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Belgian Motorcycles

Motocyclettes fabriquées en la Belgique

Notes on some of the rarer Belgian marques

This page lists brands of which little historical information is currently available.
For a more complete listing visit the Belgian Index.

A

Ajax
Manufactured in Brussels 1949-1953, the firm produced mopeds and light motorcycles using Sachs and NSU two-stroke engines.
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Alerion
Manufactured by J. Boon of Rue Ma Campagne, Etterbeek in the early post-WWI years, the firm produced large capacity singles and twins for the burgeoning sidecar market.
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B

Baindex
The small company built mopeds powered by the Ducati Cucciolo in the post-war years. The engines were lightly modified and the attractive bodywork partially concealed the engine.
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Barbé
Manufactured by NV PE Barbé of Herstal, production began in 1926.
The firm built 125, 175, 250 and 350 cc models using SV and OHV JAP and Blackburne engines. In 1933 they introduced Villiers two-stroke engines in motorcycles of 100 and 150cc, and these were followed by machines powered by JAP 150 and 250cc engines. The marque had limited success in racing in the 175 and 250 classes. Production ceases in 1934.
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Basse-Wez
194 Rue de Basse-Wez Liège
Established in 1896, the company introduced two motorcycles in 1903, a 268cc 1¾ hp model and another of 327cc 2¾hp. These machines had a loop frame, FN carburettor and battery-coil ignition. Later model engines, although embossed the the company name, were from the nearby Sarolea factory and were of very similar appearance to those fitted to the Kerry. Advertising of the day claimed that the motorcycles were exported to the Netherlands and the United States. Production of motorcycles ceased in 1905. The only known survivor is understood to have been sold in Denmark.
Wikipedia NL
See also https://www.yesterdays.nl/product/basse-wez-1904-327cc-1-cyl-aiv-2607/


Beoziere
Built Ducati Cucciolo-powered mopeds 1952-1953.
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Bona
Manufactured by J. Bonaventure-Bouttens of Veurne, in the 1950s the company produced lightweights under the names Edith and Elgo using VAP engines.
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Bovy
Manufactured by Alfred Bovy of Liege, 1900s-1930s
Built motorcycles for the military duing WWI, and in the 1920s and 30s produced machines powered by a variety of engines - Villiers, JAP, Blackburne and MAG. They had many successes in motorcycle racing.
Sources: François-Marie Dumas


Bristol
Manufactured by the Huysmans brothers of Markt 9, Mol, Flanders who also built bicycles and sewing machines, these 60cc JLO-engined mopeds were produced in the 1950s. They also built the Bristolette.
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Brondoit
Manufactured by Bayard-Brondoit (aka Brondoit Herstal) 1895-1929 in Herstal and Leige.
Nicolas Brondoit built 97cc two-stroke bicycle attachment engines before and after WWI named Ideal-Brondoit, and in 1922 produced the Brondoit motorcycle. It won the 250 class of the 1925 Bol d'Or.
Paul Le Bussy joined the company, and in 1926 350cc and 500cc MAG models appeared. Le Bussy died during practice and the company did not recover from the shock.
Sources: François-Marie Dumas, Wikipedia NL.


Bury
Manufactured 1932-1933 by E. Koob & A. Bury of Saint Hubert.
Their machines were powered by Sachs two-strokes and appeared very similar to the Gillet.
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C

Carlier (Frères Carlier)
Manufactured by the Frères Carlier of Hollain-lez-Tournai from the mid-1920s, they built 110cc four-stroke motorcycles marketed as the Motocette. There was another brand with the name Carlier, see Carlier (Kortrijk)
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Carlier (Kortrijk)
Manufactured by A. Carlier of Kortrijk in the 1930s and, briefly, the 1950s, the firm built mopeds, triporteurs and utility motorcycles powered by Gilett engines of 100cc to 500cc marketed as La Couronne. They had an association with Van Hauwaert who marketed models identical to the La Couronne.
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Castadot
Manufactured by J. Castadot of Liège, 1900-1901, using 1½ hp Zédèl engines.
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Choisy
Lightweights manufactured by Vve. A. André et Fils of Seraing 1952-1953. Models included an Ambassador 98cc Sachs moped.
Wikipedia NL


