Raleigh 1928 495 cc side valve single “Model 21 De Luxe” frame#2949 engine #A2949
In the beginning of the 20th century Raleigh’s main business was in the cycle trade.
Company founder Frank Bowden was a firm believer in variable gear systems and from the end of 1902 the Raleigh Cycle company put the Sturmey-Archer cycle hub gear on the market.
There was some motorcycle production between 1899 and 1906, but only after the first world war some serious thought was given again to motorcycle production.
In the early twenties a 699 cc flat twin was produced; from 1922 mostly single cylinder side valve singles were put on the market and these economical, well made machines proved to be great sellers.
The 1928 range consisted of eight models, ranging from a 249 cc side valve till a 495 cc OHV.
This sturdy side valve machine, with its handsome tank panels, is equipped with acetylene lighting and is a well running older restoration.