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Belgian Motorcycles

Motocyclettes fabriquées en la Belgique

Notes on some of the rarer Belgian marques

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

A

Ajax
Manufactured in Brussels 1949-1953, the firm produced mopeds and light motorcycles using Sachs and NSU two-stroke engines.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren


Alerion
Manufactured by J. Boon of Rue Ma Campagne, Etterbeek in the early post-WWI years, the firm produced large capacity singles and twins for the burgeoning sidecar market.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren


Automoteurs
Manufactured by Ets. Construction d'Automoteurs, Eugène Mathieu of Leuven, 1902-1906
Mathieu bought the Delin company, with which had had a senior position, after it closed in 1902. In the same factory he built Automoteurs motorcycles and Mathieu automobiles. The company merged with Belgica autos in 1906.
Wikipedia NL, A-Z der Belgische Motoren


B

Baindex
The small company built mopeds powered by the Ducati Cucciolo in the post-war years. The engines were lightly modified and the attractive bodywork partially concealed the engine.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren


Barbé
Manufactured by NV PE Barbé of Herstal, production began in 1926.
The firm built 125, 175, 250 and 350 cc models using SV and OHV JAP and Blackburne engines. In 1933 they introduced Villiers two-stroke engines in motorcycles of 100 and 150cc, and these were followed by machines powered by JAP 150 and 250cc engines. The marque had limited success in racing in the 175 and 250 classes. Production ceases in 1934.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren


Basse-Wez
194 Rue de Basse-Wez Liège
Established in 1896, the company introduced two motorcycles in 1903, a 268cc 1¾ hp model and another of 327cc 2¾hp. These machines had a loop frame, FN carburettor and battery-coil ignition. Later model engines, although embossed the the company name, were from the nearby Sarolea factory and were of very similar appearance to those fitted to the Kerry. Advertising of the day claimed that the motorcycles were exported to the Netherlands and the United States. Production of motorcycles ceased in 1905. The only known survivor is understood to have been sold in Denmark.
Wikipedia NL
See also https://www.yesterdays.nl/product/basse-wez-1904-327cc-1-cyl-aiv-2607/


Baudeloo
Manufactured by Ets. Leon Roels & son, Ghent, a bicycle firm which fitted VAP engines in the 1950s.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren


Bayard
Mentioned by Paul Kelecom as being built in 1902 by Henri Pieper in Herstal. Pieper, who also owned CIE, went on to become a major player with FN.
Wikipedia NL, A-Z der Belgische Motoren


Belgian Cushman
Manufactured by Les Usines Belgian Cushman, Anderlues
In 1949 the company, which had produced war materiel, began building scooters based on supplies of the Cushman Airborne Model 53 remaining after the end of WWII. The following year they obtained a licence from the American firm to build versions of the Cushman in Belgium and these scooters and triporteurs which differed in many respects to those of the US company. Production continued until the mid to late 1950s.
Wikipedia NL


Beoziere
Built Ducati Cucciolo-powered mopeds 1952-1953.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren


Bertrand
Built by Olivier Bertrand of Herstal in 1905.
Wikipedia NL, Paul Kelecom


Bona
Manufactured by J. Bonaventure-Bouttens of Veurne, in the 1950s the company produced lightweights under the names Edith and Elgo using VAP engines.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren


Bovy
Manufactured by Alfred Bovy of Liege, 1900s-1930s
Built motorcycles for the military duing WWI, and in the 1920s and 30s produced machines powered by a variety of engines - Villiers, JAP, Blackburne and MAG. They had many successes in motorcycle racing.
Sources: François-Marie Dumas


Bristol
Manufactured by the Huysmans brothers of Markt 9, Mol, Flanders who also built bicycles and sewing machines, these 60cc JLO-engined mopeds were produced in the 1950s. They also built the Bristolette.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren


Brondoit
Manufactured by Bayard-Brondoit (aka Brondoit Herstal) 1895-1929 in Herstal and Leige.
Nicolas Brondoit built 97cc two-stroke bicycle attachment engines before and after WWI named Ideal-Brondoit, and in 1922 produced the Brondoit motorcycle. It won the 250 class of the 1925 Bol d'Or.
Paul Le Bussy joined the company, and in 1926 350cc and 500cc MAG models appeared. Le Bussy died during practice and the company did not recover from the shock.
Sources: François-Marie Dumas, Wikipedia NL.


