Finally riding a big boys bike
- Aug 27, 2018
Saw this DeDion in my travels today. Looks like frame and fork only, but awesome head bage!
Yes, that is the DeDion side view-----
Thanks very much for sharing this!
They became famous for their suspension systems for sports cars.
Were you able to identify the bare metal frame in the second image?
Appears lugless but cannot quite be sure...
Example believed to date from ~1939 -
Factory from 1924 -
Some company history here -
Shakes like an earthquake when idling. This single will smooth out and rev to around 1600 rpm! Light weight and it flies. More of an issue to hang on and hope the brakes are dry and willing! Rear brakes are for emergency. It has a driveshaft brake that does most of the work.That's quite a thumper.
Through the 50s, DeDion was the only rear suspension used in Formula 1.
Even though the suspension was designed by Bouton, DeDion has always received the credit for the patents.
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Very good point. Harry M. Pope began with steel pipe/tube for boilers, water, sewer, expanded to his first love rifles and precision target sights,De Dion Bouton are one of the few cycle manufacturers who produced cars before going into cycle production; rather than producing bicycles, then cars/motorcycles as many companies did.
It's all tied in with the 'Dreyfuss Affair' in France at the TOC, differring political and ideological points of view and social class rivalry.
Of everything I've read, the Count de Dion was a not very pleasant man.
Le Tour de France is the result of all the shenanigans that occurred though, so "every cloud....."!