Velosolex Club U.K.

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Paul G

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Joined Jan 21 2013
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63 years old
West Midlands
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Reply mcpheatauto
2:02 PM on March 15, 2018 
Thanks for letting me into the club. I've been doing what I can to put my recently bought 3800 back together. The frame is solid, just a bit oily rag around some of the edges. With the dirt and oil cleaned off it looks nice. The wheel rims are a bit rusty but not bad enough to replace them. It came with new tubes and tyres, they are now fitted. I cycled around the workshop today so that's progress. Some engine parts are expected tomorrow so I'll hopefully get the engine together soon.
Reply Robert
12:46 PM on February 14, 2018 
Hi Paul,

Thanks for welcoming me to the club. I have never owned a Silex, but have recently started looking for one which is why I joined the club.
Reply Michi
5:33 PM on January 31, 2018 
Hello Paul,
thanks for the warm welcome. I bought a Solex 1010 from 1958 last week. I'm still in the cleaning phase and looking at what parts need to be replaced. I'll try to post some pictures tomorrow! Sadly, I've already taken off stuff like the engine and wheels. It should still make for some decent before shots though. Looking forward to my time here in the club! :)
Reply Stolichnaya
10:53 AM on January 29, 2018 
Hi Paul
Well, i picked up my Solex 660 on Saturday and then spent sunday "playing" with it. Its certainly in un-restored lovely condition.
I popped some petrol in it and it works albeit somewhat a bit erratic. I think my mail issue is a dodgy HT Lead and Plug Cap. it would not fire very easily at all and so i took the plastic cover off and the HT lead into the motor side just fell out and not secure. its also very old and cracked and hard.

So im looking for a new HT Lead and CAP which should cure a fair bit (hopefully) im not sure exactly where to start on this as it will have to be a certain type and resistance i suppose.
I also need a new Rear light Lens and im frantically lookin on ebay etc for one.

The rest is fine, need some new Tyres too and rear brake blocks but with these few items i should be up and running fingers crossed. Its a lovely little thing and really does not look 62 years old

not sure how long i will keep onto it, ill hve a bit of fun but mainly its the fact that ive got one, will make good and running correctly and see from there. instead of one more going into a pile of bits.

If youve any info on where to point me for the HT Lead & Cap it would be very much appreciated - as a new owner im a bit stuck on who to contact for bits in the UK who is reliable

I can try and get some photos to you to0.. my email address is if that helps as im not wholly sure i can post images on here.

