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Motorcycles Built in Germany (T)

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

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



Tamag logo

Manufactured by Ernst Wilhelm Taschner G.m.b.H., Krefeld. 1932-1934

Displayed at the Berlin auto show of 1933 was a Lastendreiräder (cargo tricycle) with a 750kg payload powered by 200cc two-stroke engines from JLO and DKW. Other models of up to 600cc were constructed, some with water-cooled engines, and large trailers could be fitted to some models. Most had the engine mounted above the front wheel.

Source: Axel Oskar Mathieu Archive

TAS Trumpf-Ass

Manufactured by Franz Tautz of Leipzig, 1921-1923
The firm produced a small scooter powered by a 2.5hp engine and later a light sports motorcycle appeared with a 5hp engine. Both engines were of their own manufacture.
Concurrently DKW released their own scooters, making it very difficult for Tautz to compete.
Source: motorrä

Teco 1920-1926

Teddy (see Meyfa)

Built motorcycles with 148 and 172cc sidevalve engines and also MAG 597cc V-twins
Source: Tragatsch p282

Manufactured by Motorfahrzeug G.m.b.H Teufel-Motorrad of Richard-Wagner-Straße, Leipzig, c1923.
The Teufel is believed to have had a DKW bicycle engine and was was fitted with a Steigboy vacuum exhaust.
Source: motorrä

Meteor Elektronische- & Fahrzeugfabrik GmbH, Hannover
Fitted their own 246cc and 346cc sv engines to motorcycles of limited production
Source: Tragatsch p283,

Manufactured by Johann Bartholomä of Gurtweil.
The youngest of 11 children, Johann's parents had an early interest in motorcycles and no doubt encouraged him when he began repairing and selling motorcycles, including the Luwe.
N.B. There was another Tiger brand, built in Sweden in the 1950s.

Designed and manufactured by Hermann Tietz of of Bielfeld, 1920-1924
The motorcycles were powered by four-stroke 196cc Gruhn engines and featured on some models disc wheels which were probably spoked wheels with covers.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Tornado 1950s

Torpedo 1903~1912 (Geestemünde)

Torpedo 1928-56 (Frankfurt)

Tourist / Torpedo 1909-1920


Manufactured by Maschinenfabrik Fr. (anz) Schwabenthan & Gomann A.-G., Berlin, 1924 to 1926.

These were light motor-tricycles with a payload of 100 to 115kg powered by an air-cooled engine mounted above the front wheel.

Source: Axel Oskar Mathieu Archive

Manufactured by Hermann C. Treptau of Berlin, 1925-1927
The firm produced limited numbers of motorcycles with their own engines of 308cc which were only sold locally.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice


Manufactured by Trianon Fahrradwerke Heinrich Wittler jr., of Herford (near Bielefeld), 1922-1924

The bicycle firm produced 198cc and 233cc motorcycles which did well in competition.

Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Trinks 1924-1925

Triomobil 1905-1909


Manufactured by Trionette-Gesellschaft mbH of Bremen, 1921 to 1930.

This was a kit to convert a motorcycle into a three-wheeler - "das Motorradauto ... der vollkommensted und schnellsted Kleinwagen".

Sources: Oldtimerclub Lachendorf, et al

Triro 1949-1953

Tritomobil 1924-1930

Tropfen 1923-1924

TS 1929

TX 1924-1926

German Resources

Rarer German Marques