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Motorworld’s newspaper №55
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Since 1929, René Gillet motorcycles was equipped with a soft rear suspension. Four lateral cross members, which go to the rear wheel in pairs on either side, were attached to the front part of the frame. The rear wheel was affixed in the middle of the long triangle equalizer beam made of pipes. Behind the rear mudguard, cross members joined with a vertical cylinder inside of which a spring was installed. The equalizer beam’s end of a rear suspension was connected via an articulated link to the frame behind the gear unit, and another end was connected to the suspension spring. Therefore, the equalizer beam was able to move vertically together with the wheel.

René Gillet Type H

Such a unique suspension was also installed on the Type H 350 (1929). This machine was marketed as a touring bike, which could provide an incredible level of comfort for a rider and a passenger. And with a sidecar, it could turn out to an ideal touring vehicle for the whole family.

René Gillet Type H

The motorcycle was equipped with a 350 cc one-cylinder engine (7 h.p.). The only engine’s cylinder was made of high-quality cast-iron with a removable cylinder head. The cast-iron piston was connected with the rod, which had double roller bearings. Plain bearings were used in both axes.

René Gillet Type H

Since 1930, Type H 350 along with every motorcycle of the René Gillet family, had a complex front fork, hand shifted gearbox, and a simple dashboard with an ammeter and a couple of switches.

Manufacturer René Gillet, France
Years of manufacture 1929 – 1933
Quantity produced, units N/A
Price 5150 F
Today’s value 16 856,47 $
Type Single-cylinder
Engine capacity, cc 350
Bore and stroke, mm 70 х 90
Engine rating 7 hp
Sparking Magneto
Carburetor Amac
Battery 6 V
Clutch Multiple-plate, oil-bath
Transmission 3-speed
Frame type Steel tubular
Front suspension Coil suspension
Rear suspension Special soft René Gillet
Brakes Drum type
Wheel size 4,00 х 27
Length, mm
2 300*
Width, mm
Height, mm
1 030*
Wheelbase, mm
1 530*
Ground clearance, mm
Seat height, mm
Mass, kg
Gas tank size, l
Maximum speed, km/h
Range, km

* – Data from the results of the measurement of the “Motorworld by V.Sheyanov” exhibit.