French Motorcycles

Motocyclettes fabriquées en France (F)

Notes on some of the rarer French marques

This page lists brands for 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.

The Farman brothers (Henri, Maurice and Richard) built a motor-tricycle using a De Dion-Bouton 1 ¾hp engine in 1899. Henri Farman is familiar to all in aviation as the man who coined the term aileron.
Sources: Bourdache, mini.43.free.fr/farman.html

Faure & Bayle
Founded in 1922 by André Faure and Claude Bayle at 94 Rue St Roch in St Etienne
Manufactured frames, motorcycle parts and light motorcycles. Between 1922 and 1925 they built single-speed machines powered by 125cc and 175cc Massardier engines.
Source: Motos dans la Loire

Faure Jean and Durbize Barthélémy of 2 place Desnoette, St Etienne, built bicycle and motorcycle frames and components.
Source: Motos dans la Loire

Built lightweights using 98 and 123 cc two-stroke engines from Aubier Dunne and Stainless
Sources: Tragatsch p134, wikipedia.nl

Fernand Clément
Around 1908 the bicycle firm is understood to have built motorcycles and tricycles fitted with Z.L. engines.
They appear unrelated to the products of Adolphe Clément.
Source: Bourdachep434


Entered the the M.C.F. competition, ridden by Demmler.
Bourdache pp 233, 435

Established 1898, they built the Centaure in 1900.
In 1905, Flinois-Bonnel were established at 15 bis, Route de la Révolte, Neuilly
Bourdache pp 432, 435, 444.


Post-war they produced 100cc BMA lightweights.
Sources: wikipedia.nl

Ets François 6 Rue St Ferdinant, Paris
Models include 1954 Type L54 70.5cc
Source: La Moto Francaise

F. Simon
Établissements F. Simon of Agen built mopeds using De Boxon engines which were marketed under a number of brand names including Elite (Agen), Esper, Mondia, Prester (Agen), Semper and Sport.
1. Esper is a brand associated with another manufacturer (Moreau), as is Prester. This information needs clarification.
2. An advertisement for F. Simon & S.I.F. gives the address as 154 Avenue Pasteur, Troyes.
Source: The Moped Archive (globalnet.co.uk), et al.

Participated in the M.C. competition in Lyon, April 4, 1902
There is also an Italian Fulgor marque in the 1920s, unrelated.
Bourdache p435

Manufactured by Établissements Taillandier of 61 Rue de la Prévoyance, Vincennes
Presented a Fulguretta 50cc scooter1 at the 1952 Foire de Paris and the Salon de Paris, powered by most likely a VLT or Lavalette engine. The firm also made motorcycle trailers, the M100 for motorcycles and the M50 for lightweights (pour velomoteur et derny).
1. This information requires verification.
Source: Amis Terriens, period advertising.


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