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French Motorcycles

Ixion Motocyclettes and Engines

Paris agent: Georges Deloche, 55 rue Montmartre.

Motocyclette IXION de 275 cm3 en 1905

Two-stroke induction engine developed in Lille by Léon Cordonnier, patented in April 1901.

His design was very similar to the modern twostroke, with petroil lubrication, crankcase compression, and piston ports.

The engines were used by several manufacturers including the German Komet of 1902 and Allvelo in Sweden, and built under license by Gillet Herstal, GEM of Denmark and others.

The Ixion motorcycle reappeared in 1905 with an engine of 275cc.
Sources: Correspondence, Bourdache pp 151, 164, 165, 167.


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