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.



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

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

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


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

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 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.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Mammut-1927-Nuremberg logo

Mammut (Nuremberg)
Maschinenfabrik Berner & Co, Ludwig-Feuerbach-Strasse 75/77, Nuremberg, 1925 - 1933
Later at Innere Laufer Gasse 20
Early models used 200cc Baumi two-stroke engines, followed by engines of their own produced in capacities from 250c to 350cc, both two-stroke and four-stroke.
Towards the end of the 1920s they used engines of from Blackburne, JAP and Villiers, along with 600cc MAG V-twins. As the depression bit they switched to smaller engines including those from Moser.
They also marketed a preßstahl modell (pressed steel model) with a JAP engine which was a Coventry Eagle re-badged with a Mammut emblem.
An example is displayed at the Museum Industriekultur in Nürnberg

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

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

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

Ludwig Maurer, Dürrnhofstraße 8, and Bahnhofstrasse 93, Nuremberg
The 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.
Source:, Tragatsch p205.

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.



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).


  • Sun Oct 23 2005
    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.

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

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

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:, wikipedia/de, GTU Oldtimerservice.

Meteor 1924-1926 (Two different makes)

Metzger & Schlegel
Metzger & Schlegel K.G., Fellbach, Eppinger Straße 5a. Built from 1955 to 1959, the Motte scooter used 50c to 120cc engines of their own manufacture. Possibly also produced a machine named Moto-Sport.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice, (NIT)

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

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

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

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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.

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.

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.

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)

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.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sources:, et al

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

Mota Wiesel
Manufactured by Mota-Maschinenbau GmbH of Nagold 1948-1952
Scooters with their own engines of 50cc to 100cc
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice


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


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

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

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

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

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