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


BVM
Manufactured by Jan Boonen and Jaak Vanvelthoven of Lommel, 1972-1974
Using a modified Husqvarna 405cc engine and built by Sprite in Britain, the off-road motorcycles were considerably cheaper than the better known marques. Production ceased in 1974 when American Eagle, the US importers of Sprite machines, collapsed owing Sprite a considerable amount of money.
Around 200 examples of the BVM were built.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren, Wikipedia NL


C

Carlier (Frères Carlier)
Manufactured by the Frères Carlier of Hollain-lez-Tournai from the mid-1920s, they built 110cc four-stroke motorcycles marketed as the Motocette. There was another brand with the name Carlier, see Carlier (Kortrijk)
A-Z der Belgische Motoren


Carlier (Kortrijk)
Manufactured by A. Carlier of Kortrijk in the 1930s and, briefly, the 1950s, the firm built mopeds, triporteurs and utility motorcycles powered by Gilett engines of 100cc to 500cc marketed as La Couronne. They had an association with Van Hauwaert who marketed models identical to the La Couronne.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren


Castadot
Manufactured by J. Castadot of Liège, 1900-1901, using 1½ hp Zédèl engines.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren


Choisy
Lightweights manufactured by Vve. A. André et Fils of Seraing 1952-1953. Models included an Ambassador 98cc Sachs moped.
Wikipedia NL


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C. Devos
Manufactured 1935 to 1955 by Camille Devos of Brussels using Sachs engines. Family members attempted the introduction of the Marjac marque some time later.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren


CMB
The CMB was exhibited at the 1923 Brussels Motor Show, a conventional two-stroke with external flywheel. The display was both grand premiere and chant du cygne.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren


CIE
Compagnie International D'Electricité of Herstal was owned by Henri Pieper. Paul Kelecom designed a motorcycle for the company in 1900 and these were built from 1901 until at least 1905. Engines were also supplied to other manufacturers, and complete motorcycles imported to the UK by Magneto Motor Manufacturers.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren


Colibri
Manufactured by Valère Ransy of Charleroi 1951-1952, the company produced mopeds and motorized tandems, 98cc and 150cc motorcycles under the brands "La Belgique" and "Francia".
A-Z der Belgische Motoren

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Collot
Manufactured in Liege in 1905, they built pacers with large V-twin engines.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren


Comet
Manufactured by Comet Motors, Bruxelles, 1949-1951. These were powered bicycles and tandems with a 63cc two-stroke auxiliary engine mounted in the hub of the rear wheel. The engines were from Société des Ateliers Hanrez, also of Brussells, and were badged "Comet Hanzrez", so it's possible the companies were the same.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren


Comfort-Sachs
Manufactured by François van den Eynde in the early 1950s. Also known as Confort-Sachs, in addition to Sachs-powered mopeds they built frames for other manufacturers.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren


Crahay
Manufactured in Liège, 1905, according to a paper written by Paul Kelecom.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren


D

D'Ieteren
Anciens Etablissements D’Ieteren Frères was a well established coachbuilder with a history dating back to 1805. They had produced bodywork for the likes Packard, Studebaker, Rolls Royce and Hispano-Suiza.
In the 1950s they took up the rights to build the Piatti, and were also associated with Aldimi scooters.