best regards

Reply Harry
5:19 PM on January 12, 2018 
Thanks Paul. I appreciate the welcome. I believe my Velo solex is a 660 but the paperwork shows 1.010. so I need to investigate a little further. I also have the original owners manual and a cool pamphlet. dated 1956, cheers
Reply Stolichnaya
3:45 PM on January 10, 2018 
Hi Paul
I?m john by the way. Should have said. Sorry. Thanks for the reply. I?ll have to look when at my pc tomorrow as on iPhone I can?t see anything.
I?m looking to familiarise myself with the 660 before I pick it up. Looking forward to it. It?s runing so I?m told and in good condition and I?ll leave it as original as possible. Needs brake rubbers and tyres I think. Had a new carb diaphragm and started up. Great.
Just out of interest I need to find out the oil/ fuel mix for a 660. Worried I?ll over it worse under donit.
I?ll have a good look on the site tomorrow. One thing I did note was that each link opens in a new web page. I had 6 open earlier and all pdf were just blank page.
Thanks again
Reply Stolichnaya
4:00 AM on January 10, 2018 
Hi Paul
Thanks for the message. I'm just trying to navigate on the website. pdf's don't seem to open. Ive recently bought a 1956 660. I pick it up in 2 weeks and its in cracking condition. runs and rides. needs a new set of tyres.
Its NOVA registered but I need to look up how to sort the rest for the UK.
First place I wanted to start was here and gen up on all things Solex 660 - I have a GSX1400 and a GTR1400 so this 660 will be a tad different!
Reply davethetrain
9:32 AM on December 19, 2017 
Hi Paul thanks for the welome, i've just got 1968 3800 all running and regustered just needs cleaning and a bit of fettling doubtless i will have many questions as start work on it!
i'll try and post some photos
Reply SteveW
5:30 AM on December 2, 2017 
Hi Paul, thanks for your note....just acquired two 2200 non-runners to have a go at over the winter. They both turn over and have compression so fingers crossed. Will try to post photos now.
Reply Ryan Sellars
3:32 PM on December 1, 2017 
Thanks for the kind welcome Paul,
I will see if I still have some pictures of the solex when I first purchased it probably around 15 years ago!
For the last 10 its been in pieces in the garage so its definitely about time I got it restored and hopefully registered so I can do some riding!
Reply Kevin,john,unwin
9:33 AM on November 27, 2017 
Thank you paul.
Reply gordonh7862
6:47 PM on November 17, 2017 
Thanks Paul
My question is which is the best Solex model to get and why?
Reply rocknrod
4:32 AM on November 15, 2017 
Hi Paul, I have read about getting a velosolex through the DVLA process. As the nova process needs a frame number It seems to me that the very first thing I need to do is get a dating certificate - am I right?
Reply cinelliguy
9:51 AM on November 8, 2017 
Hi to all! My real name is Guy and I live in Sonoma County California. Recently a local bicycle frame builder put out a notice that he was closing his shop and retiring. To that end, he was conducting a retirement sale of all his tools and machinery. I went down to his shop during the opening hour thinking to buy some tools that I could use working on my bikes or motorcycles. Once at the shop, there were 15-20 other buyers there, virtually all of the tools I was hunting were already gone, but on my way out the back door, I spotted what I thought was a Velosolex, stopped in my tracks and pulled it out of its resting place of many years. It was not a Velosolex, it was a Van Der Heem, I believe to be a 1963 or 1964. I took it home and started working on the engine. Decarbonized, fuel pump refresh, clean carb, cleaned the fuel tank and lines. Now waiting for a flywheel puller so I can take care of the spark side of the engine and I believe it will run just fine. I am not sure how to post some images here on the profile comments so I may post some images in the general forum area unless something more appropriate is seen.
Reply LesC
2:19 AM on November 7, 2017 
Thanks for the welcome Paul
Reply rocknrod
12:00 PM on November 5, 2017 
Hi Paul, thanks for the welcome. I have posted on the general discussion page and a red circle appears??? It seems to be asking me if I want to delete but I've only just posted.
Reply JezR
9:27 AM on November 2, 2017 
Thanks. I have been given a Solex 1400 (late 1958) to repair. It belongs to my brother-in-law, who says that it had been in an accident and since been stored in a shed for many years. Most of it is ok, just a few parts missing from the engine, along with some more parts damaged due to poor servicing methods (all too normal here in FR). So, an oily-rag restoration it is, to get it mechanically sound, while retaining as much of it's story as possible. Nice winter project. I will take some pictures as I go, and post updates, and no doubt the many questions I will need to ask along the way.
Reply Thompy Senior
2:18 PM on October 12, 2017 
Hello all you fellow owners, today I picked up my first Velosolex. I know nothing yet apart from it being a 2200s, well that's what it says on the air filter cover and little French insurance sticker! I need to remove a few covers to get at the engine and frame numbers although based on the two initial clues it could be between a 62-64. In all of the pictures I've seen I haven't ever seen the second rear foot operated brake, I'll post some pics.
Bought her at a local auction house, fresh from France, everything works and she fired up almost immediately and I zoomed up and down the road...haven't stopped smiling!
Reply Barty
7:40 AM on October 12, 2017 
Thank you for your kind welcome, I am picking up my 1960s 3800 velosolex this weekend and will be looking forward to posting photos and will welcome any comments and help I can get as a new owner with day to day maintenance and hopefully registering with DVLA and eventually getting on the open road .
Reply Ian
6:16 PM on October 3, 2017 
Hi Paul,
Thanks for the human welcome.

Have recently purchased a S2200, not had it out in daylight yet, so no opportunity for pictures, but I will try ;-)

Nice to see such an active community on here - I will definitely bee keeping an eye on things, and contribute where I can