C. Devos
Manufactured 1935 to 1955 by Camille Devos of Brussels using Sachs engines. Family members attempted the introduction of the Marjac marque some time later.
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CMB
The CMB was exhibited at the 1923 Brussels Motor Show, a conventional two-stroke with external flywheel. The display was both grand premiere and chant du cygne.
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Colibri
Manufactured by Valère Ransy of Charleroi 1951-1952, the company produced mopeds and motorized tandems, 98cc and 150cc motorcycles under the brands "La Belgique" and "Francia".
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Collot
Manufactured in Liege in 1905, they built pacers with large V-twin engines.
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Comet
Manufactured by Comet Motors, Bruxelles, 1949-1951. These were powered bicycles and tandems with a 63cc two-stroke auxiliary engine mounted in the hub of the rear wheel. The engines were from Société des Ateliers Hanrez, also of Brussells, and were badged "Comet Hanzrez", so it's possible the companies were the same.
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Comfort-Sachs
Manufactured by François van den Eynde in the early 1950s. Also known as Confort-Sachs, in addition to Sachs-powered mopeds they built frames for other manufacturers.
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Crahay
Manufactured in Liège, 1905, according to a paper written by Paul Kelecom.
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D

Dasse
Manufactured by Gérard Dasse of Dison
Dasse and his two sons built their first tricar in 1894, and their first production machine which was similar to that of Léon Bollée, was sold in 1898. The firm went on to produce commercial vehicles and automobiles until the financial crash of the early 1930s.
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De Cosmo
Manufactured by J. de Cosmo of Liège, this was a chain-driven motorcycle built in 1900, strongly influenced by the Houard machine. Both parties had close ties with FN. It is believed that an earlier motorised bicycle was built when he was living in Paris in 1894. The De Cosmo company was not created until 1903 to build automobiles, and motorcycle production was abandoned.
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De la Hault
A petrol-driven tricycle was built by Frédéric de la Hault and d'Heyne de Nydpruck in 1886.
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Decomotor-Foxinette
Manufactured mopeds in Brussels 1952-1953 using 40cc Fuchs engines by HMW of Austria. The fuel tank was integral with the frame.
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Decoster
Manufactured by J. and H. Decoster of Tielt, Belgium. In 1898, quadricycles and voiturettes with De Dion-Bouton engines were produced. They also built bicycles, tandems and three-wheelers.
Wikipedia NL


Defco
Manufactured by Atelies Defau & Cie of Liège. Between 1950 and 1958 they built powered bicycles with VAP engines. These were also marketed under the names Vaporette and, later, Alpino. Motorcycle and scooter production began in 1953 using components and engines from Italian suppliers Aermacchi, Alpino, Capriolo and Mi-Val.
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Delin
Manufactured by Usines Delin (Joseph Delin), he established firm first produced motorcycles in 1901. These had cardan drive from a longitudinal engine, and were designed by Eugène Matthieu, who took over the firm when Joseph died that same year. The motorcycles were also marketed under the name Derby, and were sold to the Netherlands, the UK, and the Belgian colonies abroad.
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Diamond
Manufactured by bicycle maker Th. Brasseur of Liège in 1931, these were lightweights with 98cc Sachs engines.
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Diamant
Manufactured in Bekkevoort, the small company built Sachs-powered mopeds in the 1950s.
Wikipedia NL


Dobbeleen
Manufactured in Denderwindeke, the firm built 350cc and 500cc motorcycles in 1930 powered by JAP engines with Burman gearboxes. The marque made a very brief appearance.
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Dusart
Manufactured motorcycles in Liege in 1905.
Paul Kelecom


