Dutch Motorcycles

Motorcycles Built in the Netherlands

Notes on some of the rarer Dutch marques

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

ABSAF builds classic racing engines and components using modern materials and tooling. Riders using their enhancements have achieved considerable success throughout Europe, the UK and the United States.
Products include:

    replica BSA Gold Star engines
    replica Matchless G80CS/G85CS engines
    spare parts (from crankshafts, cylinders, cams to oilpumps and magnetos)
    Featherbed-style frames

Condor Club Netherlands, absaf.nl

1964-1968 or 1970
A.G.S. took its name from the initials of Jan de Groot and Akkerman. They built motocrossers of 50cc and 125cc using engines from Casal, Puch, Sachs and Zündapp.
Condor Club Netherlands

In April 1904, Andon Altena participated in the Paris-Bordeaux-Paris, and in August of that year he completed the English 1000-mile reliability ride, a "Six Day Trial". Effectively he won, finishing first most days, but due to penalties did not feature in the finals.
Sources: Conam Netherlands

Arley, and Vidson
Groningen, 1948
One of the more forgettable creations in motorcycling history, it is best remembered for the fact that the tank stickers were created by dividing in half and then removing some of the letters from Harley-Davidson decals.
The motorcycles were actually made in Soviet-occupied Hungary and imported by Germann, who, realising (too late) what an absolute dud the machines were, passed remaining stock to this firm.
Condor Club Netherlands

Rotterdam. Microcars, 3 wheelers
Sources: Conam Netherlands

Gebr. Van der Berg, Oudeschoot (near Heerenveen) ;
Microcars, three wheels, JLO engine
Sources: Conam Netherlands

Bingham see Eenhoorn

1934 - 1937, Bilthoven
Built by Beyermans, the first machine was a bicycle auxiliary engine, followed by 80cc and 175cc motorcycles.
Sources: Conam Netherlands

1906-1952, and possibly later.
Primarily a bicycle firm, they built motorcycles in 1906 and electric motor-bicycles in the early 1930s. They also produced a moped in the early 50s which did not succeed in the marketplace.
Sources: Conam Netherlands, burgers-enr.net

The Dopper was a one-off built by Jan Dopper in 1903 or 04 and powered by a Brons diesel.
Condor Club Netherlands

Duc Bock
Ducati rider Ge van Bockel, Dutch 125cc Champion, imported and rebadged an number of Italian lightweights which sold in the Netherlands and Belgium under the Duc Bok brand in the late 1950s.
Condor Club Netherlands

Built by Bingham & co, Rotterdam. who also built the Autolette.
Sources: Conam Netherlands

Built three-wheel taxis. A version was also available for private individuals under the brand name 'International'.
Sources: Conam Netherlands

Founded by Emsbroek and Poesse in 1913
Empofabriek 1913-1979
In the mid-1950s they produced the Empo-Carley using a Carley bicycle attachment engine, and also built mopeds with TWN 47cc engines.
In the early 1960s began marketing mopeds. which were re-badged Cyrus machines.
Condor Club Netherlands

Constructed by W. Gerth & Zn of Utrecht who traded from 1890 to 1956, their first motorcycles appeared around 1936 fitted with Villiers and Sachs engines of less than 100cc. Better known for its bicycles, the company also imported Zundapp machines which they marketed as Zundapp-Fama, 1938-1940. The name Fama is derived from the Roman goddess of fame.
There was also a Fama of Belgium, see Blomme & Lecompte.
Sources: Conam Netherlands

Fongers of Groningen was a pioneer of bicycle manufacturing, commencing in 1884. They built a V-twin motorcycle in 1909.
In 1961 the firm was acquired by the Leeuwarder company who manufactured Phoenix, and in 1963, Meppeler (Germaan) became part of the amalgamation, renamed to PFG. This firm was purchased by Batavus in 1970.
Fongers is best remembered for its excellent posters, and the bicycles are very popular with collectors.
Condor Club Netherlands

Gebr. Baas
Wildervankster Rijwielen Fabriek, Wildervank, near Groningen
A bicycle manufacturer, they were one of the first Dutch companies to build a motorcycle, in 1903. It was single-speed belt-drive, which bicycle pedals and chain. The engine was embossed with the company name.
Source: mlagerwerf.wordpress.com

