French Motorcycles

Motocyclettes fabriquées en France

Notes on some of the rarer French marques

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

Established in Saint-Quentin, Aisne, in 1900, Veuve A. de Mesmay built mostly automobiles. There is mention of a tricycle in the literature.
Sources: OTTW

The Association Bidalot Fourès manufactured 50cc racing motorcycles in the 1970s and 80s. Only a handful were built each year. Later machines were modeled on the Seeley design.
See also Bidalot
Sources: OTTW

The firm was originally named Arìes and built automobiles at Asnières-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine in Paris from 1903 to 1938. After the war they began building 48cc auxilliary bicycle engines which became better known as VAP, often ABG-VAP.

Motorcycle classified 11th at the Criterium of Motorcycles 1901, riden by Echenoy
Bourdache p429

Re-branded version of the German N.S.U., ca 1914
Bourdache pp400, 429

1900. Engineer and motorcycle engine manufacturer in Besançon who built Mirus and A.Z.
Motorcycles may also have been produced under the Amstoutz brand.
The Mirus was a bicycle auxiliary engine mounted on the front wheel, built from 1902.
Sources: Bourdache (pp 224, 280, 302.), OTTW

Andre (André)
7, rue Lafouge, Gentilly, Seine
La Moto Biplace - two-seater motocyclette twostroke with gearbox. 1925 advert.
1923 Modele G. 175cc two-stroke. 1923 Advertisement.

10 Rue de St Quentin, Paris
1903. Motorcycles with Mirus water-cooled engines
Bourdache p429

Alessandro Anzani (1877 - 1956) was an aviation pioneer of Italian heritage who built engines in France while working with Buchet, among others. He formed his own company in 1906 to build aircraft engines, one of which powered Bleriot's flight across the English Channel in 1909.
Many motorcycles were built powered by the Anzani, and some he built himself. One of the Buchet racing machines was powered by a three cylinder Anzani of 1200cc with the cylinders spaced at 45°. Under his own name he developed a new version of this with the cylinders spaced at 72°. In the early 1970s a very sad example of the 216 degree V3 was rescued from a scrapyard and lovingly restored.
Later he moved back to Italy and created a motorcycle company there. See Anzani (Italy)
Sources: Guélon Collection

Two machines of this brand participated in the Grand Prix of Paris in 1909.
Riders : Mouton and Johnson
Bourdache p327

Manufactured by Marcel Tamine at 54 Rue Saint-Germain, Nanterre, 1934~1939
Built bespoke tricars and cyclecars using engines of up to 350cc.
Sources: OTTW

Manufactured by Paul Arzens in Paris in 1942, this beautiful three-wheeled creation known as L'Oeff (The Egg) is considered the first bubblecar. Initially battery-powered, post-war versions also had a 125cc engine. Arzens, known to Ettore Bugatti, drove his cars until his death in 1990 at the age of 87.
An example listed as a 125cc 1942 model is on display at Cité de l'Automobile, Mulhouse.
Sources: OTTW

Dérozier participated in the 1905 Tour de France on an Athéna motorcycle.
Bourdache p430

Established in Rouen, Lenefait et Cie produced motorcycles identical to Lamaudière-Labre from c.1899 to 1904. They then built cyclecars from 1912 until 1914.
Bourdache p430, OTTW

L. Bouchez, 7 Boulevard Victor-Hugo, 7 Saint-Oen (Seine)
ca early 1930s, 350cc & 500cc JAP SV and OHV singles, 750cc JAP V-twin
Source: period advertising

79 Boulevard Haussmann Paris
In 1898, H. Deckert and Cie sold De Dion powered tricycles and automobiles named Aurore.
Bourdache p430

Built by Robert Ligier of Puycasquier in the 1950s, the first prototype of 1954 had a roof, later versions being open with a fairing screen, and utilising Lambretta components.

Yves Guédon of 15 Rue du Louvre, Paris, built a chain-driven petrol-engined bicyclette in 1899
Bourdache p430

Manufactured 1898-1899 by Compagnie Française des Cycles Automobiles in Paris, these were belt-driven tricycles similar to those of Leon Bollee. The machine was also sold in England by a firm based in Holland Park, London.
Sources: OTTW


Motorcycles built by Friès and Germain, 1906, at 52 bld de Strasbourg, Vincennes
Bourdache p430

Engines manufactured by Emile Amstoutz 1900-1908, these were suitable for mounting on the front wheel of a bicycle. A partnership was established with Louis Ravel 1906. They were used by Cottereau and probably others.
Sources: OTTW


Baby Moto
Manufactured by Roger Breton at 9-11 Rue de la Tréfilerie, Saint-Étienne
Entered the market in 1951 with a Cucciolo-powered moped, and built a variety of lightweights powered by Aquila, Comet, Mistral, Lavalette and other engines of up to 125cc. The firm ceased trading in 1957.
Sources: OTTW

Motorcycle exhibited at the Salon des Tuileries in 1899
Bourdache p430

Bayon and Gyss, 3, cité Magenta, Paris.
Motorcycle with a 1 1/2 HP Bahon engine, built 1903

Motorcycle exhibited at the Salon in 1902; supplied engines to Bagys.
Bourdache p146

Motorcycle exhibited at the Salon in 1902
Bourdache p146

Manufacture des Cycles Ballis, 3 Rue Palissy, Saint-Etienne
Established as a bicycle firm in 1932, production of BMA lightweights began in 1952 using Le Poulain engines. The firm was acquired the following year by Aquila.
Sources: OTTW

Manufactured by Patrick Barigault, Thouars, France 1973-1997
The first production machines appeared in 1980 with Rotax engines, and many were built for competitions such as the Paris-Dakar, later using Yamaha engines. The history of this marque is long and colourful, involving Société Perrotin Automotion, and production of machines for both the military and the police.
Sources: OTTW

Built by G.Barré, 79 Deux-Sèvres Niort
The firm dates from 1888 and produced automobiles, motorcycles and cycles. It was acquired by Guiller Freres in 1927.
OTTW states that they built tricycles 1898-1908, and that the firm merged with Lamberton in 1923, building automobiles thenceforward.
Sources: Bourdache, forum.tontonvelo.com, OTTW

See Barrière

Motorcycle exhibited at the Salon in 1902
Bourdache p430

Baudier Tricycle presented at the salon des tuileries, 1899
Bourdache p430

In 1925 Bayle and Michon produced motorcycles fitted with Aubier & Debon engines. The firm was based in the Loire district.

Sources: OTTW

Based in Montbrison, Loire, during the 1950s, the firm sold mopeds sourced from Automoto and others under their own name. In 1958 Bazile was an agent for Manurhin and Peugeot.
Sources: OTTW

The bicycle firm based in Roanne, Loire marketed rebadged Ravat 100cc lightweight motorcycles under the marques BCA, Mylor and Parfaite.
Sources: OTTW

Bashir and Collin built BC engines of 100 to 350cc capacity in the 1920s before being joined by Raynal to form BCR.
Their workshops in Le Kremlin-Bicêtre, Seine produced motorcycles with sprung frames from 1923. These used the BC engines, along with those of JAP (250 to 500cc, SV & OHV) and Chaise. The BCR firm was acquired by Poinard in 1929, and it appears that M. Raynal was still associated with that firm into the 1950s.
Sources: OTTW

Motocyclette presented at the salon in 1902, clutch and chain transmission
Bourdache p146

These were mopeds marketed by Mathon of Grenoble in 1958 and were probably rebadged Mercier machines, to which they bore a very strong resemblance.
Sources: OTTW

This was a 50cc racing machine which appeared low in the results for two GP events in 1982, ridden by Pascal Kambourian. It is likely that very few were built.
Sources: OTTW

Benoît Faure
A well-known cyclist active in the 20s and 30s, Faure established a factory at 45 Rue Paillons in Saint-Etienne and produced mopeds and velomoteurs from 1954 to 1956. Despite the firm's short lifespan it produced around a dozen different models powered by engines from Comet, Myster, Mistral, Himo, Villiers and Le Poulain of up to 100cc.

Sources: OTTW

Place de la Re´publique Toucy - Yonne
V-twins and single-cylinder motocyclettes built by Maximilien Bernasse, c1906-1907, using engines from Deckert of Paris, among others. An example dated c.1906 has a single cylinder engine mounted low in the frame in front of the pedal crank, and is fitted with a Hygina central spring fork. It was part of the Guélon Collection. The Bernasse factory still exists and is in use for the restoration and display of Citroen DS motor cars.
Bourdache p430

Built at 4 Rue Thiers, Choisy-Le-Roi near Paris, 1952-1954, these were lightweights powered by 48cc Cucciolo and other engines.

Sources: OTTW

The firm offered two 50cc two-stroke mopeds in 1963, the Centurion and the Jupiter.
Sources: OTTW

In 1899 he built an petrol-engined bicyclette with large rear wheel, a small front wheel and a strongly triangulated frame.
Bourdache p430

Manufactured by Établissements Baud in Doubs, Franche-Comté 1950-1960
Built Mopeds which were also marketed under the brand names Elfil, Luxia and Jurasport.
There is another marque with a similar name, Bety.
Sources: OTTW

Founded in 1900 as a manufacturer of firearms and bicycles, some five decades later the firm entered the motorcycle trade with mopeds using Junior and Solano engines, built at 64 Rue Antoine Durafour, Saint-Etienne in 1953 and '54.
Sources: OTTW

A famous name in the history of French motorcycling, Jean Bidalot of Urrugne began building motorcycles in 1967. These early efforts were very fast 50cc racing machines. He went on to become head designer at Pernot which ran his creations in the 125 and 250 GPs, winning six titles. In 1983 he moved to MBK and is probably best known for the Magnum XR engines. Having contracted a debilitating disease he returned to his origins where he developed a line in go-faster gear for competition motorcycles, a business continued by his sons.
Sources: OTTW

Lightweights built in Lyon 1949 to 1959 using 98cc Aubier & Dunne engines.
Sources: OTTW

Two-wheel engine for tricycles - ran to the coast of Chanteloup in 1898
Bourdache p430

Motorcycles manufactured by M. Bogey believed to have been based in Grenelle, Paris, from 1930 to 1935
Sources: OTTW

A Paris-based automobile company established in 1911 which built motorcycles in the early 1930s using JAP and Rudge Python engines.
Sources: OTTW

Louis Boccardo, with Dominique Favario and Thierry Grange, was one of the designers of the BFG. He left that company to build the MF, and later built the Boccardo, of which 5 copies were produced.
Sources: bfg.asso.fr

"Same transmission on the Boillod, but the engine, a two-cylinder, is placed behind the saddle of the pilot. "
Bourdache p112

303 rue du faubourg Saint Antoine, Paris

Motocyclettes, 1906
Bourdache p431

35 Citée des fleurs, Paris
Established 1896, built a motorcycle, and then in 1902 a driving wheel adaptable on all bicycles. Patented.
Bourdache pp 56, 146.

