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Motorcycles Built in Germany (M)

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

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

M

Mabeco

Mabret
Operating in 1927 and 1928, the firm used 346 sv and ohv Kühne engines, and sometimes the larger 496cc sidevalve.
Source: Tragatsch p197


Maco
Using DKW two-strokes and 198cc sidevalve engines of their own the firm built motorcycles from 1921 to 1926.
Source: Tragatsch p197


Mafa
An established bicycle manufacturer, they built motorcycles from 1923 to 1927 using DKW two-strokes and Kühne 348cc ohv and 496cc sv engines.
Source: Tragatsch p197


Magnet

Maiwald, Mascottchen
Manufactured by Neuköllner Maschinenfabrik, 1952-1953
Address: Berlin SO 36 Köpenicker Str. 147
This was a small scooter with a 50cc engine. Apparently it was underpowered and failed to find buyers.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice


Mallon
Sportmotorräder + Motoballzubehör manufactured by Jonny Mallon of Meinerzhagen, near Cologne.
Motoball models K2 (98cc AX100), M4 and M4a (Rotax 250cc Type 257), and M6 (TM 250).
Sources: François-Marie Dumas, mallon-motorsport.de


Mammut (Bielefeld)
There were three marques of this name built in Germany, as well as the Munch Mammut. Two were built in Bielfeld.
In 1924-1929 Hermann Froböse of Mammut-Fahrrad-Werke GmbH, Bielefeld, produced a 249 cc two-stroke motorcycle with a Baumi engine.
Between 1953 and 1956 Mammut mopeds with 50 cc JLO, Zündapp and Sachs engines 50cc were produced. These were identical to mopeds sold by Meister and Phanomen, which were also based in Bielefeld.
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice, owl.museum-digital.de


Mammut 1925-33 (Nuremberg)


Mamof
Built a lightweight motorcycles using DKW 145cc and Grade two-strokes along with their own 155cc sidevalve engines from 1922 to 1924.
Source: Tragatsch p201


Manderbach

Manufactured by Fahrzeugfabrik Louis Manderbach & Co., Wissenbach 25/Dillkreis(55/83), Nassau, established 1899.

From 1927 to 1939 Manderbach built a variety of front and rear loading three-wheeled commercial vehicles, most of which were powered by DKW engines.

Production resumed in 1949 with mostly 4-wheel light trucks. The firm was taken over in 1954, and the new owners kept the name. Very few machines were built between 1957 and 1960 when the firm closed.

Source: Axel Oskar Mathieu Archive



Mas
Limited production of lightweights with 183cc two-stroke engines, 1923-1924.
There was a well-established Italian marque of the same name.
Source: Tragatsch p202


Matador
Manufactured by C. Klose, Staßfurt, 1924-1926
Well-received by the motorcycle press the firm offered two models, the second of 269cc with a tubular frame. Inflation made it impossible to continue and they closed in 1926.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice


Maurer-Union logo

Maurer
Maurer Union, Dürrnhofstraße 8, and Bahnhofstrasse 93, Nuremberg
Ludwig Jakob Maurer (1873-1936) was one of the pioneers of German automotive engineering.
His factory built auxiliary bicycle engines, water-cooled 250cc single-cylinder two-stroke engines, and water-cooled HO 494cc two-strokes. It employed some questionable engineering solutions including tortuous inlet ducting on the flat twins.
Best known perhaps for his friction drive solution as used by Mars, they also built a variety of passenger cars and commercial vehicles.
Maurer died in 1936. Family members continued to run the company until 1974.
Sources: meisterdinger.de, Tragatsch p205, Axel Oskar Mathieu Archive.

HO Twin

Horizontally Opposed Twin

Examples include BMW, Zundapp and Douglas HO Twins have conrods running on a common crank, with one on the exhaust stroke and the other on inlet.

Mauser


MAW

VEB Meßgeräte- und Armaturenwerk, Karl Marx, Magdeburg, Buckau.

MAW Hilfsmotor (bicycle engines) were manufactured between 1954 and 1959 in Magdeburg, East Germany during the Soviet occupation.

Engine models include A5.1, A5.2 and A5.3 (49.5cc).