Duval
Manufactured by Ets. J. Duval, Anvers, 1950-1955.
Duval was an importer of Motoconfort, Royal Enfield and Kaptein who built lightweights with 123cc Royal Enfield two-stroke engines which were possibly rebadged RE models. They also sold the Kaptein-Mobylette under it's own name, and rebadged as Mobylette Duval.
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Dymax
Manufactured by Anciens Ateliers Gasquy SA, Herstal, 1951-1954.
The company constructed powered bicycles and mopeds with Le Poulain and Husqvarna engines, marketing them as Gasquy, Dymax-Gasquy and Dymax .
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E

ENVA
Address: Rue d'Italie, Liège, Belgium
The firm, an importer of Express motorcycles from Germany, also sold the machines rebadged as ENVA. They were directly related to Ensia


G

Gerkinet & Ledent
Based in Herstal, the firm built motorcycles using Paillot-Bologna engines in 1900. The firm marketed and engine under its own name 1902 which showed marked similartiy to the Paillot-Bologne.
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Gila-M
Manufactured by Gila Goegebeur-Vigoni of Brussels 1973~1975.
Eric Goegebeur built a much-modified Egli with a Kawasaki H2 engine for endurance racing. It proved successful enough that orders came in for replicas, and he subsequently offered three versions - street, road-racing and endurance. His firm also explored a partnership with Flandria to build machines powered by engines from the Japanese Zenoah firm and a prototype Flandria-Gila M 125 T was created, but the venture did not come to fruition.
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H

Houard
Joseph Houard had been building bicycles since 1888 and created his first motorcycle in 1900 by adding a French engine to one of his frames. He is credited with producing one of the first motorcycles in Belgium. He formed an association with FN who built his motorcycles in small quantities before building their own, based on Houard's design.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren, Wikipedia NL.


I

Imperia
The company was founded by Adrien Piedboeuf in 1904 and built automobiles in Liege and later in Trooz where they had a test circuit on the roof of the factory. Motorcycle production began during the early post-war era when they assembled and sold Adler 100cc to 250cc machines under the Imperia brand.
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Ipswich
Manufactured c.1904 by E. Béranger at Rue Botanique 73, Brussels.
Previously recorded as Spwich, Howard Burrows corrected the error, having found an advertisement from a British magazine offering motorcycles with 2½ and 3½ hp single-cylinder engines.
Wikipedia NL


J

Jewel
Manufactured at at Chaussée de Tilff, Angleur, 1925.
A small firm which built motorcycles using JAP engines.
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K

Kerry
Kerry was a rebadged Sarolea sold in Great Britain in the early years of the 20th century. See Kerry (UK)
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Knap
Marie-Georges Henri Knap of Troyes, France, built his first machines in Belgium before moving back to Troyes and producing motorcycles under the name Georgia Knap.
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L

La Perle
Manufactured by Van Haver Freres in Sint-Niklaas 1949-1956, they built Sachs-powered motorised bicycles and motorcycles, the former sold under the brand name Victoria. 1956, their final year, saw the introduction of 150 and 175cc models. The company was probably absorbed by Terrot.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren, Wikipedia NL.


Laguesse
In the 1930s Fernand Laguesse created a new company after he left Gillet, which he had established. He sold engines built by Marechal which powered motorcycles by Star and by Van Hauwaert.
Sources: François-Marie Dumas


M

Majestic
Manufactured by Ets. Moto-Majestic, Bruxelles, 1928-1930.
Built motorcycles powered by JAP 350cc and 500cc SV and OHV engines with Burman gearboxes.
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Major
Manufactured in the 1950s using Mistral engines from France.
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Miranda
Based in Ghent, the firm sold Rixe Senator motorcycles under their own brand from 1958 to 1960


O

Omega-ILO
Address: Gauscherestraat 121, Brussels
Sold a model powered by the JLO 250cc twin along with the Sitta scooter, possibly rebadged. Closed 1954.


P

PA
Praillet & Antoine were Triumph dealers who began building their own machines in 1920 under the PA brand. The produced a variety of motorcycles powered by Blackburne engines of 174cc to 347cc, and later built their own 175 two-strokes along with 250 and 350cc four-strokes. The range was extended with larger capacity Blackburne four-strokes including a V-twin.

