A production Velocette Venom Clubman set the 24-hour world record at a speed of 100.05 mph on March 18th, 1961. It was the first motorcycle of any size to top the 100 mph in 24 hours, and to this date no other machine of the same capacity has been able to equal or improve on this record.
This project came to us from an incredibly knowledgeable and discerning collector who knew the motorcycle had great potential, but was not fully realized in its current state. What started as a few simple changes to an already solid platform soon escalated into the stunning custom bike featured here.
The Revival Cycles team began with a Rickman-Metisse road racing frame powered by a Velocette Venom engine. This particular Velocette engine has been treated to a host of racing tricks such as a ported, dual plug head, 10:1 compression and electronic ignition. A custom built stainless steel exhaust with a custom megaphone muffler provide plenty of sound and free breathing for the hot engine. An Alton alternator conversion, a MotoGadget M-unit and a fully custom built wiring harness round out the electronics and provide the most modern electronics known to a Velocette.
The next step was to get the frame lines just right for a proper racing stance. Up front, we custom machined a set of triple trees that clamp to a set of Ceriani replica forks that have been retrofitted with fully adjustable cartridge style damper. Underneath the stock appearing fork caps you’ll find the pre-load adjustment for the springs, along with compression adjustment in one fork leg and rebound damping in the other to give the most grip possible for this race inspired machine. Sitting loud and proud up front is a Magnesium 4 leading shoe Fontana front drum brake that provides plenty of power to slow down this 275 lb. (wet) featherweight. The polished Borrani 19” shouldered rims provide the right proportions to the massive front drum and beautifully polished Norton Manx rear drum. A custom set of Ikon shocks completes the rolling chassis. The next step included cutting off the rear of the frame and building a traditional frame hoop with a recess mounted Super Nova tail light / brake light combo. Along with all new hidden electrical bracketry and bodywork mounts.
With the drivetrain and chassis ready to hit the vintage racing scene, now it was time to focus on making the Velo look the part. This started with extensive modifications to the alloy fuel tank for a better fit, cleaner lines and a smooth transition to the hand formed alloy tail section. The front fairing is all hand formed alloy inspired by MV Agusta and Velo Thruxton vintage race bikes with a tiny Miller headlight frenched into the polished reveal. The stainless steel tubing provides structure for the fairing and a nice home for the mechanical Smith’s tachometer twisted slightly to keep the riders focus on high rev shifts. A pair of hand formed alloy fenders were constructed and polished to a mirror shine with stainless steel mounts used to keep them in place. With all of this alloy work completed it would have been a shame to hide it all in the incredibly deep and dark British Racing Green, so a polished center stripe was left to show off the metal work, outlined in gold pinstriping. Thanks to all of the design decisions and hard work, the Rickman-Revival Velocette took home the style and design award at the prestigious 2016 Quail gathering in Pebble Beach, CA and was included in the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
Weight (wet): 275
Material: 4130 Chrome-moly tubing, nickel plated.
Rickman - Metisse 1960’s road racing frame, oil in frame design, custom fabricated electrical mounting brackets, custom fabricated bodywork mounts, recess mounted tail / brake light into rear hoop. Nickel plated frame and swingarm
Front: Ceriani OT35 EVO R drum racing forks with polished 4-piece stanchion and aluminium top nut
Tubes guided by low friction DU bushings for the lowest stiction. Sealed cartridge hydraulics designed, adjustable preload and damping settings. Ceriani GP racing triple clamps, Ceriani GP racing friction damper
Rear: Custom built Ikon racing shocks
Hub: Fontana Midsize replica in Magnesium, 4LS drum brake, 210mm