Message From Jeff Solex Rally in New York

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					                            Published Quarterly by VeloCruz                     Vol. 4 No. 2

                                                                                                                         Riding in The
                                                                                                                         Big Apple
                                                                                                                         Solexes and

From Jeff
                                                                                                                         Citroens alike
                                                                                                                         brave the New
                                                                                                                         York City traffic
                                                                                                                         during the 5th
By Jeff Matthews, VeloCruz president                                                                                     annual Greater
                                                                                                                         New York
Greetings to all our customers, dealers, and                                                                             Citroen and
vendors. We are in the midst of our busiest                                                                              Velosolex Club’s
season ever, but I wanted to take a minute to                                                                            Bastille Day
update you on a few fronts:                                                                                              rendezvous.

• Demand for Solex bikes and parts has
never been greater. Do you know that for
the first time ever we are completely out of
stock on new bikes, and are taking orders
(in advance) for the first shipment of 2004
model bikes coming from Hungary in a few
weeks? Here are some interesting statistics
to give you a feel for how popular this prod-
uct has become:

 - website visits have in-
   creased from 1200/day in 2003 to 4500/
   day in 2004.

 - Bike and parts orders have increased by
   20 percent over last summer. We have
   shipped more than 1,000 parts across

                                                Solex Rally in New York
   the country and around the world.

 - The term “solex motorbike” is found on
   652 websites today as compared to 115
   websites in 2003.                            By Brian Colter
                                                On July 11, 2004 the 5th annual Greater     can get in New York City in the summer
 - The Yahoo Solex Club has grown from          New York Citroen and Velosolex Club’s       time. A little cooler would have been nice,
   108 members in 2003 to 364 members           Bastille Day Rendezvous was held in New     but at least it wasn’t raining.
   today, with an average of two new post-      York City. This event was created and           My day started early, as I didn’t really
   ings per day by the members. If you’re       organized by Ed Merryman and Howie          know how long it would take to get to the
   not using this tool to interact with other   Seligman to celebrate Bastille Day, New     starting point on my 1949 Velosolex. I had
   Solex owners, you are really missing out.    York, and Citroen and Velosolex vehicles.   gotten the bike running a few months ear-
                                                    The weather was great—85 degrees,
VELOCRUZ continued on page 8 >>>                sunny and not as oppressively humid as it      RALLY continued on page 2 >>>
                                                                                                  ted earlier heading toward the rally and that
                                                                                                  was thought to carry Sean and his late 70s
                                                                                                  model 3800 Solex (black of course) as was
                                                                                                  the case last year. His model is a popular
                                                                                                  one for restoration, especially in the United
                                                                                                  States. Many of the parts available for the
                                                                                                  newer models fit this older model, the
                                                                                                  major difference being the lighting system
                                                                                                  and the handlebar controls. There were
                                                                                                  quite a few sold in Michigan and are often
                                                                                                  found on e-Bay (I’ve bought three myself!).
                                                                                                      Before too long, the plan was changed
                                                                                                  to meet the HY fire truck at the next stop.
                                                                                                  The signal to depart was given and we made
                                                                                                  one quick warm-up lap of Grant’s Tomb.
                                                                                                  After some quick, fine-tuning of one of the
                                                                                                  2CVs, we were off. Olivier led the club to
                                                                                                  the next rendezvous point, one of the many
                                                                                                  worldwide children’s clothing stores that
                                                                                                  he manages, Le Petite Bateau on Madison
                                                                                                  Avenue. At the store, he provided cold
                                                                                                  refreshments and gifts for the club members.
                                                                                                  Ed had brought along some spare Solex fuel
                                                                                                  and kindly filled up Olivier’s tank. The HY
lier and it runs great, but I had never given       When I arrived, Ed was waiting with           truck arrived and Sean unloaded his Solex.
it this much of a workout and I had never       his beautiful Citroen 2CV. Other vehicles         The three of us had a great time dodging
taken it across any major bridges. I packed     began to line up, but no other Velosolexes.       taxis and tourist buses as we headed for the
some supplies, tools, and spare parts in the    It was fun learning about the Citroens and        next rendezvous point. All three Solexes ran
tool box and on the rack, filled the tank and   answering questions about the Velosolex.          well. Mine only stalled once when a taxi cut
original optional spare tank with fuel and      One member had some old magazine adver-           me off and I had to lock up the brakes; no
got under way. It took about an hour and a      tisements that he shared with the group.          clutch on the older models. I had to cheat
half to do the 10 miles, shutting down the      Finally, just before the start, Olivier arrived   occasionally, shutting down the motor and
motor and pedaling across the pedestrian        on a new, black Velosolex, complete with          pedaling through a red light or two to keep
walkway of the bridge, and starting it back     saddle bags. It was decided to wait awhile        up with the others. The top speed of the
up on the other side.                           for a Citroen fire truck that had been spot-      older bikes is only 18 mph. I hit 25-30
                                                                                                  kph (metric speedometer on my bike) on
                                                                                                  a couple of downhills; yes, there are hills in
                                                                                                  Manhattan. Sean’s bike was running strong
                                                                                                  thanks to some hard-to-find throttle parts
                                                                                                  obtained from Tommie Matthews last year.
                                                                                                  And Olivier’s new Solex was very quick.
                                                                                                      We reached Washington Square Park
                                                                                                  and all the vehicles lined up in front of
                                                                                                  the Washington Square Arch, which was

