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Vauzelle-Morel Motor-Bicycle

E. Vauzelle-Morel and Co., Paris, have something new in direct-drive motor-bicycles. This has a 2 h.p. engine, filled in as part of the left-hand rear fork. The main engine axle passes through the back wheel hub, and a large fly wheel is fixed on the outside. The drive is taken off the valve cam shaft, and thence is taken to a gear wheel on the hub. The carburetter is of the F.N. type. Duplicate front forks are fitted and control is effected by a single lever on the top tube. A very comprehensive collection of accessories was shown here.

Paris Salon 1902 in Motor Cycling, December 17th, 1902.

A very neat little voiturette is shown by Messrs. Vauzelle, Morel and Co., of 20 Avenue Parmentier, Paris. It is driven by a 4 h.p. Aster engine, fixed to the rear of the back axle, and driving through a Bozier gear direct to rear live axle. Hand brakes are applied to each back wheel hub. Wheel steering on an inclined pillar is provided, and all control levers are handily placed. The petrol and oil tanks are affixed to the dashboard, and the water tank is behind the seat. Three speeds and a reverse are given. The price is £115.

Paris Salon 1902 in Motor Cycling, December 17th, 1902. Page 340

The Vauzelle Morel et Cie direct drive motor-bicycle was referred to in our first report of the Paris Show. We are now able to give an illustration of the complete machine. The motor is mounted on the near side, and is supported between one of the back stays and compression tubes. The 2 to 1 shaft is extended, and carries a small pinion, which gears with a larger one on the driving wheel hub. The main shaft of the motor passes right through the hub, and carries a flywheel on the far side. No clutch gear is interposed. The carburetter is an F.N. spray type. The speed is controlled by advancing or retarding the spark.

Paris Salon 1902 in Motor Cycling, December 31st, 1902. Page 387