French Motorcycles

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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.

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

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

Radia see Jeunet

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

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

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

Raphael Géminiani 1952~1964

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

Rasser 1922

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



This motor tandem was built in 1902 by m. Andre Realier-Dumas, a painter and sculptor and woodcarver. The frame and front fork are entirely made of wood. The engine is a 2¾ h.p. De Dion, which is held to the frame by iron straps.

Source: The Motor Cycle - April 15th, 1903

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

Régina 1905~1909

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

Renaux 1898

Built a 3hp motocyclette in 1904
Bourdache p440

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 1920s~1960s

Reyonnah 1951-1954

Ridel Motocylette 1899

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

Rivierre 1896

RM Racing Moto Lyon 1936~1946

Rivolier 1905-1938

Robert Ducheron 1950s

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:, et al


Established around 1911 by M. Robert, the company built cycles. It was bought by Louis Berger, who in the 1950s with his sons built mopeds using engines from Poulain, Martinet, Himo, Mistral, Vap and Lavalette until 1960. The Berger firm employed 4 or 5 workers at 151 Rue Antoine Durafour in St Etienne.

Sources: Motos dans la Loire,

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.
Source: Wikipedia NL

M. Rocher



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.


Bicycle auxiliary engine built in 1904
Bourdache p441

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

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 1898-1899


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



Manufactured by H. Godefroy et Leveque, based on Rue Raspail, in Levallois-Perret, Seine. 1910-1939

Ruby engines were installed in a large number of different brands of light cars and cyclecars including Sandford, which were powered by four-cylinder water-cooled Ruby engines of 900 to 1100cc.


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

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

Roux (Imbert & Roux)
Edmond Roux and Henri Imbert registered 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.

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

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

Source: OTTW


Built by Codridex Et Fils in Angouléme. Two are known to have survived, one of which has a SER Veloto 65cc engine. A 1954 issue of La Revue des Agents shows it fitted with a Junior engine.

The firm manufactured firearms in Jonzac, 60km from Angouléme, in 1927.

Sources:, period literature, et al


Royal Fabric

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

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

Built lightweights using 123cc and 173cc two-stroke engines
Sources:, Tragatsch p265


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

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;

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