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modeled after the Arc de Triomphe in
Paris. There were about 15 cars and trucks,
including two CXs, 1 XM, at least 3 DSs, 2
truckettes, lots of 2CV types, the HY van,
and a Traction-Avant Lite 15. There was
also a Peugeot, a French-designed Mercedes,
and the 3 Velosolexes. (Sorry if I forgot any-
body). Many people stopped to look and
ask questions. Sean used his French-speak-
ing skills to chat with several tourists from
Europe. I used the break
time to fill up my fuel tank,
make adjustments, and take
some photos. Ed and com-
pany set up a table and had
some food and drinks.
    The last leg of the
run involved crossing the
Brooklyn Bridge from                                                                             Above: The Citroen truck that carried Sean’s
Manhattan to Brooklyn                                                                            Solex. Left: A group playing Petanque.
where a French/American
street fair was happening.                                                                       for display and set off to enjoy the festivities.
Sean took the safe, sane                                                                         A “boulodrome” had been set up for teams
route and packed his bike                                                                        to compete playing Petanque, a French
into the HY. Olivier and                                                                         game that seemed to be a cross between
I were a bit more daring                         and flirting with disaster. Luckily I’m a New   bocce ball, horseshoes, and shuffleboard.
(crazy?) and drove across with the cars.         Yorker and was not fazed by the yelling,        A band was playing and tents were set up
Anyone who has ridden one of these old           honking, and hand and finger gestures.          selling drinks and food. Bar Tabac was hop-
bikes and is reading this is probably either         We pulled up to the last rendezvous         ping and the corner store had cold beer.
shaking their head or laughing hysteri-          point, Bar Tabac, and were greeted by the       Several club members were seen sampling
cally as they picture me trying to get up the    enthusiastic fair crowd taking pictures and     French drinks and others were drinking
uphill side of the bridge, pedaling furiously    asking questions. We lined up the vehicles      cans of Beck’s from paper bags.
                                                                                                      As the party wound down, I said my
                                                                                                 goodbyes to the few remaining club mem-

