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French Motorcycles

Bleriot Motorcycles

A Brief History of the Marque

Manufacturer : Blériot Aéronautique
3, Quai Galliéni
Suresnes

1920-1923

Pioneer French aviator Louis Blériot (1872-1936) produced motorcycles in the early 1920s. The first to fly the English Channel, Blériot also produced dynamos, starter motors and cyclecars.

His machines were quite advanced, featuring unit construction vertical twins of 500cc producing 5HP/12CV at 3000rpm to achieve 75kph, a respectable speed for the day.

The machines were offered in Sport, Tourist and Standard models, and a 750cc sidecar version was mooted. In 1920, the French police formed their first motorcycle squad, mounted on Bleriot machines.

The Blériot factory at Suresnes is now the site of Aerospatiale.

Sources: Tragatsch, fr.wikipedia.org


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