The Classic Charm of the Bernardet Scooter @ Cédric Walter | Saturday, Dec 23, 2023 | 8 minutes read | 1594 Words | Update at Tuesday, Feb 20, 2024

In the world of classic scooters, few names evoke as much nostalgia and admiration as the Bernardet Scooter. This timeless two-wheeled wonder has an enduring appeal that captures the essence of a bygone era. With its elegant design and a history steeped in innovation, the Bernardet Scooter is a gem that deserves to be celebrated. In this blog post, we will take a journey back in time to explore the legacy of the Bernardet Scooter.

The History of Bernardet Scooters

The story of the Bernardet Scooter begins in France, post-World War II, during a period when personal mobility was in high demand. In 1946, Georges Monneret, a French motorcycle racer, and entrepreneur, founded Bernardet Motorcycles in Paris. The company soon gained recognition for producing a range of motorcycles and scooters.

The Bernardet Scooter, however, remains their most iconic creation. With its graceful curves, streamlined body, and a visually striking front fender, it quickly became a symbol of style and sophistication. The scooter was designed to meet the growing need for efficient and practical urban transportation.

Design Excellence

One of the standout features of the Bernardet Scooter is its timeless design. Crafted with a monocoque steel body, it showcased the finest craftsmanship of the time. The scooter ’s graceful lines, classic color options, and signature chrome details added a touch of elegance to the streets of post-war Europe.

The Bernardet Scooter ’s front fender, which gracefully curved around the front wheel, was both a functional and aesthetic marvel. This design feature helped to keep dirt and water from splashing onto the rider, making it a practical choice for daily commuting.

Innovative Engineering

The Bernardet Scooter also introduced innovative engineering for its time. It was powered by a two-stroke, 125cc engine that delivered a respectable 4.5 horsepower. While this might sound modest by today ’s standards, it was more than adequate for city commuting in the 1940s and ’50s.

Its easy-to-use twist-grip throttle and simple maintenance made it a popular choice among urban riders. The scooter ’s reliability and fuel efficiency were ahead of its time and contributed to its enduring popularity.

Legacy and Collectibility

Today, Bernardet Scooters are sought after by collectors and enthusiasts worldwide. Their rarity and timeless design make them prized possessions for those who appreciate the charm of classic scooters. Restoring a Bernardet Scooter to its former glory is a labor of love for many, involving the careful preservation of original components or meticulous recreation to honor the scooter ’s heritage.

Owning a Bernardet Scooter is like owning a piece of history. These scooters often find their way into museums and private collections, where they continue to be admired by future generations.

The Bernardet Scooter is a testament to the enduring allure of classic design and engineering. Its stylish and innovative approach to urban transportation has left an indelible mark on the world of scooters. While time has passed and technology has evolved, the timeless charm of the Bernardet Scooter remains intact. For those who are fortunate enough to own or ride one, it ’s a reminder of a simpler, more elegant era in transportation history.

Production des scooters Bernardet

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Le E.51 (125 cm3)

Il fait son apparition en 1951, il est en fait un prototype plus léger Annonciateur de la deuxième génération. Trois motorisations sont prévues :

  • 125 cm3 – 4 vitesses pour le E.51
  • 250 cm3 – 4 vitesses pour le D.51
  • 125 cm3 – moteur YDRAL pour le Y.52

BERNARDET tente, en 1954, une version monoplace appelée le CABRI (50 cm3) qui sera le signe du renouveau. Ce scooter ne pèse que 34 kg et représente l’archétype du scooter urbain : léger et maniable. Fin 1954, la cylindrée passe à 85 cm3. Au Salon de 1955, le CABRI acquiert un nouveau moteur et passe à 40 kg.

Début 1956, le CABRI subit une ultime évolution, mais la relève se profilait déjà depuis fin 1955 avec le GUÉPARD prévu en deux versions 125 et 200 bicylindres.

La gamme CABRI-GUÉPARD disparait en 1959 avec la liquidation de BERNARDET-LE POULAIN.

Club A.C.V.B

ASSOCIATION DES CYCLES ET VEHICULES BERNARDET Club A.C.V.B Mr Gérard Bernardet, 41 rue Charles Fourier 94500 Champigny sur Marne.

My Bernardet cabri 50ccm 1954

Je recherche un cabri 98 ccm

Etat concours, je paye un tres bon prix. Le Cabri, est un modèle de scooter individuel sorti en juillet 1954, qui ne pèse que 34 kg et possède des petites roues de 3 x 8″. Un gros tube de 45 mm de diamètre sert d’ossature ; y sont fixés le tablier en tôle et la plate-forme repose-pieds en aluminium.

L’ensemble moteur-boîte de vitesse- roue arrière est articulé sous ce tube. Un bloc de caoutchouc est la seule suspension arrière. La suspension avant à roue tirée utilise des anneaux Neimann ( directement tiré du E51). Le réservoir de cinq litres est assez fragile et supporte la selle. Au bas du réservoir, une jupe court le long du carter de chaîne et masque, en partie, la roue arrière. Le bloc- moteur horizontal possède deux vitesses commandées au

Dimensions

  • 1,30m de long, 1,03 m de haut.
  • A peu près 300 exemplaires de ce modèle ont été construit. Les 50 ccm sont très rares, car ils font partie du 1er cabri construit par Bernardet….