87 Avenue de la Grande Armée, Paris

1899-1910. Established by Leon Lefebvre, the company had factories in Pantin which built automobiles and motorcycle engines. One source says they built motorcycles of 1 1/2 hp but others are not sure this is so. A motorcycle of inderminate brand with a Bolide engine dated c.1900 was auctioned with the Guélon Collection
Bourdache p320

Bon Avion
Motos dans la Loire has an image of a 1927 flat-tank chain-drive single.
Motos dans la Loire

Motorcycle ridden by Ricard in 1903
Bourdache p146

17 avenue de la Motte Piquet, Paris
Motorcycles built 1905 with full suspension from L'Idéal

Audax 4 1/2hp engine, 1905 version of the Lamaudière.
Bourdache p431

53 rue du Bois, Levallois Perret
1906, motocyclettes
Bourdache p431

Motorcycle exhibited in December 1901
Bourdache p431

In 1904 the rider Boudiot rode a machine of this name with an engine of his own construction in the Paris-Bordeaux-Paris event.
Bourdache p431

Motorised bicycle built in Chartres, 1899. The company closed the same year.
Bourdache pp 68, 69

Built in 1903 by J.J. Bourcard in Colmar, Alsace on the German Border
The machine consisted of two motorcycles side by side - one bike has the rider, and the other the engine in order to isolate the rider from vibration.
Bourdache p431


Vertical in-line twin with common combustion chamber, one valve each for inlet and exhaust, built for racing 1900-1901. Used by Demeester.
Bourdache p136

A Motor-bicycle with petrol engine located behind the pedals constructed in Nogentle-Rotrou by M. Bourgery from 1986 until at least 1900. He had concieved the idea for the machine in 1893, at the tender age of 19.
Two of these, both dated c.1898, were part of the Guélon Collection. They are very similar, differing only with the lack of crankcase markings on one presumed to be the earlier model.
Bourdache p431

Tricycle with De Dion-Bouton Engine of 1899.
Bourdache p431

35 avenue de la Grande Armée, Paris
Motocyclettes, 1902, powered by Astral engines.
Bourdache pp 431, 146, 320.

Breton Ets presented the Babymoto moped at the 1952 Salon, and again at the 53 Salon with a 3 speed 70cc Lavalette engine. In 1954 they marketed the Scootomoto with the same 70cc engine. That year marked the end of production.
Source: Amis Terriens

239 Boulevard Pereire, Paris
Established in 1898, E.J. Brierre, Perrenoud and Gansewinkel built trimoteurs, quatris and automobiles with petrol engines. The company closed in 1901
Bourdache p432

109 rue de Rennes, Nantes
The Briest brothers ran a motor bicycle in the 1895 Paris-Bordeaux-Paris.
Bourdache p44

Brissard Fils
11 rue du Colonel Oudot, Paris
Engine used in the contest of the Locomotion Automobile in 1899. It is not clear whether the engines were used in motorcycles.
Bourdache p432

Moto Revue N°523 of 18th March 1933 has an article on the Brooklyn 250 cc SV JAP
La Moto Francaise

Light motorcycle engine presented at the 1902 Salon
Bourdache p432

1899. Motocyclettes & Tricars
12 rue Victor Hugo, Tours
Their Type MH of c1905 had a liquid-cooled cylinder head, two radiators, and a fully enclosed, sealed chaincase which eliminated the need for pedal crank chain.
Bourdache mentions this marque often - pp111, 117, 123, 133, 143, 146, 151, 157, 159, 160, 172, 174, 178, 205, 209, 229, 299, 320, 322, 325.

27 to 31 rue des Archives, Paris
Cycles and motorcycles exhibited at the 1908 Paris Salon
Bourdache p432

Brunner Tricycle
Louis Brunner, 94, rue Gabriel Peri, Columbes (Seine)
125cc twostroke engine.
Brunner Tricar photographed by Robert Doisneau. Ce-dessus et a droite: Porte d'Orleans, 1953

Buard 1907
Moto à vapeur, featured on an Atlas Card

Built in the 1950s using AMC 4T engines. Primitive telescopic forks, plunger rear.
ID plate reads Burton, Type BGL, Serie 54.
La Moto Francaise

Butler Trimoteurs
In 1899 Portéous Butler established a workshop France to build tricycles of English manufacture with Automoto engines. Because of their colours, his version was named (or nicknamed?) Rouge et Noir
Bourdache p9, p13.
There are several Butler marques so confusion is possible.



93 avenue des Ternes, Paris
Motocyclettes with engines by DE DION 1 1/2hp et 1 3/4hp, built by J. Carreau in 1902
Bourdache pp 119, 146, 209.

Motocyclette which took part in the concours de l'Automobile Club de France, 1904. See also Tungnaud-Cavelier
Bourdache p432

205 rue de Flandre, Paris
Bicycle with the engine above the rear wheel, built by M. Flinois in 1900
Bourdache p109

C.F.C. - Compagnie Française des Cycles
Factory at 6 rue Francoeur, Paris in 1901 (Ets Pathé cinema in 1986)
Motocyclette with Onfray engine. Possibly associated with L'Universel
Bourdache p432

21 rue Gaudot de Mauroy, Paris (1907)
Presented a motorised bicycle of 1 1/2hp or 2 1/4hp at the 1902 Salon.
Bourdache writes, "De mystérieux Chaffal et Gillet cachent peut-être..." the latter could be Rene Gillet.
Bourdache pp 146, 432

Chaffin Motocyclettes
30 bis rue Ledru-Rollin, Beaucaire
Motocyclette, 1907
Bourdache p432

Motorcycles presented at the salon of 1902 (1 1/2hp and 2hp)
Bourdache p146

Manufacturer of Velocipedes. Acessoires, Pieces Detachees. Automobiles et Motocycles. 17 Place du Lycee, Alais, 1903.
A 1901 De Dion-Bouton automobile associated with the name D. Champeyrache was sold by Bonhams July 2009.
La Moto Francaise

22 rue Duret, Paris
Chanon, owned and managed by H. Gaubert, is a brand best known for its tricars.
In 1905 a Chanon motorcycle with a Villemain engine was ridden (by Gaubert?) to 7th place in the criterion of 1/3 litre.
Bourdache p220

Motocyclette, 1903
47 avenue de la République, Paris
Name changed to C.D.M. in 1906.
Bourdache p187

Charon Motorcycle
Sidevalve engine in a wooden frame with wooden forks, wire spoked wheels. Most unusual machine, and really quite beautiful.
La Moto Francaise has an image of one registered at the prefecture of Angoulême on 13/07/1929

30 rue de Mondéreau, Sens (Yonne)
Built a motorcycle with a De Dion 2 3/4hp engine in 1902
Bourdache p433

Motorcycle with engine behind the pedals presented at the Paris Salon 1902
Two models 1 3/4hp and 2 1/4hp. It was also known as The Royal
Engaged in the Paris-Madrid of 1903
Bourdache pp 146, 172.

In 1904 Edouard Cheilus founded the company "Éd. Cheilus et Cie" and displayed his first tricar at the 1904 Salon. The following year he formed Austral.
motocyclettesaustral.es.tl, Bourdache p315, 399

7 rue de Normandie, Asnières 1906
Manufacturers of tricycles and forks (d'avant-train) for quadricycles, 1899
Bourdache p433

18 rue du 4 septembre, Paris, and also at 20, rue Félicien-David, Paris.
Built tricycles and tandems in 1899 with De Dion engines under the Richard-Choubersky brand.
At the time of his death in 1891 he had four stores in Paris, so it is not out of the question that the these machines were built by this company and sold at both addresses.
The story of Richard-Choubersky (Charles de Choubersky) of roller-skate fame, who died in 1891, proves once more that wealth does not necessarily bring happiness. His story is most interesting and is told at oldbike.eu.
Bourdache p441

Chouzet Motocyclette
Motorcycle patented on February 29, 1904
Bourdache p433

Adolphe Clement built motorcycles from c1901 to 1903, when he left the company he founded. He had become very famous as a motorcycle manufacturer and quite wealthy from his exclusive distributor rights for Dunlop tyres in France.
See also Clement-Gladiator

On page 110 Bourdach writes that the 1901 Constantin horizontal motor is attached to the upper tube of the frame, and later there is reference to the marque in 1905.
Bourdache pp 110, 255, 287.

64 avenue de la Grande Armée, Paris
From 1906, Camille Contal built tricars with engines of his own and with Villemain engines.
Bourdache p433

Built 2-stroke engines for motorcycles. Patent of May 15, 1899 by Henry Cormery
Bourdache p433

1 rue Chevalier, Levallois (seine)
and 54 rue de Villiers
Built tricycles with De Dion and also La Licorne engines. From 1902 built automobiles. The firm became Corre La Licorne around 1907.
Bourdache pp 62, 433. mini.43.free.fr/corre.html

Cote d'Azur
Built a lightweight two-stroke machines in the early 1950s with primitive telescopic front forks and rigid rear. Dam models were available.
La Moto Francaise

1 Rue des Lentillères and route d'Auxonne, Dijon
Built motorcycles with Minerva engines (1904), and also A.Z. engines.
Bourdache pp 146, 217, 320.

Motocyclette presented at the Paris Salon of 1905 fitted with horizontally-opposed twin engine and shaft-drive.
Bourdache p434

Images published on La Moto Francaise indicate a mid- to late 30s machine fitted with a bevel-driven OHC engine. It appears to be of unit construction, with a hand shift mounted to the rear RHS of the engine with kickstarter adjacent.
A second machine is a BMA on 30kmh.forumactif.com which has several images, one of which shows a Cycles Cousturo metal badge on the steering head. Engine is Stainless type BMA.

