Bankrupt Voxan Motorcycles Bought By Venturi

Sad news again with the disparition of promising but always struggling French manufacturer Voxan Motorcycles.  Founded in 1995, the company has always used the same proprietary and unique engine, a 72-degree V-Twin with  a displacement of 996 cc. Voxan delivered its first prototype in 1997 with the first 50 Roadster models delivered in 1999.

It was followed by the launch of a Cafe Racer and Scrambler models respectively in 2001 and 2002. Although extremely respected, the brand had difficulties competing against Italian and Japanese manufacturers and went into bankrupttcy for the 1st time in 2002. Relaunched in 2003 the Street Scrambler model was released in 2003, and the Nouveau Scrambler and Black Magic in 2004.

Then designer legend Phillipe Starck created the model featured here supposed to be launched in 2009, but the company never had the resources to finance production. Voxan was forced in bankruptcy with all hard and intangible assets sold to Venturi MVS a company based in Monaco belonging to Gildo Pallanca Pastor and building limited production solar/electric hybrid cars. His intentions are unknown.

4 Responses to “Bankrupt Voxan Motorcycles Bought By Venturi”

  1. 1 alan Jun 2nd, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    Sorry about that. The voxan was a good bike, but a French company bulding motorcycles in France this can’t work. Too many taxes. You better to be muslim overt there. You get more rights than French people and you get paid by the government (by the French born people, the only ones working)

  2. 2 Rider2 Jun 2nd, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    I had the chance to work with Voxan during their very first 2 years of operation. It was a great company and the business plan and people in place at the time had a magnificent vision. The very first Mondial Du Deux Roues tradeshow in Paris was exceptional. I remember working 16 hours a day for 12 days straight just to keep up with the media and the public. Then it became too corporate, good people started to leave, weird model designs started to emerge. Then the dealers didn’t follow partially due to questionable management and programs put in place. I am not surprised the company went down and it’s pretty sad. Originally, the bid went to the engine manufacturer who apparently had issues with the people who put the bankruptcy plan together. I am not sure what this guy in Monaco will do with the technology and the patents but this is probably going to end up being a 4 builds/year company for special clients in Europe.

    Sad news… really.

  3. 3 fuji Jun 3rd, 2010 at 9:00 am

    Take note on the French taxes !
    We are in line for the same here.
    Everything will be taxed to the nines except for basketballs and hoops. For those on the outside ” Obama’s past time” being basketball.
    His full time job is making us jump thru the hoops.

  4. 4 Pepe Jun 7th, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Not only taxes, but too many regulations, limits, burocracy…
    European people must change their point of view
    Sorry, Voxan are nice bikes

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