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Moteurs AderGuzzi's Grandpa A shaft-drive transverse V-twin from 1904, another deft touch from Clement Ader.
Ormonde were motorcycles produced from 1900 to 1904.
1900 The machine was a primitive fitted with a Belgian Kelecom or Antoine engine that was tucked into the space between the seat tube and the rear
mudguard. The result was a reduction in the belt centres and enhanced belt-slip. The spark-plug was placed very close to the rider's
1903 Engines of 2¼hp or 2¾hp were offered, along with solos, tandems
and a forecar.
1904 The engine position was moved to be more conventional, upright and
central within the main frame loop, for the 3hp or 3½hp Kelecom
engine. They also introduced a belt drive fitted with cross pins to engage
with grooved cut in the engine pulley. Tandems, forecars and trailers were
all listed along with the solos. Some had fan-cooled engines. Kelecom
and Ormonde merged, but failed before the end of the year.
Note: The assets were bought by Taylor
Gue, who had been making their frames. A year later they made their
own machine and in time that became the Velocette.