At least two of these remarkable machines were built, the second having a frame based on both the Ducati and Tonti Moto-Guzzi designs. It ran a 1000cc HO twin with belt-driven OHC and four-valve heads, and completed the 47th Bol d'Or.
Although the two companies were in direct communication given the similarity of their projects, Curey and BFG did not collaborate.
Sources bfg.asso.fr

Cyclette Light Motorcycle
The Cyclette was a BMA-style machine with the engine mounted high above the pedal crank, the slim fuel tank slung under the bicycle's top tube. Suspended at the front with unusual forks which were effectively two pairs of forks joined at the axle. It had belt drive to the rear wheel from the engine and conventional chain drive for the pedals.
Image at La Moto Francaise


172, quai de Jemmapes, Paris
In 1894 the company built a steam motorcycle with the word Volta prominent on the the engine. Bourdache has an informative article on this machine.
Bourdache p25, p434

10 rue Barbès, Levallois - Perret (Seine)
Around 1899 these motorcycles and tricycles were built fitted with Le Sphinx engines. A motorcycle rescued from a scrapyard in 1972 was part of the Guélon Collection
Bourdache p434

Flat-tank two-stroke. Appears to be late 1920s.

Alexandre Darracq built the 5 cylinder Millet motorcycles and tricycles, and the Perfecta tricycles with Soncin or Aster engines.
Darracq was one of the two founders of Gladiator motorcycles.
Bourdache pp 21, 33, 49, 105, 261, 274.

1905. Tricar with Quentin engine and Bozier gearbox.
Bourdache p434

37-39 Rue Garnier, Neuilly-sur-Seine
The Deauville marque was registered in September 1903 by Edmond Gentil at the same time as the brands Alcyon and Action
Bourdache p434

85 rue de Bourgogne, Lyon
These machines were re-badged Italian Della Ferrera machines sold around 1913.
Bourdache pp 335, 343, 346, 349, 356, 369, 385, 398-400.

In his workshop at No. 1 Avenue du Roule, Neuilly, M. Degré built a Minerva-powered 233cc motorcycle which he presented at the London show of 1902. The marque existed until at least 1906, but at that stage was producing front suspension, not complete motorcycles. An example of the machine dated c.1903 was part of the Guélon Collection.
Sources: Guélon Collection

Motorcycle exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1898 (15/26 December)
Bourdache p434

Decolon Motorcycles
1948 model has AMC 4T 108cc engine, girder fork and rigid rear.
La Moto Francaise

Became the Aiglon marque.
Bourdache p146, p429

Delage, Paris

1914 machine with cylindrical tank, belt drive, possibly also known as "Claude Delage".

Sources Bourdache p346

Manufactured by Delaplace Ets
The Horsy scooter appeared at the 1952 Salon powered by a 85cc Le Poulain engine. It did not enter production.
Source: Amis Terriens

Motorcycle involved in the 1903 M.C.F. competition.
Bourdache p403

Petrol-engined bicycle cited by the magazine Touring Club de France, 1902
Bourdache p434

DEM (D.E.M.)
Manufactured motorcycles 1926~27 through to 1933~34, and possibly as late as 1946. Models included 100 and 175cc Aubier&Dunne powered machines along with Chaise 250 and 350cc motorcycles.
The tank logo would often be a fairly large D.E.M.

It is possible D.E.M and Ets Demade are related.
La Moto Francaise

H & G Demade Frères built motorcycles in Bruay sur Escaut, some models using Moser engines. An ID plate gives Type D12, year 1934. The machine is a dual-exhaust OHV with chain drive, large external flywheel, rigid rear end and lights. It appears very similar to a Motosacoche of the same period, and it is likely a re-badged machine.
It is possible D.E.M and Ets Demade are related.
La Moto Francaise, forum-auto.com

4 avenue Carnot, Paris
Motorcycle classified 8th of the criterium of the motorcycles the 24 of October of 1901, ridden by De Ridder.
Bourdache p434

Machine exhibited at the 1902 Salon.
Bourdache p146

3 and 5 Rue Jouvenet, Paris, 1906.
Motos and Tricars with integral suspension.
See also Mauxion & Devinant 1903, same address.
Bourdache p434

Jules Zimmermann et Cie
10 rue Emile Allez, Paris
Motos, 1903
Bourdache p434

Participated in an event at the 1904 La Provence Sportive
Bourdache p434

Motorised bicycle displayed at the 1900 exhibition in Vincennes
Bourdache p434

Tricycle exhibited at the Salon des Tuileries in 1899
Bourdache p434

Manufactured a De Dion engined motorcycle in Maubeuge (North), exhibited at the 2nd Salon (10/25 December 1901)
Bourdache p434


82 rue d'Hauteville, Paris ( 1907)
Motorized bicycle named La Parfaite with engines above the pedals in 1900.
Bourdache pp 69, 84, 86, 98.

Motocyclette of 1903
Bourdache p434

Dutheil-Chalmers et Cie
Took part in the M.C.F. concours d'endurance of 1903. A patent for a motorcycle was taken in 1901 by the same company
Bourdache p434


Place du Marché, Marmande
The Elan company was formed by Pierre Sarrus in 1900 and the first machines are mentioned in 1901. In 1902 he joined the military and on his return he established a new workshop in Marmande, at the Place du Marché. He went to war in 1914, and after 1918 built an aircraft named Elan II.
During the second war he and his son Jean built electric motorcycles.
Pierre continued in the motorcycle trade in Marmande into the 1950s, and Jean maintained the service until the end of the 1980s.
La Moto Francaise, Bourdache p434 and others

Manufactured by Elvish-Fontan
In 1929 they built a SV 250cc JAP powered motorcycle of quite modern appearance with saddle tank, drum front brake and girder forks. A Cucciolo-powered moped was presented at the 1951 Salon.
Source: Amis Terriens, Chez Alice.

Émeraude (Emeraude)
1902 6 Rue de Rennes, Nantes
Later at 20 rue de Versailles in Nantes
Manufacturer: G. Fournier
In 1907, Monluc de Lariviere and Sauzereau, manufacturers, motorcycle with 2hp engine
Bourdache p434

Built by Ets Teyssot, 1950s
20, Rue Du Placieux Nancy (M. et M.)
Some models used Comet engines by Le Poulain, others Sachs or AMC.

Motocyclette with 2 1/4hp engine, 1904
Bourdache p434


The Farman brothers (Henri, Maurice and Richard) built a motor-tricycle using a De Dion-Bouton 1 3/4hp engine in 1899. Henri Farman is familiar to all in aviation as the man who coined the term aileron.
Sources: Bourdache, mini.43.free.fr/farman.html


Entered the the M.C.F. competition, ridden by Demmler.
Bourdache pp 233, 435

Established 1898, they built the Centaure in 1900.
In 1905, Flinois-Bonnel were established at 15 bis, Route de la Révolte, Neuilly
Bourdache pp 432, 435, 444.

Foudre (La)
Competed in the 1902 Château-Thierry and, against over sixty other machines, in the Championnat du Monde des Motocyclettes of 1904, won by the four cylinder d’Adolphe Clément.
Bourdache p209

Fournier & Knopf
Machine shown at the 1902 salon
Bourdache p146

Participated in the M.C. competition in Lyon, April 4, 1902
There is also an Italian Fulgor marque in the 1920s, unrelated.
Bourdache p435

Presented a Fulguretta 50cc scooter at the 1952 Foire de Paris and the Salon de Paris. The firm also made motorcycle trailers.
This information requires verification.
Source: Amis Terriens


1907 motocyclette
Bourdache p435

Built single and v-twin cylinder engines with copper finning, marking an advance in cooling technology.
Bourdache p75, 80

Bonnet , Guyonnet and Canonne built Motocyclettes in Paris, 1907.
Bourdache p435

17 rue Jean Goujon, Paris
The company "L’Electrique" manufactured electric voitures Gallia and Galliette. The firm also built the Viratelle
7, 8 juin 1930, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Circuit de la Ville - 250cc : 1. Hector Andréino (Clément-Gladiator), 2. Lavaine (Prester), 3. Hubert (Gallia) ...
racingmemo.free.fr, Bourdache p316

French company selling rebranded MAG-engined motorcycles built by Condor of Switzerland
Bourdache p400

1902 Motocyclette
Bourdache p435

Established 1896, the Garreau with a 3/4 hp engine was displayed at the Salon of 1899. In c.1900 a half-horsepower model with the engine mounted above the pedal crank was introduced named the Autocyclette, but this was changed after Clément began using the same name. Manufacture ceased in 1904.
Sources: Guélon Collection, Bourdache pp 69, 92, 98, 99

1894. Built steam-powered automobiles and later motor bicycles, and tricycles with flat-twin petrol engines. Sometimes presented under the brand name Continentale d'Automobiles. The company name was originally Rossel, Gautier et Wehrlé, and changed to Société Centrale in 1896.
Sources: Wikipedia, Bourdache pp 48, 54, 69.

Marcel Guimbretiere was a professional cyclist. His name is mentioned in several cycling blogs.
A page mentions a 1951 model with a 125cc AMC engine with flywheel magneto. It is a type G87 and Georges Monneret appears to be the agent.
La Moto Francaise

1899. Famous automobile manufacturer (C.G.V.), who was one of the first to present a De Dion-Bouton tricycle .
Bourdache pp 45, 53, 57, 61.

Bourdache (p434) refers the reader to Lurquin et Coudert which could indicate that the French Gloria marque was one of theirs, rather than a separate company to which they supplied engines. He also writes (p279), "In the following years we will find Lurquin-Coudert under the brands Olympia, Saving, C. Coudert and Gloria."

