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Mexican Motorcycle Manufacturers


The company is situated at Av. Henry Ford 298, Bondojito, Gustavo A. Madero, 07850 Ciudad de México, CDMX.

For some years they imported Chinese motorcycles and rebadged them.


Moto Islo

Motocicletas Islo SA was founded in 1955 by Isidro López Zertuche in Saltillo, Coahuila de Zaragoza.

From 1956 the firm built Mi-Val 175cc engines under licence. The motorcycles they produced were regarded as very robust, and the firm thrived, delivering a variety of machines powered by Sachs and Moto-Morini, along with their own.

They built motocross and enduro machines under the Cooper brand.

In 1971 the firm became Islo-Honda, and developed a number of observed trials machines.

http://www.ottw.es/ has a page on this marque with considerably more information.


Carabela Motocicletas was founded in 1964 Naucalpan.

In 1968 they began selling minibikes, and shortly aftwared offered a 350cc twin. Models included La Mini-enduro 125cc, Caliente MX 125cc, Marquesa 175cc, Enduro 200cc, and the Centauro in 250 350 450cc versions.

Most of their components were imported, including the engines which were sourced from the Italian Villa concern. The frames were very similar to the Villa.

More information: https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carabela_(motocicletas)

Also made or marketed in Mexico:




Motor's Heaven

Zanetti (Italian brand, also built in Argentina)

Veloci Motors

MB motos


Motos Izuka


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