3800 vs. 4600—What’s the Dif?                                                                    bers and headed off on my 9-mile ride
                                                                                                 home with the setting sun at my back. I had
                                                                                                 covered about 34 miles on the day. The fact
By Jim Clift                                                                                     that my 1949 Velosolex started right up on
                                                                                                 the first try after rebuilding the motor and
Here’s what I’ve found different between           like the bracket on bicycles with front
                                                                                                 it completed this long, stop and go run in
my 3800 and 4600.                                  reflectors
                                                                                                 New York summer heat with no problems is
                                                 • Headlight on engine is integral with
                                                                                                 a testament to the quality engineering and
                                                   engine cover. Switch is on the cover.
                                                                                                 production skills of the manufacturers.
                                                 • No horn.
                                                                                                      I’d like to thank Ed and Howie and the
                                                 • “Backwards” hand levers on handle bars
                                                                                                 Greater New York Citroen and Velosolex
                                                   for brakes. Front brake can be set up to
                                                                                                 Club for running a smooth event and the
                                                   operate throttle as on earlier models.
                                                                                                 sponsors of the event, including Le Petite
                                                 • Compression release is a gray plastic lever
                                                                                                 Bateau, Bar Tabac, Velosolex-America and
                                                   on the right handle bar that operates the
                                                                                                 Budget Rent-a-Car of Hudson County,
                                                   compression release thru a rod about the
                                                                                                 New Jersey. I’d also like to thank all the
                                                   diameter of a bicycle spoke. The com-
                                                                                                 people that helped me get this bike run-
                                                   pression release is used both to start and
                                                                                                 ning, including Velocruz, Velosolex-
3800:                                              stop the engine.
                                                                                                 America, Fred and Marc from LeSolex,
• Engine “drop” lever is a pressed steel unit    • Throttle on mine is a large pressed steel
                                                                                                 Bixente Moto, Harris Cyclery and The
  attached to the cylinder head that holds         squeeze lever on the right handle bar.
                                                                                                 Solex Owners of America Yahoo Group.
  the motor in the up position by being            Never seen another one with this arrange-
  placed in a “hook” that is sandwiched            ment.
                                                                                                 Brian Colter is a master Solex mechanic liv-
  between the steering head bearing nut
                                                   SOLEX INFO cont’d on page 4 >>>               ing in New York City.

                                                 The Solex Lifestyle
SOLEX INFO cont’d from page 3 >>>

• Tail light is a very nice looking plastic
  lens that follows the fender’s curva-
                                                 By Solex Fans from Around the World
• No stop light.
                                                 Have You Heard This One?                         Ferrari all the way up to 320 mph. Not
                                                 A hip young man goes out and buys                ten seconds later, he sees the Solex bear-
                                                 the best car on the market, a brand new          ing down on him again! The Ferrari is flat
                                                 GTO. It is also the most expensive car in        out, and there’s nothing he can do!
                                                 the world, and it costs him $500,000.                Suddenly, the Solex plows into the
                                                     He takes it out for a spin and stops at      back of his Ferrari, demolishing the rear
                                                 a red light. An old man on a Solex, look-        end. The young man stops and jumps
                                                 ing about 100 years old, pulls up next to        out and unbelievably the old man is still
                                                 him. The old man looks over at the sleek,        alive.
                                                 shiny car and asks, “What kind of car ya’            He runs up to the mangled old man
                                                 got there sonny?”                                and says, “Oh My Gosh! Is there anything
• The engine “drop” lever, on the right
   side of fuel tank, is a rod with a knob
                                                     The young man replies, “A Ferrari            I can do for you?”
   that lowers motor thru a plate mount-         GTO. It cost half a million dollars!”                The old man whispers:
   ed on engine.                                     “That’s a lot of money,” says the old            “Unhook… my… suspenders…
• Headlight is a sealed beam unit mount-         man. “Why does it cost so much?”                 from… your… side-view… mirror.”
   ed on the handlebar stem nut. Switch              “Because this car can do up to 320                                        —David Burton
   is a separate conventional type on the        miles an hour!” states the young dude                                         Plain City, Utah
   left handlebar. Horn switch is also           proudly.
   located here.                                     The Solex driver asks, “Mind if I take       Smitten by the Solex
• Electric horn.                                 a look inside?”                                       One typical early evening in the
• Standard “Magura” brand hand levers                “No problem,” replies the owner. So          beginning of August 1974, a girl rode by
   as found on other mopeds. Equipped            the old man pokes his head in the win-           our home on a Solex. I was fascinated by
   with stop light switches.                     dow and looks around. Then, sitting back         it, found out where she had purchased it,
• Compression release on left handle-            on his Solex, the old man says, “That’s a        and drove over to the bike shop the next
   bar resembles a small brake lever and         pretty nice car, all right... but I’ll stick
                                                                                                  day to find out more. Needless to say,
   operates thru cable. Engine ignition          with my Solex!”
   ground switch is on right handle bar.                                                          I bought one on August 6, 1974 at the
                                                     Just then the light changes, so the guy
   A separate switch.                                                                             age of 42 and went back the next day to
                                                 decides to show the old man just what his
• Throttle is twist type.                                                                         purchase one for my wife, age 36.
                                                 car can do. He floors it, and within 30
• Tail light is a standard design unit with                                                            We enjoyed riding our Solexes
                                                 seconds the speedometer reads 160 mph.
   dual filament bulb for stoplight.                 Suddenly, he notices a dot in his rear       throughout our subdivision, stopping to
• Magneto has a third coil (or “roll” as         view mirror. It seems to be getting closer! He   visit with friends and neighbors. Our
   they’re called in the literature) for stop-                                                    French poodle, Charlie, accompanied us
                                                 slows down to see what it could be and sud-
   light and horn.                                                                                and would actually sit by the blue bike
                                                 denly WHHHOOOOOOSSSSSHHH!
• The engines are essentially the same                                                            (had a carrier basket) and whimper in his
                                                 Something whips by him going much
   3800 motor, except for the modified                                                            special way, telling us, let’s go for our ride.
                                                 faster! “What on earth could be going
   magneto and the fact that the front
                                                 faster than my Ferrari?” the young man           This went on for about two years. Then
   engine cover does not have provision
                                                 asks himself. He floors the accelerator and      other interests captured our time. But I
   for the headlight. A 4600 emblem
   replaces that.                                takes the Ferrari up to 250 mph. Then,           never wanted to sell the bikes, thinking
• The 4600 has a tag on the neck that            up ahead of him, he sees that it’s the old       someday we would be entertained riding
   lists the frame number and states that        man on the Solex! Amazed that the Solex          them again. I was right. Almost 25 years
   the vehicle conforms to laws at date of       could pass his Ferrari, he gives it more         later, here we are again riding our 1974
   manufacture, along with the manufac-          gas and passes the Solex at 275 mph.             Solex bikes and probably enjoying them
   turing date. This tag is part of that law.    WHOOOOOOOSHHHHH! He’s feel-                      more now in our retirement than we did
• The 4600 described is the USA/DOT              ing pretty good until he looks in his mir-       in our younger years. A beautiful Metro
   version sold here in the states in the        ror and sees the old man gaining on him          park has opened within two miles of our
   70s. A Canadian version 4600 is also          AGAIN!
   available, but this is a model with               Astounded by the speed of his old
   which I’m not familiar.                       guy, he floors the gas pedal and takes the       SOLEX STORIES cont’d on page 8 >>>

