We got this press release in this morning. Those IBDs who sell electric bikes and get asked for something with a bit more oomph may want to check the SoleX out....
Is it a bicycle? Is it a moped or a scooter? Who knows, but one thing is for sure - the SoleX is a cult object across Europe and has been ever since it was launched in the late
1940's. It has been a long-time favourite for our chic European
counterparts - from French students, working men and girls about town
alike - more than 8 million have been made and sold since its launch.
And now it's available in the UK.
This famous French powered-bicycle looks as good as the original - and
so it should. Still hand-made, using the original specifications and
equipment, the SoleX of the new millennium is as authentic as it gets.
All one needs to complete the look is a string of garlic and a beret.
If you want a more sophisticated finish, the SoleX Centre will also
retail a small selection of helmets and goggles and panniers.
Riding the SoleX couldn't be more straightforward -start it with either
a running push or simply cycle until the engine kicks in. Et voila!
Pedalling with the engine on will also give a boost to the speed. With
a top speed of 23 miles per hour and consumption at 200 miles per
gallon, the smart way to get around - economically and with style - has
to be on the SoleX.
The first SoleX Centre opened at: 408 King's Road, London SW10 on 1st
April 2000. Tel: +44 20 7795 0175. The bikes retail at £750
exclusive of tax, insurance and registration.
The SoleX is so simple to use it requires no 'bikey'
know-how, but for those of you that are interested:
Engine type: one cylindered two Fuel capacity: 1.4 litres / 1/4 of a
stroke gallon approx.
Cylinder capacity: 49cc Range (per tankful): 100k/62.5 miles
Max power (KW ISO): 0.58 KW Consumption: 200+ mpg
Max rpm: 4000 revs./min
Max torque: at 2000 revs./min Noise level: 72-80dB
Revs. at max power: 2500 revs./min
Clutch: centrifugal automatic Fuel: unleaded fuel with 2-3% oil
Transmission: 42mm friction wheel
on the front wheel
Fuel supply: carburettor Weight: 28kg / 62lbs
Front brake: edge brake Front bulb: 6V / 15 W
commanded by right hand Rear bulb: 6V / 4W
lever, coupled with
Rear brake: drum brake commanded
by the left hand lever
Tyres (front and rear): Dimensions:
Size: 1.75 x 19" Length: 1.610m / 5' 3"
Pressure: 2 bar Width: .057m / 1' 10"
Height: 0.96m / 3' 1"
Maximum speed: 23mph
For those who prefer layman terminology:
62.5 miles per tank
23 miles per hour maximum speed
unleaded petrol with a dash of oil
You must be 16 years or over and hold a provisional licence. The SoleX
comes with a 1 year guarantee. Road tax for the SoleX is GBP15 per
year. Insurance starts at GBP67 per year for two named drivers or
GBP115 for fully comprehensive insurance.
For further press information, to arrange a trial on a SoleX or to
borrow a bike for a prop, contact:
Saskia or Kate at Kilpatrick PR on +44 20 7381 6226