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Motorcycle Manufacturers of Finland

This page lists marques for which we currently have limited information.

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Mopeds in Turussa Finland, 1964.



Ice-racing machines built by Aki Ala Riihimäki using, it is believed, Jawa 500cc engines. Aki Ala was a member of the Finnish team which came 2nd in the 2000 Team Ice Racing World Championship. His team came 4th in the 1996 series, 3rd in 1997 & 1998, and 5th in 1999.


Manufactured by Ase Oy in Uusimaa, Helsinki, 1957 to 1962.

Mopeds powered by 49cc two-stroke engines from Teknik (Express) and Mosquito were distributed by Renlund AB of Helsinki.

Sources: OTTW, mop-ed.se.



Manufactured by Erkkola Koskenkorva, founded by father and son Eino and Matti Erkkola in Ilmajoki. The firm was active from 1950 to 1998 and produced motorised delta-style tricycles for the disabled.

Early machines were powered by 50cc Sachs engines and had Earles-style front suspension. By the 1980s they had progressed to 12 volt electical systems and more powerful Sachs engines until production of those ended and they switched to Moto Morini. Production hovered around 200 units annually, and ceased at the end of the decade.

Sources: OTTW, mop-ed.se.



Manufactured in India by Electro-Anil en Maharishi Technology Co, Bangalore, these electric scooters were imported to Finland and rebranded in 1975. The duration of the arrangement is unclear.

Sources: OTTW, ekovehicle.com.



Built by Kim Gunnar Karlsson of Helsinki in 1912.

The motorcycle was powered by a Moser 2 CV sidevalve engine.

Source: OTTW

N.B. The name Gladiator appears frequently in the annals of motorcycling. Search: Gladiator


Manufactured by Mateko Oy of Kronohagen, Helsinki, from 1957 to 1972

Built under license from FMR Mokuli of Regensburg, these were tadpole-style delivery tricycles powered by Sachs 50cc engines. Three models with varying payloads were produced, and all could be ridden without a licence. Production ceased shortly after the German company stopped building them.

Sources: OTTW, mokuli.de, mop-ed.se.


Helkama 1970s-1990s



Manufactured by Sommers, Häkkstrom & Waldens, founded 1897 in Tampere, Western Finland.

The ship chandlery firm began building bicycles when the Great Depression struck in 1930.

Moped production commenced in 1957, using 49cc engines from Sachs and Husqvarna in models with the same names as their bicycles, Peto, Panther and Jaguar. Production ceased in 1965.

Sources: OTTW, mop-ed.se.


Norden 1958-1960


Pyrkijä 1955-1964


Sisu 1960-61



Tunturi 1950s-1980s




Marketed by OTK-Osuusliikkeit of Helsinki, a cooperative trade wholesaler established in 1918 which produced a wide range of foods, household items, textiles, and construction materials until 1983.

In 1959 and 1960 they marketed Vaspa mopeds which were powered by ABG-VAP and Sachs engines.

Three models were offered, the 592, the 593 SA, and the 593 Sport Special.

OTK also marketed Pyrkijä and Vesta mopeds.

Sources: OTTW, mop-ed.se.


Distributed by Teräs Oy of Vaasa in the years 1959 to 1964, these were mopeds built by Tempo of Norway and rebranded.


Velo Swing - 1959

Velo Øglænd Swing 1960 - 1961

Velo Sport Swing 1963

Velo Swing 2MA 1964

Sources: OTTW, mop-ed.se.


Distributed by OTK-Osuusliikkeet, these were rebranded mopeds manufactured by Jalonen Oy of Lahti under license to Crescent of Uppsala.

Powered by 47cc Sachs engines, the Vesta mopeds were available from 1958 to 1960.

Sources: OTTW, mop-ed.se.


Distributed by Teräs Oy of Vaasa in the year 1959 to 1964, these were mopeds built by Tempo of Norway and rebranded.

Viking and Velo are the same, bar the badge and possibly in some cases the colour scheme.


Viking Swing - 1959 (Same as Temp Swing 270, but blue)

Viking Øglænd Swing 1960 - 1961

Viking Saxonette 110 1962 (Rebadged Tempo 110)

Viking Sport Swing 1963

Viking Swing 2MA 1964

Sources: OTTW, mop-ed.se.


Winha 1976-77

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