Built by NV Rijwielindustrie F. & J.v.Werven of Meppel
Production began in 1935 of motorcycles and motorised bicycles using Villiers, JLO (including twins) and Sachs two-stroke engines of 49cc to 248cc.
In 1949 a model with a Csepel engine appeared, sold as the Germaan Olympia. It was, apparently, something of a disaster and sullied the company's reputation for some time to come. A number of these were sold to H. Borkhuis of Groningen and rebadged as Arley and Vidson. The insignia for these were created by cutting and cropping Harley-Davidson logos.
Motorcycle production ceased around 1955, with moped production continuing to ca 1966. They built mopeds under licence from Achilles, and they also built Sachs-powered mopeds for Fongers and Pheonix who badged them as their own. The brand was acquired by Batavus in 1970.
Sources: oudefiets.nl, benvanhelden.nl, et al.

Hinde was founded by G.L. van Gink in 1888
Their automobiles were built in 1899 using 2hp de Dion engines. After a long hiatus, 98cc and 118 cc two-strokes were produced in the latter half of the 1930s.
Condor Club Netherlands

3-wheeler microcars, 1950s
Sources: Conam Netherlands

Hoenson Rijwiel Factory B.V.
Keizersgracht 296 Amsterdam
Built motorcycles with 200cc and 250 cc JLO two-stroke engines, and mopeds in the 1950 sold under the Ranger brand. There was also a model fitted with a Myster engine sold as the Velonzo Bromzo most likely by Velonzo-fietsenfabriek of Amsterdam. Hoenson also imported the Italian Gioiello.
Condor Club Netherlands

Built by Chris Homoet from 1972 he built 50, 80 and 125 cc motocross machines using Kreidler and probably other engines.
More information at www.kreidlerdatabase.nl
Condor Club Netherlands

Motortricycle 1898 at 's-Hertogenbosch (Den Bosch) with de Dion-Bouton engine.
Sources: Conam Netherlands

A rebadged Goliath three-wheeler from W.A. Janssens & Zn, Rotterdam. They also sold identical machines under the original Goliath name.
Sources: Conam Netherlands

Jonker Logo

Built by Jan Jonker (related to HMW) in the mid-1950s. Two models were produced, both with JLO engines: a 200cc Condor single and a 250cc twin. Th4e frames were by Helmond and the fuel tanks were made in Germany.
Condor Club Netherlands

Kaptein Logo

Founded by Willem Kaptein who imported Motobécane and other brands from 1938. Post-war, most of the components were produced in-house, and he built 125cc and 175cc machines with SV and OHV engines. Production of those machines ceased in 1951, whereupon they once more imported Motobécane. They are credited with developing the immensely succesful Mobylette. These they produced in a new factory until 1965, and marketed as Kaptein. From then until c1973 all of their mopeds were imported from France and rebadged.
Condor Club Netherlands

In the 1930s Kestein produced transport motorcycles, and also sold British motorcycles under the Kestein banner.
Condor Club Netherlands

3-wheel microcars 1950s
Sources: Conam Netherlands

P. vd Lely, The Hague
The firm built automobiles in 1900. Later they built a variety of three-wheel transports and at least one moped. Invalid three-wheelers were also a speciality, and these were built as early as 1936 up until at least 1956. A 1956 advertisement describes 12 different commercial vehicles including powered tricycles and a moped, model 116a, with front carrier.
Sources: Conam Netherlands

1902, Otten's motor, Breda
Some 12 of these machines were built by the brothers Otten including one Ladies model ridden their sister who "made Breda unsafe", possibly because the motorcycles could reputedly achieve 80-90 km/h and she was a leadfoot.
Sources: Conam Netherlands

Paturi Panhard
Sleek three-wheel sports cars built in Breda during the mid-1950s
Sources: Conam Netherlands

3-wheel Microcars
1950s, and possibly as late as 2016
Sources: Conam Netherlands

3-wheelers built in the 40s
Sources: Conam Netherlands

Built from 1904 to 1914 when the firm was acquired by Ackman, but the Success brand was still advertised in 1916.
Sources: Conam Netherlands

Constructed in Dokkum
3-wheel microcars, 1950s.
Sources: Conam Netherlands

Vulkaan Motorrijwielfabriek, Gebr. Fonck, Hofstraat 6 te Venray (1911-1916).
Sources: Conam Netherlands

Built by Hugo Smit of
Prinsengracht 282, Amsterdam.
Sources: Conam Netherlands

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