A Brief History of the Marque
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From 1954 until 1962 Ratier made motorcycles, having taken over the motorcycle business of the Centre d'Études de Moteurs à Explosion et à Combustion (CEMEC). The engines were flat-twins derived from Second World War BMW designs.
The Ratier L7 (formerly CEMEC L7) was a 750cc sidevalve. In total some 2,500 were produced in single and dual carburettor versions.
In 1960 the C6S police machine was released, with over a 1000 built until 1962. The 600cc machines were equipped with a radio which could be utilised whilst underway. They were well ahead of their time.
1904 : Ratier was created by the joiner, Paulin Ratier, in order to fabricate wooden aeroplane propellors.
2001 : Ratier-Figeac receives the order to produce the elevator for the Airbus A380
2007 : Ratier-Figeac is the only propellor producer for the Hamilton Sundstrand group.
Sources: Wikipedia, motards-de-la-gendarmerie.info
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