I am really a Norton man but something about the Velocette draws me to it so I had to buy this book. I was not disappointed. Very good coverage of the history, models, and detail of the bikes. Plenty of technical info as well. A recommended book for any British bike enthusiast, not just Velocette owners.
This is an extremely thorough, detailed and informative book about a selection of Velocette motorcycles. It's text-heavy, with masses of information in great depth. It's not really a coffee-table book, nor is it a full marque history, but instead concentrates on the later motorcycles in the Velocette range. `Velocette Motorcycles' is weighted towards the post-war and 1950s-on variations of the breed so the 500cc MSS steps forward to take centre stage, along with the Viper, Venom, Scrambler, Clubman, Special and Thruxton offshoots.
This is the third edition of Rod Burris' comprehensive chronicle, which covers the pushrod models in considerable detail. The 2010 edition has been enhanced and expanded and now runs to over 200 pages as a large format hardback, with more than 400 illustrations, many of them gloriously reproduced original factory brochures and catalogues. Chapters One and Two detail the marque's history, taking the early and vintage years at something of a gallop, then going into greater detail for post-war evolution of the Venom and Viper. Racing successes, record breaking, factory personnel, contemporary tests and customer correspondence all contribute towards an overview of a company which was striving to build the best motorcycles it possibly could, sometimes in trying circumstances. The second half of the book goes into extreme, nut, bolts and part number detail about the development of the M-series machines into and throughout the 1960s. There's a full technical analysis of the engine, accompanied by many exploded and clearly labelled diagrams, a similar discussion of the clutch, primary drive and gearbox, a full review of the frame, suspension, brakes and such, plus a summary of the current situation and which modifications and upgrades best suit the breed. This chapter will be particularly useful to any owner and incorporates a wealth of photos, recommendations and hard-won information gleaned from personal experience. Many of the brochures and catalogue which are reproduced here are very hard to find elsewhere. I particularly enjoyed seeing the original, black and white photos of the different departments at Veloce's Hall Green works - plus a shot of Bertie Goodman giving an experimental Clubman Venom an extreme outing at MIRA in 1958, breaking the 100mph barrier! The illustrations are all very well captioned, and the author's attention to detail is to be applauded. Rod Burris has been gathering the material which has gone into this book for something like four decades... and it shows.
Before ordering, however, you should check that you don't already own an earlier version of this book -- because much of it is duplicated in the current edition. 9/10
I bought this book for my father who has a Velocette and who's family worked in the factory and test department. He was really impressed with the book and it's contents. The book contains all the details you could ever wish to find and some great photo's. I had a read through and learnt a lot about the company which was interesting because I'd heard a lot over the years from family member.
The only negative was that the book came in a plastic wrapper and when my father ripped the plastic to get to the book the front cover ripped as he pulled the wrapping off. The plastic must have been stuck to the cover :( It's a shame because it's a really nicely designed cover.
Overall, if you want to find out about Velocette, want some cracking pictures (including old advertisements) and would like a really nice high quality well thought out book, look no further.
Velocette was one of the finest British motorcycle manufacturers, and this book is a must for all lovers of the great British classic bikes, especially the Velocette fanatics. They are usually perfectionists, who are very knowledgeable about the subject, and sometimes books don't satisfy their expectations - not this one. It is beautifully presented and full of accurate detail. I happily recommend it.
This is an excellent book, with plenty of illustrations and a wealth of historic advertising brochure illustrations. I did think the authors negative comments about the innovative Velocette rear suspension layout a bit odd, but that is only his personal view, strange I thought for one that considers himself a Velocette enthusiast.
bought this book for my husband for christmas on recamondation of a friend .One of the best presents I have ever bought him he has not had his head out of this since christmas anyone who has velocettes or is just interested in them this book is a must Rod Burris knows everthing about them I even found tthis book interesting
I can't comment on the content of the book specifically as it was a Xmas present for my dad.. But the quality of the book is good with lots of old pictures and diagrams and he was really pleased with it