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French Motorcycles

Motocyclettes fabriquées en France (H)

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.


H Errard
Located at 20 Rue Réaumu in Paris, the firm's factory in St Etienne had a workforce of 110 people, and merged with the Cocymo group in 1955. Their machines were marketed under the Metropolis brand until 1959.

Source: Motos dans la Loire


H. Mathevet
In the late 20s and early 30s the firm built frames for bicycles and motorcycles. There is a suggestion that they built the Wethy brand of bicycles and light motorcycles.

Source: Motos dans la Loire


Hallot
1904
Ets Giron,
38 rue Vanneau, Paris
Built motorcycles with using Z.L. V-twin and single cylinder engines
Bourdache p436


Hammon et Mouter
Hammond et Monnier were bicycle dealers who presented a machine at the 1902 Paris Salon. They sold the firm to the Duc d'Uzes around 1907. It is unclear whether they built motocyclettes, but as their main trade was bicycles this seems likely.
Bourdache p146


Hanzer
4 rue Baudin, Ivry (seine)
1899, Motor tricycle
Bourdache p436


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Harding-JAP 1912
Two views of the 3 1/2 h.p. Harding-Jap, a twin-cylinder machine built in France with British parts throughout. The gear is a Bowden two-speed, the frame Chater-Lea, and the forks Druid. The Motor Cycle, 1912.

Harding-JAP
Built in by HJ Harding in St. Cyr, Paris, using British components, it was powered by a JAP V-twin 496cc engine, Bowden 2-speed gearbox, Druid forks and a Chater-Lea frame. Production began in 1912 and ceased at the outbreak of war.
Sources: Tragatsch p155, The Motor Cycle.


Harrissard
Harrissard engines were fitted to CP Roleo, and were probably used by Durandal. There is an article in la Revue du Motocyclettiste N°101 : Découverte: Les moteurs Harrissard.


Hasty
1930-34
Based in Aix-en-Provence, the firm built BMA lightweights using Aubier-Dunne engines of 98cc.
Sources: wikipedia.nl, Tragatsch p159


Hemy engines
Ets G M R, 8-10, Boulevard Gouvion-Saint-Cyr, Paris 17°
1946-1954, built 34cc and 48cc two-stroke bicycle engines (hilfsmotor) named L'Hemycycle
Sources: La Moto Francaise, Moped SE



Hellessen

Henri Vallée
Constructed in 1905, the motorcycle was water-cooled. Unfortunately it did not gain popularity. M. Vallée was studious and inventive, and built many automobiles. He died tragically by drowning at the age of 51.
Source: filleapreseparation.kazeo.com



Henriod C.E.
7/9 rue de Sablonville, Neuilly sur seine
1898. Manufactured tricycles and engines.
Bourdache p436


Hernis
Ateliers de construction mécanique d'Asnières,
47 quai d'Asnières, Asnières (seine)
1897. Petrol engines for automobiles and motorcycles from 1 to 8hp
Bourdache p436


H.L.B.
Paris representative, 83 rue Lafayette
Manufacturer of arms and bicycles in Saint-Etienne. Motorcycle 330 cc with magneto ignition. Related to
Deronzière and Rupta.
3/4hp engine adaptable to bicycles
Bourdache p436


Huco
The St Etienne firm sold re-branded Ravat motorcycles in the 1950s. The Huco Type 154/4 is very similar to the Ravat 154 and has a type R9 4-speed engine, and a 1957 Type H52 has a 100cc Sachs engine.
There appears to have been a connection with Paul Huffschmitt of Strasbourg.
Source: Motos dans la Loire


Hunter
Founded in 1903 and situated at 122 Rue d'Annonay, St Etienne, the firm was acquired by Langénieux in 1906. In 1918 they had moved to 37 avenue Rochetaillé in Saint Etienne.
From 1922 they built motorcycles with 100cc Stainless, Villiers, 125cc Massardier and 500cc JAP engines. Motorcycle production ended around 1931 or 1932.
Source: Motos dans la Loire


Hurtu

Sources

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