Same construction as Succès and Iris in motorcycles (1 3/4hp and 2 1/4hp), and adaptable engines.
Bourdache p436

13 quai de Boulogne, Boulogne sur Seine
Well-known French automobile manufacturer believed to have built versions of the Belgian Minerva (1903/1904)
Bourdache pp 185, 217

Godmare Autocycle
Participated in the autocycle competition of the Club de France in 1904
Bourdache p436

Participated in the contest of alcohol (alcohol-fueled engines?) in Épernay in 1902. ranked 9th.
Bourdache p436

A machine of this name was exhibited at the Salon of 1902
Bourdache p146

Grapperon, builder of a motorcycle which ranked first at the 1914 circuit du Sud-Ouest 1914 in the 500 class.
Bourdache Several references

3 rue des Immeubles Industriels, Paris
Manufactured light motorcycle engines, 1905
Bourdache p 436

Approximate location.

A. Groseiller, mechanic-builder
6 rue de l'Hôtel de Ville, Lyon.
Built motorcycles with gearshift and clutch, 1913
Bourdache p436

2 1/2hp tricycle with gear change and clutch presented at the 1899 Salon
Bourdache p436


Ets Giron,
38 rue Vanneau, Paris
Built motorcycles with using Z.L. V-twin and single cylinder engines
Bourdache p436

Hammon et Mouter
Hammond et Monnier were bicycle dealers who presented a machine at the 1902 Paris Salon. They sold the firm to the Duc d'Uzes around 1907. It is unclear whether they built motocyclettes, but as their main trade was bicycles this seems likely.
Bourdache p146

4 rue Baudin, Ivry (seine)
1899, Motor tricycle
Bourdache p436

Built in France using entirely British components, it had a V-twin 3 1/2hp JAP engine, Bowden 2-speed gearbox, Druid forks and a Chater-Lea frame. Illustrated in The Motor Cycle magazine in 1912.

Manufactured by Louison at Rue des Verriers, Saint-Etienne, established 1923. Motorcycles were built under the Hellessen brand from 1927 to 1933.

A 1928 model with a 350ccc Moser engine and has much in common with the 1928 350cc Styl'son RF.
Advertised in 1928 with 250cc and 350cc engines. Advertised in 1931 was a BMA Louison which had a 98cc Sachs engine.
Other 250 and 350cc models used engines from JAP, Blackburne and Zurcher.
The Hellessen was also sold by J. Monnier & Cie rebranded as Monier.
Sources: Motos dans la Loire, stylson.net, lva-moto.fr, OTTW.

Henriod C.E.
7/9 rue de Sablonville, Neuilly sur seine
1898. Manufactured tricycles and engines.
Bourdache p436

Ateliers de construction mécanique d'Asnières,
47 quai d'Asnières, Asnières (seine)
1897. Petrol engines for automobiles and motorcycles from 1 to 8hp
Bourdache p436

Paris representative, 83 rue Lafayette
Manufacturer of arms and bicycles in Saint-Etienne. Motorcycle 330 cc with magneto ignition. Related to
Deronzière and Rupta.
3/4hp engine adaptable to bicycles
Bourdache p436

Founded by MM. Hurtu, Hautin and Diligeon with a factory in Albert (Somme), they built engines, tricycles and motorcycles in the early 1900s.
There was another firm of the same name based in Paris in the 1940s and 50s.


M. Hertel was a renowned cycling champion who rode under the name of Baron Impetus. He presented a motorcycle at the 1901 show
Bourdache p437

Cie Générale d'Électricité
5 rue Bourdreau, Paris
Tricars 5 and 6hp, 1906
Bourdache p437


24 avenue de la Grande Armée, Paris
A former cyclist, in 1902 he built an unusual machine with a steering-wheel and link rod (De Dion-Bouton engine of 114 X 120mm: 1225cc)
1903 saw him participate, still with De Dion, in the quarter-liter criterion.
1904/1905 he tries to launch a machine with a smaller engine.
Bourdache p437

Louis Janoir, born 1883, a pioneer aviator who obtained his pilot's licence in 1911, began the Janoir Aviation company in 1916 at Saint-Ouen, and during the war he built Spad fighter planes.
In 1920 he built the Janoir Type A motorcycle which was well ahead of its time in many respects. Housed in a pressed-steel chassis was a horizontally opposed 965cc twin mounted longitudinally. This engine had detachable cylinder heads and alloy barrels with steel sleeves. It had rear suspension, and drum brakes front and rear.
Only one is known to exist and was in the Serge Pozzoli collection until 2018. Source: Guélon Collection Sale Catalogue.

J. B. Louvet
Manufacturer of bicycles and motorcycles established 1913.
Better known for his post-WWI productions up to the beginning of the 1930s, the JB Louvet of 1913 is a 2 3/4hp (327 cc) machine with magneto ignition and automatic greasing.
Bourdache pp 407, 445

J.G. Engines
Paris-based motorcycle engine manufacturer, pre 1914.
Bourdache p437

Motorcycle exhibited at the second Salon, December 1901.
Bourdache p117

1906. J. Grosse Manufacturer of bicycles, and later built tandems and tricars. Possibly related to Grosse-Goubault.
Bourdache p437

Manufactured in Dijon, 1903-1907
Motorcycle engaged in Paris-Bordeaux-Paris from 1904, ridden by Jouclard
Bourdache p437

In the press of the time there was frequent mention of a Jouve sidecar. In fact the product is English, better known under the name Mills-Fullford for whome Jouve is the representative in Paris.
Bourdache p365

Manufactured mopeds in the 1950s, and in 1954 introduced the Scot scooter using a 70cc 3-speed Lavalette engine.
Source: Wikipedia NL

Jules Dubois
23 avenue des Champs Elysées, Paris
Built tricycles with DE DION engines, 1899~1906
Bourdache p437

Usine de Bicyclettes électriques de Bésançon built 175cc motorcycles circa 1915.
Source: Wikipedia NL

Manufactured by Motocycles et Moteurs Juncker of Mulhouse in north-eastern France, 1935-1937
These were lightweight motorcycles using Stainless and Aubier & Dunne engines of 98cc to 147cc.
Source: Wikipedia NL


Manufactured by Albert Keller-Dorian of Lyon from 1905, the motorcycle had AIV (snuff valve) engines of 170cc and 216cc and were also available in an open frame version.
Source: Wikipedia NL

Twostroke, chain-chain built 1928. Article in Moto Revue No 292, 13 October 1928: la Kervran
La Moto Francaise

48cc auxiliary bicycle engines made in the early 1950s which were mounted above the front wheel which was driven by a roller.
Source: Wikipedia NL

Kreutzberger Frères
Established 1900 at 4 rue de Robinson and in 1903 moved to 77 rue du Dessus des Berges in Paris
The company built motor tricycles, carts and light automobiles (voitures légères). Associated with the Omega marque of 1900. It dissolved in 1904
Bourdache p437


L'Idole Tricycle
De Dion motor tricycle which participated in la cote de Chanteloup of 1898.
Bourdache p438

La Fauvette
Came tenth in Chateau-Thierry race of 1904, ridden by Panzani
Bourdache p 434

Laforge & Palmentier
35 avenue e Wagram, Paris
In 1903 the factory in Alfortville built 2hp motorcycle with pedals attached to the frame by studs connecting housing and cylinders.
Bourdache p146

La Guerrière
39 rue Pierre Joigneaux, Asnières (seine)
J. Jaujard, manufacturer of motorcycles with a 278cc 2 1/4hp engine of his own construction.
Bourdache p436

La Lorraine
Built motorcycles between 1922 and 1925 using 98cc to 248cc engines of their own construction.
Source: Wikipedia NL

La Louve
42 rue du Louvre, Paris
A.Louveau built motorcycles with 2 1/2 and 3hp engines in 1904
Bourdache p438

La Parfaite
1900. Petrol-engined bicycle by Durey
Bourdache p109, p440

La Préféré
1 et 3 Bld de Ménilmontant, Paris
Matthäus Graf Thun successor to E.Decosse - Motorcycles with sidecar.
In 1925 Thun established the MT marque in Austria.
Bourdache p438

Manufactured by Ets Lacombe, 5 rue Sébastien Gryphe, Lyon, Rhône
1948 - 1954
The tiny scooter first appeared at the 1948 Salon with a model name of FL22. Powered by a 49cc P.P. Roussey two-stroke, in 1949 it was also know as the Comindus.
Source: Amis Terriens, Tous les scooters du monde

Lafour & Nougier
Manufactured in Nîmes from 1927 to 1936, these motorcycles had engines from Aubier Dunne, Chaise, Train and Stainless, along with imported Villiers and JAP motors. Capacities ranged from 98cc to 490cc.
Source: Wikipedia NL

Crankcase transmission motorcycle described in Locomotion No. 15 (1910). Two-speed planetary gear change in the rear hub, with a leather clutch cone.
Bourdache pp329, 342

Landru (Henri-Désiré)
Motocyclettes 1899
The first machines were motorcycles which could be converted to tricycles, and then in 1900 he developed a machine with a 198cc Renouard engine. An example of this was included in the auction of the Guélon Collection
Assets transferred to Labitte in April 1900 (1)
Several addresses are given:
58 Bld St Germarin, Paris (Sales, probably), 6 rue des Carrières Montmorency, and 15 Bld Pereire Paris.
Landru was neither the first nor the last motorcyclist to lose his head but in France he is the most famous. Unlike Enoch Thulin whose head was detached and bounced along like a football, Lanru's simply plopped into a bucket. He had been convicted as a serial killer and executed by guillotine.
Sources: Bourdache (pp 102, 103, 109.) and others.
Notes. 1) This was possibly because he was sentenced to two years jail in 1900 for fraud.

Manufactured mopeds in the 1950s. Now part of the Dutch Accell Group, it builds bicycles in Dijon.
Source: Wikipedia NL

Manufactured in Neuilly-sur-Seine, 1930 - 1937, the motorcycles had Aubier-Dunne, LMP, JAP and other brands of 2T and 4T engines of 98cc to 498cc. The company was owned by Alcyon.
Source: Wikipedia NL

Built a 4-stroke motorcycle circa 1903
Bourdache p438

Built light motorcycles from 1948 to 1953 using Aubier & Dunne 98cc and 123cc engines. They possibly also used larger JAP engines.
Source: Wikipedia NL

Moto which competed in the Paris-Madrid of 1903, ridden by M Large.
Bourdache p172

Le Sauvage
190 rue de Charonne, Paris
Built motorcycles of 65cc, 125cc and 175cc 1956-1958
La Moto Francaise

Manufactured 1954 by Lefol & Cie, Courbevoie, Seine. Jacques Lefol produced car and bicycle accessories from the 1930s.
The Scoot-Air appeared at the Salon of 1954 powered by a two-speed 98cc Comet engine. It may also have been marketed briefly as the Aero-Scoot.
Source: Amis Terriens, Wikipedia NL

H. Leloir, 16 Rue Fremicourt, Paris
175cc twostroke, ca 1922~1927
La Moto Leloir, 3e Annee de Fabrication. Cliche Salon Octobre 1924
Built 247cc two-strokes similar to the Evans, and a 174cc two-stroke boxer twin.
Sources: Period advertising, Wikipedia NL.

