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Velocette D2-492-61-02
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Capacity : 250
Model : Ladie's model
Production : 1920 -
Category : (R) Street Bike


Dl2 220cc "ladies' Model" -1920

Birth of a great name

As strange as it may seem, the Velocette marque - famed for its oh-so-masculine

sporty four-strokes - started life as a lightweight two-stroke model.

Tiny Two-Stroke

The Model A of 1913 built by the Veloce Company of Birmingham was known as the "Velocette," a diminutive form of the firm’s name that emphasized its dainty nature.

Three-Model Range

It was a utility 206cc two-stroke, designed by Percy Goodman and his father John, who had founded the Veloce marque in 1905. The Velocette was available in three models: a belt-driven single-speeder, a "Deluxe" model with a two-speed transmission and all-chaindrive and an open-frame "Ladies' Model," which had an oddly-shaped aluminum shield over the cylinder head to protect the rider's skirt from the heat and oil of the engine. Veloce Limited promoted the virtues of the new ladies' utility model in a booklet entitled, "The Delights and Economy of Velocetting." In this booklet, Edwardian belles were shown achieving incredible fuel consumptions of over 100 mpg, climbing the steepest hills and using a minimum of oil - due to a lubrication system in which oil contained in a separate compartment was delivered to the moving parts of the engine by exhaust pressure. After WWI, the engine was uprated to 220cc and gained a detachable hatch - giving access to the overhung crank – and an oil pump to regulate the lubrication more positively. A works Velocette won a gold medal in the Autocycle Union's 1919 Six Days' Trial.


Engine: 220cc (62x73mm) air-cooled singlecylinder

Valves: two-stroke

Fuel System: Amac or Senspray carburetor

Transmission: 2-speed, chain fmal drive

Suspension: girder forks (front); rigid (rear)

Brakes: rim (front); drum (rear)

Wheels: 24x2.00 inch wire clincher (front & rear)

Weight: 132 lb

Maximum Speed: 50 mph


The Velocette two-stroke line was very popular in its day, which lasted from 1913 to 1926, when the most basic model cost only $57.


Motorcycle encyclopedia Moto Passion, realised by François-Marie Dumas, include almost 2000 photos presented with an exhaustive history of the motorcycles exhibited.

This unique collection has been realised with the participation of many specialists. With many thanks in particular to Yves Campion, Michael Dregni, Didier Ganneau, Jean Goyard, Helmut Krackowizer, Michel Montange, Christian Rey, Bernard Salvat, Mick Woollett, etc

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