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Motorcycles Built in Germany (R)

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

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


Raakete c.1919

Manufactured in 1953 and 1954 by Rapier Fahrradfabrik, Märkische Straße 23, Bielefeld. Initially they offered kits into which appropriate engines from JLO, Sachs and Zundapp could be installed, and also produced complete mopeds.
Sources: Moped Archive, GTU Oldtimerservice



Built by F. Müller & Co. GmbH, Ratingen im Rheinland.
Lightweights with engines of 173 and 195cc, also given as four-strokes of 1.5 ps and 2.5 ps.
Sources: Tragatsch p259, Henshaw p321,


Richard Rauscher of Ludwigshafen built Raumo mopeds from 1953 to 1956. Four models were built using 48/49cc Sachs, JLO and Zundapp engines

Ludwigshafen is on the Rhine between Frankfurt and Strasbourg.

Source:, et al.

Built basic machines using two-stroke 147cc engines of their own construction. The engine was mounted high in the triangle of a strengthened bicycle frame, with belt drive to the rear wheel.
Source: Tragatsch p259,


The Reform-Motorrad of 1930 is very similar to the Fels of 1931 and the 1930 Presto Ballon.


Rehling logo

Founded by Carl Rehling of Bielefeld in 1919, the company changed ownership but not the name and produced 247cc motorcycles in 1924 and 1925.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice


Rennsteig 1925-30

Rex of Behringersdorf

Rex Kraftfahrzeug GmbH, Behringersdorf near Nuremberg. 1923 - 1925

The company produced a small number of two-stroke motorcycles. At least one remains, and has chain drive to the gearbox and belt-drive to the rear wheel, which has a rim brake. No front brake.


N.B. Several firms used the Rex brand.

Rex of Munich

Manufactured by Binnewies & Sprecher, Berlin 1923-1925
These were quality machines of 200 and 250cc which took advantage of the tax and licence-free laws then in effect. They had kickstarter, clutch and a two-speed gearbox.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice


Rinne 1924~1930

Rinnerberger 1927-1929

Manufactured by the Ridder Brothers of Bielefeld, 1923-1924
Herford König supplied 233cc engines for these machines.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Berlin firm which fitted Bekamo 129cc and MGF 132cc engines to lightweights.
Source: Tragatsch p272

Manufactured by Roco Motorfahrzeuge AG, Berlin-Charlottenburg, 1922-1925
These were robust machines powered by horizontal two-strokes of 110 and 147cc with Bosch magneto ignition. The engines were possibly supplied by Cockerell.
Motorcycle racer Johannes Rössig was associated with the company, along with brothers Hermann and Heinrich Rossner. Rössig went on to form Roconova
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice,, Tragatsch p262


Manufactured by Roeder & Co., Hanover, 1906-1914
Known as Auto-Phaetons, these were effectively two heavy bicycles running side by side with an engine in one and a seat or carrier in the centre, driving via a chain.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured by Hugo Marschin in Berlin, 1923-1924.
These were light motorcycles with 132cc Bekamo and 175cc DKW engines.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice
N.B. Roland of Dessau, automobile manufacturer 1924-26, is unrelated.


Rolifix-Hamburg Logo

Manufactured by Alfons Lipp, Frankfurt / Main, Freiherrvom-Stein-Strasse 11, 1956-1958

Introduced in 1956 as the Blitz 57, it was renamed to Rolifix in 1957. Powered by a 47 cc Sachs engine, it had good handling characteristics, brakes on all three wheels, and a payload of 250kg.

Source: Axel Oskar Mathieu Archive

Rollfix 1923-1936

Roter Teufel
Bismarck Motoren GmbH, Berlin-Charlottenburg, Bismarckstraße 102
Berlin firm which fitted their own 170cc four-stroke sidevalve engines to light motorcycles.
Source: Tragatsch p263

Two different German companies built motorcycles under the RS marque concurrently.
Rogge & Stiller of Berlin built two-stroke engines 1924-1925
Scheid-Henniger of Karlsruhe built RS motorcycles 1925-1928. These were also marketed under the SH brand.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice, Tragatsch p272.

Dresden firm which built handsome roadsters using Kuhne, MAG and JAP engines of 348cc to 748cc.
Source: Tragatsch p265

Ruppe 1928-1932

August Gernet, Motorfahrzeugbau, Nürnberg
Built motorcycles with an external flywheel 132cc two-stroke engine.

Runge 1923-1926

Karl Ruwisch of Cologne built a light scooter powered by a Victoria 32cc two-stroke mounted above the front wheel, 1949-1959(1).
Notes: 1. Dates vary with some sources giving first production as early as 1947, which would make it Germany's first post-war scooter. Tragatsch gives 1948-49, Wikipedia NL 1948-59.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

RWN 1927-1930

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Rarer German Marques