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The fall and rise of Sarolea

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🎬 SarolĂ©a was the first Belgian producer of motorcycles, and one of the first producers of motorcycles in the world. This Belgian factory was established in 1850 as a weapons factory by Joseph SarolĂ©a. In 1892 bicycle production started.

Joseph died in 1894 and under the management of his sons the company grew larger. In the 1920s, the firm became successfully involved with long distance runs, reliability trials and hill climbs. 

In the early years of the century Saroléas were sold in Britain under the Kerry brand. Both singles and V twins were made and the firm supplied engines to a number of firms in several countries. In turn, Saroléa used a number of British components such as Sturmey-Archer gearboxes and AMAL carburettors.

During World War II the factory was shut down by the Germans, and very few bikes were produced during the occupation of Belgium.

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In 1955 SarolĂ©a started a joint venture together with FN (motorcycle) and Gillet Herstal. This lasted until 1960, when SarolĂ©a was merged into Gillet. 

📉  SarolĂ©a ceased to exist in 1963

🔁 In 2008, a motorcycle company using the name SarolĂ©a ( www.sarolea.com ) was established in Belgium by twin brothers, Torsten and Bjorn Robbens, to develop and produce high-performance 100% electric race machines.

SAROLÉA MANX7 2018

Saroléa bikes are built by hand at their workshop in Belgium. All components are designed and built by Torsten Robbens, who has a background in motorsport, aerospace and military manufacturing.

Resources:

The Vintagent: 17 Nov. 2017 “The Current: SaroĂ©la is alive and electric”

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