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Motorworld’s newspaper №58

During the WWII, the French Army also used the René Gillet motorcycle equipped with 1000 cc double-cylinder flathead V-engine and a sidecar. The machine had a rear-wheel chain drive. The frame was made of welded tubes. The front fork had a short leading link, which was a typical feature of the René Gillet motorcycles. This design was unique because the engineers managed to combine a rigid fork with movable levers holding the wheel. At this, one of the levers was a bicycle fork transmitting the movements of a wheel to the spring, which was located under the handlebar.

The motorcycle is equipped with a sidecar 1937 Bernardet Sport. Information provided by ASSOCIATION DES CYCLES ET VÉHICULES BERNARDET

Most of these machines were captured by Germans during WWII, then repainted, the markings were changed, and further these bikes were extensively used by the Wehrmacht soldiers. Besides, the German engineers scrupulously examined the machines they have got in order to adopt French design for their own machines.

Manufacturer René Gillet, France
Years of manufacture 1922 – 1958
Quantity produced, units N/A
Price 7750 F
Today’s value 25 366,53 $
Тип V-twin, flat-head
Engine capacity, cc 982
Bore and stroke, mm 80 х 97,7
Engine rating 20 hp
Sparking Magneto
Carburetor Zenit
Battery 6 V
Clutch Multiple-plate, oil-bath
Transmission 4-speed
Frame type Welded tubular
Front suspension Leading link fork
Rear suspension Rigid
Brakes Drum type
Wheel size 4,00 х 27
Length, mm
2 550
Width, mm
1 570
Height, mm
1 140
Wheelbase, mm
1 500
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.