Motorcycles Built in Germany (H)

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

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


Hagel Kraftradbau AG, Nuremberg, 1923 to 1925
Built limited numbers of 247cc motorcycles with engines of their own design, and others, using an inexpensive frame.

Haja Motorradbau GmbH, Sendenhorst in Westfalen
Hansa and F&S 1.8 and 1/4 hp engines, some with gears. One was described as having "rear frame suspension".
Sources: Tragatsch p154,

Hans Korn, Motorradbau, Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Very similar to the famed Howard R. Davies machines, using the same JAP 348cc and 490cc ohv engines. Only 10 machines were built before the name was changed to H.K.R. in 1925.
Sources: Tragatsch p154 & p163,

Hasselmayer & Luber GmbH, München, Mozartstraße 13
Built motorcyclew with 147cc two-strokes and 146cc and 198cc ohv engines of their own manufacture.
The Type C had a 2 1/2 ps engine available with a 2-speed gearbox.
Sources: Tragatsch p154,

Hanke & Warneke
Bremer Fahrzeugbau, Rembertistraße 28 Bremen
Built the Helios de Luxe JLO-powered moped in the 1950s
Source: Moped Archive

In March of 1913 the Hansa organisation (later Hansa-Lloyd and then Borgward) acquired the Oelde, Bielefeld plant of Ramesohl && Schmidt A.-G. (Westfalia) and named the new company Hansa Präzisionswerke AG, which produced motor cars. Motorcycle production began in 1922 and continued until 1927.
Models included 147cc, 198cc and 246cc machines, two-stroke and four-stroke. They supplied 246cc OHV engines to AFW, and also supplied engines to Haja, Bimofa and others.

Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice, Tragatsch p154, Axel Oskar Mathieu Archive.


Manufactured by Hanseatische Wagenfabrik, Hamburg 36, Speckstraße 82, 1927-1928

Sales were handled by Roland Krug & Co., G.m.b.H..

The Hanseat had a pressed steel box frame, two leaf-sprung wheels at the front and an unsprung rear wheel. It was steered with a handlebar. The front-loader was had belt-drive, with engines of 198cc, 248 cc or 348 cc. It was available with a tray or box.

Source: Axel Oskar Mathieu Archive

Hans and Paul Meinke, from whose names the brand name was derived, built some 800 motorcycles in Salzwedel from 1922 to 1926. The machines had tubular frames and were powered by 196cc and 246cc engines with magneto ignition and a two-speed gearbox.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Also known as the Berliner this was an electric runabout built around 1909. It was marketed in the UK as the Swan Electric.

Harnisch & Lehmann, Mozartstraße 29, Plauener
Built ca 1925-27, Harle motorcycles were mostly fitted with 350cc Bark two-stroke engines, with clutch and two-speed gearbox driving the rear wheel by belt.

Manufactured in Berlin by Harras Motoren AG, 1922-1925
The firm produced Berkamo engines under licence, and also constructed motorcycles powered by these. The company was acquired by Paradowski who discontinued motorcycle production in favour of engines.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured in Neumünster by Wolfgang Uhlig, Harms and Schimkowski 1971-1978
Long-track speedway, ice-racing and motocross machines powered by JAP, ESO and Norton engines ridden by Bobby Schwartz, Kai Niemi and Hans-Otto Pingel, among others. They also built a gearbox which was well received. The firm is still in business as of 2018.
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice,

Manufactured by Halbritter & Schollmeyer of Mühlhausen, Thuringia from 1923 to 1926 using DKW engines, and from 1925 Villiers. They presented a small car at the 1924 Berlin Motor Show.
Sources: Tragatsch p158,,

Manufactured by Motorradhaus Hans Schütze, Dresden A-16, Hammerstraße 6.
Lightweight motorcycles with Bekamo and 173cc Villiers engines
Sources: Tragatsch p158,


Willi Haussherr GmbH, Berlin, Alexanderstrasse 22 W.

Produced motorcycles from 1902 to 1912 under three brands, Sigurd, Komet and Royal. Most, possibly all, used versions of the French Ixion engine built in Germany under licence.

The firm sold bicycles and many motorcycle-related products: accumulators, ammeters, motorcycle stands (Orpneumatic), cables, leather bags, glow tubes, etc.

Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice, et al

Hamburg firm built sports machines using JAP 348, 490 and 678cc sv and ohv engines, and MAG IOE V-twins of 497cc. Raced by Bremer and Shultz.
Source: Tragatsch p158

Heidemann logo


Manufactured lightweights under the HWE (Heidemann Werke Einbeck) marque from 1949 to 1953.

Heidemann-Werke KG, established in Einbeck in the early 1900s as a bicycle manufacturer, built motorcycles with JLO and Sachs engines up to 125cc. 50cc mopeds were built until 1957, also using Sachs and JLO engines.

Around 1954 they introduced the Baronia brand, under the company name Baronia Fahrzeugfabrik. These mopeds were also powered by Sachs and JLO and were built until 1955. Another brand name they used was Dirigent, probably only used for bicycles.

After moped production ceased Heidemann continued in the bicycle trade until 1992 when their focus shifted to other fields.

Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice, Tragatsch p195,

Details of the Heidemann company's long history may be found at

H & W, Heitmann & Wittler
Manufactured by Heitmann & Wittler Fahrad & Maschinenfabrik of Steinhagen in 1938, and then post-war until 1953 using JLO, Sachs and Zundapp engines, and components from other suppliers to produce mopeds and motorcycles of up to 125cc.
Post-war address believed to be Rembertistraße 28 Bremen.
Sources: Moped Archive, GTU Oldtimerservice.

Manufactured by Motorradfabrik Heilbrunn & Co., Bauerngasse 21, Nuremberg, 1923 - 1925
Apparently based on the Cotton design, it was powered by a 346cc two-stroke of their own design with transmission via a three-speed gearbox and belt or chain drive. Brakes were internal expanding drum front and rear, with girder-style forks.

Heinle & Wegelin

Built by Herbert Lindner in Berlin, 1923-1925
The motorcycle had a iquid-cooled two-stroke engine with unit-construction two-speed gearbox. It was quite an advanced machine but being relatively expensive could not survive the chaotic years of the mid-twenties.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Helios by BFW

Heller Motorradfabrik, Gibitzenhofstraße 47, Nürnberg, 1923 - 1926
The brothers Hans and Fritz Heller built motorcycles powered by BMW M2B15 sidevalve HO engines, and from 1924 also the MJ 750cc flat twins from Mehne. The machines has a three-speed gearbox and belt drive to the rear wheel and a block brake on the front wheel only.
Sources:, Tragatsch p159.

Manufactured by Lommatzsch of Berlin, 1923-1925, it was a 147cc two-stroke which competed in the market with the similarly named Heli.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Henkel 1927-32

There were two companies of this name. The first built sidecars from 1924-1926 in Berlin. The second was that of Willi Heitmann who built motocrossers using Japanese engines in 1985 and 1986.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Built between 1922 and 1925 by Herkstroeter & Co of Bielefeld, these were belt-drive motorcycles using their own two-stroke engines of 113cc to 249cc.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Built by Heinz Blume in Cologne 1922-1923, this was a light belt-driven motorcycle with a two-stroke 141cc engine mounted high in the frame and well forward of the pedal crank.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured a 148cc Hilfsmotor which could be fitted to either the front or rear wheel of a bicycle.
Sources: Tragatsch p162,


Two different marques of this name were built in Germany.

1. IBH (Motorradbau Ing. Berwald Hamburg) built a 123cc two-stroke with Eismann magneto, 1922-1925. A second source says that Eduard Berwald built around 100 machines until 1929. One of these is displayed at the Zweirad Museum Neckarsulm.

2. Hermes Motorfahrzeug GmbH of Berlin built motorcycles 1924-1925, one of which was a 350cc JAP.

Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice,

Heros, H&R and Ares

Manufactured 1921-1929

Heros Motorrad Motoren & Getriebebau of Oberoderwitz, Saxony, built auxiliary bicycle engines and single-cylinder sidevalve engines of 155cc to 247cc, 1921-1929.

These engines were supplied to other manufacturers including Ranzani in Italy.

Originally named H&R (Motorenwerk Zittau, Hartmann & Richter, Niederoderwitz), the firm also built the Ares brand.

Sources: Tragatsch p169,

Heros (Berlin)
Heros Motorfahrzeug GmbH of Berlin built light motorcycles powered by 142cc DKW engines, 1923-1924.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice,

Manufactured by Adam H. Herstelle of Bielefeld 1923-1924
In addition to two-stroke and four-stroke motorcycles, one of which was powered by a Hansa engine, the firm produced components for other marques in the Bielfeld area, particularly front suspension.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured by Hagemann & Vogler, Leichtmotorenfabrik, Berlin, 1924-1925
Fitted DKW 142cc two-strokes to lightweight machines similar to those from Eichler, also of Berlin.
Sources: Tragatsch p162,

Manufactured by HS-Metallbau GmbH of Salzgitter 1984-1988
Powered by a Rotax 504 and fitted with quality components - Marzocchi forks, Koni rear suspension, TZ Yamaha wheels and the like - the Hesco-Rotax 560 sports machine proved quite popular in the German market.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Eberstadt, 1925
Valentin Hess built a remarkable 799cc inline four fitted longitudinally, FN fashion. Available in any colour as long as was red, the cost was 1600 marks. Hess also supplied components to HAG in the way of crankshafts and other engine components. HAG in turn manufactured a new type of steel piston for Hess, of which he was the inventor, but the popularity of steel pistons was fast waning.
Sources: Tragatsch p162,

Heuser HMT
Manufactured by Peter Heuser of Troisdorf 1980-1982
The firm produced a variety of off-road machines of 50cc, 80cc and 250cc using modified Sachs engines and mainly Italian chassis components. The firm was associated with the Italian AMR.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Hexe (1920s)
Three different German firms built machines of this name. (English: Witch)
A Bamberg firm produced belt-driven Hexe motorcycles of up to 500cc from 1924 to 1926.

