MILLET – year 1892
Manufacturer: Felix Millet, Paris, France
In day 11 June 1895 of the year at the start of the Paris-Bordeaux-Paris car race (length almost 1200 km) next to 21 vehicles of such famous brands, like Peugeot, Panhard & Levassor i parowy De Dion-Bouton, a motorcycle constructed by Felix Millet was placed.
Felix Theodor Millet, whose hobby was inventions, built and patented his first motorcycle 22 of December 1888 year. The originality of its solution was based on the design and placement of the drive unit. The five-cylinder star engine was built directly into the rear wheel. In addition to the motor drive, the motorcycle had pedals connected to the rear wheel by a chain transmission (The pedals were also used to actuate the brake located in the torpedo free-wheel hub). The control of the fuel supply has been implemented in a modern way (diesel) to the engine - the adjustment was made using the knob handle of the steering wheel. A Bunsen cell containing nitric acid was used as the source of electricity, sulfuric acid and water, and an induction coil was used for ignition, constructed by Millet. In the carburetor of its own design, the fuel was mixed with previously heated and filtered air. Engine power 0,5 kW (0,7 KM) it allowed you to reach speed 35 km/h. It was a downright dangerous speed, because the bike did not have effective brakes.
This great vehicle, one copy of which is in the Musee des Arts et des Metiers in Paris, thanks to its outstanding creator, it was constantly improved. Nevertheless, Millet's motorcycles disappeared from the market at the beginning of our century, like many other bold constructions, ahead of their time.