Dasse
Manufactured by Gérard Dasse of Dison
Dasse and his two sons built their first tricar in 1894, and their first production machine which was similar to that of Léon Bollée, was sold in 1898. The firm went on to produce commercial vehicles and automobiles until the financial crash of the early 1930s.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren


De Cosmo
Manufactured by J. de Cosmo of Liège, this was a chain-driven motorcycle built in 1900, strongly influenced by the Houard machine. Both parties had close ties with FN. It is believed that an earlier motorised bicycle was built when he was living in Paris in 1894. The De Cosmo company was not created until 1903 to build automobiles, and motorcycle production was abandoned.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren


De la Hault
A petrol-driven tricycle was built by Frédéric de la Hault and d'Heyne de Nydpruck in 1886.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren


Decomotor-Foxinette
Manufactured mopeds in Brussels 1952-1953 using 40cc Fuchs engines by HMW of Austria. The fuel tank was integral with the frame.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren


Decoster
Manufactured by J. and H. Decoster of Tielt, Belgium. In 1898, quadricycles and voiturettes with De Dion-Bouton engines were produced. They also built bicycles, tandems and three-wheelers.
Wikipedia NL


Defco
Manufactured by Atelies Defau & Cie of Liège. Between 1950 and 1958 they built powered bicycles with VAP engines. These were also marketed under the names Vaporette and, later, Alpino. Motorcycle and scooter production began in 1953 using components and engines from Italian suppliers Aermacchi, Alpino, Capriolo and Mi-Val.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren


Delin
Manufactured by Usines Delin (Joseph Delin), he established firm first produced motorcycles in 1901. These had cardan drive from a longitudinal engine, and were designed by Eugène Matthieu, who took over the firm when Joseph died that same year. The motorcycles were also marketed under the name Derby, and were sold to the Netherlands, the UK, and the Belgian colonies abroad.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren


Diamond
Manufactured by bicycle maker Th. Brasseur of Liège in 1931, these were lightweights with 98cc Sachs engines.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren


Diamant
Manufactured in Bekkevoort, the small company built Sachs-powered mopeds in the 1950s.
Wikipedia NL


Dobbeleen
Manufactured in Denderwindeke, the firm built 350cc and 500cc motorcycles in 1930 powered by JAP engines with Burman gearboxes. The marque made a very brief appearance.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren


Dusart
Manufactured motorcycles in Liege in 1905.
Paul Kelecom


Duval
Manufactured by Ets. J. Duval, Anvers, 1950-1955.
Duval was an importer of Motoconfort, Royal Enfield and Kaptein who built lightweights with 123cc Royal Enfield two-stroke engines which were possibly rebadged RE models. They also sold the Kaptein-Mobylette under it's own name, and rebadged as Mobylette Duval.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren


Dymax
Manufactured by Anciens Ateliers Gasquy SA, Herstal, 1951-1954.
The company constructed powered bicycles and mopeds with Le Poulain and Husqvarna engines, marketing them as Gasquy, Dymax-Gasquy and Dymax .
A-Z der Belgische Motoren


E

Eclipse
Manufactured 1901-1902 by Mercury, these had clip-on engines and belt drive.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren, Wikipedia NL


Elite
Manufactured by bicycle manufacturer P. Counotte in 1931 using 98cc Sachs 2-speed engines.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren, Wikipedia NL
N.B. There was also an Elite made in Germany in the early 1920s.


Elve
Manufactured in Brussels 1958-1962. Mopeds powered by 49cc Sachs, and also by their own engines. There is also a reference to powered bicycles built in 1949.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren, Wikipedia NL


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


Erade
Manufactured in Bressoux, 1905
Wikipedia NL, Paul Kelecom


Escol
1925 - 1939
The Escol brothers built their first motorcycle in 1925 after years of planning, and the result was quite outstanding. Powered by a 1000cc driving through a gearbox, both of their own manufacture, the Super-Moto had suspension front and rear. In 1932 they built new models using JAP 500cc and 600cc singles, along with 342cc Villiers 4-speed machines. In 1939 they built a 680cc V-twin, but development was curtailed when war came in 1939, and all production ceased. In total some 270 machines were built.
Sources: François-Marie Dumas


