Belgian Motorcycles

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Bovy Motorcycles

Manufactured by Alfred Bovy, 1920s-1930s

Boulevard de la Sauvenière, 110. Liége.

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.

Their catalogue for 1928 included models 500 JAP-Standard OHV "Doubleport" and single exhaust port (1 auspuff), and a 500 JAP sidevalve. The 1929 brochure had a Bovy-MAG 500 and La Petite Bovy (55 x 52mm, 1.5hp two-stroke, ladies and gents versions).

Bovy 350cc Sport 1925

Bovy Petite 1925

Bovy Petite Dame 1925

A competition model is displayed at the Musée de la Vie Wallonne in Liège.

It is thought that Alfred Bovy built his first motorcycles using Aubier-Dunne engines. The Aubier-Dunne firm was established in 1921.

Sources: François-Marie Dumas, motorrad-oldtimer-photo-archiv.de.

Le Salon Belge

Bovy, le doyen des constructeurs liégeois, artiste mécanicien, monte le Jap et le Villiers et établit des motos excessivement pratiques qui se dis- tinguent par un « fini » inégalable.
Bovy, the oldest manufacturer from Liége, mechanical artist, rides the Jap and the Villiers and builds exceedingly practical motorcycles which are sparkling with an incomparable "finish".

Le Salon Belge, Moto Revue December 24th 1927