French

Motocyclettes fabriquées en France (R)

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.


RA
A 350cc motorcycle was built by Robert Antoine in Roanne (Loire) in 1951 and registered the following year. It was powered by a Peugeot p117 engine.
Sources: Motos dans la Loire, OTTW


Racing
Messner and Breton of 78 rue des Archives, Paris
1906. Built motocyclettes using Quentin or possibly C.D. engines.
Bourdache p440


Radia see Jeunet


Radiola
1933-1939
Built 98cc two-stroke bicycle attachment engines.
Sources: Tragatsch p257


Radium
Motorcycles. Chollet, elder, manufacturer in Paris, 1907
Bourdache p440


Randoin
A cycle manufacturer since 1926, they began building mopeds in 1951 using Poulain engines, and between then and 1957 constructed some 3,500 machines at 65 Rue Désiré Claude in St Etienne. Some of these were built for Raphaël Géminiani.
Moto Revue 16th Feb 1957 lists the company as building 2,900 cyclomoteurs from 1955 to 1956.
In 1954 they became associated with H. Errard, along with Piat and Métropole
Source: Motos dans la Loire


logo

Raphael Géminiani
The marque was founded in Brive, SW France, in 1952 (possibly by Rochet) and was represented at the Paris Salon that year, but possibly only displayed bicycles. In 1957 mopeds built by Randoin were offered, most likely rebadged, and they displayed 8 cyclomoteurs at the 1958 Salon. The firm changed hands in 1959, with Rhonson as the new owners. After this rebadged Gitane machines were offered. 1964 was the last year for mopeds, but they continued with cycles until at least 1966.
An owner reports that his machine has "a two speed ABG VAP Pi2 engine... produced from 1958 to 1960". His photographs demonstrate that it has a great deal in common with the Rhonson, including the beautifully sculpted tank. Another machine with similar styling is fitted with a Sachs engine, and is a rebadged 162 or 162 Gitane. This was also marketed by VAP ABG as a Squale type S13.
Géminiani raced cycles with Métropole prior to becoming an assembler. His father had brought the family to France to escape Italian Fascism, according to the Online Bicycle Museum.
Dealers: Ets R. Curi à Sorgues, Vaucluse. Another, A Cavagna, put his name on the tank above the "Raphael Geminiani" decal.
Source: Motos dans la Loire, 50cc.forum-actif.eu, et al


Rapid
Constructed 1955. Auxiliary bicycle engines available with two speeds on order.
Source: Wikipedia NL


Rasser 1922


Raster
A tricar built in 1955 using a Sabb 125cc engine which did not proceed past prototype stage.
Source: OTTW


Raymo


Regence
Built in Marseilles - A photograph shows a lightweight rigid two-stroke sans pedales with styling very similar to many others. Probably early 50s.
La Moto Francaise


Regina
1905. Pagis et Cie, factory in Albert (Somme)
Built under license from Rochet Bruneau
Bourdache p440


Reine des Champs
Manufactured by R. WALLUT & Cie. 168, Boulevard de la Villette, PARIS. Established 1st Dec 1903
Catalogue for 1907 lists Bicylettes, Tri-cars & Motocyclettes.
Source: Period literature, Villefranchoises



Facebook Warning!

Renaux
Prosper Renaux, 1898. Built a tricycle with a horizontal liquid cooled 500cc engine, used successfully in competition in the 1899 Paris-St Malo race. It does not appear to have been marketed, but it is believed at least two were built, one of which was in the Guélon Collection. Another from the same collection is a highly unusual motorcycle with a very similar 572cc horizontal engine and a large flat fuel tank, the bottom of which follows the curvature of the lower frame rail, a thing of some beauty. It is dated c.1904.

