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French Motorcycles

Motocyclettes fabriquées en France (D)

Notes on some of the rarer French marques

This page lists brands of which little historical information is currently available. There is also a page on really obscure French brands.
For a more complete listing visit the French Index.


Dainty
Owned by Ravat, the brand was established in 1922 in Saint Etienne and built bicycles, sewing machines and, in the 1950s, mopeds powered by Vap 4 engines.

Source: Motos dans la Loire


Dalifol
172, quai de Jemmapes, Paris
In 1894 the company built a steam motorcycle with the word Volta prominent on the the engine. Bourdache has an informative article on this machine.
Bourdache p25, p434


Damas
10 rue Barbès, Levallois - Perret (Seine)
Around 1899 these motorcycles and tricycles were built fitted with Le Sphinx engines. A motorcycle rescued from a scrapyard in 1972 was part of the Guélon Collection
Bourdache p434


Daring
Flat-tank two-stroke. Appears to be late 1920s.


Darmont-1927-Cyclecar-CMC.jpg
Darmont 1927 Cyclecar

Collection de Maurice Chapleur

Darmont cyclecars
Darmont 1927 750cc - 7 Cv - Supersport 3 wheels, 2 gears, no reverse gear, built under license to Morgan.
1st place 1934 Bol d'Or


Darracq Darracq


David
1905. Tricar with Quentin (J.Quentin) engine and Bozier gearbox.
Bourdache p434


Dazeur
The firm manufactured components such as brakes, pedals and wheel rims in the 1950s. Their address was the same as that of Samir, at 10 rue Emile Zola, St Etienne. Samir made Samimox wheels which were fitted to Flandria.
Source: Motos dans la Loire


Deauville

Debeaune
85 rue de Bourgogne, Lyon
These machines were re-badged Italian Della Ferrera machines sold around 1913.
Bourdache pp 335, 343, 346, 349, 356, 369, 385, 398-400.


Debaralle
Became the Aiglon marque.
Bourdache p146, p429


Decolon Motorcycles
1948 model has AMC 4T 108cc engine, girder fork and rigid rear.
La Moto Francaise


Degré
In his workshop at No. 1 Avenue du Roule, Neuilly, M. Degré built a Minerva-powered 233cc motorcycle which he presented at the London show of 1902. The marque existed until at least 1906, but at that stage was producing front suspension, not complete motorcycles. An example of the machine dated c.1903 was part of the Guélon Collection.
Sources: Guélon Collection


Delaplace
Manufactured by Delaplace Ets
The Horsy scooter appeared at the 1952 Salon powered by a 85cc Le Poulain engine. It did not enter production.
Source: Amis Terriens


DeLaurier and Morin
The First Electric Motor Cycle
A patent application was filed on 5 June 1869 by Emile Delaurier and Jules Morin in Paris for an electric vélocipède.
Although the patent does not include a drawing of the machine, DeLaurier and Morin are very explicit about the operation of their tricycle and the method of proposed construction.
The author goes on to say, "are the first in the world of the Automobile to claim in their patent the dynamic braking and the recovery of kinetic energy in descents to recharge the batteries... Let's not forget we are in 1869 and today's hybrid and electric automobiles and motorcycles use these two technologies."
The design was the result of some 20 years of research and experimentation. In 1848 Emile Delaurier patented an engine which relied on the expansion of gases and in 1854 an electric battery. He worked with the Comte de la Valette on a free electicity system from 1855 to 1858 (as did Tesla some decades later). In the 1860s he developed several electric generator engines, and then in 1869 invented another electric battery.
Source: Didier Mahistre

Delieutraz
Motorcycle involved in the 1903 M.C.F. competition.
Bourdache p403


Deleau
Motorcycle exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1898 (15/26 December)
Bourdache p434


Demaria
Petrol-engined bicycle cited by the magazine Touring Club de France, 1902
Bourdache p434


DEM (D.E.M.)
Manufactured motorcycles 1926~27 through to 1933~34, and possibly as late as 1946. Models included 100 and 175cc Aubier&Dunne powered machines along with Chaise 250 and 350cc motorcycles.
The tank logo would often be a fairly large D.E.M.

It is possible D.E.M and Ets Demade are related.
La Moto Francaise


Demade
H & G Demade Frères built motorcycles in Bruay sur Escaut, some models using Moser engines. An ID plate gives Type D12, year 1934. The machine is a dual-exhaust OHV with chain drive, large external flywheel, rigid rear end and lights. It appears very similar to a Motosacoche of the same period, and it is likely a re-badged machine.
It is possible D.E.M and Ets Demade are related.
La Moto Francaise, forum-auto.com

De Paupe
1940~1945
Based in Lyon, the firm built electric scooters in answer to petrol rationing.
Source: wikipedia.nl


Derby
4 avenue Carnot, Paris
Motorcycle classified 8th of the criterium of the motorcycles the 24 of October of 1901, ridden by De Ridder.
Bourdache p434


Desgrouas
Machine exhibited at the 1902 Salon.
Bourdache p146


Devinant
3 and 5 Rue Jouvenet, Paris, 1906.
Motos and Tricars with integral suspension.
See also Mauxion & Devinant 1903, same address.
Bourdache p434


Didier Jillet
1975~1979
The DJ 1200 was an unusual motorcycle with hub-centre steering, powered by a Peugeot 204 1130cc inline four. The endurance racer failed to qualify for the Bol d'Or.
Sources: appeldephare.com, Moto Revue No. 2452, March 6, 1980





Diem
Ets Diem, 28-30 rue de Borrégo, Paris 20
Built 48cc cycle attachment engines 1948-54
Image here: Diem-1948-48cc
Source: La Moto Francaise


Diva
Jules Zimmermann et Cie
10 rue Emile Allez, Paris
Motos, 1903
Bourdache p434


Dobro
Address: 1, Impasse del la Cite, Nevers.
Image (right) appears to be a mid-1920s model. It has a Moser 4T engine, 250cc. 3 speed. Chain Chain. Terry seat.
There was also an unrelated Dobro-Motorist brand built in Germany in the 1920s.
Source: forum.tontonvelo.com


Donjon
Participated in an event at the 1904 La Provence Sportive
Bourdache p434


Duchemin
Motorised bicycle displayed at the 1900 exhibition in Vincennes
Bourdache p434


Dumont
Tricycle exhibited at the Salon des Tuileries in 1899
Bourdache p434


Dupressoir
Manufactured a De Dion engined motorcycle in Maubeuge (North), exhibited at the 2nd Salon (10/25 December 1901)
Bourdache p434


Durand
1920~1923
Ets. Motorcycles Durand of Abbeville fitted Zürcher sidevalve and OHV engines to frames of their own manufacture.
Sources: Tragatsch p123, wikipedia.nl


Durey

1900
82 rue d'Hauteville, Paris ( 1907)
Motorized bicycle named La Parfaite with engines above the pedals in 1900.
Bourdache pp 69, 84, 86, 98.


Dutemple
Motocyclette of 1903
Bourdache p434


Dutheil-Chalmers et Cie
Took part in the M.C.F. concours d'endurance of 1903. A patent for a motorcycle was taken in 1901 by the same company.
Bourdache p434


Sources

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