Sources: buyvintage.com, cyclememory.org

  • Sun Oct 23 2005
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    MAW Cyclemotor/motorized bicycle
    I recently came across a motorized bicycle. This vehicle has a MAW cyclemotor attached to the rear wheel. The rear tire has raised lettered stating "USSR". There is little to no information regarding this machine on the internet. Am looking for anyone that can provide any and all information regarding this vehicle or motor. Thank you in advance.


Mawi
Address: Norddeutsche Motorradwerke, Markwardt & Winter, Swinemünde
From 1923 to 1930 the firm built DKW 173cc two-strokes and JAP 198cc to 546cc sv and ohv engines, conventional chassis of sturdy design.
Source: Tragatsch p205



Max
Manufactured by Auto-Motor-Industrie GmbH in Berlin, 1924-1925
The firm produced 180cc two-stroke and 446cc sidevalve single-cylinder motorcycles.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice, Tragatsch p205


Mayrette

Manufactured by Franz Xaver Mayr, Munich, Schleissheimer Straße 294

Built delivery three-wheelers using 200cc JAP four-strokes beginning in 1924. Another firm, Maja-Werk, had similar machines built in the Mayr factory until 1934. These were fitted with BMW 500cc twins as well as the JAP 200 engines. [1]

Notes.
1. A quite different account of Maja-Werk is given by de.wikipedia.org (July 2021), which states that only a cyclecar was built, and for only one year - 1923-24.
2. There were several historical personages with the name Franz Xaver Mayr, the most famous an Austrian physician, creator of the Mayr diet.

Source: Axel Oskar Mathieu Archive



MGH / M.B.G.
Manufactured by M.G.H. Heilbronn 1927-1939
Maschinenbau-Gesellschaft Heilbronn produced engines designed by Richard and Xavier Küchen from about 1927 and these were supplied to a variety of other companies. The firm built commercial vehicles including three-wheeled vans powered by the "K" engines. MGH was quite a large firm which built locomotives, steam rollers and other heavy machinery. Established in the 1850s, they survived until 2007.
There is a motorcycle in existence with the manufacture ID plate clearly reading "M.B.G. Heilbronn, K-Motor, System Küchen, Baujah 1934", which GTU says was built in Lahr.
Sources: kradblatt.de, wikipedia/de, GTU Oldtimerservice.


Meteor 1924-1926 (Two different makes)


Metzger & Schlegel


Merco
Manufactured by Mercur Motoren GmbH, Berlin 1922-1924
Also marketed as the Record, these motorcycles had frames built by Hugo Gruhn and engines from Franz Krause.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice


Meybein
From 1922 to 1926 the firm employed DKW 119cc and 142cc two-strokes engines, along with a 269cc two-stroke and another with a horizontal cylinder. Most if not all had belt drive to the rear wheel. The engines were very low slung in the frame, and the machines were of quite basic constuction with rim brake on the rear wheel only.
Source: Tragatsch p208


Meybra
The firm built basic machines powered by their own 168cc two-stroke engines, 1922-1926
Source: Tragatsch p208


meyfa logo

Meyfa
Manufactured by Berliner Mopedbau H. Meyer, Berlin-Reinickendorf, 1951-1955
Designed to be marketed to women, some mopeds were powered by AMO two-stroke bicycle attachment motors.
Models include the Teddy and Troll, both with 50cc JLO FP 50 engines.
They were possibly also marketed under the Teddy brand.
Sources: mo-ped.se


M.F.
Manufactured by Max Fischer, Nuremberg-Johannis, 1922 - 1926
The factory built motorcycles using 492cc BMW boxer engines, and 347cc and 497cc side-valve singles from Blackburne.
Source: meisterdinger.de

HO Twin

Horizontally Opposed Twin

Examples include BMW, Zundapp and Douglas HO Twins have conrods running on a common crank, with one on the exhaust stroke and the other on inlet.

MFB
Manufactured by Gerhard W. Lehmann & Co., Hamburg, 1923-1924, who also built automobiles. The motorcycles had wooden frames and used 198cc Nabob and 293cc SV JAP engines. Hoco of Minden continued construction after M.F.B. ceased trading.
N.B. 1. * 1922-1923 are dates given by another source. 2. There is also a post-WWII Italian marque of the same name: MFB
Source: Tragatsch (p208)


MFZ
Manufactured in Berlin by Motorfahrzeug GmbH, 1921-1928
Various addresses including Berlin W 9, Lindenstr. 38
The motorcycles used 200cc, 250cc, and in 1925, 350cc engines.

