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Velosolex Solex 4600 by BrianSolex

~ 4600 V1 Details

1973-77 Velosolex Solex 4600 V1 Details
 

The model 4600 V1 was an export model, sold in:
 
USA
Canada
England
Denmark
Greece
Tunisia
Switzerland
South America (Peru, Chile, Uruguay, Brazil)
 
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                                    above - standard 4600 V1 headlight by CIBIE 
                                              ~ bulb - 6 Volt 6 Watt 1 Amp, E 10 base



 
                           above - 1974 model 4600 V1 pedals by LYOTARD


       


                                    above - standard 4600 V1 taillight by SEIMA
                                              ~ bulb - 14 Volt AR (7 Watt), E 10 base
                                                     
 

 MALY brake light ( stop light ) setup                    
 
 
   
  above - optional 4600 V1 taillight assembly by MALY
             *top conical light is brake light
             *lower light has clear panel to
              illuminate license plate / tag
           ~ bulbs - 2 x 14 Volt AR



above - 4600 V1 with optional MALY taillight



above - MALY switch
           ~ mounted inside left frame rail to operate brake light
                   


                                           
above - switch is connected to rear brake cable, so that when rear brake is activated, switch      directs power to brake light.
          - switch is normally closed, held open
 
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                                    above - 1974 model 4600 V1 seat post
                                                * VS VELOSOLEX sticker, square, 51 mm x 51 mm
                                                * "V" & "S" letters have crinkle effect
                                                * MADE IN FRANCE metal tag




                      above -  4600 V1 handlebars, headlight, decompressor thumb-lever.
                                 * same handlebars, headlight, and decompressor thumb-lever
                                                            as found on the model 5000

 
                above - 4600 V1 decompressor thumblever
            *same decompressor thumb-lever as found on Solex models 5000 and Flash/6000
            *cable operated


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                             above - 4600 V1 decompressor thumb-lever assembly
 
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    above - exploded view of decompressor thumb-lever assembly
             ~ 8 pieces
             ~ M6 x 45 bolt, long spacer, small spacer, bracket, lever, medium spacer, washer, nut
 
 

               above - 4600 V1 decompression lever/cable setup
               *same as the model 5000
               *when the thumblever on the handlebars is depressed,
                 the cable pulls up on the decompression lever, which opens
                 the decompression valve on top of the cylinder-head, releasing
                 the combustion chamber compression, making the Solex
                 easier to pedal/push when starting. It is also used to stop the
                 engine; when the compression is released, the engine stops.                                       
                                             
                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                            Leo's yellow 1974 4600 V1
       above - 4600 V1 carburetor
                 - same as that of the 5000 and S 3800


                  above - 4600 V1 lighting wire connection
                             * yellow wire goes to headlight switch
                             * female bullet connector slides over bronze screw on rear of stator plate 



                             above - 4600 V1 stator
                                        * same as that of the S 3800 and 5000
                                        * 1973-74 - red SEV MARCHAL ignition coil

                                        * 1977 - black SEV MARCHAL ignition coil





                                  above - 4600 V1 wiring
                                             * black wire - power from headlight switch to taillight
                                             * yellow wire  - power from stator to headlight switch 
                                             * both wires travel through gray plastic sheath to headlight



     

                                 above - 4600 V1 wiring


                                                                              

                                        above - 1973-74 model 4600 V1 rear hub & wheel
                                                   * 83 mm rear drum brake
                                                   * Schraeder tube valve (on USA version)

 

                                                  * 1977 model 4600 V1 has an 80 mm rear drum brake                                                 




                 above - 4600 V1 Type 1 engine hood                        

 

                            1973-74:

                            * Type 1 engine hood (4600 logo has tabs that fit through slots in hood)

                            *  front nose fender painted white on yellow, orange and blue bikes
                            * front nose fender painted black on black bikes
                            * white flywheel hood and fuel tank on yellow, orange, and blue bikes
                            * black flywheel hood and fuel tank on black bikes

                            * center-stand painted black
                           

                            1977

                            * Type 2 engine hood (4600 logo glued to engine hood)

                            * front nose fender & center-stand painted same color as frame

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Engine bumper guard / crash bar was optional on the 4600 V1....


     

             above - 4600 V1 engine guard
                        * engine guard not standard equipment on 4600 V1


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                    above - 1973-74 4600 V1
                               * center-stand painted black
                               * front nose fender painted white on yellow, orange, and 
                                 blue bikes; painted black on black bikes

                               * 5000 style handlebars, headlight, and engine lift-out assembly

 

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4600 V1 Year of Manufacture

 

The year of manufacture is determined using the seven-digit engine serial number that is stamped into the crankcase:

 

Engine Number                                 Year

713xxxx - 714xxxx                                1973

715xxxx - 722xxxx                                1974

90xxxxx                                                1977 

 

Watch this video for help in locating the engine serial number:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOdiQQK2fGw

 

* The 14-3-1966 date that is cast into the crankcase is the date of approval of the Cyclomoteur 3800 engine, not the date of manufacture.

* The CYCLOMOTEUR 3800 that is cast into the crankcase above the fuel pump is the engine type, not the model type. The CYCLOMOTEUR 3800 engine was used on the models S 3800, 4600, 5000 and Micron i.e. there was no CYCLOMOTEUR 4600 engine.
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4600 V1 stickers / decals / autocollants

* Several different stickers were used on the 4600 V1, as can be seen in the various photos I have posted on the "4600 V1 Photos" page - 4600 V1 photos  , on the "4600 V1 Around the World"  - The 4600 V1 Around the World  page, and on this "4600 V1 Details" page. 

              In the USA, two schemes are found:

                       below - 1973
         
         above - 1973 - Green / Gold / White SOLEX oval on the front of the steering tube
                                 Green / White / Silver SOLEX strips on the frame sides  
 
 
         below - 1974 - Orange / Silver / Black VS VELOSOLEX square below the seat
                                 VELOSOLEX letters on the frame sides 
          *(orange letters on the black bikes; white letters on blue, yellow, orange bikes)
 
                       below - 1974 


 


                  Paint:

    * In the USA and Canada, the 4600 V1 was available in blue, black, orange or yellow.
   (Aux Etats-Unis et au Canada, le 4600 V1 était disponible en bleu, noir, orange, ou jaune)
 
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1977 model 4600 V1
 
The 4600 V1 was sold in Greece in 1977.
 
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           Some 4600 V1s were equipped with chrome bullet headlights:
 
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