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A Brief History of the Marque

Founded by Frank Bowden, Raleigh built motorcycles in from 1899 to 1906, and then from 1919 to 1933 in Nottingham, England. They supplied engines to Allegro, Dunelt, Coventry-Eagle, Mars, Nestoria, Cotton, Soyer and Victoria, among others. Their post-war 698cc flat-twins of 1919 were true luxury bikes developed while Works manager William Comery held the reins, but these proved difficult to manufacture competitively and production ceased in 1923 or 1924, the model being replaced with 798cc 60 degree V-twin engined machines which in turn ceased being built, after a short production life, in 1927. Raleigh also produced models with sv engines of 174 to 498cc, and ohv engines of 348cc and 498cc.

During the 1920's and early 30's their chief designer was D.R. O'Donavan (later associated with Carlton motorcycles) who was responsible for the successful Sturmey-Archer racing engines used in Raleigh and other marques.

Their 1921 flat twin had both chain drive and swinging arm rear suspension, and chain drive was adopted on most machines after 1924.

The 1926-27 Model 14 ran on 24" wheels whilst the Mod 15 had 26". All other parts are interchangeable.

They also ventured into commercial vehicle production with a three wheel light delivery van in 1931. The LDV had a 598cc engine and was developed from the Ivy Karryall which had used many Raleigh components. The 1934 Raleigh Safety Seven three-wheeler has a 742cc V-Twin engine by Sturmey-Archer. This machine was built between 1933 and 1936.It had three speed gearbox, four seats and sold for £110 5s. It was designed by T.L Williams, who later acquired the rights from Raleigh and started the Reliant Motor Company in Tamworth, Staffordshire. The crankcase and differential gear box were made from magnesium alloy.

    8404 MILES IN 12 DAYS.

    The longest officially observed trial until that time was that undertaken on behalf of the Raleigh Company in June, 1924, by Hugh Gibson and Miss Marjorie Cottle. The former, with a Raleigh sidecar outfit, under A.C.U. observation, completed a circuit of Great Britain by the coast route, and Miss Cottle, on a solo Raleigh, travelled a similar route in the reverse direction. The total distance wes 8404 miles, and was covered in 12 days. an average of just under 300 miles a day. That was no mean performance for any man and machine, while it was an exceptionally plucky feat for a girl.

    Gibson's sidecar machine was a 796 c.c. twin, while Miss Cottle's was a 350 c.c. solo model. All kinds of weather and road conditions were encountered, and the trip stands out as a monument to the reliability of the machines and the pluck of their drivers.

    http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/91620600


Sun Jan 08 2017
colin.barber5 at bigpond.com
oil pump
1927 Raleigh 500cc model21 s/v
Looking for proper Drawings or the internals of this mechanical pump
Central Coast NSW Australia



Sat Sep 17 2016
bervall at telefonica.net
MOTO RALEIGH
consulta modelo 17
Hola, quisiera saber cuantas unidades se fabricaron de Raleigh modelo 17. Y cuantas unidades deben existir en la actualidad.
Yo dispongo de una.
Un saludo

Trans:
Model 17 consultation
Hello, I would like to know how many units were manufactured in Raleigh Model 17. And how many units must exist today.



Tue Dec 22 2015
malith0407 at gmail.com
need help in identifying my motorcycle model
raleigh 2.48 hp
Dear sir,
I m a classic motorcycle lover, And I have few motor cycles. Recently a friend of mind gave me a Raleigh motorcycle registration document. He said his fathers bike was given for repair and that they never got it back.
There is no model in this. I would like to know what is the real model of this and production year and so on. All I have is the date of registration as 1930, hp as 2.48, chassis no 19529 and engine no as 132.
my friend said it looks like model MA30. But he is not sure of it.
Please be kind enough to help me identify what I have.

Malith Fonseka
Sri Lanka


Raliegh 1965 Ultramatic, Alabama
Raliegh 1965 Ultramatic, Alabama. More images in the Raliegh mopeds gallery


Fri Oct 09 2015
garry.owen at gmail.com
1965 Ultramatic
Raleigh UltraMatic
Wonder if you know anyone or any group in the USA that would be interested in a very good condition Ultramatic?

My son picked this up in a flea market.  Does have a fuel leak but all original parts and markings.  Well kept, excellent condition.

Engine plate shows serial number R121956.  Where would I find the frame number?