Eulette
Manufactured by Velobel ca. 1950.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren, Wikipedia NL


F

FLD-JLO
Manufactured in Waret-l'Évêque by the brothers Lambotte, who added mopeds and lightweight motorcycles to their existing range of bicycle frames. Built in the early 1950s, these were powered by JLO engines.
Wikipedia NL, A-Z der Belgische Motoren


Forta
A small bicycle factory which built powered bicycles with Sachs 98cc engines in 1931-1932.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren, Wikipedia NL


G

Gerkinet & Ledent
Based in Herstal, the firm built motorcycles using Paillot-Bologna engines in 1900. The firm marketed and engine under its own name 1902 which showed marked similartiy to the Paillot-Bologne.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren


Gila-M
Manufactured by Gila Goegebeur-Vigoni of Brussels 1973~1975.
Eric Goegebeur built a much-modified Egli with a Kawasaki H2 engine for endurance racing. It proved successful enough that orders came in for replicas, and he subsequently offered three versions - street, road-racing and endurance. His firm also explored a partnership with Flandria to build machines powered by engines from the Japanese Zenoah firm and a prototype Flandria-Gila M 125 T was created, but the venture did not come to fruition.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren


Gilba
Manufactured by F. Gantois & Fils of Beaumont.
In the early post-war years the bicycle firm began building Gilba and Renova mopeds fitted with 50cc VAP engines. These were followed by lightweight motorcycles using frames from other suppliers fitted with Sachs 100 and 125cc engines. Construction probably continued into the 1950s.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren, Wikipedia NL


Golbi
Manufactured by Imme, it was re-badged and presented at the 1949 Brussels Motor Show at the Golbi. It did not reappear.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren, Wikipedia NL


Gonthier

Graindorge-Cornet
Manufactured 1899-c1910. The 1899 machine used a ¾hp Centaure engine fitted to a modified bicycle frame.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren, Wikipedia NL


H

Hirondelle
Mopeds and a 125cc scooter built in the early 1950s using Sachs engines, these were probably also sold under the name Main d'Or. It is unclear whether there was a relationship with the Hirondelle company of France.
Wikipedia NL


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


I

Imperia
The company was founded by Adrien Piedboeuf in 1904 and built automobiles in Liege and later in Trooz where they had a test circuit on the roof of the factory. Motorcycle production began during the early post-war era when they assembled and sold Adler 100cc to 250cc machines under the Imperia brand.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren


Ipswich
Manufactured c.1904 by E. Béranger at Rue Botanique 73, Brussels.
Previously recorded as Spwich, Howard Burrows corrected the error, having found an advertisement from a British magazine offering motorcycles with 2½ and 3½ hp single-cylinder engines.
Wikipedia NL


J

Jewel
Manufactured at at Chaussée de Tilff, Angleur, 1925.
A small firm which built motorcycles using JAP engines.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren, Wikipedia NL


JRD
The Joël Robert Dalesman was built to order for the world champion motorcross racer by the Dalesman firm, beginning in or shortly before 1969. These 125cc machines had Puch engines and initially did well in competition, but were unable to keep pace with the technological advancements made by the larger companies.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren, Wikipedia NL


Julin
Manufactured by Ateliers Karl Julin, Rue du Ruisseau, Liège in 1923.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren, Wikipedia NL


JWK
Manufactured Sachs-powered mopeds in Anderlecht during the 1950s.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren, Wikipedia NL


K

Kerry
Kerry was a rebadged Sarolea sold in Great Britain in the early years of the 20th century. See Kerry (UK)
A-Z der Belgische Motoren


Knap
Construction Liégeoise d'Automobiles (CLA), also other names.
Marie-Georges Henri Knap of Troyes, France, built his first machines in Belgium before moving back to Troyes and producing motorcycles under the name Georgia Knap.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren


