Peugeot is a motorcycle manufacturer

Peugeot is a motorcycle manufacturer

Peugeot is one of the most renowned among European motorcycle and car brands.

W 1810 This year, brothers Jean Frederick and Jean Pierre Peugeot founded a small metal foundry in Sous-Cretet, which soon became the cornerstone of a large family business. In year 1885 bracia Eugene and Armand, the third generation of the Peugeot family, decided to turn the company producing bicycles and tricycles into a car factory. Armand Peugeot was rightly anticipating, that the steam propulsion of vehicles prevailing at that time had no prospects for development, switched to the production of gasoline engines.

The first Peugeot motorcycles started to be produced in 1899 year. They were vehicles of completely own construction with one- and two-cylinder engines so perfect for those times, that many European companies used these power units for their motorcycles. The most famous Peugeot model from this period had a V-type four-cylinder, two-cylinder engine with a displacement 726 cm3, developing power 3,7 kW (5 KM). In the race for the European Grand Prix in 1904 year in the French city of Dourdan, The Cissac achieved an average speed on this bike 90 km/h, and a year later (on the same track) - already 130 km/h! The motorcycle was light (weighed 38 kg), therefore, driving at such a speed on imperfect roads of the time was equal to an attempted suicide. Peugeot's powertrain excellence is also confirmed by Rema Flowers's victory in the first Tourist Trophy in 1907 year. Admittedly Rem was riding Norton, but the heart of this vehicle was a two-cylinder displacement engine 994 cm3 produced by Peugeot.

W 1913 In the year, Peugeot launched a new racing bike with a two-cylinder displacement engine 498 cm3. However, this model was launched only after the First World War. The company then built a strong factory team, whose task was to beat - with the help of a new model - English competition and their proven motorcycles. W 1923 Richard players of the year, Grimaud and Gillard achieved many valuable victories in numerous competitions in Spain, France and Switzerland. The greatest success, however, was Gillard's sensational victory in the Grand Prix race in Monza, Italy, when he had reached maximum speed in front of the stand 160 km/h.

During this period, except for models equipped with 4-stroke engines with low and overhead valves (OHV), the company also began producing lightweight two-stroke models with displacement from 100 cm3 do 250 cm3, known for their reliable construction.

In the fifties, after absorption of Terrot, Peugeot has focused on the production of small displacement motorcycles 48 cm3, in its production program until today.