Vue de côté, tel que je l’ai acheté sur ebay pour 800.- FF

Vraisemblablement un Bernardet cabri 98ccm. J’en recherche un et je suis acheteur, me contacter

Dépenses

  • 3.20€ un tube de selle de diamètre 25 de 25 cm de long chromé,
  • 30€ de bombes de couleur rouge,
  • 13€ de vis inox de 6mm
  • 2€ de baguette Brox pour souder
  • 175 fr vis 8 et 10 inox 50 pcs
  • 25 fr bougies
  • 5 fr interrupteur
  • 600 fr siËges
  • 450 fr chromes
  • 130 fr rÈtroviseurs 2X
  • 70 fr passe fils
  • 50 fr poignÈes
  • 100 fr joints noir 10m
  • 100 fr plaque
  • 100 fr gaine frein 10m
  • 800 fr achat Èpave

Total : 2605 francs

Astuces

Pour avoir une roue de secours supplémentaire, vous pouvez à partir d’une roue en faire deux….si vous prenez une demi roue de Lambretta pour chaque demi roue de Cabri.

Avis

C’est un scooter attachant et mignon, car tres petit, maniable, mais la motorisation est un peu légère en 50 cm3. Dommage qu’il ne se soit pas plus diffusés à l’epoque: surement à cause du succès du Velosolex, largement moins cher.

Liens

site Bernardet freres sur le cabri

My bernardet E51 125cm3 1954

Below is my Bernardet E51 that I restored in 2002, has tendency to overheat (well known problem)

Restauration

1994, depuis en constantes améliorations…

Améliorations

J’adore les vieilles mécaniques, mais il ne faut pas exagérer et perdre en fiabilité non plus. J’ai donc remplacé : (j’entends deja des gens hurler)

  • Le carburateur par un Polini tout neuf de 2002 de 25mm !, de ce fait, j’ai fait faire une pipe d’admission en cuivre/ laiton chromée.
  • Le pot m’énerve aussi un peu (surtout mes voisins 😟 trop de bruit malgré une restauration complète (dégraissage, sablage), il ne va pas tarder à se faire remplacer par un pot moderne, honteux, mais cela reste sous la carrosserie. Pour l’instant, j’ai rajouté à l’intérieur un peu de laine céramique (magasin moto) et rajoutö un silencieux du plus bel effet.
  • Beaucoup de tôle du plancher vibrent : je vais donc le démonter et glisser entre les tôles des joints ou morceaux de chambre à air en caoutchoucs.

Historique

http://www.bernardet.com/e51.html Au Salon de Paris de 1947, sort le premier modèle puis en 1948 sort la présérie A.48. Ce scooter de style massif possède un moteur YDRAL de 128 cm3, un bloc moteur deux-temps À 4 vitesses (Ã l’époque les moins de 125 cm3 n’étaient pas en vente libre !). Le A.49 est l’évolution en droite ligne de son ainé, mais en plus esthétique et de meilleure conception mécanique. Le B.250 (250 cm3) est présenté au Salon de 1949 : il est tout aussi massif que son prédécesseur, mais en 1950, il a perdu quelques kilos et 15 cm. Il disparait en 1951, car il est d’un cout de construction trop élevé. Le 250BM (250 cm3) et le C.50 (125 cm3) sont présentés en 1950.

Astuces

  • De temps en temps, 1 fois tous les deux ans, je rajoute le contenu d’un demi flacon de VIMS ( métallisant moteur) dans l’essence, cela a deja fait des miracles sur mes voitures et n’a jamais gêné mes scooters.
  • S’il vous manque une roue de secours et donc la jante, pas de problème : acheter ou récupérer une jante de lambretta et augmenter le diamètre de percage des boulons de fixations.
  • Attention aux problèmes de surchauffe du moteur !
  • Mon scooter possède une amélioration originale de l’ancien propriétaire : un système de ventilation personnelle qui souffle l’air (au lieu de l’aspirer) sur le cylindre. Cette personne a soudé électriquement une à une les pales sur un disque métallique.
  • Tout était a l’époque en option sur ce scooter : 2eme sièges passager, marche pied en aluminium, porte-bagage, casquette de phare, pare-choc avant et roues de secours….j’ai de la chance, j’avais tout cela sur l’épave initiale.
  • Les pneus flancs blancs rehaussent encore plus l’aspect raffiné du scooter : un bon investissement !
  • Je monte le plus possible de la visserie inox, cela ne rouillera plus jamais et cela ne coute pas beaucoup plus cher (de toute facon il y a plusieurs qualités d’inox). Penser à zinger la carrosserie si vous avez prit le soin de mettre à nue la carrosserie (env 70euro pour tout le scooter).

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