emu
French Motorcycles

Motocyclettes fabriquées en France (R)

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.


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.
Source: Motos dans la Loire


Raphael Géminiani
The marque was founded in 1952 and was represented at the Paris Salon that year, but possibly only displayed bicycles. In 1957 mopeds built by Randolin were offered, most likely rebadged. The firm possibly changed hands in 1959, with Rhonson as the new owners. After this Gitane machines were offered, also possibly rebadged. 1964 was the last year for mopeds, but they continued with cycles until at least 1966.
Géminiani raced cycles with Métropole prior to becoming an assembler.
Source: Motos dans la Loire


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


Rasser
In 1922 they advertised a model with a Béchir & Collin 250cc enngine and a 2-speed gearbox (options of 3 and 4 speed). There was also a Moto Grand Sport model with a Bradshaw 500cc OHV oil-cooled engine with a truly Trumpian claimed top speed.
Source: zhumoriste


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


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


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

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.




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
Motorcycle with Richard engine ridden by the builder in the the M.C.F. in 1904
Bourdache pp 75, 76, 82, 93, 95, 96, 105, 106, 127, 131, 133, 135, 136, 175, 190, 192, 209, 292, 297.


Rivierre
Etablissements Automotrice Rivierre was the firm of cycling champion Gaston Rivierre, one of the pioneers of motorcycling, established 1896.
He built motorcycles in the years 1903-1905 using De Dion-Boutton engines, and also fitted radial engines of 3 and 4 cylinders mounted in the rear wheel in a similar fashion the the front-wheel-drive Megola. The firm also built automobiles in the years prior to the Great War.
Sources: OTTW, Bourdache pp 45, 56, 62, 70, 146, 151, 164, 165, 171, 172, 261, 295, 299, 406.


Rivolier R.P.F.
21 rue César Bertholon, Saint Etienne, founded 1848
M. Rivolier and his son built the R.P.F. c1905-1913. Some of their machines were rebadged or closely based on the Deronziere-Rupta machines, and they probably also used a Doué engine.
In the 1930s they sold Ravat BMA machines, most likely rebadged. Alexis Rivolier died in 1938, and the factory was later occupied by Drevon.
See also Deronziere
Sources: Motos dans la Loire, Bourdache (p441), ultimalyon.jpcor.fr


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 and the address was 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

Delaugière & Cie of 89 rue d'illiers, Orléans displayed a tricycle at l'exposition Universelle de Paris in 1898, which were fitted with 2 1/2hp or 3hp 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
The Roux Motor Wheel of 1906 was an engine mounted integral with the front wheel designed to be fitted to bicycles.
Source: OTTW


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

Etab. Delachanal

19 Quai de La Marne, Joinville-le-Pont

A 1920s advertising illustratiion by Geo Ham shows machine similar to the Majestic with enclosed bodywork. As George Roy built the Majestic and was in partnership with Dollar, owned by Delachanal, it seems likely this was one of his creations.




Royal Fabric
L'Établissements Barbier of 34 Rue du 11 Novembre, Saint-Étienne, the firm was established in 1910 by the Simon brothers as a bicycle manufacturer. Motorcycles were built from 1923 to 1928 using Blackburne, Broullier and JAP 250cc, 350cc and 500cc engines.
In the Post-war years Barbier built mopeds and light motorcycles under the names Mécano and Marvi powered by Villiers, VAP and Junior.
The firm exported to Indo-China (Viet-nam) and had considerable involvement in bicycle racing throughout most of its existence.
Sources: OTTW, encycloduvelo.fr


Royal Moto (1970s)
Constructed by by Marcel Seurat, Queirel Piron and Cosson at Route de Saint Germain, Rosières-près-Troyes in the mid-1970s these were competition machines which did very well in 1974/75 in the 125cc classes. Models included the Cougar, Criterium and Guepard. Fewer than 300 were built using mostly Sachs engines.
See also BPS, SPQ and SEURAT
Source: OTTW


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




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


If you have a query or information about these French motocyclettes please contact us

Classic Motorcycle Fibreglass
Classic Motorcycle Fibreglass
Tanks, seats, guards and fairings for classic bikes, cafe racers and post-classic motorcycles.