Sarolea 1912 500 cc 1 cyl sv



Sarolea  1912     3 ½ HP   499cc cc  SV  single speed       frame#  3010    engine# 6010

The firm was established in  1850 at  Herstal( Liege)  as an arms factory by Joseph Saroléa.  
In 1892 the production of bicycles was started.  
Joseph died in 1894 and under the management of his sons the company grew bigger and bigger. 
In the early years of the new century the company  started to develop motorized bicycles and soon Saroléa was a force to reckon with: around 1907  the firm employed some 200 labourers and had 4000 m2 of production facilities. 
In the early years of the century  Saroléas were sold  in Britain under the “Kerry” brand.. Both singles and V twins were made and the firm supplied engines to a number of  firms in several countries. In turn,  Saroléa used a number of British components such as Sturmey Archer hub gears,  countershaft  gearboxes and AMAC carburettors. 
In 1912 two models  were supplied, a 2 HP lightweight and the 85×88  3 ½ HP model.  
Note the striking similarity with the veteran Triumph engine! Magneto is  a waterproof  Bosch, forks are Druid. 
This simple but elegant machine is an older restoration.