7. Motosacoche – 1900
By attaching two varnished sheet metal plates to either side of a bicycle frame to contain an engine and thwart splashing oil, brothers Armand and Henri Defaux unknowingly created the first motorcycle fairing. Taking the place of where a pannier bag (“sacoche” in French) would be mounted on a bicycle, calling the invention Moto-sacoche was a natural progression. Bolted to the bicycle frame the sacoche increased the frame’s rigidity and helped it win the Col de la Faucille hillclimb in 1901.
|Country of Origin||France|
|Engine Type||Single-cylinder, four-stroke|
|Engine Capacity||215 cc|
|Transmission||Belt drive to left of rear wheel|