Velocette classic motorcycle

Velocette MSS 500

It seems so strange now, but before the 1960s, dirt bikes usually had the same chassis as their road-going counterparts. And if you wanted a bike to race, you could order a basic engine and frame from the factory, and then finish the machine to your own specification. In France, you were known as a…

1967 Velocette MSS

The Venom is perhaps the first motorcycle that springs to mind when Velocette is mentioned, but this MSS has a certain style too. The MSS was launched in 1935, but WWII halted production and it wasn’t until 1954 that an updated, improved model reappeared. It was fitted with sidecar lugs, which this owner has taken…

Burt Munro Velocette

A few hours ago, this skeletal, history-soaked drag racer went up for grabs at the Webb’s classic motorcycle auction in New Zealand. The Velocette was modified by Burt Munro and his mate Duncan Meikle: although Munro is obviously associated with Indians, he actually spent more time racing Velocettes. This bike sold for NZ$71,000 (US$37,500), a…