French Motorcycles

Motocyclettes fabriquées en France (O)

Notes on some of the rarer French marques

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


O.L.D.

OLD Miniscoot Manufactured in Colombes

Designed by Victor Bouffort of Valmobil fame, powered by 75cc Manurhin engine this tiny scooter first appeared at the 1955 Paris Salon.

Source: Amis Terriens, scoot-toujours.over-blog.com



Ollier
Built by R. Ollier c.1906, the marque appears to have been all but unknown until 2018 when a unique example appeared at auction. The single cylinder Ollier engine was positioned forward of the pedal crank, and a large fuel tank was mounted between the two uppper frame rails. The machine has an unusual front fork with considerable rake.
Sources: Guélon Collection


Ollivier
A bicycle attachment engine which drove the rear wheel via a shaft and conical rollers which could be quickly detached. There were two prototypes, the first mounted high in the frame behind the steering head, the second mounted low.
Source: Wikipedia NL


Omega 1898

In May 1899, M. Bergeron, from "L'acatene", patented a motorcycle with an engine low in the frame, with pedals.

Source: Bourdache p440

Pètrolette "Oméga". Ce modèle dû à M. Bergeron, et que représente la fig. 55, est muni d’un moteur disposé audessus du pédalier et dont le mouvement de rotation est transmis à la roue d’arrière par un double train d’engrenages d’angle, comme dans les bicyclettes du type cc Àcatène ». Il n’y a pas de carburateur, mais un appareil de distribution le remplaçant. Ce système n’ayant pas reçu la sanction de la pratique, nous n’insisterons donc pas sur les avantages qu’il peut posséder, et que nous ignorons.


"Omega" petrolette. This model due to M. Bergeron, and that represents fig. 55, is fitted with a motor placed above the pedals and whose rotational movement is transmitted to the rear wheel by a double gear train of angle gears, as in bicycles of the "Acatene type". There is no carburetor, but a distribution device replacing. This system has not received the sanction of practice, so we will not insist on the advantages which he may possess, and which we do not know.
Source: Graffigny Ch. VI, pp 98-104



Ómega Motorcycles c1910
Lecomte et Fils
14 quai de Retz and 30 rue Pierre Corneille, Lyon
Sewing machines, cycles and motorcycles of 2hp and 3½ hp. The firm was still at the Pierre Corneille address in 1928.
Bourdache p440, period advertising.


Onfray
Produced engines (see C.F.C.), and possibly motocyclettes.
Founded in 1869, they are listed as a bicycle producer with factory and offices at 1, Rue Darboy, Paris in an 1892 publication.
Bourdache (pp 146, 432), encycloduvelo.fr


Oreol
1903~1914
Motorcycles manufactured using a 333cc single which was very competitive with Cissac at the helm, taking many records. They also built V-twins using engines from Zedel, Moto Reve and others.
Source: Tragatsch p240, et al.


OTI
Manufactured by the Bugatti factory in Bordeaux from 1957 to 1959, these were three-wheelers powered by 125cc engines. The designer was Lucien Rolland Pilain.

Source: OTTW



Otobiron
Paris Salon 1921, OHV four-stroke.
"In the latest scooters from the Otobiron shops the three and a half horsepower motor is under the saddle. The frame is larger and heavier than in former models, with a more comfortable seat. The pedals control brake and accelerator; otherwise the machine is operated from the hand grips like a motorcycle." ~ Popular Science, March 1922.

Oubron
Robert Oubron, a bicycle dealer of 26, avenue de l'Opera, Paris, built mopeds in the early to mid-1950s powered by Myster, Junior, SER (Ets Louis Serouge) and others.
The address is also given as 84, Rue Des Sorins, Montreuil (Seine).


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