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French Motorcycles

Motocyclettes fabriquées en France (LA-LY)

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.


L'Idole Tricycle
De Dion motor tricycle which participated in la cote de Chanteloup of 1898.
Bourdache p438


La Cyclette
1921~1923, possibly somewhat earlier.
La Cyclette engine was mounted high above the pedal crank, the slim fuel tank slung under the bicycle's top tube. It had belt drive to the rear wheel from the engine and conventional chain drive for the pedals. They were sold as complete motorcycles and as engine kits, and were popular in competition events.
Addresses given in advertising are 22 Blde de Grenelle, Paris, and 1 rue d'Issy Billancourt (Seine).
The Chapleur Collection has a beautifully preserved 1922 model.
Sources: La Moto Francaise, oldbike.eu

La Fauvette
Came tenth in Chateau-Thierry race of 1904, ridden by Panzani
Bourdache p 434


Laforge & Palmentier
35 avenue e Wagram, Paris
In 1903 the factory in Alfortville built 2hp motorcycle with pedals attached to the frame by studs connecting housing and cylinders.
Bourdache p146


La Foudre

Competed in the 1902 Château-Thierry and, against over sixty other machines, in the Championnat du Monde des Motocyclettes of 1904, won by the four cylinder Adolphe Clément.

Bourdache p209




La Guerrière
1903
39 rue Pierre Joigneaux, Asnières (seine)
J. Jaujard, manufacturer of motorcycles with a 278cc 2 1/4hp engine of his own construction.
Bourdache p436


La Lorraine
Built motorcycles between 1922 and 1925 using 98cc to 248cc engines of their own construction.
Source: Wikipedia NL


La Louve
42 rue du Louvre, Paris
A.Louveau built motorcycles with 2 1/2 and 3hp engines in 1904
Bourdache p438


La Parfaite
1900. Petrol-engined bicycle by Durey
Bourdache p109, p440


La Perle

Maurice Guyot of 21 Rue Clément Forissier in St Etienne built mopeds from 1948 to 1957 using Vap and Itom engines.

Guyot had long been a cycle manufacturer and constructed Hosanna (1927) and Corail (1930) bicycles.

N.B. The name La Perle was also used by Bailleul in 1905, and by a Belgian company in 1956.

Sources: Motos dans la Loire, tontonvelo.com



La Préféré
1 et 3 Bld de Ménilmontant, Paris
1913-1914
Matthäus Graf Thun successor to E.Decosse - Motorcycles with sidecar.
In 1925 Thun established the MT marque in Austria.
Bourdache p438


Labinal
Engines manufactured by Les Établissements Labinal, 28 rue Arago, Saint-Ouen (Seine-Saint-Denis)
The firm built the Micromoteur bicycle engine, the Microrameur boat engine and others.


Lacombe
Manufactured by Ets Lacombe, 5 rue Sébastien Gryphe, Lyon, Rhône
1948 - 1954
The tiny scooter first appeared at the 1948 Salon with a model name of FL22. Powered by a 49cc P.P. Roussey two-stroke, in 1949 it was also know as the Comindus.
Source: Amis Terriens, Tous les scooters du monde


Lafour & Nougier
Manufactured in Nîmes from 1927 to 1936, these motorcycles had engines from Aubier Dunne, Chaise, Train and Stainless, along with imported Villiers and JAP motors. Capacities ranged from 98cc to 490cc.
Source: Wikipedia NL


Lamblin
Crankcase transmission motorcycle described in Locomotion No. 15 (1910). Two-speed planetary gear change in the rear hub, with a leather clutch cone.
Bourdache pp329, 342



Landru

Lapébie
A member of the Mercier group since 1939 or earlier, the Bordeaux firm built the following models:

  • 1953-1956 Model SB 98cc Comet 2-speed
    1954 Model LV 98cc Villiers S2g 2-speed
    1957 Model T185 48cc Itom single speed

Source: Motos dans la Loire

Lapierre
Gaston Lapierre established his business in 1946 in Dijon to manufacture bicycles, and in the 1950s also built mopeds. His bicycles also appeared under the Orligné marque, and it is believed that the mopeds did too.
The firm became part of the Dutch Accell Group, and continued to build bicycles in Dijon into the 21st century.
Sources: Wikipedia NL, encycloduvelo.fr


Lapize
Manufactured in Neuilly-sur-Seine, 1930 - 1937, the motorcycles had Aubier-Dunne, LMP, JAP and other brands of 2T and 4T engines of 98cc to 498cc. The company was owned by Alcyon.
Source: Wikipedia NL


Lardennais
Built a 4-stroke motorcycle circa 1903
Bourdache p438


Latscha
Built light motorcycles from 1948 to 1953 using Aubier & Dunne 98cc and 123cc engines. They possibly also used larger JAP engines.
Sources: Tragatsch p190, Wikipedia NL


Large
1903
Moto which competed in the Paris-Madrid of 1903, ridden by M Large.
Bourdache p172


Lédonien
An established cycle firm in Lons-le-Saunier, they built mopeds named Debello, Clipper, Clarus and Triomphus
Source: Moped Archive (globalnet.co.uk)


Le Greves
Established by professional cyclist René Le Grevès at St Nicolas de Redon (Loire), the bicycle firm was associated with the Mercier group and produced lightweights in the 1950s.

