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The Solex motor bicycle was built as the result of two French engineers endeavoring to create a better bicycle. They formed a company named Solex in 1905 to produce small engine parts. Their interest in building bicycles with emergency engines began to grow, and in 1916 they received a patent for an auxiliary engine to be placed in the center of the rear wheel of a bicycle. By 1940, a prototype was built with the engine located above the front tire. After World War II, the first Velosolex Cyclomoteurs were sold. Production continues today. While the motor-assisted bicycle had been a consistent seller in Europe and South Africa, Solex is now returning to the U.S. market. It has a retro look and gets 200 miles on one gallon of fuel. It is considered a bicycle so you do not need a motorcycle license. It weights just 62 pounds.
Country of Origin: France
Engine: 35cc, single cylinder
Transmission: Direct Drive
Top Speed: 20 miles per hour
Years of Production: 1947-present
Number Produced: Many
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