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French Motorcycles

Motocyclettes fabriquées en France (G)

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.


Gagnon
André Gagnon, mayor of Chartres, founded Établissements Gagnon in the city of Chartes. There he built a variety of mopeds from the 1950s until the mid-1960s using the brands Carnutes , F.A.G. (Fabrication André Gagnon), Réalty and Radiane.
Source: Moped Archive (globalnet.co.uk)


Gaillard
1907 motocyclette
Bourdache p435


Gaillardet
1899
Built single and v-twin cylinder engines with copper finning, marking an advance in cooling technology.
Sources: Bourdache p75, 80.


Galiator
Bonnet, Guyonnet and Canonne built motocyclettes at 54, Rue d'Hautpoul, Paris, in 1907.
In December 1910 M. Canonne left, ceding all rights to to Bonnet and Guyonnet. The firm at that time were still building motorcycles and used the Phebus brand, which still existed in 1925 but did not appear to be building motorcycles.
babethhistoires.centerblog.net, Bourdache p435


Galland
Manufactured by Etablissements M. Galland, 1929-1930
Produced commercial triporteurs powered by JAP engines as large as 500cc, they were also built without engines. An example of a motorised tricycle exists believed to have been built in the 1950s.
Source: jlbweb. (NIT)


Gallia
17 rue Jean Goujon, Paris
The company "L’Electrique" manufactured electric voitures Gallia and Galliette. The firm also built the Viratelle
7, 8 juin 1930, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Circuit de la Ville - 250cc : 1. Hector Andréino (Clément-Gladiator), 2. Lavaine (Prester), 3. Hubert (Gallia) ...
racingmemo.free.fr, Bourdache p316


Gallia-Condor
1913
French company selling rebranded MAG-engined motorcycles built by Condor of Switzerland
Bourdache p400


Gamet
1902 Motocyclette
Bourdache p435


Garin
1950-1953
Ets. Motos Garin of Lyon built mopeds and light motorcycles using engines up to 98cc.
Sources: wikipedia.nl, Tragatsch p143


Garreau

Established 1896, the Garreau with a 3/4 hp engine was displayed at the Salon of 1899. In c.1900 a half-horsepower model with the engine mounted above the pedal crank was introduced named the Autocyclette, but this was changed after Clément began using the same name. Manufacture ceased in 1904.

Sources: Guélon Collection, Bourdache pp 69, 92, 98, 99




Gautier-Wehrle
1894. Built steam-powered automobiles and later motor bicycles, and tricycles with flat-twin petrol engines. Sometimes presented under the brand name Continentale d'Automobiles. The company name was originally Rossel, Gautier et Wehrlé, and changed to Société Centrale in 1896.
Sources: Wikipedia, Bourdache pp 48, 54, 69.


Geco
Ets. Gérkinet & Co., Jeumont , Nord .
Géco was a French factory which had close links with Gillet Herstal in Belgium.
Geco see also Offenstadt and Geco Herstal


Gerfaut
An assembler in St Etienne established as early as 1948, the firm had connections with Peugeot and Manufrance, and in the mid-1950s sold Cocymo motorcycles rebadged as their own. It is very likely they were a member of the Cocymo group.
Source: Motos dans la Loire (NIT)


Gerkinet
In the 1920s the J. et H. Gerkinet firm built bicycles and Geco-Herstal motorcycles at Jeumont, near Maubeuge and the Belgian border.
French law restricted the importation of manufactured products. In 1927 the Belgian company Gillet (1) bought Gerkinet to sell its production.
Notes: 1. encycloduvelo.fr says it was FN who bought Gerkinet.
Sources: encycloduvelo.fr, correspondence.


Giguet
1903
Giguet Frères of Saint-Denis built motorcycles with De Dion and Minerva V-twins using strong frames.
Sources: Tragatsch p145, wikipedia.nl


Girardot

1899. Famous automobile manufacturer (C.G.V.), who was one of the first to present a De Dion-Bouton tricycle .

Bourdache pp 45, 53, 57, 61.




