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Motorcycles Built in Germany (B)

Motorräder Hergestellt in Deutschland: Notes on some of the rarer German marques

This page lists brand names beginning with the letter "B" for which we currently have only an historical precis.
For a more complete listing visit the German Index.

B

BB
1923-1925. Motorenbau B. Bortius, Stettin, Lange Strasse 4. Built lightweights using Alba 197cc four-stroke engines.
Source: Tragatsch p84, prawobrzeze.eu


Bamar
Manufactured 1923-25 by Fahrzeugwerke Barth & Co., Marburg an der Lahn
Built motorcycles using two-stroke engines from DKW, Alba , Gruhn and Baumi of 149 to 198cc
Sources: Tragatsch p82, motor-hist-foto.de


Beco
Manufactured 1923-25
Built motorcycles using two-stroke engines from DKW
Sources: wikipedia.nl


BEF

Manufactured by Berliner Elektromobil Fabrik G.m.b.H. (BEF), Charlottenburg near Berlin, a company established by Victor Harhorn in 1907.

The electric three-wheelers were mainly commercial delivery vehicles, but some had passenger cabins. Production of these continued until 1914.

Harhorn left the company in 1910 and formed a new company, Gebhardt & Harhorn - Geha - which also built electric vehicles.

Source: Axel Oskar Mathieu Archive


Befag
1922-1924
Built otherwise conventional motorcycles powered by crude oil-powered engines of 113cc and 176cc designed by Julius Löwy.
Believed to have been built by Albertus
NB.There is a suggestion that production may have continued until 1926.
Sources: Tragatsch p84, wikipedia.nl


Behag
1924-1926
Built modest machines with open frames fitted with their own 218cc two-strokes, and JAP 348cc and 490cc side-valve engines.
Both the Behag and the Befag are believed to have been built by Albertus
Sources: Tragatsch p84, wikipedia.nl


Benz 1896


Beresa

Beresa logo


Manufactured by Beresa Werke AG, Beckum Bez. Münster, 1923-25 by Beckmann, Renfert and Sanftenberg.
Built motorcycles using two-stroke engines with the exhaust at the rear of the cylinder.
Later in the 1920s the company became a major dealer with Daimler-Benz and is now the second-largest Mercedes-Benz dealer in Germany.
Sources: Tragatsch p86, motor-hist-foto.de, wikipedia.de


Bergo
Built in 1924 using 145cc DKW engines. The company was probably H. Ahlers & Berg GmbH of Kiel.
Source: Tragatsch p86, et al.


Bero
Manufactured 1924-25 by Fahrradwerk Schaumburg, Bückeburg
An established bicycle factory, they built lightweight motorcycles using DKW 145cc two-stroke engines.
Sources: Tragatsch p86, motor-hist-foto.de


Bismarck
Manufactured 1921-23
Built lightweights with 148 cc engines. Unrelated to Bismarck of Radevormwald.
Sources: wikipedia.nl


Blitz

Manufactured by Aufbau-Industrie Bremen G.m.b.H., 1925-1926

Built under licence from Borgward, the "Blitz-Karren" was a commercial three-wheeled cart driven by a DKW engine, with the driver's seat above the rear wheels. The machine required push-starting, and this did not contribute to its market success.

Source: Axel Oskar Mathieu Archive


BNF
Manufactured from 1903 to 1907 by Bielefelder Nähmaschinen and Fahrradfabriek AG (B.N.F.)
They built motorcycles in Bielefeld using Fafnir singles and V-twins.
Sources: Tragatsch p92, wikipedia.nl


Bodo

Manufactured 1924-25 by Fahrzeug-Fabrik Franz Kindermann of Thale am Harz

The firm built lightweight motorcycles using engines from Grade and DKW, the latter available with a Lomos clutch.

Their 1925 sales brochure advertised:

Modelle
Typ 2,5 PS mit Grade 2 Takt Motor
Typ 2,5 PS mit DKW 2 Takt Motor
Typ 3 PS mit DKW 2 Takt Getriebe Motor

Sources: Tragatsch p92, motor-hist-foto.de


Boes

Manufactured by Jakob Boes & Co., Wilmersdorferstrasse 76 - 79, Charlottenburg, 1903-1904

The firm built a commercial three-wheeler with a 4hp engine which could be air- or water-cooled, and was started with a crank-handle.

Jakob Boes left the company in July 1904 and it ceased production of motor vehicles later that year.

Source: Axel Oskar Mathieu Archive


Borgward 1925-26


Bosch-Douglas


Braak
1923-1925
Motorräderzeugung Johann Braak, Gronau in Westfalen
Fitted engines of 129cc and 198cc from Heilo and Namapo into frames supplied by Hugo Gruhn
Sources: Tragatsch p93, wikipedia.nl, motor-hist-foto.de


Bravis
1924-26
Bravis motorradbau, Munich
The firm built motorycles using 148cc two-strokes probably of their own construction along with Bosch-Douglas 297cc HO Twins from SMW.
Franz Seelos of Munich rode these in many Bavarian competition events with considerable success. The name Franz Seelos is associated with that of Martin Stolle and the D-Rad racing team of the late 1920s.
Sources: Tragatsch p93, wikipedia.nl, das-leichtmotorrad.de


Bubi
1921-24
B. Pront, Cleve
This was a bicycle factory which attached 1.5hp engines of their own manufacture to strengthened bicycle frames. These engines were supplied to Argul and probably others.
Sources: Tragatsch p98, wikipedia.nl, motor-hist-foto.de


Buker

A commercial motor-dreirad was built in 1927. 500cc and 600cc engines were available.

Source: Axel Oskar Mathieu Archive


Bullo
1924-26
Bullo-Fahrzeugwerk, Bremen, Bullo Elektrad
The 0.7hp electric motor was mounted above the front wheel, and the large 120 amp battery box was mounted low in the frame. It had a belt-rim style rear brake. The battery could be charged using DC or with alternating three-phase current via rectifier from domestic supply.
Sources: Tragatsch p98, wikipedia.nl, das-leichtmotorrad.de, invenio.bundesarchiv.de


Bülow
1923-25
Manufactured by Ernst Bülow Kraftfahrzeugwerk, Magdeburg-Neustadt, Inslebener Straße 1
Models P24 and F24. These had a plywood frame with an engine of 2 or 2.5 hp and two speeds.
Sources: Tragatsch p98, wikipedia.nl, das-leichtmotorrad.de


BWS

Bernhard Werner of Suhl built motorcycles from 1927 to 1933 named the BWS. Blackburne engines were mounted in frames from Rennsteig in Suhl, with Hurth gearboxes.

His 1927 350cc Blackburne model developed 9 PS at 4000rpm and could achieve 95 km/h.


German Resources

Notes
motor-hist-foto.de and das-leichtmotorrad.de are the same.