Achenbach of Hamburg built Hexe automobiles 1905-1907.
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice,

Hexe (Amelung)

hexe logo

Carl Amelung Fahrzeugfabrik of Duisburg built 48cc Sachs-powered modeds and lightweight motorcycles from around 1955 until 1966. They were marketed under both the Hexe and Amelung brands.
Models include: Hexe Mokick Super Sport 1961. This has a pressed steel chassis, dual seat, motorcycle-style fuel tank with tool cavity in top, and conventional tele forks.
Hexe HSL 50MK Sachs 4-speed engine
Hexe 1966, last model.
They also marketed mopeds under the Flidus brand from 1957 to 1959. These had the same model designation as some of the Hexe machines, HSL50. There is a suggestion that they had some association with Gold Rad, another moped producer of '50s.
Source:,, Farben-Schiessl, et al.


Manufactured by Curt Hiekel Maschinenfabrik of Leipzig-Thekla from 1925 to 1932

Using their own 348cc two-stroke engines driving via a Hurth or Pfeiffer gearbox, the motorcycles remained largely unchanged throughout the production years although some later machines had front brakes. Five are known to have survived.

Sources: motorrä, Tragatsch p162,



Manufactured by Moritz Hille in Dresden. Company founded 1884

In 1898 the firm's first vehicle was produced, a motor tricycle. This was followed by four-wheeled commercial vehicles which they continued to build until the late 1920s.

Source: Axel Oskar Mathieu Archive


The engineer H. Kinvall was mentioned in an article in "Motor und Sport" magazine as having designed a three-wheeler.

Details were sparse, and it seems likely that few, if any, were built.

Source: Axel Oskar Mathieu Archive


The Hennicke Motorrad Anhänger was termed a motorcycle trailer, but was actually a motorized tricycle with one wheel at the front. It seated three, driver in front and two passengers behind, and was provided with a folding cover.


Manufactured by Hasper Motorrad Werk of Westfalen.
1923-1928. Heavy single-cylinder machines with their own SV engines.
Not related to the Austrian marque, nor to the machines built in post-war East Germany.
Sources: Tragatsch, Wikipedia NL

Gebr. Emslander Motorenfabrik of Landshut
The brothers designed and built a 496cc flat twin motorcycle. Production was limited, with stiff competition from BMW.
Sources: Tragatsch p163,

Hoco logo

Constructed in Minden, Westphalia 1924-1928 by Hohmeyer & Co, a furniture manufacturer, the motorcycles had a woooden frame (probably ash) and were fitted with a variety of two- and four-stroke engines up to 250cc. The motorcycles were originally built by MFB.
Sources: François-Marie Dumas, Tragatsch.

Hoffmann & Seidel
Built in Saarbrücken by bicycle manufacturer Hensler in the 1950s. Hoffmann & Seidel was also a clothing brand.
Machines of this marque were almost identical to the Saarperle, also built by Hensler.

Manufactured by Hoock & Co. of Cologne, 1926-28
Hoock was a main agent for Villiers in Germany. Using their 342cc engines and a variety of other British components he built a number of motorcycles.

Horex Röth

Fritz Röth, bicycle and motorcycle dealer of Hammelbach, sold Moto-Villa and Italjet lightweights. In 1978 or thereabouts he bought the Horex trademark from Friedel Münch, with whom he had been attempting to resurrect the marque. From 1979 Röth sold mopeds under the Horex banner which were the products of S.I.S. in Portugal and Testi in Italy. In he mid-80s he had HRD in Italy build a number of Rotax-engined beauties, but HRD failed in 1986 bringing the venture to a halt.

Sources:, Mick Walker's German Racing Motorcycles.

Produced by Maschinenfabrik M. Hecker & Co. of Berlin, 1924-1926
145cc and 175cc DKW two-stroke engines powered these utilitarian motorcycles which did well on the local market until the financial crisis.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured by Max Hucke Fahrgestellbau, Berlin-Neukölln. 1924-26
Used 124, 173 and 247 cc engines from Berlin engine builder Rinne
Sources:, Tragatsch p169

Manufactured by Hüfferwerke, Abt. Kraftfahrzeugbau, Münster in Westphalia, 1923-25
Built lightweight motorcycles using 150 to 200cc engines from the likes of DKW, Lorenz (Rapid) and Baumi.
Sources: Tragatsch p169,


Manufactured from 1923 to 25 by

Husar Leichtmotorrad GmbH
Husar Motorfahrzeug AG, Munich

The firm motorcycles using 296cc and 500cc engines which had leaf spring front and rear suspension, quite advanced but not yet popular in with the consumer. They had stiff competition from BMW, also of Munich.
Sources: Tragatsch p169,

Huy-Fahrzeug- und Motorenbau was established by Louis Huy [1] in Dresden in 1923. The firm built 198cc motorcycles and light three-wheeled delivery vehicles (dreirad) using engines from Alba. Albert Thiele became the owner in 1924, but with the onset of the German financial crisis Alba went into receivership and production ceased in 1926.
N.B. 1. AOM suggests that the name may be Walter Huy. They also give final production date as 1929.
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice, Axel Oskar Mathieu Archive

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