German Motorcycles

Motorcycles Built in Germany (J)

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

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


Kraftfahrzeuge J.A. Kraut, Gochsheim bei Schweinfurt
Lightweights fitted with 119cc, 142cc and 173cc DKW engines, and with 129cc Bekamo two-strokes (Ladepumpe-Motor).
Sources: Tragatsch p176, motor-hist-foto.de

Munich firm fitted air- and water-cooled 170cc two-stroke engines of their own manufacture to lightweight motorcycles.
Sources: Tragatsch p176

Manufactured: J. A. Vogler, Fahrzeugbau, Rohrmattenstrasse 16, Nuremberg-Zabo, 1925 - 1929
Vogler bought the Abako company in 1925 and continued the production of motorcycles under that name.
Concurrently they built 200cc sidevalve machines and motorcycles with 500cc SV Sturmey Archer and Blackburne engines. These were sold as far afield as Finland.
With onset of the depression Vogler ceased motorcycle production but continued to produce spare parts for Abako, Cockerell and his own Javon machines.
Source: meisterdinger.de

Built in Nuremberg by Johann Hirschmann & Co., 1921-1923
These were single-speed 200cc two-strokes with belt drive to the rear wheel, which had a rim brake.
Source: Wikipedia DE

ca. Mid 1920s
Type IV used an Esbe two-stroke engine, other models used Adma 130cc and 175cc engines, and Villiers 172cc two-strokes.
Source: motor-hist-foto.de

Jooss Söhne


Munich firm built motorised bicycles with inclined single-cylinder and parallel twins mounted horizontally with one cylinder above the other.

Advertising reads: Jooss Söhne & Co., München: Zweirad-Motoren.

Tragatsch, listing the brand as "Joos", states that the Munich firm built horizontal twin-cylinder engines which they fitted to their own motorcycles. Later they used Fafnir singles and v-twins.

In 1902 their address was listed as:

  • Jooß Söhne & Cie
    Distriktsstraße 22
    Landau in der Pfalz

Landau is about halfway between Frankfurt and Strasbourg, near the French border.

The same name appears in 1883 on a patent, address Landau; in 1896 in documents about a water pumping station gives the address as Munich.

A reference to a 1923 security document reads, "Founded 1921 for the execution of buildings of every kind. 1922 purchase of the property Munich, Westendstr. 142. In April 1925 resolution of liquidation."

Sources: Period advertisement, motorradonline.de, fhw-online.de, Tragatsch p180

Manufactured by J. Schätzle, Fahrzeugfabrik, Liegnitz, Jauernstraße 67
Built their own 132cc and 180ccc two-strokes and also fitted DKW 206cc three-port engines.
Sources: Tragatsch p180, motor-hist-foto.de

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