Prosper's son Eugene Renaux won the Michelin Grand Prix and 100,000 francs when, on the 7th March 1911, he took off from Paris, flew over the Arc de Triomphe and the spires of Clermont-Ferrand cathedral before landing on the Puy de Dôme.
Sources: Bourdache p440, Guélon Collection


Renouard
Built a 3hp motocyclette in 1904
Bourdache p440


Renov
Address: 10 Rue du treuil in St Etienne
In the 1950s they built mopeds powered by 49cc Poulain engines. Closed in 1959.
Source: Motos dans la Loire


Rexor

logo rexor

A cycle brand established by Louis Messner active in the 1920s and 30s, an image shows the address as 55, Rue du Chemin Vert, Paris and advertises Cycles & Autombiles. They built a BMA motorcycle in 1935, the Type 11. In 1960 they advertised Rexor cyclomoteurs giving their address as 32 Rue du Chemin Vert Paris XI°.

Source: encycloduvelo.fr, tontonvelo.com, period advertising.



Reyonnah
Manufactured by Robert Hannoyer of Paris from 1951 to 1954 using 175cc AMC four-stroke engines, these microcars were built in a variety of forms.
Source: Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum


Ridel
Mechanical engineer in Évreux (or Lisieux) patented and built a bicycle engine in 1899. The engine was located directly below and to the rear of the saddle, and drove the rear wheel via belt. The engine construction is quite unusual, having no connecting rod.
Sources:
Bourdache pp 68, 69, 71, 109.
Guélon Collection


Rigal
Victor Rigal rode a Rigal-Deckert in the 1904 Coupe Internationale du Motocycle-Club de France (M.C.F.)
Sources: Bourdache (numerous mentions), racecarstory.netsons.org


Rivierre 1896


Rivolier 1905-1938


Robert Ducheron
Manufactured at 123 Avenue Parmentier, Paris (XI)
Built custom bicycles which won the Tour de France in 1954.
Powered models include 49cc P2C Le Poulain engine, Type P3V, Type V3V VAP, Type 3VM SABB 100cc, Type P85 2C Tandem a Moteur.
The Veloscoot'R of 1950 was also produced by the Ducheron workshops.
Source: moto-scooter-annee50-60.over-blog.com


Robert Oubron

Marketed as Oubron, Robert Oubron, sometimes R. Oubron.
Robert Oubron (b. April 18, 1913) was a cycling world champion in many of the years from 1936 to 1946.
Early in the 1950s he opened a shop in Paris selling bicycles and mopeds, some of which were rebadged under his own name, including the Eriac from Rocher and probably Genial-Lucifer.
Sources: moto-scooter-annee50-60.over-blog.com, et al


Robust
Established around 1925, the company built cycles before creating mopeds using engines from Poulain, Martinet, Himo, Mistral, Vap and Lavalette until 1960. During the 1950s they were owned by Berger who employed 4 or 5 workers at 151 Rue Antoine Durafour in St Etienne.

Source: Motos dans la Loire


ROC
1992-94
Built by Serge Rosset in Annemasse. Rosset had previously managed the ELF and Yamaha France Grand Prix teams, and in 1992 worked with Harris to produce the Yamaha production racing frames. In 1994 he built his own V4 racing bike which he named the Moto Française GP 1.
Sources: Wikipedia NL


Rocher
M. Rocher


Rochester

10, Grande-Rue, Pré-St-Gervais (Seine)

Listed as competing in several races in 1927 and 1928, won the 250cc class of the French Tourist Trophy race on May 10th, 1928.

Three models were offered in 1927, a 2-speed belt drive, a 3-speed belt drive, and a 3 speed chain drive.

Source: motocyclettesaustral.es.tl


Rocquet
Bicycle auxiliary engine built in 1904
Bourdache p441


Roés
1932-34
Built light motorcycles using 98cc and 123cc two-stroke engines.
Sources: Tragatsch p262


Roland
With its factory in Albert (Somme), the company produced machines using 1.75hp Rochet engines built under licence in 1906 and 1907.
Sources: OTTW, Bourdache pp 323, 324.