Gloria
1912
Bourdache (p434) refers the reader to Lurquin et Coudert which could indicate that the French Gloria marque was one of theirs, rather than a separate company to which they supplied engines. He also writes (p279), "In the following years we will find Lurquin-Coudert under the brands Olympia, Saving, C. Coudert and Gloria."
See also Lurquin-Coudert.


Gloriator
1903/1904
Same construction as Succès and Iris in motorcycles (1 3/4hp and 2 1/4hp), and adaptable engines.
Bourdache p436


GMV
The firm was established at Rue des vignes, La Fouillouse, St Etienne around 1977 by the Velay brothers who built 50cc racers using Kreidler engines, Van Veen frames and GMV components. They then built 80cc racers using Casal engines as late as 1985.
They competed in the 50c French Championship in 1983, and the 80cc European Championship in 1984.
Source: Motos dans la Loire


Gobron-Minerva
13 quai de Boulogne, Boulogne sur Seine
Well-known French automobile manufacturer believed to have built versions of the Belgian Minerva (1903/1904)
Bourdache pp 185, 217


Godet Vincent
Manufactured by Patrick Godet
28 Route d'Eslettes, Malaunay
Sources: godet-motorcycles.com


Godier & Genoud
1970s-1995
Georges Godier and Alain Genoud were both endurance road-racers who built track machines based on Kawasaki and Honda machines, some of which used their own engine. In the 1990s they also built very fast road-going customs. The enterprise ceased in 1995.
Source: wikipedia.nl


Godmare Autocycle
Participated in the autocycle competition of the Club de France in 1904
Bourdache p436


Goguel
Participated in the contest of alcohol (alcohol-fueled engines?) in Épernay in 1902. ranked 9th.
Bourdache p436


Gourt
A machine of this name was exhibited at the Salon of 1902
Bourdache p146


Goutay
Manufactured in 1926 at 27 Place Massenet, St Etienne. The firm built both bicycles and motorcycles, and were still building bicycles in 1958.
Source: Motos dans la Loire


Grapperon
Grapperon, builder of a motorcycle which ranked first at the 1914 circuit du Sud-Ouest 1914 in the 500 class.
Bourdache Several references


Gratieux

Grimault
René Grimault, Fontenay-aux-Roses, with a branch in Arcueil (1936)
Built bicycles in the 1930s, advertising "Manufacture de Cycles et Tandems" in 1932. Believed to have built motorcycles.
In the late 1920s his store advertised Terrot and Motobecane. In the 1950s sold Motobecane and Solex mopeds. René was a keen sportsman and motorist, and seems to have been widely regarded as an all round "nice guy".
Source: fontenay-aux-roses.fr


Gros
3 rue des Immeubles Industriels, Paris
Manufactured light motorcycle engines, 1905
Bourdache p 436



Approximate location.

Groseiller
A. Groseiller, mechanic-builder
6 rue de l'Hôtel de Ville, Lyon.
Built motorcycles with gearshift and clutch, 1913
Bourdache p436


Grosse-Goubault
2 1/2hp tricycle with gear change and clutch presented at the 1899 Salon
Bourdache p436


Guimbretiere
Marcel Guimbretiere was a professional cyclist whose name is mentioned in several cycling blogs.
A page speaks of a 1951 model with a 125cc AMC engine and flywheel magneto. It is a Type G87 and Georges Monneret appears to be the agent.
La Moto Francaise


Guignard
Two different stories on this one:
1. Built parts for cycles, motocycles and automobiles in 1909. Built Le Cerf bicycles in 1905 and Colibri bicycles in 1933. Believed to have manufactured motorcycles. A champion cyclist Paul Guignard was active in the 1910 period - this may be the same person behind the brand.
Source: encycloduvelo.fr
2. Jéan Guignard established his company in 1933 in Lyon. He produced light motorcycles until 1938, mainly with 98 and 123cc two-stroke engines.
Source: Tragatsch p153, wikipedia.nl


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