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German Motorcycles

Motorcycles Built in Germany (R)

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

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

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Rapier
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


Ratingia

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1923-25
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, motor-hist-foto.de


Record
1922-24
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, motor-hist-foto.de


Rehling
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


Renner-Original
Renner & Poppe GmbH, Dresden. 1924-1932
Built motorcycles using JAP SV engines of up to 996cc, and Barr & Stroud 350cc and 500cc powerplants, 3 speed gearbox and kickstarter. They may also have used Kühne and Küchen engines.

  • 79 Barr and Stroud single sleeve valve engines were shipped to Dresden in 1923-24. They were shipped to a company "RF Reggel", who were probably freight handlers only. ~ John Ferguson, FB.

Carl Ostner worked with the commpany before joining his brother Willy at OD around 1927.
Sources: Tragatsch, period advertising, FB group Motorcycles 1867-1930.


Rennsteig
1925-30
An arms factory which took over production of Original-Krieger machines and fitted 198cc to 497cc Blackburne engines into typical KG double-loop frames.
Source: Tragatsch p260


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.
Source: meisterdinger.de


Rex of Munich


Ribi
Manufactured by Binnewies & Sprecher, Berlinm 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
Rinne-Motorengesellschaft mbH of Berlin, 1925-1930, was primarily an engine manufacturer which built air-cooled and water-cooled two-strokes of 131cc to 250cc which they supplied to other motorcycle firms including Bücker, Leto, Wecoob amd Schlimme. They also built complete motorcycles designed and raced by Max Hucke, the last of which was produced in 1928.
The 131cc engine was air-cooled and horizontal.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice


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


Robako
1924-26
Berlin firm which fitted Bekamo 129cc and MGF 132cc engines to lightweights.
Source: Tragatsch p272


Roco
Manufactured by Roco Motorfahrzeuge AG, Berlin, 1922-1925
These were robust machines with Bosch magneto ignition.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice


Roconova
Manufactured by Johannes Rössig of Berlin 1922-1926
Best known for their engines, the company was among the first in Germany to produce OHV engines. Their long-stroke 250 and 350cc racing motorcycles had overhead cam engines and were sold as the Avus-Rekordmaschine.
Their engines were used by Patria, Atlas and others.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice


Roeder
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


Roland
Manufactured by Hugo Marschin in Berlin, 1923-1924.
These were light motorcycles with 132cc Bekamo and 175cc DKW engines.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice


Roter Teufel
1923-25
Bismarck Motoren GmbH, Berlin-Charlottenburg, Bismarckstraße 102
Berlin firm which fitted their own 170cc four-stroke sidevalve engines to light motorcycles.
Source: Tragatsch p263


RS
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.


RUD
1927-30
Dresden firm which built handsome roadsters using Kuhne, MAG and JAP engines of 348cc to 748cc.
Source: Tragatsch p265


Ruppe
Manufactured by Ruppe-Motor GmbH of Berlin
Hugo Ruppe has quite a history, having been associated with Piccolo, MAF, Rasmussen where he developed the engine later famed as the DKW, and founded Bekamo. He also built the Kaelert & Ruppe in Czechoslovakia.

He produced 100cc auxilliary bicycle engines under his own name from 1927 to 1930.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice


RUT
August Gernet, Motorfahrzeugbau, Nürnberg
Built motorcycles with an external flywheel 132cc two-stroke engine.
Source: meisterdinger.de


Runge
Fahrzeugfabrik Harold Runge, Hannover 401. 1923-26
Built limited numbers of motorcycles 125cc and 148cc DKW two-strokes, and also OHV engines from Paque.
Source: Tragatsch p267, motor-hist-foto.de


Ruwisch
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


German Resources

Notes
motor-hist-foto.de and das-leichtmotorrad.de are the same.


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