Based in Issy les Moulineaux, Paris, the firm built a motorcycle with a De Dion engine and transmission by chain. They took part in the Paris-Bordeaux-Paris in 1904
Bourdache p438

1900. Factory and offices at 22 avenue d'Italie, Paris
Built a 1 3/4hp detachable engine and a 2 1/2hp motor bicycle.
Bourdache p146

One of the entries in Paris-Bordeaux-Paris in 1895
In 1901, Letang, Herbin And Bordes patented a detachable motor for bicycles
Bourdache pp 43, 44

28 rue Demours, Paris
1903. Inventor of the 2-stroke engine "Bichrone"
Bourdache writes, "such as Lepape who built a two-stroke piston-pump (deux-temps à piston-pompe) ancestor, a system that was to make the German racing machine famous on the eve of the Second World War."
Bourdache pp 163, 438

Manufactured by Ets. Liaudois, Paris, 1923 to 1927, these were motorcycles with Train engines of 98cc to 123cc.
Source: Wikipedia NL

7 rue Mousset Robert, and 149-151 rue Michel Bizot, Paris
Built 1 1/4hp and 2 1/4hp petroleum bicycles ca 1902. The smaller engine had a water-cooled cylinder head.
Bourdache p438

Bicyclette with Grillon engine housed in the frame built 1902. Chain drive with friction clutch.
Bourdache p438

Ets Cochot 45 rue de Tanger, Paris
Tricycles et voiturettes displayed at the 1898 salon
Bourdache pp 396, 400

Manufactured 1927-1930 using mainly JAP engines and Bredier & Charon gearboxes. There was also apparently a shaft-drive model.
Source: Wikipedia NL

44 rue du Louvre, Paris
Motorized bicycle, 1896
Huzelstein could be the German mechanic who presented the Hildebrand and Wolfmuller in France and bought the company after the bankruptcy Duncan and Suberbie
Bourdache p46

Louis Janior
From 1921 to 1924 Janior built motorcycles with 500cc twin-cylinder boxer engines.
Source: Wikipedia NL

Louis Vineis
rue Monteil, St Etienne
Apparently only one was built. It looks rather similar to the Lutece. Shaft drive single, possibly two-stroke, unattractive square-section steel frame, rigid rear suspension.
La Moto Francaise

Established as a bicycle firm in 1923 at Rue des Verriers, Saint-Etienne, motorcycle manufacture commenced in 1927.
Several of their larger machines were marketed under the Hellessen brand, mostly 250 and 350cc models using engines from Moser, JAP, Blackburne and Zurcher.
They built lightweights using Sachs 74cc and 98cc in the 1930s, and cyclemoteurs and mopeds in the early 1950s using 48cc engines from Ducati Cucciolo and VAP.
Sources: Wikipedia NL, OTTW

Built a tricar in 1897 with a 2-stroke engine of unusual design which operated like a 4-stroke with automatic valve on intake and exhaust.
Bourdache p438

1919-1920. The Paris firm of Charles Combes built a cycle attachment engine, a four-stroke of 118cc and later 143cc, which was integral with a rear wheel which replaced the original. The kit included a 3 litre oil & fuel tank. An example of the motorwheel was part of the famed Guélon Collection.

Lumen also built a complete scooter using the same system. It had floorpan, a wicker seat and rather long handlebars.
La Moto Francaise, Guélon Collection, et al.

Manufactured by Établissements Baud of Doubs (Franche-Comté), 1950~1968
The firm built mopeds under the names Betty, Elfil and Jurasport, as well as Luxia.
Sources: OTTW


M & P
Marechal & Poste, Fives, Lille-Nord was established by Francesco Ferrier. From c.1928 to the beginning of WWII (or possibly 1928-1932), these were lightweights with 100 and 125cc Aubier & Dunne engines.
Source: Wikipedia NL

Macquart et fils
1900 Macquart and Vexiau petrol bicycle with clutch and chain transmission named the Pétrocyclette
Bourdache p438

Motocyclette built by Gaillon et Cie, 1903
22 rue Garnier, Levallois Perret
Bourdache pp 208, 209, 213, 220, 221, 223, 233, 239, 251, 262, 309.

Built autocycles with 200cc engines from 1931 to 1937.
Source: Wikipedia NL

A division of Magnat-Debon which built Moser engines under licence at Grenoble between 1906 and 1914.
Source: Wikipedia NL

63 rue Frédéric Petit Amiens (Sommes)
Winner of the first motorcycle race on the velodrome at Amiens, 1901, ridden by Baudelocque
Bourdache p438

17 rue du Débarcadère, Paris
Ets Chaigneau built a motorcycle with a Kratos water-cooled 1 1/2hp engine in 1902
Bourdache p438

150 avenue du Roule, Neuilly
Presented motocyclettes at the 1908 salon.
Bourdache p438

Constructed lightweights with Aubier-Dunne 125 and 175cc two-stroke engines in Villeurbanne from 1947 to 1951
Source: Wikipedia NL

The Valmobile was introduced at the 1952 Paris Salon. When disassembled, it fits in a valise. The prototype was powered by a 60cc Alter, production machines ran Villiers 98cc engines. The fastest of these were good for 75 km/h - not bad for a ride-on suitcase!
The firm produced the 48cc Variomatic moped in 1956.
Sources: Amis Terriens, scoot-toujours.over-blog.com

Mascotte (or La Mascotte)
Manufactured by Moteurs et Motorcycles Mascotte, Courbevoie, 1923-1924. 174cc lightweights.
Source: Wikipedia NL

Émile Ernst Mathis worked with Ettore Bugatti at a firm in Alsace from which they were both dismissed. The pair set up their own business under the Mathis name c.1904, and in 1906 the parnership ended. Mathis maintained his involvement in the motor trade and during the second war developed a three-wheeler with Jean Andreau which was prsented at the Paris Salon of 1946, of which 10 were built. He built another tricar with a much larger engine but it did not enter production. The company closed in 1950 and the factory was sold to Citroen.
Sources: OTTW

Mauxion and Devinant
5 rue Jouvenet, Paris
Entered the 1903 du M.C.F., ridden by Mauxion
Bourdache pp 186, 438

Manufactured by Ets. Motos Max of Levallois from 1927 to 1930, these were motorcycles using engines of 98cc to 500cc along with components from both British and French suppliers.
Source: Wikipedia NL

In 1904 Deckert engine engaged in the qualifiers for the international cup of M.C.F. ridden by MAYESKI
Their address in 1907 was 3 rue du Pas de la Mule, Paris
Bourdache p190

66, R. Nationale, Paris
The Mazoyer company built 500cc motorcycles 1951-1953, possibly other models and years. La Moto Francaise

This company was the successor to Motobecane, with Yamaha as the majority shareholder. It was based in Saint-Quentin.

An image exists showing the rider Moret on an M.C. at the Paris-Nice race, 1921

Motocyclette exhibited at the 2nd Salon of 1901
Bourdache p439

Marius Mazoyer, previously involved in aviation and bicycles, established the bicycle firm at 13-17 Rue Thiollière, Saint-Étienne. In 1928 they built motorcyles using JAP, Moser and Zurcher engines. Post-war Mazoyer produced mopeds, and from 1951 to 1958 used engines from Le Poulain, Mistral and Junior.
Sources: OTTW

One of the many marques produced under the France Motor Cycles mantle.

These were engines built in Paris by société des frères Caffort, one of which was fitted to a c.1902 Brilliant.
Sources: Guélon Collection

There is a record of a BMA-style machine built in 1950.
La Moto Francaise

Métropole (La)
Established Siemm company presented their first bicycles at the Paris Salon in 1893 which were advertised as Métropole Acatene because of the lack of drive chain (chaîne d'entraînement).
In 1899 built Tricycles with De Dion-Bouton engines and possibly built a motorcycle around 1902.
The marque continued, with numerous changes of ownership and location, through to the 1940s and 50s when they built mopeds and autocycles before joining Cocymo.
Sources: Bourdache (p446), et al.

Built in Vendôme (Loire-et-Cher) by Louis Boccardo, formerly of BFG, in partnership with Siccardi and others, the M.F. (Moto Française) was powered by a Citroen Visa 650cc engine with gearbox and final drive from the Moto Guzzi V50. Some 90 machines were produced before the firm ceased trading in 1983.
See also Boccardo
Sources: bfg.asso.fr

Manufactured by Les Établissements Labinal in Saint-Ouen (Seine-Saint-Denis), 1922
63cc bicycle auxilliary engines similar to the Cyclotracteur.
Sources: OTTW

Built by Olivier Midy, this is a modern superbike of typical French beauty. The first of his machines, a flat twin, was presented at the Paris Motorcycle Show in 1999. Development to some years, and the first road test was by none other than Alan Cathcart, in 2014. The liquid-cooled 975cc DOHC 8v engine is inclined at 25º and produces 90 HP via a 5 speed gearbox and chain drive to the rear wheel. Yours for just 140,000 Euros.
Sources: midual.com, et al.

