BOLO Stolen Velocettes

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Nov 21, 2005

Got some distressing news from friend of the magazine George Missbach the other day. Seems that sometime between July 1st and 3rd, two of his prized motorcycles were stolen, a couple of nice Velocettes. As Velos are a rare site in classifieds or on eBay, George is asking if the Cycle World extended family could keep an eye out for the bikes.

Seen this Velocette special, stolen over the long Fourth of July weekend? If so, please get in touch with the owner.
The first is a 1960 500cc Venom that was custom-built by Dave Smith in Chicago. “It has a short-stroke, squish-head motor with dual plugs, plus a dual-leading-shoe front brake with air scoop, and a small black gas tank with rubber knee pads and round red Velo emblems,” says George. “The engine number is VM4431, the frame number is RS15127 and the 2006 Georgia license plate is 'VELO60'.” At the time of the theft the BTH magneto, oil tank, timing cover and magneto timing gear were not fitted so these components would be needed to run the bike.

The second bike is an unrestored 1970 500cc Thruxton with approximately 1300 original miles on the odometer. “The engine number is VMT1159C (coil ignition) and the frame number is RS20087,” says George. The bike was not registered for the street and does not have a tag. It was prepped for racing and the tank is painted a distinctive "Robin's Egg Blue" color.

“If any of your hear any details about these fine motorcycles, I'd certainly appreciate hearing from you; thanks very much for your help,” says George, who can be reached at 3715 Northside Parkway, NW Atlanta, Georgia 30327; phone 404/237-1694, fax 404/237-0058, e-mail

Pictures of bike at ... icle_id=39 second story down
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