Thank you
Alabama, USA


Fri Jul 24 2015
Dixieball at live.co.uk
Original registration book
Raleigh 15
I have the original documents for this model 15 .reg. RL9421 . I'm trying to get them to the owner . DVLA won't help . Can you help ?? Thanks Richard
Manchester

Raleigh-1929-Model-15-Papers


Fri Jan 09 2015
petersprot at gmail.com
Raleigh 25ss
I thought you might like to see my Raleigh 25SS 1929
I love it!
Regards
Peter Sprot
Suffolk UK

Raleigh-1929-25SS-Sport


Sat Mar 22 2014
colin.barber5 at bigpond.com
oil pump
Raleigh Model 21 1927
Where can I get a oil pump for 1927 500cc Model 21
NSW Australia

Raleigh-1927-Model-21-Pump



Wed Mar 19 2014
helderbritopereira at sapo.pt
parts for Raleigh
english 250cc 15 De Luxe
hello good day!

I apologize my bad english,

I have a Raleigh Model 15 De luxe 250cc the year 1928
need some parts, you can help me

Graciously,

Hélder Pereira
Portugal



Thu Dec 26 2013
mciofini<at>iol.it
gear
raleigh 15 de luxe
i am looking for gear raleigh model 15 de luxe 250cc

Italian


Fri Aug 02 2013
marcus-70<at>hotmail.co.uk
raleigh frame number
raleigh rm6
hi, i cant find the frame number on my rm 6,where should i strip the paint from please?
birmingham


Fri Jul 05 2013
djones<at>brock.ac.uk
frame ident
raleigh wisp
Dear Sir/Madam
Recently Purchased Raleigh Wisp OME 36E but without the Log book(v5). Contacted DVLA Swansea,who have a record of this,but to allow me to fill out the v55/5 log book application form I need the Frame Number.I cantsee this and having looked into this as this model Started its life as a Bicyle,then converted to A moped its a possibility that it may not have one.
Many Thanks
Dave Jones
dorset


Thu May 17 2012
mjheseltinesurf<at>hotmail.co.uk
Raleigh Oil Pump Modification
Raleigh Model 14 and others
I rebuilt a Model 14 years ago and am now currently rebuilding another.
The oil pump is rubbish. Both my bikes have the same pump and were both it seized solid .
On my first, which I did many 1000's of miles on, I had no pump and relied on the following successful mod.

I removed the big headed screws that blank off the oilways and removed the springs and balls from within. Now refit both screws only and blow into the oil feed connection - you should get air out of the outlet quill/special bolt - if not you are going to have to dismantle it to find the blockage.
Now put ONE ball back in and a light spring, say from a biro, and fit its screw. The other screw is refitted without its innards.
Blow through the inlet again. If it comes out through the quill OK you then suck, if nothing it is good news! You have just made a one way valve for the oil.
If this didn't happen, swap the spring and ball into the other hole and repeat.
What you are doing is making a one way valve that lets crankcase DEcompression (as the piston goes up) suck oil in through the quill, the as the piston goes down it pressurises the crankcase and shuts the valve and oil supply off. It will not be a mechanically pumped supply but this method does work. As I said, I did a lot of miles with this arrangement with absolutely no problem.
When you are riding YOU will have to control the amount of oil going into the engine by how much you open the oil tap on the bottom of the tank. I found the half open was about right but if I see a hill coming up I would open the tap a bit to increase the flow.
The Oil Plunger in the tank is left in place and is unused.

I need a leather covered saddle for my Model 14. It's forward mounting is from the lug on the frame top tube, please help.

Somerset


Wed Feb 01 2012
reardon200<at>gmaildot com
what is it worth
raleigh superlative rm5
it runs and rides real nice
cape cod mass. USA.


Mon Nov 14 2011
stuart<at>sbushnell.plusdot com
Oil pump
Raleigh Model 15 Delux
Does any one have any information about the oil pump fitted to the Raleigh 15 the bike I have has parts missing anything would help diagram spare parts etc
Derbyshire


Sat May 28 2011
g.holmersma<at>planet.nl
oil pump
Raleigh (sturmey archer) MT31 350cc
Hello,
I need an oilpump for my MT 31 complete with driving worm.
Can you help me?
Marum
Dutch


17/6/2011
Hello,

Her some pictures, try to make some better one's from complete bike.