GP rider Jean-Louis Guignabodet began building racing motorcycles in 1985 using 250cc Rotax twins equipped with a carbon-fibre fuel tank. Later he built racing exhaust systems.
Sources: OTTW

Between 1924 and 1937 the Mignorac firm of Romainville (Seine-Saint-Denis) built motorcycles under the brand names Lalo, Mignorac and Poinsard, along with LMP engines.
Sources: OTTW

30 rue du Point du Jour, Boulogne Billancourt
Minerve motor tricycle, 1899
Caption to Bourdache image: The very personal architecture of the Minerve engine (unrelated to the Belgian Minerva) is determined by the shape of its piston. In order to improve the internal cooling of the engine, this piston is extended by a hollow sleeve and open at both ends.
Bourdache p83

Minima Bicycle Engines
3 cité Griset (125 rue Oberkampf), Paris
Engine adaptable to all bicycles, 1903
Bourdache p439

13 rue de l' Aquedue, Paris
Stuart & Stichter built motorcycles, 1904
Bourdache p439


Félix Théodore Millet built tricycles and motorcycles powered by a 5 cylinder engine which was integral with the rear wheel, the first designs appearing in 1892. The hollow axle of the rear wheel formed the crankshaft. On the solo motorcycles the rear guard formed the fuel tank and the surface carburettor was located between the wheels. Ignition was via a Bunsen cell and induction coil and, a long before it became common practice, it featured a handlebar-mounted twistgrip. It is estimated that the machine was capable of 35 km/h with the engine whirring along in excess of 180rpm.
Sources: Bourdache (pp 21, 25, 33-36, 44, 45, 57, 72, 214, 380), Anibal Martinez, François-Marie Dumas.

Manufactured by Manufrance d'Armes et Cycles, the Mimosa Type A was built from 1923 until about 1938. It was a BMA style lightweight powered by an Aubier & Dunne 100cc two-stroke.
See also Manufrance
Sources: OTTW

Gayon et Cie, 22 rue Galloy, Levallois
Built in 1904 by the same company responsible for the Magali, apparently, but at a different address. The motorcycle had a fourstroke side-valve engine. The Mireille was a competitor in the 1/3 litre qualifiers of 1905. This machine had chain drive and there all semblance of common sense seems to have evaporated, according to a somewhat humorous account Bourdache gives of its convoluted drive-train.
Bourdache pp 223, 251.

Schneider built an "adaptable rear wheel drive" in 1902 named Mistral
Bourdache p439

ca 1905
Meunier et Nexon, Limoges, builder of motorcycle engines
Bourdache p439

A 1952 65cc example of the type Mehari is described on the site of M. Dumas.
La Moto Francaise

Philippe Moc prepared two Benelli Sei racing machines for Motobécane to compete in the 1977 Bol d'Or. Termed the Benelli-Moc R900, they had their own frames, a TZ700 dry clutch, the fuel tank position low in the frame and six mufflers on a "spaghetti" exhaust system.
Sources: OTTW

Ateliers de Construction Mécanique Maurice Charotte
169/173 bld Pereire et 51 rue Laugier, Paris
From 1905 built 3hp single cylinder and 6hp V-twin motorcycles; also tricars, automobiles and motorboats
Bourdache p439

1904, Motorcycles and Engines
Monarque has emulated Bucher with this elegant machine on offer at a very competitive price. Under the name of L'Elégante, this 250cc (70x70mm) engine is also sold by Ets J.B. Mercier, 6, rue St-Ferdinand, Paris.
Bourdache p200

Manufactured by Etablissements F. Simon of Agen, built (or rather, assembled) mopeds between 1950 and 1960 under the brands Elite (Agen), Esper, Prester (Agen), Semper , SIF and Sport.
Sources: OTTW

Moneclair Motos
77, Av A-Briand Cachan (seine)
98cc and 175cc two-stroke motorcycles 1955, perhaps other years.
La Moto Francaise

The firm established by J. Monnier et Cie in 1926 sold Hellessen motorcycles rebadged as Monier in 1927.
From 1953 to 1958 they built mopeds powered by Cucciolo 48 cc ohv engines.
Sources: OTTW

Monin Tricycles
3 Bld Poissonnières, Paris
Tricycle exhibited at the Paris salon, December 1896
Bourdache p439

Ferdinand Schlenker built a monowheel in the fashion of Garavaglia, developing it from around 1910. Early models had De Dion Bouton engines, and later Garelli engines were used. It was claimed that one of these machines achieved 220 km/h.
The last example of the Monoroue was completed in 1946 and was displayed at a Chatellerault museum.
See also Garavaglia and Cislaghi
Source: François-Marie Dumas

Messrs Mont, father and son, patented an explosion engine in December 1903
Installed on the wheel and driven by a roller, the engine was rated at 1 1/2hp. It was named Le Quand Même.
Bourdache p439

Charles Morel of Domène (l'Isère) patented many inventions in 1880s and 1890s, as a partner in the Morel-Gerard company he made his fortune selling bicycles to the French army.
In 1897 he patented a four-stroke vertical twin engine similar to that used by the British for many decades.
Sources: OTTW

1896 1897 Builder of a motorized bicycle placed above the rear wheel named La Rémouleuse.
Bourdache p439

Created in 1902, their first tricycle used a Clement engine mounted about the front wheel with friction drive. In 1903 a chain was added, and later a V-twin Clement was used.
Sources: OTTW

The famous car manufacturer also built tricycles which probably used De Dion-Bouton engines.
Bourdache pp 131, 174, 175, 329.

Designed by Pierre Brissonnet of microcar fame, the patents were sold to SICVAM, owned by Mors Ets.
Production by Mors was between 1950 and 1955, at which time the Alcyon company took over and continued with it under their own name and those of Thomann and La Français until 1959.
An interesting lightweight 50cc scooter was produced which could be divided into two parts for easy transportation in, for instance, a light aeroplane.
Source: Amis Terriens, scoot-toujours.over-blog.com, et al.

23, ave; Grande Armée, Paris
From 1950 to 1955 built motorcycles with two-stroke engines of 125 and 250cc, and 340cc OHV.
La Moto Francaise

Built by Sanciome, 1900, at Route des Salins, Clermont Ferrant
Motorized bicycle with roller transmission on the rear wheel
Bourdache p439

D. Motte, Courbevoie (Seine)
1910 Built a motorcycle with a Zurcher 2hp engine.
Bourdache p439


Built in Saint-Etienne 1960-1961 using 110cc Mistral engines.
Sources: OTTW

Motorcycle engines manufactured by Établissements Chapolard - Goubet et Fils, based in Bourg-en-Bresse (Ain)
The firm supplied engines to its parent company, Radior, and also to other firms including Follis, Hirondelle, Hurtu, Lucer, Verlor, Talbot and Tendil.
See also Radior
Sources: OTTW

Nil Supra
Baras et Pascault, 35, rue Victor-Massé, Paris.
1906. Motorcycles similar to those of the Alcyon catalogue of that year.
Bourdache p440


OLD Miniscoot Manufactured in Colombes
Designed by Victor Bouffort of Valmobile fame, powered by 75cc Manurhin engine this tiny scooter first appeared at the 1955 Paris Salon.
Source: Amis Terriens, scoot-toujours.over-blog.com

Built by R. Ollier c.1906, the marque appears to have been all but unknown until 2018 when a unique example appeared at auction. The single cylinder Ollier engine was positioned forward of the pedal crank, and a large fuel tank was mounted between the two uppper frame rails. The machine has an unusual front fork with considerable rake.
Sources: Guélon Collection

Omega 1898
In May 1899, M. Bergeron, from "L'acatene", patented a motorcycle with an engine low in the frame, with pedals.
Bourdache p440

Omega Motorcycles c1910
Lecomte et Fils
14 quai de Retz and 30 rue Pierre Corneille, Lyon
Sewing machines, cycles and motorcycles of 2hp and 3 1/2hp.
Bourdache p440

Produced engines (see C.F.C.), and possibly motocyclettes.
Bourdache pp 146, 432

Manufactured by the Bugatti factory in Bordeaux from 1957 to 1959, these were three-wheelers powered by 125cc engines. The designer was Lucien Rolland Pilain.

Sources: OTTW


Water-cooled motocyclette which competed in the 1903 M.C.F. Engine most likely Z.L.
Bourdache pp 146, 440

P.A.L. Motorcycles
Potier, Aze et Lecorsier of 196/198 bld Voltaire, Paris
1905. Motorcycles with 2 1/2 and 3hp engines by Buchet
Bourdache p440

Bourdache p302

Manufactured in Lyon 1941-1950
These were electric three-wheelers for personal trasportation and trade.
Sources: OTTW


Manufactured: by Ets. P. Pasquet, Avenue Michelet, Salon (Bas du Rhin).

Paul Emile Pasquet had a long career in cycling and motorcycling. He won races on (comparitively) high-powered motorcycles as early as 1905, and established a bicycle firm which produced up to 5000 units per annum.
From 1932 to 1939 he built BMA 100cc Aubier-Dunne two-stroke machines.
Sources: cyclememory.org, OTTW

This 49cc scooter appeared at the 1947 Paris Salon. It promptly vanished.
Source: Amis Terriens

Tricycle exhibited at the Salon des Tuileries in 1899
Bourdache p440

G. Pécourt builder, 3 rue Brunel, Paris.
Also known as La Victoire
1901. A machine classified only 7th has yet caught the public attention: the Pécourt. It owes this interest mainly to the fact that it was driven by the graceful Mme Jolivet whose bouffante skirt-panties (daring!) was to be of a not insignificant supplement in a tailwind.
Although of quite orthodox design with its engine in front of the pedals, the Pécourt deserves closer attention. It is one of the first French machines to be equipped with the famous Z.L. engine.
Bankruptcy pronounced on April 17, 1905
Bourdache pp 105-107, 110, 133, 141, 146, 149, 168, 187.

Motorcycle classified 9th in the 1902 Deauville event, ridden by Demay
Bourdache p440

Daniel Vouillon and Edouard Morena had been building specialist racing machines for some time befor beginning production, in 1985, of their very fast Kawasaki GPZ-powered machines 750cc and 900cc machines.
Sources: OTTW

A motorcycle of this name took part in the elimination trials for the 1904 Criterium event. There is no further mention. Bourdache p209

1899. Engines of this brand powered Liberator motorcycles which were sometimes referred to as Perfecta-Liberator.
The firm was created by Alexandre Darracq to build cycle parts after he sold Gladiator, at considerable profit, to the English. In 1902 he began building quadricycles, and there is a report that Perfecta built motorcycles were built using their own 200cc engines. See also Darracq
Liberator & Perfecta Co. was located at 47, rue Cartier-Bresson, Paris
In 1912, the parent company of both Liberator and Perfecta was the French company Metropole, same address.
There was also a Perfecta in Switzerland, 1946-1950
Sources: Bourdache (pp 88, 96, 97), OTTW

Built by G. Lotteau in Choisy le Roi, 1906
Lotteau also built motorcycle engines of 2 3/4hp and 3 1/2hp, as well as the G.L. marque.

