A Brief History of the Marque
Manufacturer: Alexandre Benoît-Gonin
5 et 5 bis rue cité-Delassalle
LYON - lès- CHARPENNES
Early machines were powered by Givaudan engines, and later Zedel V-twins of 700cc.
Following the armistice there were a good many war surplus machines on the market - HD and Indian from America, and BSA, Triumph and Douglas from the UK - making it almost impossible for the tiny Lyon factory with 12 staff producing two machines per week to remain viable, so in in 1924 Benoît-Gonin ceased motorcycle manufacture and returned to his previous activities as a watchmaker and jeweller.
Lyon racing results, 9th May 1920:
1. Jean Borgotti (G.L.),
2. Albert Sourdot (Benoît-Gonin),
3. Chapon (Benoît-Gonin)
MOTO REVUE 2135 – 27 juillet 1973
Histoire de la marque Benoit Gonin
Sources: moto-collection.org, A. Vassiliadis, et al