Source: Motos dans la Loire


Le Sauvage
190 rue de Charonne, Paris
Built motorcycles of 65cc, 125cc and 175cc 1956-1958
La Moto Francaise


Lefol
Manufactured 1954 by Lefol & Cie, Courbevoie, Seine. Jacques Lefol produced car and bicycle accessories from the 1930s.
The Scoot-Air appeared at the Salon of 1954 powered by a two-speed 98cc Comet engine. It may also have been marketed briefly as the Aero-Scoot.
Source: Amis Terriens, Wikipedia NL




Lehaitre

Moto Chenilles (single track motorcycle)

M. Lehaitre created his moto chenille (single track motorcycle) around 1936, powered by a Chaise 500 engine. At least two versions were built, both with outrigger wheels, but on one they coult be concealed. It was offered to the French army, who rejected it, and was also displayed at the Foire de Paris.

Source: Bourdache (zhumoriste), et al.




Leloir

H. Leloir, 16 Rue Fremicourt, Paris

175cc twostroke, ca 1922~1927

La Moto Leloir, 3e Annee de Fabrication. Cliche Salon Octobre 1924

Built 247cc two-strokes similar to the Evans, and a 174cc two-stroke boxer twin.

Sources: Period advertising, Wikipedia NL.




Lepoureau
Based in Issy les Moulineaux, Paris, the firm built a motorcycle with a De Dion engine and transmission by chain. They took part in the Paris-Bordeaux-Paris in 1904
Bourdache p438


Lesprillier
1900. Factory and offices at 22 avenue d'Italie, Paris
Built a 1 3/4hp detachable engine and a 2 1/2hp motor bicycle.
Bourdache p146


Letang
One of the entries in Paris-Bordeaux-Paris in 1895
In 1901, Letang, Herbin And Bordes patented a detachable motor for bicycles
Bourdache pp 43, 44


Lepape
28 rue Demours, Paris
1903. Inventor of the 2-stroke engine "Bichrone"
Bourdache writes, "such as Lepape who built a two-stroke piston-pump (deux-temps à piston-pompe) ancestor, a system that was to make the German racing machine famous on the eve of the Second World War."
Bourdache pp 163, 438


Liaudois
1923-1927
Ets. Liaudois, Paris, built lightweights using Train engines of 98cc to 173cc
Source: Tragatsch p221


Libertas
7 rue Mousset Robert, and 149-151 rue Michel Bizot, Paris
Built 1 1/4hp and 2 1/4hp petroleum bicycles ca 1902. The smaller engine had a water-cooled cylinder head.
Bourdache p438


Lobin
Bicyclette with Grillon engine housed in the frame built 1902. Chain drive with friction clutch.
Bourdache p438


Lombard
Ets Cochot 45 rue de Tanger, Paris
Tricycles et voiturettes displayed at the 1898 salon
Bourdache pp 396, 400


Loriot
Manufactured 1927-1930 using mainly JAP engines and Bredier & Charon gearboxes. There was also apparently a shaft-drive model.
Source: Wikipedia NL


Lotz-Huzelstein
44 rue du Louvre, Paris
Motorized bicycle, 1896
Huzelstein could be the German mechanic who presented the Hildebrand and Wolfmuller in France and bought the company after the bankruptcy Duncan and Suberbie
Bourdache p46


Louis Pitard

7, Rue Saint-Martin, Paris (advertising). Also listed as 38 rue du Temple, Paris.

Also referenced as Pitard. and L.Pitard

Louis Pitard began building bicycles shortly after WWI. He built Cucciolo 48cc mopeds in the 1940s and possibly 1950s, and a bicycle engine mounted in a trailer behind the cycle powered by a VAP engine.

Sources: OTTW, encycloduvelo.fr


Louis Vineis
rue Monteil, St Etienne
The Moto 250 was first registerd in March of 1947 and is rather similar to the Lutece in concept. A shaft drive single cylinder two-stroke with square-section steel frame, it has primitive front suspension, rigid rear end and far from adequate brakes. The carburettor is on the right and the exhaust port on the left. To suggest it is unattractive would be a kindness - it is likely winner of the "bog ugly" award. Thankfully only one was built.
Sources: Motos dans la Loire, La Moto Francaise



Louison

Loyal
Built a tricar in 1897 with a 2-stroke engine of unusual design which operated like a 4-stroke with automatic valve on intake and exhaust.
Bourdache p438


Lumen

Lutetia
Motorcycle engines and bicycle attachment engines manufactured Marcel Echard of 31, Bd de Courbevoie in Neuilly-Sur-Seine.
Lutetia 250cc engines were fitted to Austral PC models in 1928
There was also a Lutetia bicycle built by André Godmard based in Paris.
A gentleman by the name of Echard features on a photograph from the BNF captioned "Echard sur Echard, Paris-Madrid 1903".
An account of that race says, "a motorcyclist named Maille, who mounted Echard's machine and took it first for the latter..."
Sources: lesmotosaustral.fr, louisrenault.com et al


Lux
Manufactured by Ets Jussy Dombret (founded 1888), a bicycle firm in St Etienne. The first motorcycle is believed to have been constructed in 1898, and in 1905 they were building motorcycles, bicycles and automobiles.
Source: Motos dans la Loire


Luxia
Manufactured by Établissements Baud of Doubs (Franche-Comté), 1950~1968
The firm built mopeds under the names Betty, Elfil and Jurasport, as well as Luxia.
Source: OTTW


Lyjack
Manufactured by Eugène Brossard at 48 rue Denis Papin, Blois
Named by the founders for their daughers Lyliane et Jacqueline, the cycle firm had been operating for decades. In the late 40s or early 1950s they built cyclomoteurs.
Source: tontonvelo


Sources

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