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Austrian Motorcycles

Motorcycles Made in Austria

Notes on some of the rarer Austrian marques

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

A

Alko
Manufactured by Alois Kouril in Vienna, 1927-1930
These motorcycles employed single cylinder and V-twin engines from JAP and MAG.
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice


AOK-Kosessnjk
Alois Kosessnjk developed his motorcycle from 1931 until the time of his death in the late 1950s. Only recently discovered, the only known survivor is in the Motorrad Museum Austria More information is available on the museum's site in the Reader's section.
Ensia


Austria
There were two marques named Austria:
1. Austria-Motorenwerke was founded by Josef Mezera in Vienna and operated from 1903 until 1907 building bicycle attachment engines and lightweight motorcycles.
2. In 1930 Austria Motor-Fahrzeug was created by K. Lamperts in Trautmannsdorf and lasted until 1933. These used aluminium alloy frames from Ardie housing Villiers two-strokes including water-cooled models, and Sturmey-Archer 350cc sidevalve engines.
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice


Austro-JLO
Manufactured by Temple & Co. of Vienna, 1938-1938
Activities were curtailed when Hitler's jackboots marched into the country making it one of the shortest-lived marques in history.
The firm, which had been an importer of Super-X and Henderson motorcycles, built a bicycle attachment engine of 60cc which could be mounted within the frame above the pedal crank, or on a carrier rack above the wheel.
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice


Austro-Motorette
Manufactured in Puntigam, Graz, by Steirische Fahrzeugwerke G.W.A. from 1922-1927, and then by Grazer Motorenwerke A.G., 1927-1932.
Designed by Karl Schüber, these lightweight motorcycles had 144 cc parallel twin two-stroke engines. The firm also a DOHC 175cc racing motorcycle designed by Schüler, along with a small bicycle attachment engine.
From 1927, the company produced machine under the Titan marque.
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice


E

EM, and Minkus
Manufactured by Ernst Minkus Fahrzeugbau of Vienna, 1928-1930
First presented in 1928 at the Vienna Spring Fair, the motorcycle had a MAG engine. The firm also marketed British motorcycles under the Minkus marque.
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice


Embag
Manufactured by Ennser Maschinenbauges. m.b.H., Enns, 1922-1924
An advertisement from 1923 shows and Embag 1 PS with a two-stroke engine built in-house.
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice


EOS
Manufactured by EOS-Werke AG in Vienna, 1921-1922
Built three-wheeled utility vehicles and passenger tricars.
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice


Err-Zett
Manufactured by Ottmar Rosenkranz, Vienna, 1938-1939
The firm built light motorcycles with 98cc two-strokes engines from Sachs and JLO. When the National Socialists invaded Rosenkranz was ordered to cease production.
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice


F

Force
Manufactured by Eduard Huber Motorradbau, Wien (Vienna) 1925-1926
Produced for only one year, the motorcycle was powered by a 350cc two-stroke engine built in-house.
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice


Freyler
Manufactured by A. Freyler & Co. of Vienna 1927-1928
The company developed a rotary valve four-stroke of dubious merit. The company failed in 1928 and the assets were purchased by Rudolf Zemann of RZ.
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice


Fuchs
Manufactured in Austria by HMW
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Fulgur
Manufactured by Ing. A. Neumann & Co., Vienna 1924-1938
The firm built Göricke motorcycles under licence but was forced out of business when the Nazis invaded and began ethnic cleansing. The company was purchased by Ottmar Rosenkranz, whose company also suffered under the new regime but for different reasons.
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice


G

Gayer
Manufactured by Michael Gayer, Vienna 1935-1939
A successful motorcycle racer whose mount was Chater-Lea, Gayer began building his own specialised competition machines in 1935 with bevel-driven OHC engines. He continued building these after the war and, ridden by Georg Mach, the marque was very succesfull
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice


Gazda
Manufactured in Vienna 1924-1927
Best known for its aftermarket leaf-spring handlebars offered as optional extras by other makes, the firm built motorcycles powered by their own 246 cc two-stroke and also used Villiers engines. After 1927 they continued building aftermarket motorcycle components.
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice


