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350cc P107 -1931
The lion shows its claws
Peugeot's emblem is the Lion of Belfort, the symbol of French defiance. Until1926, Peugeot had nothing more exciting in its catalogue than dismal 175 and 250cc utility two-stroke models. It was high time that the Lion of Beaulieu Valentigney showed its claws
A New Beginning
So, at the 1926 Paris Salon, Peugeot clearly marked a new beginning with the P104, a unit-constructed 350cc side-valve motorcycle. At the following Paris Salon, the P104 was joined by the P105, an overhead-valve 350, but by the beginning of 1928, only the P104 was left of these two, backed up by the P107, a side-valve version of the P105.
Average Man's Motorcycle
Then the range was completed downwards in 1929, with the P103 and P11O, 175 and 220cc side-valves, still with unit-constructed engines. In this way, Peugeot hoped to improve its image and effectively compete with its great rival, Terrot. Without matching the sales figures of the 350 Terrot side-valve, the P107 a typical "average man's motorcycle" of the 1930s - enjoyed sound commercial success. It remained in production until 1936, when it was replaced by the P112. The P107 left behind it the memory of a reliable, troublefree bike but with a colorless personality. It was certainly handsome, with its cleanly designed unit-constructed engine, still a fairly rare technique. The P107 was the favorite mount of a tireless globetrotter named Robert Sexé who even ride it across the Sahara. These proofs of strength were probably the arguments that convinced the French Army to order several thousand examples of the P107.
Engine: 346cc (72x85mm) air-cooled singlecylinder unit-constructed four-stroke
Power Rating: 8.5 hp
Fuel System: carburetor
Transmission: 3-speed, shift lever on tank (direct lever in 1928-1929), chain final drive
Suspension: girder forks (front); rigid (rear)
Brakes: drum (front & rear)
Wheels: 4.00x19 inch (front & rear)
Weight: 287 lb
Maximum Speed: 53 mph.
The Peugeot P107 was a classic French middle-class motorcycle of the 1930s.