1935 Monet Goyon S3G 100cc French barn find project

Price: £400.00
Condition: Used
Item location: Chabris, Indre, France
Make: Monet Goyon
Model: S3G 100 BMA
Year: 1935
Color: Blue/Silver
Engine size: 100
Gears: Three-speed manual
Start type: Kick start
Drive type: Chain

I am selling this lovely 1935 Monet Goyon S3G 100cc BMA in barn fresh cond. ition. It came to me as part of a collection from a barn to the south of Bordeaux and had been stored there for around 40 years. It requires restoration but is in nice as found condition.

The company was formed in 1917 to build wheelchairs for veterans returning from WW1. The founders were Joseph Monet and Adrien Goyon who established a factory in Macon where the company remained until its closure in 1959. During the 1920s the firm had considerable racing success and also took over the older bike maker Koehler Escoffier.

In 1929 a new motorcycle tax class was introduced by the French government. This created the BMA (bicyclette moteur auxilliaire) which allowed people to ride up to 100cc bikes with pedals without the need for a licence. The pedals didn`t actually need to work. This bike has exactly this feature which consists of a pedal with front sprocket but no chain or rear spocket.

This bike is a renovation project but is very complete with just the carburettor and the exhaust down pipes missing. The parts that are often missing on these bikes such as the stand. chain guard and lights are all present and in sound condition. At first glance the rear light looks broken but it has just been unscrewed to change the bulb. You can see how long the bike has been standing by the flat spot on the front tyre. The engine turns over fine with compression. The clutch works and the gears seem to engage ok. The engine is the original Villiers unit built under licence in France. Parts for this engine are easy to find in the UK and France. The bike has many nice period features including rigid front forks and rear end. Tank mounted hand gearchange and advance retard lever. It has the original leather door on the tool box. Both tyres will need replacing but the wheels are ok. They would originally have been painted so no expensive chroming is required. It is the twin port engine so popular in France. The carb and down pipes are available new from chambrier freres web site.

The paintwork is the original but in poor condition. Most of the chrome on the tank has come away as a sheet! It does however give a clear idea of the original colours and design. The metalwork has survived well with  no serious rust at all. The leather saddle cover is in good condition but is a more recent replacement and needs refitting to the base. I believe that this is the deluxe version which mainly means it has a partly chromed tank and silver/blue mudguards. The lights would have been either a deluxe feature or an optional extra as lighting was not compulsory until after 1945.

There is no log book with the bike but i will supply a French certificat de cession and a receipt in French and English to assist with registration in the UK. The certificat de cession proves that the bike has come from within the EU and as such there is no duty or VAT payable.

Please note that this bike is at present in the town of Chabris in the Indre department(36)of central France. For a price of ?50 I can arrange delivery to the Worthing area on the south coast during the first week of January. Other delivery destinations in the UK are available but please email me for a price. Alternatively you are welcome to come to France to collect the bike and i will offer the winning bidder one nights free accommodation in our B&B.

Payment is by cleared sterling cheque or bank transfer if you are having the bike delivered or by cash on collection if you are coming to collect from Wothing or France. Any questions please email me or call from the UK on 0033 254051245.  

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