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French Motorcycles

Motocyclettes fabriquées en France (T)

Notes on some of the rarer French marques

This page lists brands for which little historical information is currently available.
For a more complete listing visit the French Index.

There is also a page on really obscure French brands.

Tauzin
1898
11 rue Bellanger Levallois
Engine used in Papillon tricycles
Bourdache p80


Tavernier
1921-23
Based in Paris, the firm built motorcycles using engines supplied by Zürcher, JAP and Blackburne of 175 to 500cc.
Sources: wikipedia.nl, Tragatsch p282


Terrioux
Frères Terrioux, whose father had built motorcycles in the 1930s, founded the company in 1948 in Paris. Pierre and Paul built a scooter in 1951 with a water-cooled engine (possibly from P.P. Roussey) and raced it in the 175 class at the 1957 Bol d'Or, without result. They did better in 1958. They won.
Source: François-Marie Dumas




The Pretty
Circa 1905
120 rue de Sevres, Paris
Then 45 rue de Bagneux, Montrouge
Motorcycle 1 HP ¼ or 2 HP "without carburettor".
Bourdache p441


Tibalette
Motorcycles built Kremlin-Bicêtre, a firm established by bicycle racer Tibal prior to WWI. The Tibalette appeared in the 1920s.


Tigre
Motorcycle of the 1970s powered by an 848cc flat twin Panhard engine used in a light car of the same name.

Moto Tigre 2


1971 : Dessin et début de construction d'une moto de circuit.
1972 et 1973 : Essais et mise au point sur circuit 2 courses en 1973
1973 : La fabrication d'un banc de puissance permet plus de fiabilité dans Ia recherche et le réglage du moteur
Caractéristiques
Moteur : Panhard 24 de 72 CV 7000 T/mn
Embrayage : Monodisque sec Boite : dérivée d'une ratier
Pont : Ratier/BMW
Frein AV : 2 disques Ø 230 dérivés Renault 8
Frein AR : tambour 200
Cadre : Moteur/boite porteur et multitubulaire. bras AR articulé sur carter de boite vitesse.
Poids sec : 145 Kg Vitesse : 210 Km/h

En 1975, elle fut transformée en moto de tourisme (Double phares, démarreur electrique. selle biplace, cale pieds AR et échappement homologué)

Cette moto - rachetée par le Musée de Savigny les Beaune a été remontée avec son équipement course d'origine.


Moto Tigre 2


1971: Design and preliminary construction of a road-racing motorcycle.
1972 and 1973: Tests and tuning on motor racing circuit in 1973
1973: The manufacture of a dyno allows more reliable tuning of the engine.
Features
Engine: Panhard 24, 72 HP @ 7000 rpm.
Clutch: Dry single-disc.
Gearbox: derived from a Ratier.
Pont: Ratier / BMW
Front brake: 2 disks Ø 230 derived from the Renault 8
Brake Rear: Drum 200
Frame: Motor / carrying case and multitubular.
Swingarm mounted on the gearbox.
Dry weight: 145 Kg Speed: 210 Km / h

In 1975, it was converted into a touring motorcycle (dual headlights, electric starter, dual seat, rear footpeags and homologated exhaust)

Owned by the Savigny les Beaune Museum, this motorcycle been reassembled with its original race equipment.


Titania

22 avenue d'Italie, Paris

Motorcycle presented at the salon of 1901

The company was dissolved in March 1903

Bourdache p117




Torpille
Manufactured by Boveil & Dorier, 30 Rue Bourgneuf, St Etienne. Active in 1905.
Source: Motos dans la Loire


Tortue, La
1900 Savariaux, 34, boulevard de Clichy, Paris.
Fitted with a Brutus engine.
Bourdache pp 110, 442


Totey
1901-1904
71 rue Liégat, Yvry
Motocyclette with engine in the frame
Bourdache p402


La Tractocyclette
Manufactured by J. Journaux, 1906
56 rue des Cévennes, Paris
Motorized bicycle with a Garreau engine on the front wheel
Bourdache pp 257, 279, 280


Tractavant

Microcar manufactured in 1951 by Henry Lanoy at 6 Place Jacquart, Saint-Étienne

See also Socvel.



Trèfle-A-Quatre
Built by cycle and automobile manufacturer Georges Richard, this appears to have been a motorised 2 or 3-wheeler built before the turn of the century. Related to Rochet, Rochet-Bruneau and Roland.
Bourdache p442


Trépardoux
"...the door of a small wooden building in La Chapelle ... a brass plaque mentioned "Bouton & Trépardoux".
... a business association began in 1881 and a small workshop was named "Trépardoux et Cie". De Dion brought funds, Georges-Thadée Bouton his mechanical expertise and Trépardoux, Bouton's brother-in-law, his engineering skills.
Bourdache pp 12, 21, 36-38.


Trilby
H. Chapput of 19 rue Kéller, Paris
In 1904, the catalogue of H. Chaput offered the 1903 2hp Henri Popp motorcycle re-branded as a Trilby. He also offered separately a Popp 2½ HP engine.
Bourdache p442


Triumphus
Manufactured by Ledonien Cycle in Lons-et-Saunier (Jura) 1950~1960.
The firm built a variety of mopeds under the names Clarus, Clipper, Debello and Triumphus.
Source: OTTW


Trophée de France
Machines built by France Motor Cycles of Mandeure and sold under this brand.
Models include: 1947 Type 555C; 1948 Type 555D 125cc Peugeot engine


Tungnaud-Cavelier
58 rue d'Allemagne, Paris, 1902
2 HP motorcycle using petrol or alcohol.
Bourdache p442


Sources

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