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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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Bleriot 500cc Twin 1921

Bleriot 500 c.c. side-by-side twin four-stroke, which embodies a concealed rear springing system. The disc wheels are built up from steel pressings.

Report on the Paris Salon. October 13th 1921

Side-by-side twin engines are favoured by the Bleriot Company, for, in addition to the four-stroke two-cylinder model now established on the French market, a twin two-stroke of 750 c.c. capacity is introduced this year - finished, in fact, a few days before the Salon opened. Like the four-stroke model, the gear box forms part of the crank case, the clutch is located between the two crank chambers, and there are three speeds and reverse, the latter, perhaps, more by accident than intention, since the power unit was designed for and is fitted in the new French Bleriot cycle car. The machine presents quite a good appearance, but there is still a certain amount of experimenting to be done before the model will be offered to the public, such points as economy and silence not yet having had very close attention.

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