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1905 Peugeot 500cc V Twin




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1905 500cc Peugeot V Twin

What an oportunity. Nicely restored veteran v-twin. Needs some finishing but will make a fantastic early v-twin pioneer bike.

Engine rebuilt , all new bearings. Original pistons & con rods with new rings. Bores sleeved. Engine needs running in. Front oil pipe tube needs helicoiling next time engine is out. Magneto rewound. Magneto ignition is correct for 1905. Needs new exhaust pipe nuts making. New fork spring needed. Oil drain hole under tank needs plug fitting. Oil pump needs assembling. No oil in engine or hubs. Tank badges were not fitted in 1905. French papers. Not registered in UK yet. VMCC dating certificate.

The first motorcycle produced by Peugeot was the "Motobicyclette", a light machine shown at the Paris Exhibition in 1901. It was Peugeot's response to the widely popular Werner. It had a Swiss ZL 1.1/2 hp (198 cc) engine, which was mounted over the chassis frame in front of the pedal assembly. Transmission was by belt. The cycle parts were very light, and was really a reinforced bicycle frame. The first 5 hp motorcycle, sold in 1903, had the engine placed inside the frame, which became the definitive location for the mechanical components and is still so today. Then came the first races. Five Peugeot de 3.1/2 hp machines took part in the Paris-Madrid in 1903. Truffault swinging-arm suspension was adopted on some Peugeot models for 1904, making them among the world's most advanced, and the following year the firm introduced its own v-twin engine. Using one of these Peugeot motors, Norton-mounted Rem Fowler won the inaugural Isle of Man TT race in 1907, and the French make featured prominently in the first ever motorcycle race to be held at Brooklands when, on Easter Monday 1908, a brace of Peugeot-powered NLGs finished 1st and 2nd.

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