Greetings Gert
Uw bericht kan nu met het volgende bijlagen of koppelingen worden verzonden:


Sun Feb 06 2011
drumark1<at>googlemaildot com
Raleigh Moped RM4
Raleigh RM4
I have inherited a Raleigh Moped RM4.in good working condition with all documents.Are you able to advise me where I could sel it and what it's value might be. Many thanks.
Bournemouth


Thu Jan 20 2011
Zest71698<at>aoldot com
1927 Raleigh Brochure
Raleigh all
Hi, I have a 1927 Raleigh Motorcycle Catalogue that I will be listing on eBay soon. In looking at your site, I find that you are not showing any images common to the ones in my brochure. I don't know how uncommon this sort of literature is, but if it would be useful to you, I could send you digital images of the whole catalogue. I'll attach a couple of example, but if required I could provide higher resolution photos. Regards,
Greg Wood, Kentucky, USA


Wed Jan 19 2011
raleighregister<at>hotmaildot com
Raleigh Motor
Raleighg 1927
Did raleigh ever produce a JaP motor in there frames if so yeay and model
Have started a Raleigh Register firmotorcycles in Australia
Thanks COLIN
NSW AUSTRALIA


Tue Dec 07 2010
Andrewmedlicott<at>aoldot com
Petrol Tank Rack
Raleigh Whisp
Dear All,
I am trying to locate a carrying rack to fit on the tank of a Raleigh Whisp Moped.
Does anybody have one to sell or if not any suggestions of who to try?
Macclesfield, Cheshire


Tue Oct 05 2010
didjawh3<at>hotmaildot com
Motorbike
Raleigh V Twin
I can not fine this motor bike anywhere I believe it to be a Raleigh but the numbers dont match any thing i can fine
Australia


Wed Jun 23 2010
didjawh3<at>hotmaildot com
What is it?
I have just found this motor bike and i belive it may be a Raleigh 1924 -1927 can anyone help
Perth


Mon Apr 19 2010
customstitching<at>windstream.net
old raleigh
unknow unknow
i would like to know more about this bike
geneva ohio


Tue Mar 30 2010
jlarb<at>hotmaildot com
restoration
raleigh rm4
I have recently bought a raleigh RM 4 in poor condition and wood be greatful for any advice on where to search for parts, decals, saddle etc
northern ireland


Sun Nov 22 2009
davidsterling at live.co.uk
V TWIN ENGINE
RALEIGH ? SAFTEY SEVEN 1934
WHO MADE THE V TWIN ENGINE FOR THE 1934 RALEIGH SAFTEY SEVEN ?
PORTSMOUTH

    The 1934 Raleigh Safety Seven has a 742cc V-Twin engine by Sturmey-Archer. Ed.

Fri Oct 16 2009
nomisluapnosam at googlemaildot com
spares
raleigh roma
i am looking for spares
torquay


Sun Oct 11 2009
jleber at estvideo.fr
Motorcycle Raleigh
Pieces or manuel (Books) NH 30 Sports OHV
Have you adresses for pieces of this modell, thanks Bye
Haguenau
French


Fri May 29 2009
amosroney at medot com
Wanted
Raleigh 20 & 30
I have attached a photo of Grandad on his Raleigh model 20 (possibly) 192? Reg Number EB-7667. Also His brother on a Raleigh model 30 (possibly) Reg Number EB-7481. I would like to trace these motorcycles and more information about them! Memorabilia or similar machines also considered.
Cambridge, UK

Sat Aug 22 2009
Wanted Bikes, Information and Memorabilia
Raleigh 1929 Model 15 Deluxe and 1928 Model 23
We now have the correct information on the attached photos. Grandad on his 1929 Model 15 Delux, and Great Uncle on his 1928 Model 23. We would very much like to trace these particular machines, but realise that maybe impossible, so if you have a model 15 Deluxe or 23, memorabilia we would like to hear from you.

Kind regards
Cambridge, UK


Sat Apr 25 2009
m.howard47 at ntlworlddot com
specification
Raliegh 500 Sloper 1929
Have you any info on the above was there an option of hand/foot gear change
Many thanks
Warrington


Thu Mar 12 2009
vermindave at hotmaildot com
raleigh rm9 wheels
raleigh rm9
im trying to find out the corect rim and tyre size for a rm9 after the wheels were replaced and now wont fit the frame...any help would be apreciated..thanks..
london


Fri Dec 05 2008
laschu at gmx.de
Sturmey Archer gearbox
Raleigh 500 OHV 1928
Dear Gentleman,
I just bought a Raleigh Motorcycle with a 500ccm OHV Sturmey Archer engine.
The problem is, that the gearbox is defective. Can anybody sell me such a gearbox then please contact me. Thank you!
Attached are pictures which are from the internet. My motorcycle should look like this after restauration.
Germany

Images not published due copyright restrictions.


Fri Nov 07 2008
mattias at oritex.se
Raleigh Motorcycle
raleigh motorcycle MO-30 2.98 h.p 1930
Just about to finish my restoration of MO-30 2.98 hp 300 cc sidevalve but need to find gas and oilcaps Gas inner dia 52 mm oil inner dia 45mm Can anyone help me to find these?
Sweden


Tue Oct 21 2008
xco-copopx at hotmail.co.uk
where can i find frame number ?
raliegh roma 78cc
found engine number but need to find frame number for v.m.s.club to give me details for dvla. thanks paul.
port sunlight wirral.