L

L'Ardente
Manufactured by Ateliers H. Vassen, Liege, in 1953 using a 98cc Sachs engine. It did not last long.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren


L'Eclair
Manufactured by Ateliers L. Lecloux of Lier in 1903, the motorcycle required pedal start and was belt driven.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren


La Dyle
Built 1950-1952 using Sachs 98cc and 150cc engines.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren


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


La Mosane
Founded by Arthur Ansay, Ateliers La Mosane of Chênée, Liège manufactured motorcycles from 1920 to 1930, some of which were four-cylinder models.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren, Wikipedia NL.


La Moto Livreuse
Manufactured triporteurs in 1929 and 1930. They were introduced at Brussels Salon in December 1929, two months after the stock market crashed.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren, Wikipedia NL


Laguesse
In 1927 Fernand Laguesse created a new company after he left Gillet Herstal, for whom he had designed their first two-strokes and later the famed Tour du Monde model. He sold engines built by Marechal which powered motorcycles by Star-Gem and by Van Hauwaert, and built his own machine named Lamoco powered by his own unconventional two-stroke design. Only two prototypes were built before the company became insolvent, and the design was sold to NSU.
Sources: François-Marie Dumas, Wikipedia NL.


Lansman
Manufactured by Pierre Lansman in Gentbrugge, 1901-1902. The machine has pedal start and was powered by an AEI engine.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren, Wikipedia NL.


Lefebvre
Manufactured by C. Lefebvre & Co. of Ciney
The machine appeared in a 1904 issue of "l'Automobile Illustré" with four-stroke engine, pedals, and single-speed belt drive.
Wikipedia NL


Legia
Manufactured at the Deprez-Jossart factory in Herstal, 1901-1902
The first machines were tricycles with De Dion-Bouton or Aster engines. These were followed by Minerva-style motorcycles with Kelecom-Antoine engines.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren, Wikipedia NL.


Lenda
Mopeds manufactured by Marcel Beeuwsaert of Lendelede in the 1950s.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren, Wikipedia NL.


Leon Soleil
Built tricycles in Liège in 1898 similar to those of De Dion-Bouton
A-Z der Belgische Motoren, Wikipedia NL.


Lévrier
Manufactured by Maison Gobbe Frères SPRL of Brussels, 1951-1952
The company produced lightweight motorcycles powered by 98cc Sachs engines and 50cc Victoria-powered mopeds.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren, Wikipedia NL.


Linon
Manufactured in Ensival-les-Verviers, the company built motorcycles, cars, bicycles and, in 1910, an aeroplane.
Motorcycles were built between 1902 and 1905 using their own single-cylinder and V-twin engines of 1¾, 2, 2½, 3 and 4½ hp and were present in competition. After 1905 they continued to produce automobiles until the onset of war in 1914.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren, Wikipedia NL, deautogids.nl


Lion Rouge
Autocycles manufactured in Kortrijk circa 1953 using Ducati Cucciolo engines.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren, Wikipedia NL


Loviana
Lightweight motorcycles fitted with Sachs 98cc engines built by A. Duchesne & Fils of Leuven.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren, Wikipedia NL


Lutz
Although listed as a Belgian-made moped of 1952, it is very possible that they were German. See Lutz, Germany
A-Z der Belgische Motoren, Wikipedia NL


M

Majestic
Manufactured by Ets. Moto-Majestic, Bruxelles, 1928-1930.
Built motorcycles powered by JAP 350cc and 500cc SV and OHV engines with Burman gearboxes.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren


Major
Manufactured in the 1950s using Mistral engines from France.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren


Mans
Manufactured by Léon Mans et Cie of Brussels, 1899-1901
Built tricycles similar to those of Léon Bollée, but with gear transmission rather than belt drive.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren


Marck
Manufactured by Ets. Jean Marck of Herstal, 1904-1908. The company built 500cc motorcycles which did well in competition, winning a major race in the Netherlands in 1905.
Wikipedia NL, A-Z der Belgische Motoren


Mécanique et Moteurs
Société Mécaniques et Moteurs SA of Liège was previously CLA, founded by Georgia Knap and renamed after he left for France in 1902. Martini, formerly of both Cudell and Pieper, headed the company with Jules Reuleaux. From 1902 to 1905 they produced motorcycles of 2, 2½ and 3½ hp, both air and water cooled.
Wikipedia NL, A-Z der Belgische Motoren


Mexico
Manufactured by Ets. Mexico of Deurne, Antwer 1932-1935 using Villiers two-strokes and JAP 350 and 500cc OHV and SV engines.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren


Miesse
Jules Miesse began building steam-powered vehicles in Anderlecht in 1894. His petrol engines appeared around the turn of the century and the first Miesse motorcycles were built, one of which took the record for the flying kilometre at Diegem in 1900. The firm continued producing taxis, buses and trucks for 70 years, until 1972.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren


MLP
Manufactured by Machines L a Précision SA, Brussels, 1951-1952. They built their own 118cc two-stroke engines.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren, Wikipedia NL


Mignon
Manufactured in 1921 by L. Gierts of Brussels who built a 137cc motorcycle, powered bicycles and disabled vehicles.
There was also a machine of the same name built in Modena 1922-1932. Mignon, Italy
A-Z der Belgische Motoren, Wikipedia NL.


Mignot
Mignot of Brussels built a steam-powered tricycle in 1890 together with Pesser of Kuregem. He also co-operated with Palmers-de Groot.
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Miranda
Based in Ghent, the firm sold Rixe Senator motorcycles under their own brand from 1958 to 1960


Morisons
Built by Etn. Morisons of Antwerp, who displayed their first model, the Raff, at the 1921 Brusells Salon. The motorcycle had a 1½hp 218cc side-valve engine mounted high in a bicycle-style frame with belt drive to the rear wheel.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren, Wikipedia NL


Mototraction
Manufactured by Sarolea in the early 1930s, these were triporteurs with side-valve 350cc and 500cc engines. They were widely exported and sold well in Japan.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren, Wikipedia NL


O

Omega-ILO
Manufactured by NV Presto, Rue Gaucheret 121, Brussels.
Associated with Hummel, who built the Sitta scooters. Omega marketed these, possibly rebadged.
In 1951 their range included tandems and light motorcycles with 120cc JLO two-strokes, and the following year the range expanded with 125cc and 175cc JLO models. 1953 saw the introduction of a 50cc moped and new motorcycles with 118, 150 and 175, 200cc singles and a 250cc JLO twin, all of these probably from Hummel.
The firm closed in 1954.
See also Motorpaul NL


P

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

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

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

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


Palmers de Groote
Manufactured a steam tricycle in 1876, and a second in 1880 with a two-cylinder engine from Digeon Paris. He went on to produce a number of very light four-wheeled petrol-engined vehicles until 1908, and co-operated in the construction of the Mignon car. Mignon also built steam-powered tricycles.
Sources: rvccb.be, hasel.be


Paris Sport
Manufactured by Moers of Sint-Truiden.
In post-war Europe the demand for inexpensive transport was high. Moers introduced a Sachs-engined motorised bicycle in the late 1940s, followed, in 1953, by a range of 50cc mopeds powered by Sachs and JLO engines which were produced until 1960.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren


Philtiens
Built by the rider of the same name, the motorcycle appeared in a number of races in 1902.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren


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


Pieper
Pieper


Pirson
Paul Kelecom mentions this in his work on Leige as existing prior to 1905.
Wikipedia NL


Pomona
Manufactured in Ghent 1950-1954, the company built powered bicycles with Victora 38cc engines, and later models with Zundapp 48cc motors marketed as Pomona-Zündapp.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren, Wikipedia NL


