c.1932 Raleigh 496cc Model 21
Registration no. Z 4785 (ROI)
Frame no. A11892
Engine no. DFRO 3/RAL 1024
Once Britain's best known and longest-lived bicycle maker, Raleigh also manufactured motorcycles from circa 1902 to 1905, and again from 1919 to 1933 while a range of mopeds plus a scooter was offered in the late 1950s/1960s. Looking very much like the contemporary Werner, and already obsolete, that first Raleigh was soon superseded by a range of more conventional machines, the first of which appeared at the 1903 Motor Cycle Show.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. Restored by Harry, the machine offered here is an example of the Model 21, a 500cc sidevalve that, like most of the range, had received a new saddle-style fuel tank for 1928. 'Z 4785' was first owned by Patrick Kane of 4 Main Street, Baldoyle and was last taxed for the road in March 1999. One of Harry's favourites for club runs, the Raleigh is said to be a very capable performer and he is saddened to see it go. The machine is offered with a history file, assorted photographs, dating certificate and Vehicle Registration Book.
- The machine is a Raleigh MH32 OHV and not a Model 21 as catalogued.
The engine number is: DPRO 32/ Ral 1024 496
There is no dating certificate or photographs on file.