Sat Oct 11 2008
jamierothwellwow at hotmaildot com
rm6 tyres
raleigh rm6
Hello there. I just wondered if you knew of anywhere that sold tyres that would fit my Raleigh rm6. (23" x 2")
I can't seem to find any anywhere... I've even tried Halfords!!!
Many thanks
newcatsle upon tyne


Tyres - various resouces


Fri Aug 15 2008
cdixon at sympatico.ca
What to do with her?
Raleigh Roma
I have a Raleigh Roma scooter that was purchased back in the early 1960's by my Dad.

It, along with one other and 2 Raleigh mopeds were shipped directly from England to a small air force base near Rivers Manitoba, Canada.

When we were posted to Ottawa, it didn't get much use. I used it as a teenager back in the late 70's for a couple of years until I bought my first car. Since then it has been sitting in a small shed with a concrete floor in Ottawa, at my fathers place. It sat for maybe 15 years until one day for my nephew, I tried to start it up as a lark. With a little fresh gas and oil, unbelievable it did! And I took it for a short ride around the block too!

So… their she sits with the lawn chairs and mower.

Is there anyone that would be interested in her? I may try eBay someday, but I though someone that has passion for Raleigh would want to discuss her future.
Ottawa, Canada


Thu Jul 31 2008
djcant at bigponddot com
1928 Raleigh model 20 photos
Raleigh 1928 Model 20
I am restoring a 1928 Model 20 Raleigh (400cc side valve) and am looking for parts manual or photos of this motorcycle. Does anyone know if there is an internet group for Raleigh motorcycle?
Australia


Sun Mar 23 2008
jragrabietz at hotmaildot com
Lackierung
Raleigh MT30 2,-port sports
Dear friends,
can anyone tell me the colour of the fueltank.
It is a two tone one black and ivory. What shade of color can I find in Germany
Braunschweig
...........
I'll send you a picture of the Raleigh and I hope you can identify the colour. Important is the colour of the ivory.
Yours on the motorbike
mit freundlichen Grüßen

Joachim Grabietz


Mon Mar 31 2008
martin at blay.co.uk
Ignition advance
Raleigh RM8
Does anyone know what the ignition advance should be set to on a Raleigh RM8 (RM6 sould be the same).
Regards,
Martin Blay
Basildon, Essex, UK


Tue Mar 18 2008
ricmotos at msndot com
ayuda raleigh 1930
raleigh 1930
hola amigo tengo un raleigh 1930 incompleto con el motor funcionando y desearia que me ayudaran a contactar alguna persona que deseara comprarlo yo soy ricardo lopez de mexico df. les agradesco su cooperacion y su ayuda, ademas de obtener mas informacion gracias y saludos
mexico df


Tue Mar 11 2008
Domhelmutmeyer at aoldot com
Raleigh Motor Cycles
Raleigh Nottingham England 2 - Wheel Motorcycle black
Raleigh 250 cc, black best condition, good price from private seller
Germany, Bonn


Fri Dec 28 2007
construcer at mail.telepac.pt
Tyres for Raleigh
RALEIGH 1920(?)
Dear Sirs
To the model in the photos attached, I need tubes and tyres.

From what I could retrieve from the existing tyres, their measures are diameter 21", dimensions : 26x2.375 and 27x2.75.
Can you help me where can I buy these tyres and tubes?
Thank you in advance
Antonio Corte Real
Anadia, Portugal
 


Information on tyres here: Vintage Motorcycle Tyres


Sat Dec 22 2007
abby-lane at netzerodot com
Raleigh Motorcycle
1933 Raleigh 500cc Single Overhead valve
If there is anyone with photos of this machine, please contact me at Email address. Thank you.
Florida, USA


Sat Dec 22 2007
davejky8p at hotmaildot com
parts and its age
rm4
hi just bought this ? dont laff ! they say its its 1960? reg nfl701 it needs some tlc but i will get there just need help with parts and its age as there is no paper work yet
lincoln uk


Fri Nov 30 2007
wrsltduk at hotmaildot com
Spare Parts
Raleigh Safety Seven
Does anyone have any engine or gearbox parts for one of these cars
Worcestershire


Tue Oct 02 2007
jopeter at omninet.net.au
Raleigh ..valve lifter
Raleigh ,model 15 250 cc 1923
I have a Raleigh 250 cc side valve .There appears to have been a valve lifter at one stage but it has been removed .Could anyone please send me a picture of the mechanism
Albany,West Australia