MOTOR CYCLE DEVELOPMENTS IN GERMANY.

One of the most extensively used lightweights appears to be the M.F.Z., which is fitted with a single-cylinder overhead-valve engine, the valve operation of which is by push rods and rockers. This has the change-speed mechanism combined with the crank case and final drive by belt.

The Motor Cycle October 6th, 1921.


Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice, The MotorCycle


MGF
Manufactured by Mühlbauer & Co., Berlin, 1923-1931
The firm specialised in high-performance two-stroke engines based on the Ruppe / Bekamo principle which were sold in large numbers to other motorcycle manufacturers.
They built belt-drive motorcycles, both with compressors, of 140cc and 175cc. When production of these ceased they continued making accessories.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice


Mielke
Felix Mielke built racing machines based on the BMW R75 fitted with a Fiat Topolino 500cc engine from 1947 to 1951.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice


Mimoa
1923-1925
Manufactured by Mittelbadische Motorradfabrik, Bruno Felbers & Son, Achern, Baden
Used 142 cc two-stroke Rohöl (crude oil) engines from Julius Löwy
Source: Tragatsch p211, wikipedia.nl


Miranda
Built in Dortmund by Pirol Werke GmbH, 1951-1954
Introduced in 1949 as the JLO-powered Schweppe, the Miranda used 150cc Sachs and 200cc Kurchen engines.
See also Schweppe
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice, Tragatsch p211


MJ
1925. Built HO twins of 596 and 746cc which they supplied to other manufacturers including Heller. The Mehne firm purchased the company when it encountered difficulties. MJ also built an interesting two-stroke motorcycle which did not enter production.
Source: Tragatsch p211


M.J.S.
Manufactured by Schönfeld & Schwarz, Nuremberg
The factory produced limited numbers of motorcycles with 245cc two-stroke engines. Possibly also known as N.I.S.
Source: meisterdinger.de


MMM
Produced limited numbers of 148cc two-stroke motorcycles 1925-1927.
Source: Tragatsch p212


Mofa
Built 70cc and 148cc bicycle attachment engines along with complete motor bicycles from 1920 to 1925.
Source: Tragatsch p212


Mohr
In the 1960s and 1970s Alfons Mohr of Hausen (am Nürburgring) built 50cc racing machines, among them Mohr-Kreidler and Mohr-Derbi.

Sources: kreidler-winkelmann.de, et al


MON
Manufactured by Maschinenfabrik Oberndorf Neckar in Oberndorf, 1953-1955
Mopeds powered by 50cc Rex engines.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice


Monos 1924~1929


Mota Wiesel 1948-52


Motag

Motorist
Manufactured by Dobron-Motorist GmbH of Berlin, 1923-1925
The first model used a DKW 150cc two-stroke engine, followed by a JAP 350cc model. The machine was also marketed as the Dobron Motorist.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice


Motor-Treibrad

Manufactured by Luftfahrzeug Gesellschaft of Berlin, an aircraft company, shortly after the end of World War One. In 1919 they built a Fahrrad-Hilfsmotor in the form of a powered trailer which pushed a bicycle, thus putting the cart before the horse.

Source: period advertising


Möve
Manufactured by Walter & Co. in Mühlhausen, 1903-1908
Also known as the Möwe, these motorcycles were fitted with Fafnir 3.5 hp single-cylinder engines and 5 hp V-twins.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice


Müco
Active 1921-1924, the Muco firm built bicycle attachment engines of 118cc which were fitted adjacent to the rear wheel.
Source: Tragatsch p222


Mufag

MUFAG Großhandelsgesellschaft mbH was based in Hanover, Rumannstrasse 13-15 and sold bicycles, mopeds, accessories and corresponding spare parts, along with electrical household appliances.

Heros mofas and mopeds by Dohle were rebranded and sold as Mufag in the 1950s.

Sources: forum.smokeville.de, et al.


Mufi (Imperator)
Built a basic motorcycle with 348cc three-port deflector piston two-stroke in 1925-26.
Source: Tragatsch p222


MWR

Mathias Winekls was bicycle manufacturer around 1950 from Mönchengladbach Rheydt.

An example has a Sachs engine, probably 50cc. MWR logo on tank and headstock. Has pedals. Ladies model with dropped frame, valanced guards and chainguard. Rather pretty.

Source: Farben-Schiessl


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