c.1920 Monet Goyon
Engine no. L3266
Monet Goyon began in central France during the latter stage of the Great War, initially with a motorized wheel attachment, followed by a range of mainly utility motorcycles sized between 150cc and 500cc. The firm relied heavily on proprietary engines, with 2-strokes (as seen here) sourced from Englands Villiers Engineering Company Ltd, and ohv/ohc singles supplied by MAG in Switzerland. Monet Goyon is regarded as one of Frances better-known brands of motorcycle, and managed to survive for a little over a decade beyond WWII. They briefly entered the difficult field of engine manufacturing in the early 1930s, with a 350cc side valve, and then made a much greater effort after the War with a range of two-strokes and four-strokes extending from 98cc thru 345cc. Monet Goyon were occasionally active in the competition field.
The comprehensively restored Monet Goyen abounds with neat touches. Note the functional valance to the front fender, at base, providing protection not only to the forward mounted carburetor but to the riders footwear too. A neat carrying grid blends discreetly atop the rear fender, the two-tone tapered fuel tank avoids the slab look of so many contemporary tanks; and the curvature of the cast alloy footboards similarly assists the machines overall appearance. Given their substantial section the tires definitely instill a degree of confidence, although the inflator normally situate beneath the lower tank rail does not appear in its correct position.
The absence of any accompanying information for this attractive example of a period French moto is regretted. It is a neat motorcycle, and will certainly prove rewarding if the performance is commensurate with its cosmetics. Sold on a Bill of Sale.
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