Motorcycling’s history is littered with ambitious failures, and Midual is one of them. French designer Olivier Midy came within inches of putting his 900 Roadster into production at the turn of the millennium, only to stumble at the last hurdle. The original Midual Roadster, styled by noted motorcycle designer Glynn Kerr, was the star of the 1999 Paris Motorcycle Show. The tubular-steel frame, naked styling, and off-the-shelf suspension were conventional, but the engine was something else entirely. A water-cooled boxer twin, it eschewed the BMW-style layout and instead turned the motor 90 degrees to run one cylinder forward and the other to the rear. Tilting the engine so the front cylinder was lower than the rear cut down on the inevitable length of this arrangement, and the overall result looked surprisingly compact. After its high-profile unveiling, the project quietly slipped out of sight.