French Motorcycles

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


Raphael Géminiani 1952~1964


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


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

Tricycle système Rénaux. — Le tricycle Rénaux est actionné par un moteur horizontal. C’est surtout un tricycle de grande vitesse, un tricycle de course.

La disposition horizontale du moteur a permis aux constructeurs d’employer un moteur plus lourd et par suite plus puissant. Lorsque le moteur est vertical, les forces résultant du poids et de Faction de l’explosion sur le piston s’ajoutent, simplement pour donner une force résultante qui tend à faire fléchir le pont arrière du tricycle.

Lorsque le moteur est horizontal, il n'y a qu'une partie du poids qui soil sur l'essieu d'arriére, la roue d'avant supporte seulement l'autre partie ; et ceci n'est pas un mal au pointde vue de la süreté de Ia direction ; deplus Ia force résultant de l'action des gaz explosifs est 900 avec la direction du poids; Ia résultante est donc inférieure å leursomme géométrique ; la diagonale d'un parallélogramme est toujours en effet plus courte que la somme des deux cötés issus du méme sommet. L'essieu d'arriére sera donc ainsi considérablement allégé. Ce point n'a pas une grande importance quand il s'agib de petits moteurs de 1 Ch. 3/4 ou de 2 Ch. 1/4 méme. Mais il en a une quand on songe que le moteur Renaux a 90 m/m d'alésage et 90 de course et qu'il développe une puis.sance de 3 chevaux 3/4.

Tricycle l'Inséparable. — L'Inséparable moteur est un tricycle dont Ies deux roues arriére ont un écartement de 90 centimétres, ce qui lui donne une trés grande stabilité. Une selle est placée dans le plan de chaque roue arriére.


Rénaux System Tricycle. — The Rénaux tricycle is powered by a horizontal motor. It is mostly a high-speed tricycle, a racing tricycle.

The horizontal layout of the engine has allowed manufacturers to use a heavier engine and therefore more powerful. When the engine is vertical, the forces resulting from the weight and the action of the explosion on the piston add up, simply to give a resultant force which tends to cause the rear axle of the tricycle to bend.

When the engine is horizontal, only part of the weight is on the rear axle, the front wheel only supports the other part; and this is not a bad thing from the point of view of the safety of the direction; moreover the force resulting from the action of the explosive gases is 900 with the direction of the weight; The resultant is therefore less than their geometric sum; the diagonal of a parallelogram is indeed always shorter than the sum of the two sides coming from the same vertex. The rear axle will therefore be considerably lightened. This point is not very important when it comes to small engines of 1 3/4 h.p. or even 2 1/4 h.p. But there is one when you consider that the Rénaux engine has a bore of 90 m/m and a stroke of 90 and that it develops a power of 3 3/4 horsepower.
Source: Graffigny Ch. VII pp 123-128


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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

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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 Motocylette 1899


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 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, encycloduvelo.fr


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.
Source: Wikipedia NL


Rocher
M. Rocher


Rochester

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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 tricycles 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


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