Gigant
Manufactured by Motorradbau Johann Teichert, Vienna 1936-1938
These were quality motorcycles using JAP engines, Burman gearboxes, Bosch electric and Amal carburetors. Frames and other components were built in the Teichert factory. 500cc and 600cc singles along with 750cc V-twin models were built until the Nazis arrived.
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice


Golo
Manufactured by Wilhelm Schweppe, Golo-Motorradwerke in Vienna 1923-1925
Built motorcycles with 350 and 500cc Blackburne engines and a Sturmey-Archer gearbox. The firm imported OK motorcycles from Britain during this period, and also marketed Scott.
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice


J

JLS
Manufactured by Johann Lechner of Stockerau 1926-1930
Some models had their own a 555cc water-cooled single-cylinder 2-stroke engine, balloon tires and, on later models, a saddle tank. They used rim brakes until 1929. Lechner also built models with 300 to 1000cc JAP engines, the larger model having a Sturmey Archer gearbox.
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice


JW
Manufactured by Josef Wild of Wild & Wildburger, Vienna 1923.
The machine had a 500cc 18 hp engine which, like the rest of tre motorcycle, was constructed completely in-house.
Financial problems caused the sale of the project to Lanco (Langsteiner and Coeln), also in Vienna, who further developed the motorcycle.
Josef Wild was also involved with W & W, and with Wega.
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice


K

Karmeli
Manufactured by Manuel Mahn, Maschinenfabrik & Gießerei, Vienna 1904-1905
The 3 1/2 hp v-twin first could reportedly achieve 80 km/h. Its last appearance was at the 1905 Vienna Auto Show.
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice


Kosty
Manufactured by Hans H. Kosteletzky, Vienna 1952-1953
Designed by Otto Kauba, formerly of Lohner, this attractive scooter was powered by a Rotax two-stroke. Outpriced by its rivals, the Kosty 100 lasted only one year. Kauba went on to form his own company in 1953 and produced a version of the Kosty as the Lux.
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice


Krammer
Manufactured by Mechanische Werkstätten Rudolf Krammer, Vienna 1923-1929
These high-quality bespoke motorcycles were fitted with Persch, Villiers, Anzani and MAG engines, and probably others. Several have survived.
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice


Krauseco
Manufactured by Krauseco Lastenrad, Vienna 1926-1928
Built tricars and triporteurs for the transport of goods and passengers.
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice


LAG
Manufactured by Liesinger Motorenfabrik A.G., Liesing 1921-1929
The company was part of the G. Roth Group with good financial backing, and produced some of the best Austrian motorcycles of the period.
In 1925, LAG took over development of the Lanco (formerly JW) and released it as the LAG Type E1. Their last model, the D4, had a JAP engine. Although production ceased in 1929, sales continued through to 1931.
LAG also built auxiliary engines similar to that of the DKW, and these were fitted to other marques including the DSH of Trautmannsdorf and Perpedes in Graz.
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice


Lanco
Manufactured by Erdberger Maschinenfabrik A.G., Vienna 1924-1926
Langsteiner and Coeln (LanCo) had financed the JW project of Josef Wild, and then produced it under the Lanco brand. In 1925, LAG took over the development and released the Lanco as Type E1
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice


LS
Manufactured by Lapp & Schuller, Vienna 1923-1924
The company built its own 150cc engines, and the motorcycles were fitted with a two-speed gearbox and a kickstarter. None have survived.
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice


M

Messner
Manufactured by Franz Messner of Vienna, 1928-1933
Messner was a successful rider of HRD racing motorcycles and specialised in tuning JAP engines, which he fitted to his own machines. These were later powered by 250cc OHC engines of his own design. They were used for racing purposes and did not enter production.
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice


Mezo
Manufactured by Medinger & Zogelmann in Vienna, 1923-1924
Primarily a producer of motorcycle frames, the firm built a small number of motorcycles (possibly 30) using engines from DKW, Villiers, JAP and Blackburne. Motorcycle production ended when Hermann Medinger had a serious accident at the Austrian TT.
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice


Monos
Manufactured by Monos-Fahrzeug AG, Vienna 1922-1923
Built passenger triporteurs and commercial motor tricycles.
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice


Montlhery
Manufactured by Motorradbau Leopold Sykora, Vienna 1926-1928
Named for the famed French racing circuit, Montlhery motorcycles were bespoke creations using a variety of engines including JAP, Küchen and Laurin & Klement. Leopold Sykora was an active road-racer, and a rather beautiful photograph of him in action is available at the technischesmuseum.at, image reference FE-GA-1932-0063-1.
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice


MT
Manufactured by Motorradwerk Matthäus Graf Thun (MT), Vienna 1925-1935
Thun was known in Paris for his involvement with the French marque La Préféré in 1914
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice


Müller
Manufactured by Motorradfabrik H. Müller jun., Vienna 1924-1926
The Müller-Leichtkraftrad was advertised with a 183cc displacement two-stroke engine.
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice


N

Noricum
Manufactured by Cless & Plessing of Graz, 1903-1906
The firm built their own single cylinder engines and produced motorcycles of 2.75 hp to 3.5 hp, along with a 5hp V-twin from an external supplier. Most were belt-driven, but one had cardan drive. It is possible that the shaft-drive machine and possibly the V-twin were both built by Opel & Beyschlag, or, that the Noricum machines were marketed by the O&B firm under their own name.
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice


P

Perpedes
Manufactured by Karl Heinisch of Graz in 1924-1925 and marketed by Stouratz in Vienna, the lightweight motorcycles were fitted with engines from LAG and Persch, the latter of 118cc.
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice


R

Reform
Manufactured by Thein & Goldberger of Vienna, 1903-1906
The company built motorcycles using 2 1/2 and 3 1/2 engines. They also operated as a repair workshop for steam-powered and petrol-engined automobiles. GTU mentions that the engines were sourced from the Monarch firm in England, but if that is correct then it may not have been the R. Walker firm listed here: Monarch
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice


Rotor
Manufactured by Adolf Volly, Neunkirchen 1924-1938
Built motorcycles from 250 to 1000cc using SV OHV singles and a SV V-Twin. The business was destroyed when the Reich took control of the country.
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice


RZ
Rudolf Zemann of Lambach purchased the defunct Freyler company in the late 1920s and further developed the interesting engine, housing it in a conventional tube frame and later in a duralium chassis possibly built by Ardie. Rather than continuing with the Freyler rotary valve system he opted for a more conventional bevel-driven OHC engine, driving through a Sturmey-Archer gearbox. Six different versions of his motorcycle were created.

Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice

S

Scheibert
Manufactured by Anton Scheibert, Vienna 1911-1913
These motorcycles had two-stroke engines of 197cc. The firm was established in 1907 as a bicycle manufacturer.
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice


Styria
Manufactured by Joh. Puch & Comp., Graz 1904-1908
After resigning from the Puch company which he had founded after a dispute with co-owner Dürkopp, Johann Puch built the Styria motorcycles which were of similar design to the original Puch machines but apparently more advanced. At least one model exists, a Model H 3.5hp V-twin. Other models were the 1904 2 3/4hp Type I and the 1906 5 1/2 hp Type III, a V-Twin.
The firm, also known as Joh. Puch & Comp., suffered a very long worker's strike in 1907 and never recovered.
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice, voz.co.at


W

W & W
Manufactured by Wild & Wildberger, Vienna 1925-1927
Another of Josef Wild's ventures (see also JW, Lanco, Wega), he and K. Wildberger revamped the the Lanco project, building two new models with MAG engines. From 1927 Wild was the general agency for Ernst MAG from Breslau.
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice


WKB
Manufactured by Kummer, Medinger & Co., Vienna 1923-1924
The We-Ka-Be engine company in Vienna produced an auxiliary bicycle engine which was very similar to the DKW auxiliary engine
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice


Wega
Manufactured by Wild & Ackermann, Vienna 1923-1924
Josef Wild was also associated with JW and Lanco. He and his partner Ackermann used a DSH frame fitted with a two-stroke 149cc engine to produce their own motorcycle. Few were made in the single year of production.
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice


Werner
Manufactured by Rio garage, Fritz Werner, Vienna 1928-1929
The men behind the name were well known in Austrian motorcycle circles: Josef Illichmann (designer), Fritz Werner (motorcycle rider) and Leschan. The Werner was built in small numbers and usually only to order. Some 60 machines were created using engines from MAG and JAP.
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice




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