Sunday 31 July 2005
HELLO again my friends! I
am glad to be back again from my summer holidays in
France and having had a look at my website I have decided to re-arrange the
pages hopefully to make
them easier to navigate. Two new sections on books have
been added as well as a Search engine which searches the
whole website. I have also updated many sections with
information I received over the last few months.
from Compiegne, France has informed me that the France-Inter radio
transmission on the VeloSoleX broadcast
at 1500 hours on the 22 July 2005 can be heard in French
by going to "Laissez-vous transporter"
and clicking on "Ecoutez
l'emission du 22 Juillet 2005".
Barry from the UK has asked me what the correct mixture
is for use on a 1970 VeloSoleX S
and I forwarded him the information contained in the
of the Engine
page. Various combinations are regularly advised on
Internet websites including the usual 2-Stroke Mineral
Oil and Regular Unleaded Fuel 95 RON
at 33 : 1 (3%) but personally I have used Semi-Synthetic and Premium Unleaded Fuel 98
at 50 : 1 (2%) for two years now with no problems. The rumour of the SPI
Lip Seal behind the Crankshaft
Roller Bearing deteriorating with the use
of Premium or Super Unleaded Fuel is still debated on the VeloSoleX forums.
I am looking into this at
the moment and I shall put the conclusions I find on the website.
Craig from Ireland tells me he is restoring a VeloSoleX that
he bought back in 1988 when he was at school which was
previously owned by an actor in County Kildare. Unfortunately
it appears that cellulose thinners has been used
at some point to clean out the fuel system and despite
replacing the Fuel Pump Diaphragm
and cleaning the Fuel Pipes
and Fuel Tank, the
engine still refuses to start. Amongst other things,
I advised him that
he may be having the naughty troubles with the
Pump BALLS... Craig
also wishes to find out where the best place is to obtain
VeloSoleX parts. So if anyone over in Ireland
can help Craig secure a local source for spares I am
sure he will appreciate it (please forward me the details
to pass on).
David from France is after information on the
dark green Roland Garros
VeloSoleX S 3800 V1
Hungarian model (produced in 1996), labeled Cyklon (the
later V2 Hungarian model was labeled IMPEX).
I believe about 140 to 150 were made but he would like
to know exact figures if possible. So if anybody
knows and also about the differences
between the two, please drop me an email. The only
information I have at present is that on the V2
model the Engine Lift Handle was green, it had new cycle
pedals, the rear light was large with several compartments,
there was a identification plate under the seat towards
the front, it was numbered at the top of the forks and
had the word IMPEX marked
below the cylinder.
Alexandre from Portugal informs me that my site is
now listed on his Portuguese and English website VeloSoleX
:: A bicicleta que rola sozinha. Thanks for that
Alexandre. Alexandre has the history and technical documentation
of all models and several ZIP files for
VeloSoleX S 3800 Parts, Disassembly Guide and 5000 Cycle Parts.
His site is listed on my Links
page. I had a problem checking the link this morning
but he may be in the process of doing an update.
Jose, also from Portugal, has asked what 2-Stroke
tuning literature is available. I will be adding a section
to the website giving this information shortly. He also asks about the correct Spark
Plug. In this regard, I have revised my VeloSoleX S
Plug Table to make it easier to
Michel from France has written asking for information
on how to change the Carburettor Venturi Diameter.
The French Altavista translation of my website is a bit horrendous
and so I will be adding another picture at some point to the
section shortly to clarify what needs to be done.
Finally, Kevin from the UK has emailed to ask what
routine servicing is required for a 1968-70 VeloSoleX S
I have decided as a consequence to include an Adjustment,
Maintenance, Dis-assembly and Fault-finding section
to my website in the next few weeks. For now, here is a
very rough English
Translation of the guidebook using Google.
Well that's it for a few days. Until the next news,