Velocette KTT 1929 348 cc OHC frame# X 2360 engine # KTT 43 Gearbox # XS2274
The firm of Veloce Ltd. was formed in 1905 by Johann Goodman. It was a family business that concentrated on sound motorcycle engineering principles.
Their first machines were lightweight four strokes; after that a line of top-class 250 cc two strokes was brought out.
In 1924/ 25 Percy Goodman designed the 350 cc overhead camshaft model K, a machine destined to win many TTs and other races, starting with the 1926 Junior TT that was won by Alec Bennett, who finished ten minutes ahead of the second placeman with an average speed of 66.7 mph.
A remarkable feat, since the Velocette business was a small company with at that time only about 40 employees and no racing department; racer building activities often had to be carried out in overtime by the machine building department, consisting of about 6 workers in the twenties.
The TT was won again in 1928 and 1929. After the 1928 TT win the KTT was marketed as the first British “over the counter” racer. Footchange was optional from 1929, a Velocette first, as the company claimed.
The KTT became the most successful vintage and post-vintage racing machine of all time in private hands.
The Goodman design is special in many ways: think of the very slim crankcase with the roller main bearings inside a line drawn from the wall of the cylinder.
So no heavy castings, no lengthy crankshaft. Result is a velvet smooth and quiet engine.
Steering and handling of these machines are excellent.
This KTT, equipped with Brooklands can silencer and foot gear change.