Praso
Manufactured by Luyckx of Mechelen in 1953, these were typical rigid lightweights powered by 98cc and 150cc Sachs engines.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren


R

Radar
Mopeds manufactured by Belgo Cycle SA in Bergen during the 1950s using JLO two-stroke engines.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren


Raskin
Hubert Raskin of Liège built motorcycles in 1901, according to Paul Kelecom. Later the firm built automobiles until the First World War.
Wikipedia NL


Ratly
Manufactured mopeds and lightweights in Brussels 1951-1953 using Sachs 98 and 150cc engines.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren, Wikipedia NL


Red Star
Manufactured in Bruxelles 1902-1905
Although some sources say that they used BSA 291cc engines, it is more likely that they used Minerva 211cc units due to the involvement of Paul Kelecom with the company, and that they also built their own.
The engines evolved rapidly: from 2 hp in 1902 to 2½ hp in 1903 to 2¾ hp in 1904. Touring and sports models were butil which had controls on the handlebars, a quite advanced feature for the day.
Gamages of Great Britain sold these machines under their own name.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren, Wikipedia NL


Robot
Manufactured by Robot BVBA of Mechelen, owned by Mr Luyckx whose nephew owned Praso.
A retailer of Flandria, NSU, Jawa and CZ, the firm built Robot motorcycles based on the Flandria powered by JLO 175cc two-strokes, and much modified CZ scramblers also branded Robot.
Wikipedia NL


Rosseneu & Lefebvre
Auxilliary bicycle engines and lightweight motorcycles manufactured in Kortrijk during the 1950s.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren


Royal Nelly
Manufactured by Foucart of Brussels who also built La Victoire and Le Coq using their own frames, and engines from Sachs. Some sources also report that they built a machine with the unlikely name of "Royal Jelly".
A-Z der Belgische Motoren


Royal Star
Manufactured by Compagnie des Constructions Mécaniques of Antwerp 1902-c.1906.
The motorcycles had single-cylinder four-stroke engines of 2hp, 2¾ and 3½ hp in reinforced bicycle-style frames with belt drive and pedal start. In 1904 they produced a luxury forecar model mounting a Mills & Fullford chair. Concurrently they built cars and industrial engines, and in 1910 the company became SAVA.
Wikipedia NL


Royalty
Manufactured by the Paul Baus company of Hasselt circa 1953, these were clip-on engines in strengthened bicycle frames.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren, Wikipedia NL


Ruhl
Motorcycles built by Automobiles Adolphe Ruhl of Dison in 1902, they are known to have won two motorcycle races in Belgium that year. The firm continued to produce automobiles until about 1907.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren


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


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


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


Sava
Manufactured by Ets. SAVA of Lambermont, Liège in 1949 using Sachs engines. The firm was unrelated to the similarly named company which built the Royal Star.
Wikipedia NL


Scaldis
Manufactured by Fabrique des Cycles et Motos Scaldis SA of Anvers, 1913-1919
Founded in 1889 by Jos van der Wielen as a bicycle factory, they built motorcycles with Motosacoche and Zedel engines including a 750cc V-twin, and supplied kits. Production continued throughout the war years and ceased in 1919. Bicycle production continued.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren


Simonon
Manufactured motorcycles in Herstal, 1905.
Wikipedia NL


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


Spring
Manufactured by Société anonyme des Atéliers Spring of Liège, 1910-1940
Named thus because the 1910 machines had suspension front and rear, something very rare in the motorcycle world of the time, the machines were very up-market and were fitted with powerful V-twins and four-cylinder engines built in the Spring factory. The fours are believed to have been designed by Henri Gonthier.

At one stage the firm built their own sidecars, and many of the motorcycles were designed specifically for sidecar use. One model had footboards so wide that as a solo it could not negotiate corners at speeds faster than a brisk walk. The same model had innovative suspension which turned the saddle into a high speed rocking chair. Most of the machines were, however, well thought out, with interchangeable QD wheels and chain drive from very early on. Some even had a reverse gear.

