Sarolea 1925 25F 350cc 1 cyl ohv  2809

Sarolea 1925 25F 350cc 1 cyl ohv 2809

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Sarolea  1925  350 cc OHV  “25 F Super Sport”   Frame # 25316  Engine # 25316

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 gearboxes and AMAC carburettors.
In the 20s the firm got  successfully involved with  long distance runs, reliability trials and hill climbs.
The first OHV model, a 500 cc was presented for the 1924 season.
This “ 23 G Super Sport” could reach a speed of 120 km/ h.
One year later a 350 cc version was presented, the “ 25 H Super Sport”.
This attractive and very original vintage  sportsman’s machine  has bore and stroke dimensions of 75×79 mm, is equipped with Sturmey Archer  3 speed gearbox and has a top speed of 110 km/h.