The Solex is a powered
bicycle, not a moped. It
was invented in 1946 in France, as a low cost,
reliable transport for a decimated country. It is a
classic design which, since its invention, has sold
over 8 million, mainly in Europe and
Scandinavia. They have a tremendous reputation
for being fun, reliable and economic.
When the founder died, the business was passed
on to his sons who quickly sold it to Yamaha, who
in turn closed the plant and ceased production.
The original tools, however were sold and with
them, a new company, Impex has started
production again now in Hungary.
The 'new' Solex is therefore not a replica but the
original, and a current power unit could be fitted
to a 1946 model. The wonderful simple engine
has, however, been modified to run on unleaded
fuel and a tiny oil ratio of only 2-3% oil.
In the U.K. the Solex has to be licensed. The
rider has to be 16 years or over and must wear a
crash helmet. The Solex's outstanding reliability
and performance figures, 23 mph+ and
200+ mpg, make it just as attractive a
proposition for work or leisure today, as it was
when first introduced.
The Solex comes with a 3 years warranty.
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