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German Motorcycles

Motorcycles Built in Germany (G)

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

This page lists brand names beginning with the letter "G" for which limited historical information is currently available.
For a more complete listing visit the German Index.

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GAR
1924-26
G. Adolf Rempp Motorradbau of Münster am Neckar, Stuttgart, built motorcycles using 499cc ohv engines designed by Rempp and built in-house
Sources: Tragatsch p142, wikipedia.nl, wirtemberg.de


Gasi
1920s Three-wheeler
Built in Berlin-Dahlem in 1921 by Fritz Gary and Edmund Sielof, the machine was powered by a 350cc V-twin engine with a 3-speed gearbox driving the rear wheels by chain, this three-wheeled tandem two-seater may have influenced the design of the Mauser Einspurauto.
Sources: wikipedia.de, et al.



Geha
1920-24
Lightweight motorcycles with 148ccc two-stroke engines built in-house.
Sources: Tragatsch p144


GEKA
1924-25
Lightweight motorcycles with 175cc engines from DKW.
Sources: Tragatsch p144


GE-MA-HI
1924-27
Ge Ma Hi AG Marquard & Hillmann Magdeburg Motorradbau
The firm built motorcycles with conventional tubular frames and also large diameter tubes with integral fuel tanks. Late model machines had a pressed metal chassis similar to the Mars. Engines included 131cc Esbe, 149cc Bekamao, 149cc Grade, and DKW 147cc and 175cc two-strokes.
Sources: Tragatsch p144, motorrad-oldtimer-photo-archiv.de


Geppert
1925-26
Built lightweights with 147cc Grade engines and DKW two-strokes.
Source: Tragatsch p144


Germania

1901-08

These were Laurin & Klement machines built under licence at the Seidel & Naumann typewriter factory in Dresden, which had built bicycles since about 1892. Models included 3.5hp singles and 4.5hp V-twins (or 2.5 to 6 hp according to one source). See also Slavia.

Source: Tragatsch p144



Gervo
1924-25
Built small quantities of motorcycles powered by 198cc SV and 175cc two-stroke DKW engines.
Sources: Tragatsch p145


Gloria-Record
1924-1925
Used a 2.5ps four-stroke engine, 3-speed gearbox with kickstarter, clutch and idle. Tax and license-free. Possibly manufactured by A. Witzschel & Co. of Leipzig.
NB. The brand is given elsewhere as Gloria-Rekord, but contemporary advertising clearly named it Gloria-Record.
Source: motor-hist-foto.de, et al. (NIT)


Gnom
Manufactured by Oberursel AG and then by Horex-Columbus. 1921-1924
Designed by Fritz Kleeman, son of the owner Freidrich, their first product was an auxiliary bicycle engine of 63cc which was in direct competition with the AMI, who took them to court and lost.
In 1923 Fritz crated a 250cc OHV engine and renamed the company to Horex-Fahrzeugbau AG, marketing the new machines as Horex.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice, oldbike.eu, Tragatsch p148.


Goetz
Manufactured by Johann Goetz of Villingen, 1925-1937
Most models appeared to run 250 and 500cc JAP engines. A late model had an 800cc parallel twin from Columbus.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice


Golem
Manufactured by Zschopauer Motorenwerke, JS Rasmussen AG, Zschopau, Sachsen, and later at an Eichler & Co. factory in Berlin.
Ernst Eichler used a 118cc two-stroke engine to power his tiny Golem Sesselrad (trans: scooterbike).
JS Rasmussen began producing the Golem in 1921 shortly after his return from America, where he was inspired by the Ner-a-car.
Around 500 of these were built, at least one of which was a forecar which seated two passengers.
See also DKW
Source: South-Bohemian MC Museum


Görke
Manufactured by Fritz Görke Kleinautobau, of Waldstraße 47 Leipzig.
Built some 10 tricycles between c1918 and the late 1920s. He then joined MONOS GmbH as a design engineer who built more of his machines, and then in 1932 he joinned FRAMO GmbH.
Source: motorräder-aus-leipzig.de


Gouverneur
1903-07
These machines were powered by GN engines.
Sources: Tragatsch p150


Gritzner
1901-1962
Built by Gritzner-Kaiser AG, a sewing machine manufactuer, used Fafnir singles and V-twins. Their first machines, built in 1901, were Gritzner-Kaiser tricycles. After WWII they used Sachs 98cc, 147cc and 175cc engines. Towards the end they marketed the Mars Monza under the Gritzner name.
Sources: Tragatsch p152
See also Gritzner


Grote
Built in Berlin 1924-1925, these interesting machines had two-stroke compressor engines of two and three cylinders each of 307cc, making the twins 600cc and the triples 900cc. Flywheel magneto was by Ruppe/Bekamo.

Source: GTU Oldtimerservice


Gruhn
The brothers Richard and Hugo Gruhn each had their own motorcycle firm, both based in Berlin.
1. Richard Gruhn founded his company 1906 and built motorcycles and engines until the early to mid-1930s. Gruhn engines were fitted to ABC GmbH, AMBAG and other motorcycles.
2. Hugo Gruhn produced frames and chassis components for motorcycle manufacturers. He also marketed a lightweight motorcycle kit which included engines from Cambra, Hanfland and Diag engines. He operated from 1920~1927. DKF is listed as using engines and chassis from Gruhn, so it is quite possible that both brothers supplied components for that firm.
N.B. Tragatsch says Richard's machines had "no sporting image". GTU says completely the opposite.
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice, Tragatsch


GS
There were two distinct marques of this name in the 1920s, Gustav Schulze of Magdeburg (1920-1924) and Georg Schroff of Berlin (1923-1925)
Gustav Schulze built lightweights with two-stroke auxiliary bicycle engines which were also supplied to other manufacturers.
Georg Schroff built motorcycles under the G.S. marque and also under the name Schroff-Record.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice


Güldner
Manufactured by Güldner Motorenfabrik & Eisengießerei.
Established in 1903, the company built large capacity sports motorcycles from 1924 to 1926. The firm is well-known for its stationary engines and, post-war, for tractors.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice


Gustloff
Manufactured by Gustloff-Werke in Suhl, 1934-1941
The factory of the former Simson & Co. produced a 98cc Sachs-powered lightweight, the Gustloff 100, designed by Martin Stolle.
See also BSW Gustloff
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice


German Resources

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


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