French Motorcycles

Givaudan Motorcycles

A Brief History of the Marque

40 rue Sainte Genevieve, Lyon

Machines date from at least as early as 1900 when they built a water-cooled tricycle. Three known examples of the marque exist at Musée Henri Martre, Rochetaillée-sur-Saône (near Lyon), at Musée château de savigny les beaune, and and in the Chapleur collection in Metz in NE France,

Givaudan is mentioned in "The Motor" of Dec 1903 

In addition to complete motorcycles, Claude Givaudan built engines in Lyon and supplied them to Terrot, L’albatros, and La Francaise Diamant among others. He also built aircraft engines including a V8, and was a pioneer aviator. His aircraft were not succesfull, and a famous aviator of the day said that he only had one fear: that it would actually take off.

Both Henshaw and Tragasch list a British-made Givaudan, but not a French one. It has been suggested that in fact there was no such English marque, and that the early references may be erroneous.

Sources: Bill Phelps

Mon Jan 18 2010
wcsphelps at gmail.co.uk
new manufacturer
Givaudan not known
A manufacturer from Lyons, France who was more well known for his aero engines than his motorcycles. He supplied engines to other manufacturers such as Terrot.

Thu Oct 06 2005
dirk.praet at reklaamblad.be
Please notice you did use a photograph of my bike Givaudan: this is not a British bike but a French bike 1904 from Lyon. In France there was also Givaudan, made by F. Givaudan, for testing engines being an aviation pioneer

Dirk Praet

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