There I was “walking around the neighborhood” when I spotted this vintage Monet-Goyon motorcycle in the window of an insurance agency. I knew I had to get photos for my brother, Gary, who has always been a motorcycle enthusiast. After a bit of a struggle getting the proprietor to understand my inadequate French, he was happy to let me take some photos of this beautifully restored classic motorcycle. The insurance agency apparently is also a sponsor of the Circuit des Remparts, a race for classic Grand Prix and Formula 2 cars in Angoulême. The annual event also hosts a Concours d’Élégance gathering of vintage and prestigious cars, a “Hot August Nights” event for classic French and European cars.
Monet-Goyon motorcycles were made in France from about 1917 to 1959. The factory was located in Mâcon, in the department of Saône-et-Loire in the region of Burgundy.
After researching online and getting information from Gary, I learned that Monet-Goyon motorcycles were widely used in France. The Mâcon factory (which also built Koehler Escoffier motorcycles) produced numerous Villiers (British brand 2 stroke engines) and MAG (Swiss brand 4 stroke engines) powered motorcycles up until 1939. After the end of World War II, Monet-Goyon resumed production of small displacement motorcycles and scooters until finally closing its doors at the end of the 1950’s.
I believe this model is a Monet-Goyon 100cc S2G-1954G. Fun little discovery and I’ve added the Circuit des Remparts and its Concours d’Élégance to my list of “Events to Attend” in France.