French Motorcycles

Ader Motorcycles

A Brief History of the Marque

The Ader motorcycles were designed and built by Clément Ader, a pioneer of aviation and telephone services at a factory in Levallois-Perret, Seine.

Motorcycles were built from 1901 to 1906 and comprised single cylinder models and a transverse V-twin with shaft drive marketed as the Moto-Cardan.


Shaft Drive

Examples include BMW, Zundapp and Velocette LE Cardan drive eliminates chain and associated mess and maintenance. Often referred to as a "diff", the final drive unit consists of bevel crown and pinion gears.

Ader is better known as a manufacturer of automobiles.

Sources:  Henshaw, Wikipedia

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