The factory survived WWI and the depression years, and only ceased production with the onset of the second war and occupaton by the Nazis.

Moniteur Belge of 1921 gives their address as Streupas-Angleur (where Gonthier's firm was located), but Wikipedia NL gives their address as Tilff, some 7 kilometres away.
Wikipedia NL


Stabil
Manufactured by Ph. Depré-Heerinckx, Tienen, 1931-1933.
The firm produced inexpensive lightweights powered by Villiers 98cc and 123cc engines, with Albion gearboxes.
The height of the depression was an unfortunate time to launch a new venture, and motorcycle production ended in 1933.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren

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


Sugar
This was a powered bicycle fitted with a VAP 48cc engine beside the rear wheel which appeared briefly in 1951.
Wikipedia NL


Sultan
Presented at the 1952 Brussels Salon, this motorcycle was powered by a 150cc Sachs two-stroke. In the early fifties a good many new brands left as quickly as they arrived. This was one.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren


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The Fly
Manufactured by Louis Vits of Brussels, in addition to three-wheeled vehicles for the disabled, in the post-war years the company built light motorcycles powered by Villiers 100cc two-strokes. The low-slung machines had small wheels and rear suspension, or alternatively rigid rear ends.
Wikipedia NL


The Gold Lion
Manufactured by C. Pauwels and Son, Antwerp, the company built mopeds and lightweight motorcycles in the early 1950s.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren


The London
Manufactured by Van der Bracht-De Turck of Ninove, these Sachs-powered lightweights were built in the 1950s
A-Z der Belgische Motoren, Wikipedia NL.


Thomassin
Manufactured in Blégny ca. 1900 using Herman engines in a loop frame. Production ended after just a few years.
Wikipedia NL


Thompson
Manufactured by bicycle manufacturer H. de Smet-Jouret of Geraardsbergen, the firm produced lightweight motorcycles in the early 1950s using 125cc and 175cc JLO two-stroke engines. The motorcycle venture did not last long; they continued with the cycles they had been building since 1921, and to this day.
Wikipedia NL, thompson.be


Thoria
Manufactured in Torhout by the Roelens brothers who owned a bicycle shop, in 1947 they produced their first machines, 50cc mopeds powered by the Ducati Cucciolo. These were followed by 98cc and 147cc motorcycles with engines from Sachs, and a 98cc tandem. They also built motorcycle frames for other small manufacturers including Star.
Wikipedia NL


Tieltia
Light motorcycles manufactured at a bicycle shop in Tielt around 1953.
Wikipedia NL


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


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


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


Vickycycle
Manufactured by Side Motor Co, 29 Jean Robiestraat, Brussels, 1953-1956
When introduced the machines were powered bicycles with Victoria FM38L clip-on engines mounted to the rear wheel of a bicycle. Later models were mopeds and it is thought that they originated with the German company which produced the enormously popular Vicky mopeds.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren, Wikipedia NL et al.


VLK
Manufactured by the bicycle firm SM Velka in Antwerp, their mopeds used Garelli Mosquito and Zundapp engines.
Wikipedia NL, A-Z der Belgische Motoren


Volta
Eycken and Gillot of Brussels rebadged Gillet Herstal motorcycles in 1932. Models included a 175cc motorcycle and a 100cc moped, the Voltanette.
A-Z der Belgische Motoren, Wikipedia NL.


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Zircon
Manufactured in Aalst, Flanders 1951~1953
An established bicycle manufacturer, the firm presented its first lightweight motorcyles at the Brussells Salon of 1951. Powered by 99cc Riedel single cylider two-stroke engines of 99cc they came in both ladies and gents styles. Later mopeds with JLO and Le Poulain engines were introduced, and a large-capacity JLO motorcycle.
Sources: A-Z der Belgische Motoren, Wikipedia NL et al.



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