French Motorcycles

Today in Motorcycle History

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 1913-1914 (Puteaux)

Jeanperrin 1892-1905

JCM Trials 1984-1990


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


Motorcycle exhibited at the second Salon, December 1901.

Jochum 1900 Motocyclette

Bourdache p117

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

Jouclard 1902-03

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

Judenne Logo


25 ave Parmentier, Paris

Manufactured mopeds in the 1950s using Cucciolo engines (from Rocher), Alter, Le Poulain and others, and in 1954 offered the Scot scooter using a 70cc 3-speed Lavalette engine. The Scot was presented at the Paris Salon of 1953 by Rullier.

Judenne 1953, Paris Salon


AJ 49 Alter 49 cc 2T
VLJ 51 V.L.T. 48 cc 2T
VLJ 53 V.L.T. 48 cc 2T
CJ 50 Cucciolo 48 cc 4T
CJ 52 Cucciolo 48 cc 4T (frame differs to CJ50)
JP 51 Le Poulain 49 cc 2T
AJ 60 Alter VL 95 60 cc 2T

Sources: Wikipedia NL,, Cycle Memory.

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

French Resources

Rarer French Marques