Front Engine VeloSolex 3800

Discussion in 'Rack Mounted Engines' started by Egor, Sep 23, 2008.

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  1. Egor

    Egor Guest

    There used to be thousands of these in Europe, I don't know any more. I have red one. I don't know where to put the post so I put it in here. This bike is a lot of fun, and that is what this is about. I got this bike from my grandfather a million years ago. I have not run this bike for over fifteen years, I need to get it going again. I can't get a good pic of the thing so I found this youtube vid, I think you will love it. I would give anything to go on a ride like this. Have fun, Dave

    PS: The girl in the yellow slicker blew a kiss at me. LOL

  2. stude13

    stude13 Active Member

    hey egor; my dad was a gi, we lived in italy 52-54 and japan 56-57. there were, like you say, thousands and thousands of this type everywhere. i wonderif are they in barns? mitch
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  4. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    I remember those. I even rode them a few times. In the early 70s they became fairly numerous in the USA. Or at least in Detroit. That's where I lived at the time.

    It's a beautifully simple machine. But they're heavy for pedaling. (though that's probably an advantage for motoring). And I found front wheel drive on a bicycle kind of weird. It felt strange. Watch out when it's slippery.
  5. kerf

    kerf Guest

    Makes you wonder where all these wonderful old machines went. I think sometimes that we're having to reinvent the wheel. Too bad.
  6. Egor

    Egor Guest

    I wonder, the problem I think is that they are so small and simple that they can easily be put in the dust bin. One was left out on the docks, it got pretty bad and we threw it away. They were never all that popular around LA I don't know where my grandfather got it. I fixed it for him around 68, he gave it to me in the late 70's. I love the sound it makes, and they are almost indestructible. About five years ago they were for sale again made in Hungary I think, the first was made in Italy. The distributor for the US is in Utah I still have a catalog from him, I will look and see if he is still there. I think they were about 995.oo the last I looked. Have fun, Dave
  7. Egor

    Egor Guest

    Not a Solex but a cool way to install an engine. wonder what the drive looks like? It would be neat if something like it were made today. Have fun, Dave

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  8. Esteban

    Esteban Active Member

    This site will help you with repairs, parts, & answer your questions. Very FIRST thing I would start with is the gas tank. Usually , engines are parked with gas in tank & it turns to nasty crud !!!!
  9. BAM

    BAM Member

    My boss has one at the shop i think it was sold out of detroit mich still runs motor says 3800 on it they cleaned it up it looks cool not my cup of tea but nice boss said he was going to but on e bay for 1000.00 but never did i rode it two years ago didnt seem that fast but never left parking lot
  10. Esteban

    Esteban Active Member

    Many were sold in Michigan. Unless it is like new, $1000 is way off-base.
  11. AndyT

    AndyT Member

    Solex mopeds are great fun. We had neighbors in the San Fernando Valley (CA) that had 2 black Solex bikes just like the ones in the video. The guy hated kids (they had none), but occasionally we begged enough that he would fire one up and let us go for a spin. I would buy one in a minute (but not for $1000!).
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  13. Egor

    Egor Guest

    This bike if it is made as good as the original would be an OK deal. They are a little pricey and not the fastest thing made. I have had mine for 30 years or more. You could buy one I think and with proper care ride it for the rest of your life. Have fun, Dave
  14. Egor

    Egor Guest

    I got mine running today. I could not leave it alone so I took the cylinder off and cleaned it up. Years ago I added a boost port, I did it with a large die grinder, looked poor, so I cleaned it up and enlarged it. I lowered the intake port and cut the skirt on the piston. Years ago I notched the top of the piston to raise the ports, you can see the mods in the pic's. I did the mod on the carb, they say you can drill them out, but if you do it will not close proper so I made the venturi oblong so as not to cut the thin sides. I moved the timing ahead slightly and increased the size of the exhaust hole to about 1/4" I also found the two small holes that feed the carb too small and increased them out to 1/4 also. I don't want to race this thing but I would like it to get up and go if need be. Ill put up a few pics of the barrel. I like the way it sounds now, it no longer just takes its time revving up, it actually sounds like a small motorcycle. Have fun, Dave

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