Page 107. 1927 Raleigh ‘Type 14’ 248cc Sidevalve. SOLD

1927 Raleigh ‘Type 14’ 248cc Sidevalve

One thing I love about riding vintage British bikes is that once you leave the city and hit the old country roads, not that much has changed. Apart from road signs and markings (and as long as you ignore the occasional modern vehicle), the surroundings are not that different from 80 years ago.

THIS RALEIGH PICTURED IN 1949

Ownership – or, more accurately, custodianship – of an old vehicle helps us tap into the history of its era, a wonderful kind of ‘time-travel.’ For me, this is a major part of the attraction. I don’t believe everything older is better; I love living now. But this direct connection with an age now passed is certainly a very effective way to help manage stresses of daily living in the 21st century.

The late 1920’s were the cusp of changing era. The Depression in the USA and the General Strike in the UK severely hit British motorcyle manufacturers. They all tightened their belts. The survivors made sure the products they sold were well-made, reliable, and value-for-money. This machine is an ideal example.

I enjoyed riding this bike. It’s the kind of machine I prefer: easy to start, easy to ride, and a reassuring thump thump thump flows from the engine. Plus it’s easy to put on its stand when you park.
Though I’ve ridden it around town, I mostly used it over the Downs and along the coast.

If you’ve never ridden a 20’s vintage bike before, this would be the ideal bike to start with. You can enter the important VMCC runs (ie pre-1930), and be assured of and reliable mount. There’s a separate oil feed, so don’t forget to turn it on when you start the bike.

This machine is very original (ie all correct tinware, engine, gearbox, forks, levers, handlebars, etc) and very presentable and useable. The tank has a good finish. Wheels and tyres are good. Brakes work well.

The photos do it justice, so you can see everything you need to see. But you’re welcome to phone or email me if you have specific questions, or if you want me to send you larger photos direct by email to check details.

I have the old-style logbook dating from 1946, as well as its current V5C Registration Document. It will be sold with a new MOT. The chap I bought it from purchased it in 1949. The photo of a young girl sitting on it dates from that time. After he finished riding it, he lent it to a museum, where it spent most of the past thirty years. I sold it to a friend three years ago and, now he’s thinning down his collection, I’m re-advertising it.

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The Raleigh Cycle Co, Nottingham

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1900: FRANK BOWDEN of Raleigh on the left

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DELIVERY is not included in this auction.

This means that it is not my responsibility,

BUT I can put you in touch with a delivery chap and organize collection;

you liaise with them direct re delivery and pay them separately.

 

Great Britain – delivery is £60 for a motorcycle to main parts of England;

extra to extremities such as Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, etc (and may take longer to arrive)

(Please email your postcode if you want to confirm price).

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(Collection when they’re in my area; delivery when in yours).

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If you want it fast, please organize your own collection.

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Ireland & N. Ireland – I’ll recommend some companies, but you’ll have to organize it yourself.

Europe – delivery is probably around €400 to Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Spain, etc. I can recommend two companies.

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INTERNATIONAL PURCHASERS:

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I do everything I can to make your purchase a pleasurable experience.

I’ve been selling obscure vintage vehicles on ebay since 2002.

Sharing similar interests, I’ve become good friends with many of my customers.

Please feel free to email or phone with any comments or questions…

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VEHICLE CONDITION:

Vintage vehicles are wonderful beasts

– but each has an individual personality and they sometimes have bad days just like you and me.
You will need basic mechanical skills (or a local mechanic) to use one on a regular basis.

Two-strokes invariably need basic servicing before starting them, if they’ve been left to stand for more than 3 weeks or so.

 

These are rare vehicles whose values are not necessarily based on running order.

 

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