A virtual tour of the classic motorcycle collection on display at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Ala.
1958 Velocette Valiant
Country: Great Britain
Engine: Air-cooled horizontal opposed twin cylinder four stroke
Power rating: 12bhp @ 6,000rpm
Bore x stroke: 50mm x 49mm
Valves: Overhead, pushrod activated
Fuel system: Twin Amal carburetors
Transmission: Four speed, shaft final drive
Suspension: Front telescopic forks, rear twin shock
Brakes: Front and rear drum
Top speed: 70mph
The 1958 Velocette Valiant was basically the L.E. power unit installed in a conventional chassis, the main difference being, the Valiant had overhead valve air-cooled cylinders and heads. It was often referred to as "The Baby BMW," and although the build equality was high, so was the price. The majority of buyers of lightweight motorcycles were interested in economic and inexpensive transportation, not a small version of one of the most sophisticated models available.