This motorcycle project appeared when a friend could least afford it, however, he is not one to shirk from a challenge like that, some cashing-in of retirement money and it was his. Needs a lot of work but a KSS Velo does not come along very often. The history of a bike like this would be nice to know and it appears it was originally imported into the Detroit area. The story goes blank until many years later it passed into Ontario and Bob McCoy before a couple of other owners put it into my friends hands.
About a decade ago some relevant parts appeared on ebay, and my friend won the bid. He figured it was a good idea to drive down to Ohio to pick these parts up in person. Although we were met and kept in the driveway for the handover, a short conversation later we were invited in for more stories where the Cycle magazine page below was hanging on the wall. Was this the same bike or at least a clue?
A few more years passed, the project is stalled due to "life" and no further information appears. Last year the bike below appeared on ebay. The picture is of an older Don Henderson who had sold the bike to the ebay seller. Was this the same bike in the picture above? Was this the spare bike to the one above as the ad below states?
Hi, I am selling my 1947 Velocette KSS which is an extremely rare and desirable motorcycle. It is much more rare than a BSA Gold Star and a suitable competitor. Try to find one for sale other than this one in the world and if you do, try to buy it. They made just over 1200 from 1925-1948. I am only selling this bike as I want to buy a vintage Porsche 912 (open to trades).
This bike is sold with a clear, notarized title.
The Germans designed the motor and the British made the bike. KSS for those that do not know means Kamshaft (German for Camshaft) Super Sport.
This KSS is rock solid and has many things going for it that others do not from verifiable provenance of a long time ownership (40 plus years) by a well know Triumph Dealer and flat track racer in Detroit to the motor being built in the 70's by Bob Strode. The motor and frame numbers are as came from the factory in 47. The frame is KDD 9099 and the motor is KSS 10670.
This was an original street version but the lights were removed back in the 50's as the bike was a back up flat track racer that appears to have never been raced.
The bike is a one kicker and all the items work as should. I cleaned and replaced all the gaskets in the original Amal pre monoblock and all is well.
Everything works and is in great shape although the clutch could likely use an adjustment in the future.
There is one small blemish on the top of the tank but hardly noticeable in person and would likely polish out. There are no other issues.
The bike has the original rebuilt BTH magneto and I have an original working Velocette / Vincent Miller Dynamo that if wanted by the new owner to hook up lights we could discuss.
The bike does not have a Brooklands style fishtail exhaust ( which I am 100% fine with as I don't much fancy them) but rather a quite rare and Valuable BES Megaton reverse megaphone silencer which is in immaculate condition as is the header pipe and the rest of the bike to be exact.
Factory Dunlop rims and Avon rubber with lots of tread.
Again, this is a very, very rare and desirable collectible British bike and you will likely not have another chance to own one as they are very rare and don't change hands very often.
Lights can be fitted quite easily and all the parts are available from Grove.
Please read my feedback and bid with confidence knowing what I describe is what you will get. There will be no surprises.
I will send this bike anywhere in the world as long as the funds are in my account in full and the buyer pays for the shipping and crating. I will help in anyway possible and can transport the bike to the Port of Long Beach, San Diego or Los Angeles for a small fee to cover my costs and will work with your shippers
Please, bid with confidence and ask any questions you need to.
Remember... Ride em Don't hide em!!
The bike sold and has been passed to a new unknown owner.
Through the miracle of the internet, I found someone who had worked for and hung out with Don Henderson back in the day. A few emails passed between us, lots of stories but no new information about the bike.
He was always around exotic bikes in his shop, and was a Velocette dealer but I always remember him with the 500 Venom style engines (the last style engine) for his racers that he blueprinted for max HP. Don’t think Detroit Cycle was Dons shop..it was always Don Henderson Motorcycle shop on School craft Rd..he did get bumped out of that location when the hwy went thru..then he moved to 7 mile rd? off Telegraph RD and had a Yamaha Dealership ..I remember Yamaha wanted him to road race, which he did some..but as he said, I never liked passing a tree at 175 MPH! haha These pictures are great.
That was his style of building bikes..very clean and could be the bike..he loved the rigid frames with girder front end..light and very fast.
They were studded tire racing then and you would see them doing wheelies on the ice..Cool
Pete would hand paint (very small) on the steering damper knob different postions for that style of race venue ..maybe six..was all in fun and Pete was his rt hand man for years..rode a BSA Spitfire that he built and Polished!! It crackled with the cams he had in the engine.
Those were the days before the Asian Invasion and it was a good time and all had to be kicked started..Don would put the bike on the side stand and left leg kick start it..I believe.
Best to ya and send a picture of the bike if possible...
Meanwhile the project is proceeding slowly, work is being done, parts are being found, bought and made...