1924 Raleigh 799cc Model 12
Registration no. DS 7575
Frame no. 533
Engine no. V546
Britains best-known and longest-lived bicycle maker, Raleigh also manufactured motorcycles from circa 1902 to 1905, and again from 1919 to 1933. More recently, the Nottingham company offered a range of mopeds plus a scooter in the late 1950s/1960s. Raleighs first powered two-wheeler looked very much like the contemporary Werner, carrying its engine in front of the steering head with drive being transmitted via belt to a large diameter pulley clipped to the spokes of the front wheel. Already obsolete, that first Raleigh was soon superseded by a range of more conventional machines, the first of which appeared at the 1903 Motor Cycle Show. Sales must have been disappointing though, for only two years later Raleigh announced its complete withdrawal from the motorcycle market. The firm was back immediately after The Great War with a horizontally-opposed inline twin of advanced design, and during the 1920s the Raleigh range would expand to include machines of a wide variety of capacities and types, ranging from a 175cc unitary construction lightweight to a hefty 998cc v-twin. In 1924 the horizontal twin was replaced by a new 799cc v-twin, which was available as a solo (Model 12) or motorcycle combination (Models 13 and 14). Rated at 7hp for taxation purposes, the sidevalve engine was of Raleighs own design and manufacture. The new v-twin featured all-chain drive via a Sturmey Archer three-speed gearbox, Brampton Biflex forks, dummy belt rim front brake and a 7 drum brake at the rear. A compact design meant that wheelbase ended up only 2 longer than that of the contemporary 350 single, making the twin a pleasant machine to ride in solo trim.
This Raleigh Model 12 had already been restored to a high standard when it was purchased at Brooks Stafford Sale in April 2000 (Lot 351) having previously belonged to collector, Michael Moore. Noteworthy features include a Bonniksen black-faced 100mph Time & Speed meter, Waltham 8-day clock, Lucas horn and a full P&H lighting set. The machine is offered with assorted correspondence, sundry invoices, old/current Swansea V5/V5C documents, expired MoT (2003) and a quantity of related original and copy literature to include a handbook, instruction manuals and spare parts lists. In addition, there is a quantity of spares with it to include an engine (V1268), front forks, mudguards, white tyres, etc.