Today I found out exactly what model my bike is. This came from a copy of the factory records that I obtained from Grove. According to the factory records my bike left the Volece factory on the 28th day of January of 1966 as a Velocette MK 1 Venom Clubman and it was sent to Vehicles of Rhode Island. I was happy to learn this and eliminate any more guessing. A true Clubman it is, I feel very lucky to have found this 1700 original mile example and will soon be riding it. I got it running but the petcocks both leaked and the fuel lines are hard as a rock. The engine idled to fast which I believe is an air leak since the carb o ring has also lost its elasticity and looks to be not making contact with the hardened phenolic spacer. The engine started quite easily which amazed me. I am slowly fixing any little problems and will eventually be riding this bike. I also intend to do some upgrades that will not be seen. A toothed belt and pulleys for the dynamo is one and possibly the clutch throw out bearing mod is another. Dave
Its now been six weeks since I last posted and the Velo is running nicely. Its a real easy starter usually only one or two kicks. I have put two new tires on it but they are 4.10 wide instead of 3.25. One is an Avon and one is a Dunlop.I replaced both oil lines with new clear lines like the original ones. I also did away with the oil tank check valve and modified an "ON/OFF" valve to take it'd s place. I hook a red flag between it and the kick starter which reminds me to turn it on before I kick it over, I put new oil and a new filter in it and also in the transmission. The clutch needed more free play in the cable even though it didn't slip. I got the little bar tool with the notch in the end and put it thru the hole in the countershaft sprocket and turned the ring counterclockwise about one full turn and now have about 1/8 free play in the cable. The trans still goes into gear easily without grinding and the clutch does not slip. The lights and horn and brake light all work fine and the stock Miller Dynamo and regulator seems to be charging just fine according to the ammeter. Still waiting for cooler weather to take it on a long test ride. Probably about six more weeks till cool weather every day. The bike looks nice and the little bit I rode it was a pleasure.