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   Saddlebags (black with Solex Logo)
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From the Young Solex Riders
By Angie Sumbot and Andrew Pascoe

First Ride Memory                             so good in fact, that I took it all the way    more than me. I am thinking of setting
    The first time I rode my Solex was        around Gulf Breeze two times already!          up a dealership in Gulf Breeze (Pensacola
the day of my eleventh birthday. I was        (Gulf Breeze isn’t very big.) The first time   Beach).
                    so happy because I        I took it around the block, I was followed
                    had wanted a Solex        home by a police car because I ran the                    —Defender of the Solex name
                    motorbike for so          stop sign (without the motor). Here it is,                     in Gulf Breeze, Florida,
                    long. The moment          the story on how I came into ownership:                       Andrew Pascoe, age 16,
                    I got it, I named it           Six months ago, my neighbor was                        (when article was written)
                    Betsy the cow. I real-    having a garage sale
                    ize that the name is      and my Dad got a ’77
                    kind of funny; I don’t    Honda Accord for $50
                    know why I named          with brand new tires and
                    her Betsy the cow. I      when they pulled it out
guess it was because when the motor first     of the garage, I found
started it sounded like an old cow’s moo.     it (the Solex) covered in
Or maybe it was because I was just young      dust and cobwebs. I man-
and stupid. When I got home I rode old        aged to pull it out and ask
Betsy up the street and all the neighbor-     if they were going to sell
hood kids were so jealous and wanted to       it. They said yes, so I said
ride on the back but I said no and you        not yet, and asked my
know what? They still say it today. I am      Dad if I could buy it. He
pretty protective of ol’ Betsy–I don’t even   said, “Yes.” And I asked
like to bring her to school for fear old      how much and they said
Betsy will get a ding or something. Well,     $25. So I said, “I’ll take
that’s the story and it always will be the    it!” The Solex came with
story of how I got old Betsy the cow, my      saddle bags and every-
motor-powered maroon Solex.                   thing except the mirror.
                                              I took it everywhere for
                —Angela Sumbot, age 14
                                              the next five days and I
                        Bountiful, Utah
                                              had a blast. So now you
                                              know how I got the Solex
Hidden Gem
                                              moped. Because it works
   It works! Thank you very much,
                                              so well, my Dad rides it
Tommie. The Solex works wonderfully,

