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French Motorcycles

Nougier Motorcycles

A Brief History of the Marque

Between 1937 and 1972 the brothers Nougier of St. Andiol in Provence hand-built innovative and quite successful DOHC racing singles, twins and fours, often utilising basic components sourced from Terrot and Magnat-Debon.

DOHC

DOHC

Double Overhead Cam
Many variations incuding belt, chain and bevel drive

Jean designed and built the machines, and his brother Henri proved their worth on the racetrack.

Nougier's rather beautiful Tournevis OHC models used hairpin valve springs and a slotted camshaft drive coupling (tournevis=screwdriver), a three bearing crank and a modified separate Terrot gearbox. In 1953 they  built a four to challenge Gilera and MV, but lack of developmental funding was a large factor in the unsuccessful venture.

The Marseilles Motorcycle museum (Le musée de la Motocyclette de Marseille) houses a collection of Nougier motorcycles, one note stating "all motorcycles Nougier of 1936-1971". (1)

Jean's brother Henri Nougier raced a Magnat-Debon in the September 1945 GP de la Libaration in Nice, and also rode Nougier racing bikes.

Jean Nougier died in 1999 at the age of ninety.

Notes: 1) Wikipedia and JLB state that they were built from 1937 to 1972.




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