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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 we currently have only an historical precis.
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-1913-Dreirad

Geha-Logo

Geha 1910-1917

Manufactured by Gebhardt & Harhorn of Berlin-Schöneberg 1910-1917

Also built electric vehicles designed by Victor Harhorn, previously of BEF. These were all but identical to those of BEF.

Geha was acquired by Elite-Diamantwerke AG in 1917 along with Hentschel & Co., and they built the Geha electric vehicles under the Elite name until 1924.

Source: Axel Oskar Mathieu Archive.


GEHA 1920-1924

Gebrüder Haggenmüller, Kempten, Swabia.

The brothers Haggenmüller produced lightweight motorcycles with 148ccc two-stroke engines built in-house, and also a small number of flat-twins which were similar to the Victoria KR I / KR II.

Sources: Tragatsch p144, motor-car.net, motorrad-oldtimer-photo-archiv.de, de.wikipedia.org.


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


GE-MA-HI
1923-26
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 Bekamo, 149cc Grade, and DKW 147cc and 175cc two-strokes.

They also built utility three-wheelers powered by 173cc DKW engines which were attached to the rear of the front fork with friction-drive to the front wheel.
Sources: Tragatsch p144, motorrad-oldtimer-photo-archiv.de, Axel Oskar Mathieu Archive.


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


Germania

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 created a 250cc OHV engine and renamed the company to Horex-Fahrzeugbau AG, marketing the new machines as Horex.

The Gnom marque was derived from the engine built by Oberursel of that name. It was built under licenced by a French company, Société Des Moteurs Gnome, which later became Gnome et Rhône.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice, oldbike.eu, Tragatsch p148, Wikipedia DE.


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


Görke
Manufactured by Fritz Görke Kleinautobau, of Waldstraße 47 Leipzig.
The firm, which had built aircraft during the Great War, manufactured some 10 NSU-powered tricycles between c1918 and the late 1920s which could seat 2-3 people. He then joined MONOS GmbH as a design engineer who built more of his machines, and then in 1932 he joined Framo GmbH.
The three-wheelers had the engine mounted to the right of the driver, and had only one driven rear wheel.
Sources: motorräder-aus-leipzig.de, Wikipedia DE, motorrder-aus-leipzig-b2b.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 1909-26


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 (or 1904), by Dr. Hugo Güldner and Prof. Dr. Carl von Linde, Rudolf Diesel's teacher, the company built large capacity sports motorcycles from 1924 to 1926. The firm was well-known for its stationary engines and, post-war, for tractors and commercial transport wagons.
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice, Axel Oskar Mathieu Archive.


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


Gutbrod
It appears that cars were built with this name, but not motorcycles - these used the Standard brand.
See also Klotz


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