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European Motorcycles

Motorcycle Dealers, Importers and Distributors

Alexis-Moto

Alexis Stoppa was the brother of sidecar and motorcycle builder Charles who opened a store named Alexis-Moto in Lyon in 1928. Post-war it became a Yamaha dealership run by Stoppa's daughter and son-in-law.

Tom Bullus

Tom Bullus was a British rider who campaigned as an NSU works rider in the early 1930s. Although very successful on the Continent, his efforts against Norton at the TT were without notable success. He married the daughter of a director of NSU, returned to England in 1933 and opened a motorcycle shop. There is a street in Hockenheim named for him. More information under NSU.

Georges Monneret

French motorcycle dealer and road-racing champion, notable for having ridden his Vespa from France to England before there was a tunnel.

His widow, Dominique, married IOM winner Jack Findlay.

See also Special Monneret
Wikipedia FR: Georges Monneret

George McLean

of Dundee

1930 Company founded.

1949 Private company.

1961 Motor, tractor and motor cycle engineers and distributors. 130 employees.

George was a Douglas factory rider in the 1920's and 30's and married Louie Ball who also rode Douglas. Louie achieved lasting fame as an international trials rider. In 1927 Louie McLean, Marjorie Cottle, and Edyth Foley won the Vase category of the ISDT, beating Denmark (2nd place) and the all-male Great Britain team (3rd).

Source: Graces Guide, et al.


Haden Bros

Long-established firm which produced motorcycles from 1905 to 1931 including New Comet and Haden under the mantle of A. H. Haden in Birmingham.

Alfred Hadens's sons assumed management of the business after 1937 and the name became Haden Bros. They produced components for tanks during World War II, and in postwar years returned to building motorcycle and bicycle parts which were exported to many countries from 1954 to 2002 when the business closed.


The Motor Supply Company

Established in Lewisham in 1907. Became sole concessionaires for the UK & Colonies for Moto Reve, which were exhibited at the Stanley Show in 1908.

Benetfink

Gamages

Bob Sergent

Japauto

Frenchman Christian de Vilaseca was the largest Honda dealer in Europe in the mid-1970s. He built the Japauto endurance racers based on the Honda Four which won the B'ol d'Or in 1973.


JCM
Joël Corroy was based in Vesoul, France, in the 1980s. The firm, which produced JCM trials motorcycles, was purchased by Streit in 1987.



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