          Do you have                                                                                 questions?

                                                        Send them to:
                                                        JaNae Wright
                                       For inclusion in an upcoming Solex newsletter.

Tragedy Becomes Destiny
By Fred Defoe, Calgary, Alberta

    About two years ago I ordered a            more ways to get your moped out of the        did, to my astonishment. And Tommie
1960s Velosolex 3800 from an outfit in         way of danger quickly. You can stop fast,     has been working behind the scenes,
Canada. Although bought and paid for,          dodge around things fast, and even zip        unsung, to make this all happen. What
the bike was never delivered. But through      the moped onto the sidewalk or between        impresses me about that was there was
a unique set of circumstances, it arrived at   two posts if need be. I’d like to see a car   no real business interest for Tommie
the door a few days ago.                       try that one.                                 to be so involved. He has a long-term
    I am now the proud owner of not one,            Since I live and work right in the city  vision which is so refreshing to see and so
but two mopeds: the vintage 3800 and a         center, I can’t hon-                                                inspiring to experi-
new Tomos as well. There are people who        estly claim a ‘need’                                                ence.
can’t understand why I’d want a moped          for a car. Also, in
                                                                            Years ago I fell in love with              About         two
at all, let alone two of them. Car owners      Alberta, car insur-          riding a bicycle and the years ago I posted a
give you that look like “it’s only a mat-      ance is sky-high: it         whole cycling experience, note on one of the
ter of time and you’ll be squashed” and        would cost around                                                   Solex group mes-
motorcycle owners give you that “one-          $3,000 a year, or            which includes a spiritual sage boards about
day-you’ll-grow-up-and-get-a-real-bike”        more, just for insur-        way of perceiving your sur- not receiving the
look.                                          ance. Never mind
    Years ago I fell in love with riding a     gas, oil, maintenance,
                                                                            roundings—you can take Solex I had ordered.
                                                                                                                   I commented that
bicycle and the whole cycling experience,      parking, etc. I fig-         the time to look around, I had perceived
which includes a spiritual way of perceiv-     ured out a long time         and breathe the fresh air, that there existed a
ing your surroundings—you can take             ago I could have a                                                  Solex culture, or a
the time to look around, and breathe the       brand new moped—             and see the trees and feel moped culture, that
fresh air, and see the trees and feel the      or two—every year            the sunsets.                           I wanted to be part
sunsets. You’re not making good time           for that price. With                                                of. The culture I had
on the expressway heading home yak-            a moped you have a greatly extended           perceived was a group of people bound
king on your cell phone—you’re floating        perimeter and can face those grim hills       together not by geography but by the
through a gently unfolding world. Yet I        with a sigh of relief. Next summer I am       love of the moped experience. I had
found my 51-year-old muscles only let          planning several multi-day trips that I       perceived that these people look out for
me go a certain distance, so I was lim-        could not pull off with just a bicycle, nor   one another, that they understand one
ited by a perimeter roughly the size of        would I appreciate with a car.                another, that they share common values,
the city. Being in the foothills, Calgary,          The Tomos, having no pedals, has to      and that they are all on the “same side.”
Alberta is also full of unforgiving hills. I   be licensed and insured (for a grand total    When the Solex never arrived, that vision
wanted to be able to get out of the city       of $62 a year). The Velosolex, on the         was crushed. But Tommie and Helmut
once in a while. I already liked the pace      other hand, does not need to be licensed      have restored that faith.
of the bicycling experience. Mopeds offer      and insured, at least not in Alberta. Here         Though neither of them had any-
the same experience with virtually unlim-      it is legally classified as a “power-assisted thing personally to gain, they both set an
ited range. They can go where cars can         bicycle” and is above the law, or beyond      inspiring example of the best that human-
not go easily and quickly. And if you’re       the law, however you look at it. You can      ity can offer: compassion, empathy, and
far from home and tired, no problem.           ride it anywhere and park it anywhere,        understanding. I know one day I’ll be
Just cruise home. If more people under-        just like a bicycle.                          stuck in the middle of nowhere with a
stood just how refreshing, liberating, and          So the moped experience is just what     flat tire or some other problem. I’ll phone
invigorating the moped experience is,          the doctor ordered. The only way that         Tommie and you know what—he’ll send
they would be lined up at the shops buy-       I ended up with the Velosolex 3800            me whatever I need and save my butt.
ing them. In Europe, people know the           is through the kind efforts of Tommie         I already know this about him. As a
convenience of the moped. Mopeds are           Matthews of Velocruz and a fellow in          consumer, it is a rare experience to come
all over the place.                            Massachusetts by the name of Helmut           across someone who goes above and
    I should add, too, that mopeds are         Asmus. Helmut heard of my plight with         beyond the call of duty, if it ever happens
incredibly maneuverable. I actually feel       the Velosolex that was ordered but never      at all. And as a consumer, I am relieved,
safer on a moped than I did driving a car.     delivered, and offered to send me one to      grateful, and inspired by the example he
Why? There are more “outs”—there are           replace my “missing” Solex. Which he          sets for us all.