1899. Powered motorcycle using a Labitte mounted behind the rear wheel, this machine won the world's first motorcycle race in 1899, "Le Criterium des Motocyclettes". The term motocyclettes had been trademarked by the Werner Brothers (who possibly used a Labitte engine in their first machine) but was later ruled by the courts to be in the public domain.
One of these machines was in the Musee de Sury-le-Comtal Collection Lefranc.
Guélon Collection
Bourdache pp 75, 84, 86, 87, 98, 99, 109, 309.

Pernot (1908)
13 rue Victor Hugo, St Chamond (Loire)
1908. Motorised bicycle equipped with a Keller-Dorian adaptable engine and gear change by Pernot
Bourdache p440

Pernod (1980s)
Jean Bidalot built 250cc GP machines for the Pernot firm under quite severe restrictions. He was basically told to have the road-racer on the grid for the 1981 races, and make them win... or else. That year he managed a third place and in 1983 won the British 250cc GP, a fine effort for a brand new machine. It seems that the Pernot board did not take the same view, and was unimpressed by Bidalot's lack of instantaneous success against highly experienced teams with vast resources.(1)
The Pernot was based on his excellent 125cc Motobecane GP machines, using components from Marzocchi, Krober, Zanzani and Beymag. The engine was a watercooled twin with disc valves and a six speed box.
The first season's racing saw a number of DFN's due engine seizure, but by '82 they were reliable.

See also Bidalot
Notes: 1. This may be an unkind assessment, and is based on reading between the lines in two or three articles.
Sources: OTTW

Steam-powered motorcycle
The first "motor cycle" was released in 1871. "La Perreaux", named for its inventor, Louis Guillaume Perreaux. A steam engine is installed under the saddle.
Perreaux : la première moto de l'histoire : la vie et l'oeuvre de Louis-Guillaume Perreaux, de l'Orne, ingénieur-mécanicien 1816-1889 / Rolland, Guy. 2015.- 1 vol. (125 p.)
(Perreaux: the first motorcycle in history: the life and work of Louis-Guillaume Perreaux, Orne, engineer-mechanic 1816-1889 / Rolland, Guy)
Bourdache pp 9 to 12, and others.

Bicyclette built by Macquart et Fils in 1907.
Bourdache p112

Pernette (André)
The Pernette machine (of 1906) is a 572cc V-twin (90 x 90mm) with belt drive. With a monstrous Buchet engine (probably an 8 CV, or about 1,000 to 1,200cc) that Pernette made a reputation as a champion.
Bourdachepp 220, 223, 241, 261-263, 272, 312, 364, 382, 422.

Mid-1980s racing machine.

Motorcycle built and ridden by Petit at the M.C.F. 1903
Bourdache p440

P.G. Engines

1903. Adaptable motor of 1 3/4hp
Bourdache p440

Manufactured by Piat et Cie in Saint Etienne, 1953-1959
The firm had a long history dating back to 1870. Their mopeds were fitted with 48cc Mistral engines, and they also built tricycles powered by Lavalette engines of 70 and 98cc.
Sources: OTTW

Manufactured by Établissements Pierton in Courbevoie, Altos del Seine, 1922 to 1925.
Built BMA lightweights using 98 and 123cc Aubier & Dunne of engines, and motorcycles of up to 500cc powereed by Blackburne, JAP, Train and Villiers.
Sources: OTTW

Built Paillard motorcycles, and engines fitted to the Liberator in 1903. See also Paillard.
Bourdache p440

Motorcycle built in 1905.
(Photo in Moto-Revue No 523 of 1936, and small advertisement in the magazine of the Touring Club de France in 1905)
An example exists in the Collection de Maurice Chapleur
Bourdache p440

Circa 1904, motorcycles with an OHV Buchet engine were built by Edgar Son of 12 rue de la Pompe, Paris


6 rue Camille Desmoulins, Levallois
Tricars, engines and motorcycles
Driven in competition by Contant, and related to the Racing marque.
Bourdache pp 209, 220, 249, 258, 312.

Progres (Le)
Le Progrès, built in Vervins (aisne) in 1901, was a motor bicycle with the engine located behind the pedals
Bourdache p440

Motocyclettes built in 1900 at
4 rue de Paris, Puteaux
Bourdache p440


Messner and Breton of 78 rue des Archives, Paris
1906. Built motocyclettes using Quentin or possibly C.D. engines.
Bourdache p440

Motorcycles. Chollet, elder, manufacturer in Paris, 1907
Bourdache p440

Built in Marseilles - A photograph shows a lightweight rigid two-stroke sans pedales with styling very similar to many others. Probably early 50s.
La Moto Francaise

1905. Pagis et Cie, factory in Albert (Somme)
Built under license from Rochet Bruneau
Bourdache p440

Prosper Renaux, 1898. Built a tricycle with a horizontal liquid cooled 500cc engine, used successfully in competition in the 1899 Paris-St Malo race. It does not appear to have been marketed, but it is believed at least two were built, one of which was in the Guélon Collection. Another from the same collection is a highly unusual motorcycle with a very similar 572cc horizontal engine and a large flat fuel tank, the bottom of which follows the curvature of the lower frame rail, a thing of some beauty. It is dated c.1904.
Prosper's son Eugene Renaux won the Michelin Grand Prix and 100,000 francs when, on the 7th March 1911, he took off from Paris, flew over the Arc de Triomphe and the spires of Clermont-Ferrand cathedral before landing on the Puy de Dôme.
Sources: Bourdache p440, Guélon Collection

Built a 3hp motocyclette in 1904
Bourdache p440

Mechanical engineer in Évreux (or Lisieux) patented and built a bicycle engine in 1899. The engine was located directly below and to the rear of the saddle, and drove the rear wheel via belt. The engine construction is quite unusual, having no connecting rod.
Bourdache pp 68, 69, 71, 109.
Guélon Collection

Motorcycle with Richard engine ridden by the builder in the the M.C.F. in 1904
Bourdache pp 75, 76, 82, 93, 95, 96, 105, 106, 127, 131, 133, 135, 136, 175, 190, 192, 209, 292, 297.

1896. Cycling champion Gaston Rivierre was one of the pioneers of motorcycling
He is one of the few motorcycles De Dion-Boutton, and especially an epicyclic gearbox, in addition to the radial motors 2, 3 and 4 cylinders
Excuse poor translation
Bourdache pp 45, 56, 62, 70, 146, 151, 164, 165, 171, 172, 261, 295, 299, 406.

Rivolier R.P.F.
21 rue César Bertholon, Saint Etienne
M. Rivolier and his son built the R.P.F. c1905-1910. Some of their machines were rebadged or closely based on the Deronziere-Rupta machines, and they probably also used a Doué engine.
See also Deronziere
Bourdache p441, ultimalyon.jpcor.fr

Had factories in Cenon near Chatellerault at the beginning of the 50s.
This was a large industrial group that produced Cucciolo engines under license, and supplied them to a number of small French manufacturers. The Rocher company had up to 2000 employees. In 1952 and 1953 sales declined, and the factories closed around 1956.
ERIAC (Etudes Réalisations Industrielles, Administratives, Commerciales) was a subsidiary of Rocher.

Bicycle auxiliary engine built in 1904
Bourdache p441

With its factory in Albert (Somme), the company produced the same machines as Rochet in 1906 and later years
Bourdache pp 323, 324.

Delaugière & Cie of 89 rue d'illiers, Orléans displayed a tricycle at l'exposition Universelle de Paris in 1898, which were fitted with 2 1/2hp or 3hp engines. There is one known survivor, an 1899 model believed to be in the collection of the brothers Martin. From 1900, the firm also built quadricycles and other four-wheelers under the original name, which changed to Delaugere et Clayette. In 1926 the company was purchased by Panhard and Levassor.
Bourdache p 441. Isabelle Bracquemond, mini.43.free.fr/delaugere.html

Etab. Delachanal
19 Quai de La Marne, Joinville-le-Pont
A 1920s advertising illustratiion by Geo Ham shows machine similar to the Majestic with enclosed bodywork. As George Roy built the Majestic and was in partnership with Dollar, owned by Delachanal, it seems likely this was one of his creations.

Rousset J. industrial,
131 bld Murat, Paris
Motor-bicycle exhibited at the 1896 show
Bourdache p441

The Rullier company revealed their Scot scooter at the Paris Salon of 1953. Powered by a 70cc Lavalette engine, the diminutive 3-speed machine weighed a mere 37kg.
Source: Amis Terriens

1896. Rouxel et Cie, builder of a motorised bicycle engine placed along the rear wheel which is driven by gearing or friction. Ran in the 1895 Paris-Dieppe with a De Dion engine.
Bourdache p56


bicyclette with engine and pedals
Bourdache p112, 113.

