1913 Veloce project
Veloce Ltd was the name of the company that made, sold and raced the famous Velocette motorcycles. There is a bit of a story in the name discrepancy. They made their first bikes with the Veloce badge, then introduced a small 2 stroke bike in 1913 with the diminutive ‘ette suffix. The 2 strokes sold well just after WWI and when the company introduce a new 4 stroke model in the mid 1920’s with Veloce on the tank, the buying public was accustomed to seeing Velocette. So that new K series bike (the OHC 350; precursor to the KSS and KTT) was re-badged a Velocette and the name was kept for all subsequent bikes, 2 strokes and 4 strokes.
Maybe that bit of trivia will win you a beer in your local pub trivia night. But for our purposes it is a place to start the story of the project bike shown in the photos below. This bike is a circa 1913 four stroke, and therefore was called a Veloce. Future articles will describe the story of the Veloce company and the models of bikes that they offered during the Veteran (pre WWI) years. And there will some of the details of the restoration project.
So, how to restore a 97 year old motorbike? Simple!
Step 1: open the crate
Step 2: assemble the bits
Step 3: enjoy. (or fix the broken bits, then enjoy.)