French Motorcycles

Moto-Cardan Ader V-Twin c1904

The auction catalogue was compiled with reference to recognised experts in the field, and this machine is listed as c.1904. Others have said it may be slightly earlier.


Comme son nom l’indique clairement, la Moto Cardan se prévalait de sa transmission par cardan, à une époque où la courroie en cuir était de mise. Mais cette moto est également remarquable par son moteur bicylindre en V Ader 3 1/2 Ch monté transversalement ou par son réservoir en métal coulé (probablement en fonte) sur certains modèles. Le constructeur pensait résoudre ainsi les problèmes de fuites si fréquents avec les réservoirs soudés. D’après Jean Bourdache, ce modèle ne semble pas avoir eu d’exploitation commerciale. Cette machine constitue donc un témoignage exceptionnel.

As clearly indicated by its name, the Moto Cardan used its cardan-shaft at a time when the leather belt was the preferred choice. But this bike is also impressive thanks to its 3 1/2 hp Ader V-twin cylinder engine mounted transversely or by its cast metal tank (probably cast iron) on some models. The manufacturer’s thought was to solve leaking issues, so common with welded tanks. According to Jean Bourdache, this model does not seem to have been marketed and is therefore an exceptional testament.

Quoted from the auction catalogue with minor correction.

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