A Brief History of the Marque
40 - 52 rue de la Garenne
Originally a bicycle manufacturer, the firm was founded by Edmond Gentil at Neuilly sur Seine in 1902. The following year he created the Deauville brand, the address given at on advertising of 1906 being 37-39 Rue Garnier, Neuilly-sur-Seine.
Alcyon produced a considerable variety of models from 98cc two-strokes to large capacity vertical and V twins, and produced a shaft-drive version during the 1930's.
The Swiss firm Zedel had opened a factory in France, and when the parent company folded the French concern was absorbed by Alcyon with the result that most Alcyon motorcycles were built with Zedel (aka ZL or Zurcher) engines.
The firm absorbed several other French manufacturers including Armor, Labor, Thomann and Olympique. Postwar they produced smaller capacity two and four stroke machines using engines from AMC, VAP and Zürcher. Alcyon was absorbed by Peugeot in 1954. Some sources indicate the marque disappeared 1957, others as late as 1968. Another French marque, Austral, is related.
Alcyon machines were built under licence in Italy from 1926 to 1928, producing motorcycles of 98cc and 175cc. See Alcyon Italy
Sources: JLB Creations, et al.
Thanks for list it is much appreciated.
I am now seeking history of the Alcyon and understand Peugot purchased the Company in the late fifties. I have emailed Peugot as I am trying to confirm frame number and engine number to year of 1952. Unfortunately Peugot have not answered any ideas ??
leslie.beardmore at btinternet.com
alcyon supersport 1930
hi just bought this alcyon have been told its 1930s but unsure 250 cc zurcher engine frame 7843/3 could be 384373
looking for any info on original colour also manual
Mon, 19 Feb 2018
fordpop at tiscali.co.uk
alcyon type 23 1950
Hi i have a 1950 Alcyon type 23 125cc i am looking for a piston and rings and also the oil to fuel mix any contact details would be appreciated
birmingham United Kingdom
Sat, 06 Jan 2018
johnaston12 at btinternet.com
alcyon 650 1954
hello i have a alcyon cyclemoteur model 650 1954 the bike has the clutch in the rear hub. my question is how does this work drive/free wheel also what make would the engine be are there any manuals or information on the bike available cheers john
west midlands United Kingdom
Wed, 13 Dec 2017
nationdandm at yahoo.co.uk
Alcyon poss 1920s
I know of a Alcyon that is fitted with what appears to be a JAP engine embossed 'made in France'. Were any JAP engines manufactured under licence in France or is it more likely to have been manufactured in England but embossed in this way to be fitted to an Alcyon machine? I have been unable to find any evidence that Alcyon ever fitted a JAP. I'd be grateful for any guidance you can give. Many thanks.
Crediton United Kingdom
Sun, 26 Nov 2017
temar at kpnmail.nl
bike alcyon 98cc 1948
I am loking for a work book 3 stoke zurcher motor can you help me .
Sat, 04 Nov 2017
chris.solen at btconnect.com
Alycon Type 3 year 1952
Hi . I am seeking a parts list and manual together with supplier of parts for my Alycon Type 3 year 1952. I am about to restore bike over winter.
Gosport, UK Europe
Tue Apr 04 2017
JPDIOM at HOTMAIL.CO.UK
sourcing a carbureta
1954 alcyon type 19 type 19 175cc four stroke
Just bought 1954 type 19 alcyon 175cc four stroke
has no carb what do i need to replace and where can i get one
(Email Address Omitted)
Alcyon Type 25 125cc1950
I'm considering purchasing the motorcycle, but to register it in the UK with the DVLA I will need a dating letter. When I have the full details, can you provide the letter and what is the cost.
If yes, what info would you require.
If no, where can I obtain the certificate/letter.
Ed: Suggest contacting UK classic clubs for advice on this.
Dec 5th 2015 Cycles Motocyclettes Automobiles Alcyon : Championne de France du Tour
Treize Tours de France à son actif, dix-huit Paris-Roubaix, une série stupéfiante et inégalée de victoires dans le monde cycliste et motocyliste, dont le premier titre de champion du monde de moto… Tel est le palmarès d’Alcyon !
Créée en 1903 par Edmond Gentil, Alcyon était une marque de cycles et de motos de renommée mondiale, toujours à la pointe de l’innovation, de la communication et surtout de la compétition de très haut niveau.
De son côté, Z.L. (devenu Zedel), fabricant de moteurs suisse fondé par Ernest Zürcher, devint incontournable en Europe en équipant
tous les grands naissants de la motocyclette de l’époque : Minerva, Peugeot, Terrot, N.S.U., Alcyon etc.
Ces deux géants lièrent leurs destins en 1907. Cet ouvrage exceptionnel raconte cette histoire et celle de la rude compétition entre
Alcyon et sa rivale Peugeot. Les deux marques concurrentes ont établi le palmarès le plus prestigieux de l’histoire du cyclisme.
Mais au final, Alcyon bat très nettement Peugeot !
Une saga industrielle hors du commun à découvrir dans un beau livre sous coffret richement illustré de documents nédits.
