to pick one up.

    It's not clear to me how that front-mounted 2-stroke transfers its power to the front wheel. Anybody know this, or anything else about the Velosolex?
     

  2. Esteban

    Esteban Active Member

    They are friction drive on the front wheel. Super good gas mileage , well built, & fun to ride. I think that they have to be registered as a moped in most states. They are heavier than a motorized bike & much better built. Sometimes you can find an older one for less than $500. They are not speed demons, but solid transportation & MUCH better quality than Chinese kits. They were called Solex mopeds for many years.
     
  3. Wheres my dog

    Wheres my dog Banned

    Looks to be front and rear drum brakes?
     
  4. robin bird

    robin bird Member

    A guy here has one for 200 dollars but its friction drive hub brakes and too heavy and nerdy
     
  5. Porkchop

    Porkchop Member

    I would also look at Tomos. They've been around for a few decades now. A nice one with peddles lists for around $1,200.00 if they're still producing them. They had models last year with peddles, but I'm thinking they've done away with them as of this year.
     
  6. wzuccarello

    wzuccarello New Member

    I finished this yesterday ,for my wife. Sorta resembles the Velosolex. I bought the Hongdu/Solex motor from BGF

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  7. mystic-chris

    mystic-chris New Member

    Bravo!

    wzuccarello: That is very, very nice! Beautiful job.

    I've been in contact with Velosolex in the past couple days, and I've downloaded the owner's manual and have learned a lot more about their bikes.

    But, your project may get me thinking in a different direction! Thanks for the pics.
     
  8. wzuccarello

    wzuccarello New Member

    Thanks, Still gotta modify and install the front fender. Check out the front wheel kickstand.

    That's a bone stock 24" Micargi bicycle

    There is a long, very imformative thread about these Solex clones (Hongdu/Solex thread) at the other Forum
     
  9. wzuccarello

    wzuccarello New Member

    i read somewhere that the french company has, just jast month, decided to stop production,due to the inconsostant quality of the engines,now manufactured in China.
    Maybe That's why the prices went down on the current ones on E-bay, eliminating stock.
     
  10. mystic-chris

    mystic-chris New Member

    Yeah, they were rather sketchy when I asked if the bikes were in current production. Their reply: "Velosolex are in continuous production for different markets."

    The "new old stock" 2007 bikes on special on eBay are at: Steve's Moped & Bicycle World, 40 Park Avenue in Dumont, NJ. I'll probably make a day trip down there from here in CT. And who knows; maybe I'll bring one home.
     
  11. lowracer

    lowracer Member

    mystic-chris,
    You could always install an engine on the front end of a bicycle & save lots of money especially if you already have a bicycle?
    I estimate that a DIY project with engine & hardware would cost around $300.
    I built two front drive MB's recently & the joy of building something yourself that you can actually ride is priceless.
    -lowracer-
     
  12. Esteban

    Esteban Active Member

    Another thing you may want to consider. The Solexes DO have pedals, but don't think that you will be able to lift the motor up & pedal away. It is a moped, more than it is a motorized bicycle.
     
  13. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    I never owned a Solex, but I've ridden them before. (Almost 40 years ago...)

    Two things I remember; the bike was super heavy. Like Esteban just alluded to. You can pedal it in theory, but you'll never want to.

    And front wheel drive on a bicycle is a very strange feeling. I'm sure that it's not something that one can not get the feel for. But it behaves differently. And I daresay that care will be needed in slippery conditions.
     
  14. lowracer

    lowracer Member

    I've got 2 MB's & have done much testing switching between front rack & rear rack drive systems. I prefer front drive over rear rack especially when using heavier engines for handling & control. Like bluegoatwoods said, the Solex is heavy & less pedal friendly.
    Adding an engine to a pedal bicycle (power to weight ratio) is the way to go & why I really love this forum.
    -Lowracer-
     
  15. Esteban

    Esteban Active Member

    The Solexes are getting expensive in some parts of the World,,, but never seemed to " catch on " here. In good condition, they are dependable, fun to ride, & super economical on gas. Parts are not very hard to find. 20 mph is about the top speed of most of them. I like that speed but many want to go faster. At 20mph & a heavier bike, they do ride much better than a motorized bicycle. Look at my avatar & you can see another small, front wheel friction drive design , I used to own.
     
    Last edited: Mar 30, 2011
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