French Motorcycles

Motocyclettes fabriquées en France (J)

Notes on some of the rarer French marques

This page lists brands for which we currently have only an historical precis.
For a more complete listing visit the French Index.
There is also a page on really obscure French brands.


24 avenue de la Grande Armée, Paris
A former cyclist, in 1902 he built an unusual machine with a steering-wheel and link rod (De Dion-Bouton engine of 114 X 120mm: 1225cc)
1903 saw him participate, still with De Dion, in the quarter-liter criterion.
1904/1905 he tries to launch a machine with a smaller engine.
Bourdache p437


Japauto 1972~1976

La Voiture Electronique Porquerolles was manufactured by the Jarret Brothers from 1969. At least three versions were built, some with three wheels and joystick controls.

Source: Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum

Jean-Bertrand Bruneau of Le Mans built an endurance racer in 1994 using a form of hub centre steering which ran in the 1994 Le Mans 24 Hour and the 1995 Bol d'Or. A second machine remained incomplete in his workshop for some years. Both were powered by Kawasaki 750cc fours.

Sources: François-Marie Dumas,

J. B. Louvet

8-10-12, rue Eugene-Eichenberter, Puteaux.

Manufacturer of bicycles and motorcycles established 1913.

The firm also traded as Jean Louvet in Neuilly from 1920, and in 1927 they were selling Automoto cycles and motorcycles. An undated machine branded Jean Louvet is identical to the 175 MF Automoto.

Better known for his post-WWI productions up to the beginning of the 1930s, the JB Louvet of 1913 is a 2¾ hp (327 cc) machine with magneto ignition and automatic lubrication.

Jean-Baptiste Louvet, born 1876, won a bronze medal at the 1900 Olympic Games in a 2km cycle race, and in 1902 finished third in the Champion de France de Vitesse.

Sources: Bourdache pp 407, 445;;; Motos dans la Loire


Manufactured by Jeanperrin Frères, Glay, 1892-1905

Louis Jeanperrin, in partnership with Adolphe Kégresse, initially built bicycles. The first motorcycles appeared in 1892, followed by automobiles two years later.

A surviving and perhaps unique example has an AIV 280cc 2 h.p. vertical engine which was built in the Glay factory. It has pedals and a chain driven rear wheel, something quite uncommon until over a decade later.

Jeanperrin died in an accident in 1905, and proceedings came to a halt.

Kégresse went on to develop military tracked vehicles, of which much is written.



Manufactured 1985-1987
Joël Corroy built specialist observed trials machines engines in Vesoul from around 1984, and as demand increased he moved to larger premises in Santoche. Management transfered to Streit in 1987. In total over 400 trials motorcycles were constructed using engines from Tau, Moto Villa and GasGas. There were several twin-shock models, and a monoshock 323.
JCM displayed ten different machines at the 1989 Paris Salon.
Sources:,, François-Marie Dumas


J.G. Engines
Paris-based motorcycle engine manufacturer, pre 1914.
Bourdache p437

Motorcycle exhibited at the second Salon, December 1901.
Bourdache p117

1906. J. Grosse Manufacturer of bicycles, and later built tandems and tricars. Possibly related to Grosse-Goubault.
Bourdache p437

Manufactured in Dijon, 1903-1907
Motorcycle engaged in Paris-Bordeaux-Paris from 1904, ridden by Jouclard
Bourdache p437

In the press of the time there was frequent mention of a Jouve sidecar. In fact the product was English, better known under the name Mills-Fullford for whom Jouve was the representative in Paris.
Bourdache p365

25 ave Parmentier, Paris
Manufactured mopeds in the 1950s using Cucciolo engines (from Rocher) and possibly VAP, and in 1954 introduced the Scot scooter using a 70cc 3-speed Lavalette engine.
Sources: Wikipedia NL,

Jules Dubois
23 avenue des Champs Elysées, Paris
Built tricycles with DE DION engines, 1899~1906
Bourdache p437

Usine de Bicyclettes électriques de Bésançon built 175cc motorcycles circa 1915.
Source: Wikipedia NL

Manufactured by Motocycles et Moteurs Juncker of Mulhouse in north-eastern France, 1935-1937
These were lightweight motorcycles using Stainless and Aubier & Dunne engines of 98cc to 147cc.
Source: Wikipedia NL


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