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Motorcycles Built in Germany (L)

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

This page lists brand names beginning with the letter "L" for which we currently have only an historical precis. See also the List of German Motorcycles.

L

Laro

Manufactured by Morobau G.m.b.H, Kaltenkirchen (Holstein), 1947-1951

The Laro Lasten-Roller appeared at the 1949 Frankfurt fair with a 123cc JLO two-stroke engine driving the rear wheel by chain. The cargo box was mounted above the two front wheels which were steered by motorcycle-style handlebars and had a payload of 165kg. A "breech-loader" model was later introduced with a single front wheel, type Laro H, using 145cc and 200cc JLO engines.

Production in Germany ceased in 1951. It is possible that Puch then built them until 1956.

Source: Axel Oskar Mathieu Archive


LDR
Manufactured 1922-1925
Josef Herz designed 548cc sv external-flywheel engines which were housed in frame with a comparatively low saddle. Early models were belt drive, later machines had chain/chain drive but with little protection for the rider.
Source: Tragatsch p192


Lebelt
Operating from 1924 to 1925, the firm built motorcycles fitted with 3.8 hp two-stroke and 4.6 hp sidevalve engines of their own production.
Source: Tragatsch p192


Lehner

Manufactured by Jakob Lehner Motorenbau München, 1923-1925

Tarzan 2 Zylinder Zweitakt Motor und Lehner 1 Zylinder Zweitakt Motor - Lehner engines were two-stroke singles, Tarzan engines were two-stroke singles and and flat-twins of up to 9 cv.

Advertised for "bootsmotor, motorrad, flugzeug, auto" (marine engine, motorcycle, aircraft, automobile). They were distributed by Hermann Hahn.

Source: motor-lit-berlin.de


Leifa
Lightweights of 148cc believed to have been built by Fama of Kiel-Friedrichsort in 1924-1925. Not related to the Berlin automobile company of the same name and period.
Sources: Tragatsch p192, Wikipedia DE.


Leopard
Manufactured by Dietlein & Co. of Magdeburg-Neustadt, 1921-1926
Fitted with a Columbus four-stroke 250cc engine the motorcycle did well in competition, winning the international AVUS race in Berlin. In 1925 Motosacoche engines were employed. (GTU).
Tragatsch says they built their own 250 and 350cc two-stroke engines, and later built their own four-stroke engines.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice, Tragatsch p193.


Lesshafft

Manufactured by Lesshracht & Co., Berlin N 65, Chausseestrasse 72, 1925-1926

The first model was a motor-dreirad with an air-cooled 133cc Rinne engine and Sturmey-Archer gearbox driving by belt to to the left rear wheel. It was eligible for the tax-free bracket.

In 1926 a similar machine with a larger water-cooled engine was presented at the Berlin Motor Show. Hyperinflation took its toll, and like so many others the company folded.

Source: Axel Oskar Mathieu Archive


Leto
Lehmann designed a welded pressed metal frame with integral fuel tank into which he fitted Rinne two-stroke engines of 173 and 198cc. These were produced from 1926 to 1928
Source: Tragatsch p193


LFG
Manufactured by Luftfahrzeug GmbH of Berlin, famed manufacturer of airships and aircraft, including WWI fighter planes.
After the Great War, Germany was banned from producing aircraft so the company turned to other avenues, producing the LFG motorcycles from 1921 to 1925. These had the engine mounted well to the rear, below the saddle, and were referred to as Schieberad, "pushing wheel".
They also produced a 305cc two-stroke with a body shaped like an airship.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice, Tragatsch p194.


Liliput
1923-26
Built a variety of lightweight motorcycles using engines from DKW, Namapo, Baumi, Gruhn and probably others.
Source: Tragatsch p194


Linsner
Between 1922 to 1924 the firm built motorcycles powered by flat-twins of 293cc from Bosch-Douglas and 492cc from BMW.
Source: Tragatsch p194


Lloyd
In the years 1923-1926 Ottmar Cramer, owner of Ocra, produced machines under the Lloyd marque. Initially these were 137cc clip-on bicycle engines, and later motorcycles using a variety of JAP engines including SV and OHV 350 and 500cc units.
The firm does not appear to be associated with Hansa-Lloyd or Borgward. There was another Lloyd marque in Germany at the same time (1922-26) which built a 144cc two-stroke, and a Lloyd of the Netherlands in the early '30s.
Source: meisterdinger.de, Tragatasch p195.


LMS
Luftreederei Max Schüler, Osnabrück Netterheide
In 1923 the firm used its expertise as a builder of airships to construct motorcycles powered by 142cc DKW engines. These had the appearance of a Zeppelin and were named the Tropfen-Motorrad. Few were made.
See also Tropfen
Sources: Tragatsch p194, motor-hist-foto.de


Lohrlein
1980
An off-road racer built by Peter Lohrlein, the machine had a monocoque frame and unusual swinging arm front suspension. The wheels were of pressed metal, and it was powered by a modified Sachs 175cc engine.
Source: wikipedia.nl.


Lomos


Lord
Constructed from 1929 to 1931 using a 198cc JAP sidevalve engine. The reason of the English name is obscure.
Source: Tragatsch p196


Loreley


Lorenz, aka Rapid


Löwy
1920s
Czech engineer Julius Löwy designed and built two-stroke twins of 113, 142 and 176cc which were supplied to Albertus and Almora.
Source: wikipedia.nl.


Lucas
In 1923-24 they built lightweights fitted with Bekamo 129cc two-strokes, and later with engines of their own construction.
Source: Tragatsch p196


Ludolph
From 1924 to 1926 they constructed basic motorcycles using 247cc and 299cc two-stroke engines of their own manufacture fitted to conventional frames.
Source: Tragatsch p196


Lupus
Lupus Motorenbau, Stuttgart, Landhausstraße 43
Manufactured for Rudolf Wolf & Co. of Berlin, 1923-1926
The 148 cc two-stroke motorcycle used a Douglas 2-speed gearbox driving the rear wheel via belt.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice, wirtemberg.de


Lutrau
Ludwid Traunspurger designed two-stroke engines of 198, 246 and 346cc, and a four-stroke 497cc sidevalve unit. These were fitted to the automobile accessory firm's motorcycles in the years 1924 to 1933.
Source: Tragatsch p196


Luwe

LWD
Manufactured by Lippische Werke AG, Detmold, 1923-1924
The firm built railway carriages, agricultural machinery and much more. The LWD motorcycle appeared with 195cc and 250cc four-stroke SV engines, but the marque did not survive the economic crisis.
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice, Tragatsch p196.


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