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The last of its kind, Voxan was a French motorcycle manufacturer that staunchly clung to the phrase “made domestically” through all adversity and roadblocks. Just before the turn of the century, France implemented strict tuning laws that still stand even to this day; motorcycles must not produce more than 100 horsepower, regardless of engine size or any other performance features.
Even still, the plucky French manufacturer didn’t break stride, developing off-beat engines to pair along with its unique chassis designs. For most of its motorcycles, Voxan utilized a V-twin developed by SODEMO (Société de Développement Moteur). Expectedly, each one made 100 horsepower; however, the output didn’t tell the whole story. The Voxan produced its ‘peak’ power at just 8,000 rpm, but what made it really unique was the decision to opt for a liquid-cooled 72-degree V-twin. Beyond the handling benefits, the rarely-used offset V-twin came in just a bit less tamer than its traditional counterparts, offering riders less vibration in the same unconventional yet more-than-capable package.
The Voxan offered for auction today is more unique than any motorcycle the French manufacturer, a prototype motorcycle built off the original Voxan designs but with improvements in many departments. We’ll defer to the seller for a description of this motorcycle: “The frame was built by Charles Laurent, one of the best metal-workers in the world. The engine made by SODEMO is a 1000cc DOHC 8 titanium valves, billet crankshaft, forged pistons, Pankle rods 4 injectors that will be abandoned for the production bike because it was too expensive. there is still 3 engines in the world and this one is the only one that is still running. This bike is the first prototype ever produced by the VOXAN company, and was introduce at the Paris motorcycle show in 1997.”
The seller states they have replaced the fluids and they routinely start the motorcycle once per month.
The seller notes the following items are custom-made parts:
Not pictured: Frame anchor.