Production ended in 1925 and the firm reverted to selling Triumphs. They sold the PA manufacturing business to Dieudonné Hanlet in Herstal, a sidecar builder. This firm continued with the Blackburne-powered PA, and also built "Perfect" sidecars and "Flostroy Motorette" disabled vehicles. In 1926 the firm began building their own 174cc two-strokes and a 341cc OHV sports engine.

A year or two later the PA marque changed hands again, purchased by H. Caubergs and F. de Keersmaeker in Antwerp who produced Supersports PA models in 350 and 500cc versions using JAP, Blackburne and MAG engines.

In 1930 the PA brand was acquired by Lady who continued building a number of the PA models under their own brand name. .
Wikipedia NL, A-Z der Belgische Motoren


Piedboeuf
Manufactured by Adrien Piedboeuf, rue de Fragnée, Liege, 1903-1907
The firm moved to Nessonvaux, also in Liege, and began building automobiles. After the first war these cars were named Imperia and achieved considerable success. There is no indication that the Imperia firm ever returned to motorcycle manufacture. They did however sell Adler machines rebadged as Imperia.
Sources: François-Marie Dumas, Wikipedia.fr, et al.


R

Radar
Mopeds manufactured by Belgo Cycle SA in Bergen during the 1950s using JLO two-stroke engines.
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Royal Nelly
Manufactured by Foucart of Brussels who also built La Victoire and Le Coq using their own frames, and engines from Sachs. Sources also report that they built a machine with the unlikely name of "Royal Jelly".
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S

Sachsfil
Manufactured by Ets Léon Couls of Houdeng-Goegnies during the early 1950s using small two-stroke engines.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren, Wikipedia NL


Saphir
Manufactured in Brussells by J. Buysse. and earlier by a company of the same name, the first mention is in 1931 when they built Sachs-powered motorised bicycles. After the war the marque reappeared, and they made mopeds with 48cc Sachs engines from 1951 to 1955.
Wikipedia NL


Salvator
Manufactured by François Hoflack in Ypres, West Flanders. In 1901 Hoflack imported the French Lamoudière & Labre motorcycles, and in later years retailed Sun (GB) and La Française-Diamant. From 1931 to c.1939 the company built a 1¾ hp Gillet-powered lightweight motorcycle. Post-war, they introduced the Salvator VAP moped at the 1953 Brussels Salon.
Wikipedia NL


Star
Manufactured by H.A. Lummerzheim of Liege, 1930s-1960s
In the 1930s the company built motorcycles powered by Laguesse and Gillet two-stroke engines. Post-war machines used Sachs.
Sources: François-Marie Dumas


Simonon
Manufactured motorcycles in Herstal, 1905.
Wikipedia NL


Spiegel
Manufactured G. van der Spiegel of Antwerp. Produced 3-wheel utility vehicles powered by JAP 500cc engines from 1932, and postwar continued with similar vehicles using JAP, JLO and BSA engines until 1950.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren, Wikipedia NL


T

Torpille
Manufactured in Brussells c.1920-1930 by Schoofs & Cie.
The firm built tricycles using both JAP and Train engines, and also sold rebadged machines built for them by Novy.
There was also an unrelated French firm of the same name.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren


V

Van Hauwaert
Manufactured Brussels 1930~1954
In the 1930s the company built motorcycles powered by Laguesse Gem engines. In 1954 or 55 Van Hauwaert distributed Sterva 125/175cc scooters under the name of Motoretta. The Italian firm MDS produced a Motoretta model of 65cc at the same time.
Sources: Amis Terriens, François-Marie Dumas


Verschaeve & Truffaut
Manufactured in Herstal, 1902-1906 (possibly later)
Fernand Verschaeve was associated with Sarolea before building his own machines powered by De Dion engines, both singles and twins.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren, Tragatsch



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