Page 665. 1912 Peugeot Moto Legere Type MD2 V-Twin 380cc
1912 Peugeot Moto Legere ‘Type MD2′
Truffault front forks
Excellent Original Condition & In Running Order
This amazing machine was found in the corner of a French garage where it had been stored for four decades. My friend Alain put some petrol in it, cleaned the plug …and it fired up! You can see it running in the video below.
It is in first class original condition. The small wheel on the left side of the top tube (above the petrol tank) is the tensioner for adjusting the belt; you slacken it when you store the bike, and tighten it if it starts raining while you are riding. It is rare to still find this item on a hundred-year-old motorbike as most of them were removed over the years.
The only unoriginal item on the motorcycle is the pedal arms: they should be round ones, but the ones fitted – which are still of Peugeot manufacture – have a square section. Everything else on this motorcycle is original specification.
Bear in mind this superb machine is 100 years old. If you are going to use it regularly it would be a good idea to service it beforehand.
Peugeot observed a need for a cheap lightweight motorcycle and, in 1910, the company introduced this light V- twin motorcycle, which subsequently enjoyed enormous success. The Moto Légère MD was equipped with a 333 cc 45 degree V-twin engine with automatic inlet valves, direct belt transmission, Bosch magneto, single lever Claudel carburetter and Truffault front forks. The little machine proved easy to start, easy to handle and was very reliable. Moreover, it weighed only 40 kg and was able to sustain a practical running speed of 60 km/h.
In 1912, they updated the machine as Type MD2, with a 380cc engine and, the following year, considering the cylindrical petrol tank by now outdated, redesigned the machine with a rectangular tank – this motorcycle saw considerable success in the gruelling Paris-Nice Road Run in April 1913, so subsequently became known as the Paris-Nice.
Although the 1913 model changes, to bring the design up-to-date, were important at the time, 100 years later we obviously prefer the more antiquated appearance! This is an ideal machine to use in the annual Pioneer Run, being an attractive lightweight machine with distinctive front forks, a reputation for reliability …and a V-Twin engine.