Ets. Sadem of Bois-Colombes built 98cc lightweight motorcycles from 1951 to 1954
Source: Wikipedia NL

Motos Sanchoc of Paris built motorcycles using two-stroke engines of 98cc to 248cc and 345cc sidevalves side-engine engines from 1922 to 1924.
Source: Wikipedia NL

Jean Sartori, a former cyclist, opened a bicycle shop Meaux after the war and soon began fitting Le Poulain engines to quite attractive cyclomoteurs which proved very competitive in local racing. It appears that these machines were supplied to other manufacturers and sold under their own labels. Le Poulaine closed in 1956, and production of the Sartorette ceased around the same time.
Source: moto-scooter-annee50-60.over-blog

Two-wheel-drive motorcycle built by the the Savard twins Frank and Patrick from 1987 with financial support from the French government for their Pro Top company. The Savard machines competed in beach races supermotard, placing well. Driven by chain, the front wheel drive only engaged when the rear wheel lost traction. The name changed to Savage in 1990, but vanished the following year.
Source: Wikipedia NL

Possibly associated with La Tortue
Bourdache p146

1906. Brand with the same construction as Alcyon using Zedel engines renamed Kleder in the catalogue. It appears that these were in fact older model Alcyon machines.
Bourdache pp279, 378

Caption to image of Columbia engine: "For 230 F (mufflers included), Ets Schildge provides this 1 1/2 HP Columbia engine that fits all bicycles."
It is unclear whether Schlidge produced complete machines.
Bourdache p271

1902. Motorcycle engine placed along the rear wheel - gear transmission
Schneider built his own carburettors.
Bourdache p149

Mosquito 38cc engine, scooter/moped cross. Not many built.
Source: Amis Terriens

Scooter-Valise FR
Manufactured by Ets Francois in 1952, it was powered by a 72cc Sotecma engine and weighed a mere 27 kg.
Source: Tous les scooters du monde

Société Anonyme Nouvelles des Constructions de la Loire
Rue Parmentier, St Etienne
Similar catalogue to that of Automoto circa 1913
Bourdache p441

A motorcycle/scooter hybrid with scooter wheels powered by a 125cc JLO engine, built 1952 to 1953.
Source: Wikipedia NL

In 1889, Armand Peugeot, who believed in the future of the motor vehicle, built a steam tricycle which was in fact a modified Serpollet. In the fourth machine, he changed from steam to to the Daimler engine.
Bourdache pp 131, 165.

SIC (S.I.C.)
Manufactured by Motos SIC, Paris, 1921-1925, their motorcycles used 98cc to 346cc engines from Aubier Dunne, Zurcher, Train and others.
Source: Wikipedia NL

Manufactured by Atéliers de Mécanique Siphax in Paris from 1951 to 1956, these were lightweight sport roadsters with 98cc AMC engines.
Source: Wikipedia NL

Motorcycles manufactured by Les Atéliers de Sedan of 55-57, Quai de la Tournelle, Paris, from 1922 to 1927, using 2hp two-stroke engines possibly of their own manufacture. They claimed to build 100 machines per day.
N.B. There was also a Smart built in Austria. Smart AT
Source: period literature, et al.

67 Rue Lamartine, Drancy (Seine)
In 1951 they built 60cc and 72cc machines
La Moto Francaise.

Manufactured 1951~1954
The Sterva prototype was introduced in July 1951 with a 98cc 4-speed engine and later that year at the Paris Salon the firm presented the Stefa. The Stefa II ran an Ydral 4-speed 125.
Source: Amis Terriens

68 rue Caumartin, Paris
Emel, Cuzon et Cie in 1900, and later Soncin, Gregoire et Cie
Louis Soncin built engines some of which were very large and powerful in the day. A racing machine with a 500cc Soncin was part of the Guélon Collection.
Sources: Bourdache (pp 88, 96), Guélon Collection

Displayed at the Salon of 1902
Bourdache p146

Built in Rennes, 1932, using Aubier & Dunne engines.

Manufactured by Georges Monneret, famed French motorcycle dealer. These were 49cc VAP and Sachs two-strokes built from 1952 to 1958 with lines quite similar to the Paloma Johnny. It seems to be better known as Super VAP Spécial Monneret, despite the fact that many had Sachs engines.
S3V Special Monneret specification:
49.9 cc Sachs 50-3 - 4.3 HP fab-cooled engine - Double cradle frame - Italian styling - Telescopic forks and swinging arm rear suspension - Excellent brakes with large diameter ventilated hubs - 23 x 2.25 motorcycle tires - Sports tank holding 11 litres. Dual Seat. Colour: cherry red, white decorations
The S4V had a 4-speed gearbox with foot change, kick starter and no pedals.
Source: cyclememory.org, motoancienne.superforum.fr, et al.

Built tricycles and engines for motocyclettes
Bourdache p441

Wikipedia states (in Dutch), "produced motorcycles with Stainless and other engines from 1933 to 1939" and lists Tragatsch as the source, but the entry could not be found. (Feb 2018)
Source: Wikipedia NL

Models ST125 & ST175, circa 1955, AMC engines.
M. Dumas has images of this motorcycle.
La Moto Francaise

Dangre Frères
49 , La Briquette, Valenciennes (Nord)
Built 100, 125 and 170cc two-strokes 1953-1957.
La Moto Francaise

Ateliers de la Grosne, by Cormatin (Saone et Loire) built motocyclettes 1902
Bourdache pp 146, 158, 184, 209, 247, 248, 284, 336, 349

Charles Stopp of Lyon began building motorcycles in 1931 using JAP engines and locally made components. A limited number were produced.
Source: Wikipedia NL

20 bld du Port Amiens
Cycles and Motorcycles. 1903
Bourdache p441

Construction of these 350cc parralel twins commenced in 1954.
Source: Wikipedia NL

Built motorcycles in 1904 with PAL engine of 2 1/2 hp or 3 hp
Bourdache p441

Thimonier et Cie, producer of sewing machines in Lyon. Marketed the Deronziere under their own label c1910

Manufactured by Ets. Motos Supplexa, Courbevoie, Seine, 1922 - 1932
One of their models was a 996 cc V-twin with an extended frame and disc wheels. Other models had 346 and 490cc JAP engines.
Source: Wikipedia NL

Manufactured by Ets. Suquet Frères of Courbevoie, 1929 - 1934.
Built lightweight motorcycles using 98 and 124 cc Aubier & Dunne engines.
Source: Wikipedia NL

Manufactured by Motos Suzy of Levallois, 1932 - 1933, these were motorcycles with 498cc OHC Chaise engines.
Source: Wikipedia NL

Early 50s rigid two-stroke, possibly built by the same company which made Svelte bicycles, SMAC.
La Moto Francaise

Documented in 1903
Bourdache p441

77 Av A-Briand, Cachan(Seine)
Built 98cc and 175cc two-strokes in 1955.
La Moto Francaise


11 rue Bellanger Levallois
Engine used in Papillon tricycles
Bourdache p80

Frères Terrioux, whose father had built motorcycles in the 1930s, founded the company in 1948 in Paris. Pierre and Paul built a scooter in 1951 with a water-cooled engine (possibly from P.P. Roussey) and raced it in the 175 class at the 1957 Bol d'Or, without result. They did better in 1958. They won.
Source: François-Marie Dumas

The Pretty
Circa 1905
120 rue de Sevres, Paris
Then 45 rue de Bagneux, Montrouge
Motorcycle 1 HP 1/4 or 2 HP "without carburettor".
Bourdache p441

Motorcycle of the 1970s with HO engine probably built by Panhard.
La Moto Francaise

22 avenue d'Italie, Paris
Motorcycle presented at the salon of 1901
The company was dissolved in March 1903
Bourdache p117

Tortue, La
1900 Savariaux, 34, boulevard de Clichy, Paris.
Fitted with a Brutus engine.
Bourdache pp 110, 442

71 rue Liégat, Yvry
Motocyclette with engine in the frame
Bourdache p402

La Tractocyclette
Manufactured by J. Journaux, 1906
56 rue des Cévennes, Paris
Motorized bicycle with a Garreau engine on the front wheel
Bourdache pp 257, 279, 280

Closely related to Rochet, Rochet-Bruneau, Roland, and Georges Richard.
Bourdache p442

"...the door of a small wooden building in La Chapelle ... a brass plaque mentioned "Bouton & Trépardoux".
... a business association began in 1881 and a small workshop was named "Trépardoux et Cie". De Dion brought funds, Georges-Thadée Bouton his mechanical expertise and Trépardoux, Bouton's brother-in-law, his engineering skills.
Bourdache pp 12, 21, 36-38.

H. Chapput of 19 rue Kéller, Paris
In 1904, the catalogue of H. Chaput offered the 1903 2hp Henri Popp motorcycle re-branded as a Trilby. He also offered separately a Popp 2 1/2 HP engine.
Bourdache p442

Trophée de France
Machines built by France Motor Cycles of Mandeure and sold under this brand.
Models include: 1947 Type 555C; 1948 Type 555D 125cc Peugeot engine

58 rue d'Allemagne, Paris, 1902
2 HP motorcycle using petrol or alcohol.
Bourdache p442


Motor-bicycle with 2-stroke engine. Engaged in the M.C.F. in 1903. Rider: Jangneau.
Bourdache p166

Motorcycle which entered the Paris-Madrid 1903 event, ridden by its creator, Vaurs, who invented the carburettor of the same name.
Bourdache pp 172, 222, 252.

Built from around 1950 using their own engines which were mounted in an unconvential fashion, the moped (or autocycle) had a very long wheelbase.
Source: Wikipedia NL

73 rue Claude Deschamps, Paris
Motorcycle entered in the one third of a litre criterium of 1903, and again in 1905 under the marque Velox-Levraux, ridden by Daudre.
In 1906 they built tricars and Velox engines.
Bourdache p209

Motorcycles and Tricars
35 rue Arago, Puteaux
In 1904 and 1905 a Villemain motorcycle participated in the Criterium events.
"In general, the winner is still a tricycle driven by Villemain who achieves 47.120 km/h."
Bourdache pp 93, 209, 220.

Manufactured by Ets. DF Constructors, Gentilly Seine, these were small two-stroke engines. The Vimer engine was used in the Wereld moped from the Netherlands.
Source: Wikipedia NL

Vimer is a historic French brand of built-in motors . The company name was: Ets. DF Constructors, Gentilly Seine . This company made two-stroke in-house engines in the fifties, where the acceleration ratio could be adjusted. However, this could only be done while driving. The Vimer engine was used in the Netherlands by the moped brand World .

25 rue Brunel, Paris
Built motor tricycles and quadricycles powered by De Dion, 1899
Bourdache p442


One of many similar marques produced by Mercier

The marque is possibly from c1932, and the constructor may have been Pertuisot of 23 Rue des Acacias, Paris.
Two images both show similar models with 350cc Staub-JAP OHV engines with 3 speed gearboxes. No manufacturer details are on the images, and fairly exhaustive searches have proved unfruitful.
La Moto Francaise

Images show a badge on the steering stem which reads "Winster PMP", apparently French. Frame almost bare, no engine or tank. Front guard has toolbox mounted on it, making it quite distinctive.
Remains of gearbox and clutch, chain drive, sans pedales, rigid with girder forks, tank mounted between upper and lower frame rails.
La Moto Francaise

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