1924 RALEIGH 800cc V-Twin

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Capacity : 800
Model : V-twin
Production : 1924 -
Category : (R) Street Bike

RALEIGH
7 hp V-twin - 1924
An on-off involvement with motorcycles
The Raleigh company was a pioneer in the British motorcycle industry. Long famed as a builder of pedal cycles, it built its first powered two-wheeler similar to the contemporary Werner in 1899. But its involvement with motorcycles was spasmodic, with long gaps between 1906 and 1919, and between 1933 and 1958. It quit in the mid-1960s, after a dismal period making little 50cc runabouts.
Under Another Name ...
In fact, Raleigh never completely deserted the industry, because during WWI the Nottingham factory had been supplying Sturmey-Archer hub gears and countershaft gearboxes to Triumph. Later on, it supplied its own-make engines, again under the Sturmey-Archer label, to many British and European companies. The 1919 model was designed by works manager William Comery: it was a flat-twin with leaf-sprung swing arm rear suspension.
Clever Publicity Stunts
Though it was advanced in concept, the flat-twin sold poorly. In 1924, Raleigh adopted a conventional range of side-valve singles and V-twins that sold well. It was promoted by publicity stunts devised by Hugh Gibson, a well-known trials rider. In 1924, he rode a V-twin Raleigh sidecar outfit around the coastline of Britain under official observation; two years later, he sent Majorie Cottle on a 1370-mile trip on a 175cc lightweight to trace the name "Raleigh" across the map of England. The 798cc V-twin had many components in common with the 399cc single. Chief designer of Raleigh-Sturmey Archer in the 1920s and early 1930s was former Brooklands racer D.R. "Wizard" O'Donovan.
SPECIFICATIONS
Engine: 798cc (76x88mm) air-cooled 60-degree V-twin four-stroke
Power Rating: 7 hp
Valves: side
Fuel System: carburetor
Transmission: Sturmey-Archer 3-speed; multidisc dry clutch; chain final drive
Suspension: girder forks (front); rigid (rear)
Brakes: drum (rear) (front & rear)
Wheels: 26x3.00 inch wire clincher (front & rear)
Weight: 289 lb

The 1924 Raleigh V-twin was provided with ample weather protection in the form of cast-aluminum footboards and stylish pressed-steel leg shields.
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