Didier Mahistre, grand collectionneur de documentation ancienne, rédige de nombreux articles sur la moto. Le fonds documentaire
exceptionnel qu’il a rassemblé depuis des dizaines d’années sur l’histoire de la moto française et notamment Alcyon a été déterminant
dans la reconstitution de cette saga. Didier Mahistre est coauteur de VAP 1944-1967, le plus sûr chemin sur deux roues paru aux éditions E-T-A-i. Cyrille de Ridder est le petit-fils d’Edmond Gentil et l’arrière petit-fils d’Ernest Zürcher. Dans ce livre, il est le narrateur. Passionné d’histoire
et de belle mécanique, il ne pouvait bien entendu rester insensible au destin exceptionnel de ses aïeux.
Thirteen Tours of France to his credit, eighteen Paris-Roubaix, a stunning series of victories in the world of cycling and motorcycling, including the motorcycle world championship ... such is the record of Alcyon!
Created in 1903 by Edmond Gentil, Alcyon cycles and motorcycles were world renowned, always at the forefront of innovation, communication and above all in competition.
Alcyon's engines were supplied by Z.L. (now Zedel), a Swiss engine manufacturer founded by Ernest Zürcher. These engines equipped all the great pioneers motorcycles: Minerva, Peugeot, Terrot, N.S.U., Alcyon and many more. These two giants tied their destinies in 1907.
This exceptional work tells this story and that of the tough competition between Alcyon and its rival Peugeot. The two competing brands have established the most prestigious record in the history of cycling.
But in the end, Alcyon beats Peugeot very clearly!
An unusual industrial saga to discover in a beautiful book, richly illustrated and well documented.
Didier Mahistre, a great collector of old documentation, writes numerous articles on the motorcycle. The documentary exceptional collection that it has gathered for decades on the history of the French motorcycle and in particular Alcyon was decisive. In the reconstruction of this saga. Didier Mahistre is co-author of VAP 1944-1967, the safest road on two wheels published by E-T-A-i. Cyrille de Ridder is the grandson of Edmond Gentil and the great grandson of Ernest Zürcher. In this book, he is the narrator. Passionate about history and fine engineering, he could not of course remain indifferent to the exceptional destiny of his ancestors.
More information at www.editions-etai.fr
Thu Oct 22 2015
barry.carson at lyndexrecycling.com
manuals and spares
ALCYON 18 TER ???
I need info on this machine to rebuild it
Sat Oct 10 2015
anklesn at hotmail.co.uk
Alcyon 23 oil fuel mix
Hello, just bought an Alcyon 23 . First registered in Jan 1950 but i suspect a little older. Does anyone know the fuel oil mix ration by any chance? Thx very much
denis_bollaert at hotmail.com
engine technical doc required
ALCYON B1 250CC ZURCHER ENGINE (2 stroke)
I have an ALCYON B1 WITH A ZURCHER ENGINE (250 CC). I want to open the engine but I do not have the technical leaflet/book showing all parts of the engine. Where could I get this document? Thanks in advance. Best Regards. Denis
NOGENT SUR SEINE, FRANCE
Sat Jul 04 2015
stardust0176 at btiternet.com
Alcyon Alcyon 18 TER
I am seeking spares for my Alcyon 18TER Esp. rear wheel sprocket.
Tue Sep 02 2014
crimsonsails at hotmail.com
what models/cc in 1954
Looking at purchasing a 1954 alcyon but it has no paperwork. Want to know what model/engine size it may be.it has small engine & hand gear change
Mon Jun 16 2014
chrisbaker-7 at hotmail.com
I recently purchased an Alycon 18TER. Just a fluke as I was looking for a D1 Bantam but saw this and thought it was pretty!
If you google Alycon 18TER in images the first image that comes up is my bike. There are two other examples of the same bike and other pictures are unrelated so I figure its fairly rare.
According to what I can find it was made in 1948, it was a prototype only made in that year, its 125cc. The twin port head is also interesting!
I also noticed you dont have one in your gallery so feel free to add it if you wish!
Anyway any help is much apprechiated!
Sun Oct 03 2010
Alcyon 250cc, 1929
I need any and all information regarding a 1929 Alcyon 250cc motorcycle. Manual, pictures, etc. I also am needing a recommendation for a restoration shop/mechanic in the U. S.
California, U. S. A.
Thu Apr 15 2010
alcyon en argentina
hola amigos soy de argentina y quiero contactar a personas que sepan de ALCYON
Fri Dec 05 2008
heurlin.thierry at neuf.fr
alcyon all models
it's a french brand
Mon Oct 13 2008
Bradleydryclean at aoldot com
Alcyon 2 stroke single
I have an Alcyon that I am carying out a gentle renovaion to.
It has no docs or papers.
I was told that it is 1918 or 1919. I have never seen another.
I will try to uplod a photo, any info greatly appreciated.
Sat Sep 15 2007
vernond at btinternetdot com
I have found an old Alcyon, belt drive, two speed, 200cc four stroke side valve motorcycle. It has footboards as well as pedals to start the engine. I believe it to be between 1918 and 1924. I do not have a photo as yet. Could you give me an idea of what the model may be of its value. It looks in need of total restoration, but the engine turns over and it seems to be all there. Your help would be much appreciated. Regards, david
Wed Sep 28 2005
alycon 1955 b1 330 cc
can you help with any information about above, i have a friend in france restoring the above who needs a manual or info about throttle on handle bars, many thanks for any help . simon allen