VELOCRUZ continued from page 1 >>>                              evangelizing the product in your neighbor-                  SOLEX STORIES cont’d from page 4 >>
                                                                hoods or helping customers in their restora-
                                                                tion projects. Don’t hesitate to contact me if
• The Solex 3800 is back in production in                                                                                                                home. The
                                                                you’re interested.
Hungary by the firm Cyklopres KFT. This                                                                                                                   nature trails,
is the group that acquired the assets, and                                                                                                               bike trails and
                                                                This is an exciting time. I am continually
many of the management team from the for-                                                                                                                park grounds
                                                                impressed with the passion that our deal-
mer producer Impex. They have made a few                                                                                                                 are delight-
                                                                ers, customers, and partners share for this
minor improvements to the bike including
                                                                simple but elegant product. Please let us                                                ful. We pack
replacing the traditional points/condenser
                                                                know if there’s anything we can do to assist                                             a picnic lunch
system with an electronic ignition system.
                                                                you. Never hesitate to e-mail me directly                                                or dinner and
                                                                ( or to call me (801-                                                 enjoy nature
 • We are looking to expand our dealer/ser-
                                                                733-4578) if I can do something for you.                                                 at its finest.
vice network throughout the country. If you
                                                                     In conclusion, we thank you for making                                              With the lat-
love this bike, then this might be a good
                                                                this business so much fun.
opportunity to make a little extra money                                                                                    est gas crunch the 200 miles per gallon
                                                                                                                            was a real treat. We are constantly stopped
                                                                                                                            by people who ask us about the bikes. Do
                                                                                     Solex Memories Last                    we want to sell them? No, but now I do
                                                                                     Forever and are Worldwide
                                                                                                                                                          carry a bro-
                                                                                     This picture was submitted by
                                                                                     two brothers (Gary and Mason                                         chure with
                                                                                     Platt) from the United Kingdom.                                      me most of
                                                                                     They write, “This picture was
                                                                                     taken in France the summer of                                        the time so
                                                                                     2002. Not many boys haven’t                                          people can
                                                                                     seen a Solex. These lucky lads
                                                                                     ride them day after day, and                                         have some
                                                                                     they are kept going thanks to                                        information
                                                                                                                                                          on how and
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                                                                                                                                                          chase one.
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                                C a n Yo u To p T h i s P h o t o ?                                                         time to enjoy life and we can honestly
            ENTER     THE   PHOTO CONTEST            AND    WIN    A   FABULOUS SOLEX KEYCHAIN                              say our Solex bikes contribute to that
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