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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

The scarce Viceroy scooter of 1960s

As we all know, that in the 1950s to 1960s can be said as of the scooter heyday. It can be seen with the many emerging scooter brands in the world (especially in Europe).

In addition to Italy, which has been known as the country where the beginning of the emergence of this scooter trend occurred, it turns out in Britain there are also many emerging brands that also create an unusual form of scooters. And one of them is a scooter made by Velocette.
1960 Velocette Viceroy used a unique front-mounted 250cc two-stroke engine. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2ZyOaDh)
Velocette is a line of motorcycles made by Veloce Ltd, in Hall Green, Birmingham, England. One of several motorcycle manufacturers in Birmingham, Velocette was a small, family-owned firm, selling almost as many hand-built motorcycles during its lifetime, as the mass-produced machines of the giant BSA and Norton concerns.

In 1960, Velocette introduced the Velocette Viceroy, an unusual-shaped scooter that carried a 250 cc twin-stroke engine. What is unique to Viceroy is its twin-cylinder engine is mounted in front, and the fuel tank is mounted under the front legshield. The engine itself is very compact, and is connected to the clutch and transmission mounted behind by the drive shaft of the flywheel mounted on the engine.
1960 Velocette Viceroy's engine is capable of spewing power of more than 15 hp (11 kW) and made a comfortable cruising speed reported 65 mph (105 kph). (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2WX9Qau)
This scooter has also applied an electric starter to start the engine, by using a 12 volt electrical system, has a very low center of gravity, and this scooter engine is capable of spewing power of more than 15 hp (11 kW) and made a comfortable cruising speed reported 65 mph (105 kph). No wonder if the Viceroy scooter model performance, handling and features could be said to be the first class.
But unfortunately this scooter came at the wrong time where the market power and the rider preferences had been changed very drastic, it causing the scooter to be unsuccessful in sales. It was noted later that the company had never made a scooter anymore until closed in February 1971.😭

Kept spur your adrenaline on the power of the two-wheeled monster and stay alive with true safety riding. May God will forgive Your sins and so does the cops......  *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | RETRORAMBLING | WIKIPEDIA]
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