WERNER – year 1901
Manufacturer: Werner Freres, Paris, France
Despite the great commercial successes of the first light motorcycles of the Werner brothers, mainly due to its low price and remarkable simplicity of construction, these vehicles were not completely perfect. Their basic shortcomings are poor stability, caused by the position of the motor in front of the steering wheel, and the low power of the drive unit.
Therefore, in 1900 a new motorcycle was produced in the year, which was hailed as the most perfect two-wheeled motor vehicle at the turn of the century.
This outstanding vehicle has a four-stroke model, single cylinder engine with displacement 232 cm3 and power 1,5 kW (2 KM) firmy of Dion-Bouton, in a classic way, i.e.. at the bottom of the frame. The drive to the rear wheel was transmitted via a flat belt, without the use of a clutch. The source of power in the ignition system was the battery. The skeleton of the vehicle was a simple tubular frame (bicycle type), without springing. That little motorcycle – „The motorcycle” – however, it had two brakes, front block, pressure on the rim of the wheel and the rear - tape. At empty weight 50 kg reached maximum speed 45 km/h.
Good technical parameters for those times, especially low weight, and thus a relatively large unit power indicator, made Werner an ideal vehicle to compete in races that were then very popular. This opinion was confirmed by the results of such events, like the Paris-Bordeaux marathons, and Paris-Berlin, on which motorcycles of this brand took first places.
Other Werner models were equipped with more powerful engines: 2 kW (2,75 KM) and 2,4 kW (3,25 KM). W 1904 In the year, the company's first motorcycle with a two-cylinder engine appeared.
W 1908 In the year, the company stopped producing motorcycles.