Romain

Delaugère & Cie of 89 rue d'illiers, Orléans displayed a tricycle at l'exposition Universelle de Paris in 1898, which were fitted with 2½ hp or 3 hp engines. There is one known survivor, an 1899 model believed to be in the collection of the brothers Martin. From 1900, the firm also built quadricycles and other four-wheelers under the original name, which changed to Delaugere et Clayette.

In 1926 the company was purchased by Panhard and Levassor.

Sources: Bourdache p 441. Isabelle Bracquemond, mini.43.free.fr/delaugere.html


Roman

8. bis chemin du Port, Grigny (A.-et-O.)

In the mid 1950s offered models 125 & 175 Standard, Luxe and Sport AMC, 250 Luxe AMC, Cyclemoteur Standard and Luxe moteur Martinet.
Source: Period literature



Rosengart

Roulante
Built lightweight two-stroke motorcycles of 98cc and 123cc from 1929 to 1935
Source: OTTW


Rousset
Rousset J. industrial,
131 bld Murat, Paris
Motor-bicycle exhibited at the 1896 show
Bourdache p441


Roux (Imbert & Roux)
Edmond Roux and Henri Imbert registerd the design for l'auto-roue Roux (The Roux Motor Wheel) in 1900, with an an addition in 1903. It is discussed in an article in "La Vie Automobile" of 1904, and it appears only one was built, powered by a single-cylinder four-stroke De Dion-Bouton engine mounted integral with the front wheel. The design had a number of flaws.
Source: Period literature.


Rovlante
1929-35
Built light motorcycles using 98cc and 123cc two-stroke engines
Sources: Tragatsch p263


Royal
The Simon brothers of Objat were bicycle builders who marketed motorcycles built by Barbier under the Royal label in the 1950s.

Source: OTTW


Royal-Dollar


royal-fabric logo

Royal Fabric
L'Établissements Barbier of 34 Rue du 11 Novembre, Saint-Étienne, the firm was established in 1910 by JB Barbier as a bicycle manufacturer. Motorcycles were built from 1924 to 1928 using Blackburne, Broullier 175cc and JAP 250cc, 350cc and 500cc engines.
As a result of the financial crisis, the firm became insolvent and the Royal Fabric along with another of the Barbier marques, Mécano, were sold to the Simon brothers of Objat in Corrèze. The Royal Fabric brand was retained, and another, the Royal (Objat) was created.
In the Post-war years the Simon brothers built mopeds and light motorcycles under the names Royal Fabric, Mécano and Marvi powered by Villiers, VAP, VLT and Junior.
The firm exported to Indo-China (Vietnam), and had considerable involvement in bicycle racing throughout most of its existence.
Sources: OTTW, encycloduvelo.fr, Motos dans la Loire.


Royal Moto (1970s)

Royal Savoy
Manufactured in Albertville (and possibly later at Chambéry) from 1948 into the 1950s. These were bicycles with auxilliary motors and mopeds powered by Myster, Le Poulain and probably other similar engines.


Royal Sport

Manufactured by Devaux et Cie, 241 bis Avenue Daumesnil, Paris. 1929 - 1931

Built motorcycles using engines from Aubier & Dunn, JAP and Koehler-Escoffier

Source: OTTW


Royal-Velo
Mr. Rogouclun (Eugène) Paris, established 1926, for the production of "automobiles, motocyclettes et bicyclettes"


Ruche
1952-54
Built lightweights using 123cc and 173cc two-stroke engines
Sources: wikipedia.nl, Tragatsch p265


Rullier

The Rullier company revealed their Scot scooter at the Paris Salon of 1953. Powered by a 70cc Lavalette engine, the diminutive 3-speed machine weighed a mere 37kg.

Source: Amis Terriens


Rupalley
1896. Rouxel et Cie, builder of a motorised bicycle engine placed along the rear wheel which is driven by gearing or friction. Ran in the 1895 Paris-Dieppe with a De Dion engine.
This is possibly George Ruppaley, cycle builder of Wagram.
Bourdache p56; encycloduvelo.fr


Sources

French Resources