Energic motoculteur B1.
The earliest B machines appeared in 1930 along with the Energic A Treuil. I have recently discovered that they used a Motobecane 250 E 2 stroke engine (247cc) of the time, with only 3 cv till late 1930 (Course 70mm x l’alésage 66mm). This engine was manufactured from 1927 to 1930 in various motorbikes of the time but essentially the same engine. Ok for just 70kg of motorbike but underpowered for 240kg of motoculteur. Very few were made, perhaps 50, and most were scrapped as they broke down or scavenged by motorcycle enthusiast for essentially the engine which was rare even then. The 2 stroke melange/mix was unusual as it was 50% grease and 50% highly viscose engine oil, in a small ratio to essence/petrol of high lead content for lubrication.
Then alternative engines from different manufactures were used to generate more power up to 5cv. One engine was a 247cc 2 temps.- (Chaise engine) was more commonly used in the Chaise motored motorcycles of the time. The engine was branded Energic, Ets Chaise & Cie also supplied engines to Majestic, New map, Rhony’x and Dollar motorcycles as well as engines for other alternatives uses.
At just 240Kgs it was the lightest of the range. Originally with 1 speed ( 1 to 4 Kph – slow) and no rear gear (priced 5500fr.). The exhaust pipe was bent around the engine.
Magneto was a Novi D50 – VD. The V being signifying variable advance and the D signifying droite/right. In its own way a rare magneto – see magnetos used in early Energic motoculteurs here. (There was a D50 – VG available used in 350/500 motobecane engines of the 1929/30 era’s.)
Available till 1931/2. Then the Energic motoculteur B5 superseded this model.
See more information restoration on Energic B1, voir restauration ici Project Sav.
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