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French Motorcycles

Motocyclettes fabriquées en France (J)

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.


J.Quentin

1904~1914
6 rue Camille Desmoulins, Levallois
J.Quentin built tricars, engines and motorcycles
Driven in competition by Contant, and related to the Racing marque.
The J.Quentin engines were fitted to La Francais, Racing and the Bedelia voiteur (cyclecar).
Bourdache pp 209, 220, 249, 258, 312.


Jacquelin
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


Janoir


Japauto
1972
Honda dealer Christian de Vilaseca built endurance racers based on the Honda CB750. The engine size was increased to 1000cc, and Dresda frames were employed. After winning the B'ol d'Or in 1973, faired road-going versions appeared designated 950SS and 950SS II, and the unfaired 1000 VX Quatre was released in 1976. Japauto components were popular with other specials builders, for instance Fritz Egli.
Sources: wikipedia.nl


J. B. Louvet
Manufacturer of bicycles and motorcycles established 1913.
Better known for his post-WWI productions up to the beginning of the 1930s, the JB Louvet of 1913 is a 2 3/4hp (327 cc) machine with magneto ignition and automatic greasing.
Bourdache pp 407, 445


JCM
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 monoshocke 323.
Sources: wikipedia.nl, retrotrials.com


Jean Louvet
Founded in 1920 in Neuilly, in 1927 they were selling Automoto cycles and motorcycles. An undated machine branded Jean Louvet is identical to the 175 MF Automoto.
See also J.B. Louvet which appears to be the same firm.
Source: Motos dans la Loire



Jeunet

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


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


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


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


Jouve
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 whome Jouve was the representative in Paris.
Bourdache p365


Judenne
Manufactured mopeds in the 1950s, and in 1954 introduced the Scot scooter using a 70cc 3-speed Lavalette engine.
Source: Wikipedia NL


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


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


Juncker
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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