Fri Sep 28 2007
albertpisani at gmail.com
1926 RALEIGH SPARES
1926 Raleigh Mod 15
I am currently restoring a 1926 Mod 15 Raleigh and require the following parts to complete it: Primary chain cover and tool box. I could also use a front wheel hub if available. Albert Pisani
MALTA (EUROPE)


Wed Aug 29 2007
julian at randledot com
raleigh 1924
Raleigh 1924
Hi there I have just purchased a beatigully restored 1924 raleigh. Is there a club or some forum of Raleigh owners I can meet?
argentina


Wed Aug 22 2007
suelen at tznetdot com
Moped with documentation
1964 Raleigh Ultramatic Moped RM9
This moped is in excellent original condition, I believe it has the original tires on it yet. I also have the orignal sales reciept, export invoice, from Nottingham England to the original owner in the USA. I also have the spare parts list books for the RM9, Runabout Model RM6, Automatic Model RM4, and the MK.III Moped, Model NM 2, and Technical specification sheets and advertising literature, all in excellent condition. I would like to sell the moped, with paperwork, to a collector who can appreciate the value of this rare find. The moped speedometer shows less than 2000 miles, the seat, paint, decals, are all in great condition, It starts and runs great. I do have photos available. I do not know what the value of it is, I would like to know of any collectors that would be interested in purchasing this.
Wisconsin USA


Fri Aug 10 2007
julian at randledot com
Price appraisal
Raleigh 1924
Hello I am offered to buy a very good, in full working condition, Raleigh 1924; I believe 800CC. What would the price be?
Argentina


Wed Jul 18 2007
sitsur at aoldot com
Raleigh Motorcycle
348cc
I have recently purchased the attached raleigh, please could you date it approx and would it have a model number.
thank you
northampton uk
I believe it to be of approximately 1923 vintage as it bears considerable resemblance to the models of 1925/26 which have chain drive. Sorry, not sure of model designation. Ed.
 


Wed Jun 27 2007
info at m-b-z.ch
Raleigh 500 OHV, 1928
I looking for Footrest for me Raleigh.
Switzerland


Thu Feb 15 2007
bsab20 at yahoo.com.au
1920s Raleigh motorcycles

Have purcahsed a job lot of Raleigh motorscycle parts which appear to be around 1924/25/26/27
(included 3 frames c/w forks, 3 engines 1 x 350cc OHV 2 x 248cc SV)
Looking for information below with a view to restoring at least 2 of these motorcycles
1. list of frame and engine numbers.
2. Pictures of models for these years.
3. Technical details and diagrams for gearboxes
4. Do ylou know of a Raleigh motorcycle owners club in Melbourne Australia

any information greatly appreciated
regards
Ron
Australia


Wed Oct 11 2006
vinty at mcb.net
Engine details
1935 three wheeled van/ Karyall
I have a 1935 Raleigh van
What make is the distributor, Points ect
It's a 742cc V twin Side valve
Any information whould be good information
Isle of Man


Sat Sep 30 2006
abby-lane at netzerodot com
Raleigh 500cc single
My first motorbike in 1946, I was 16, was the Raleigh 500 cc single sloper with 3 speed hand shift Sturmy Archer grease lubed gearbox. It had a flat gas tank
Florida


Wed Sep 06 2006
deanschubert at bigponddot com
Raleigh M/C's
1923 - 350cc
I HAVE A 1923 - 350cc RALEIGH m/c older restoration in good going order (apart from tyres - mine are origional and have no rubber left 26 x 2and a half or possibly 3 could work.
I also have a 1924 and a 1926 in un-restored condition and the remains of a 1925. Would like to make contact with other RALEIGH owners of bikes in this era. Also any help or advice with my bikes greatly appreciated - contact Dean S


Tue Sep 05 2006
ssiong at yahoodot com
Please help to identify this bike
Releigh 1927
I found this bike in Malaysia and try to find information about it online. However, I can't find anything about it. Do you have information about it? Thanks
Malaysia


Wed Aug 30 2006
bjames66 at hotmaildot com
raleigh
roma mark2
Hello, my name is Brian and I have just bought a 1964 raleigh roma mk2, the tax disc shows it as 50cc, the one I passed my test on was 78cc, which was the only one I thought they made. Any information on them would be very welcome, including whether or not spares are available, many thanks. Brian James.
yorkshire


Mon Sep 12 2005
poulnercommon at yahoo.co.uk
Sturmey Archer engines
can you say if Raleigh fitted a Sturmey Archer 198cc side valve. I have such an engine which looks like '30s. thanks, John



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