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.



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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

Manufactured by Teco-Werk of Szcezcin (Stettin, now Poland) from 1920 to 1925 or 1926, their address was Altdammer Straße 40c.
Initially they built auxiliary bicycle engines and light motorcycles 148cc IOE engines, followed in 1924 with ohv models. In 1925 they introduced a 350cc model fitted with a 348cc Kühne ohv powerplant.
Tragatsch says they used Alba engines of 128cc in sv, ioe and ohv configuration, and that the Kühne model was produced in small numbers.
Sources:, Tragatsch p282,

Manufactured by Berliner Mopedbau H. Meyer, Berlin-Reinickendorf, 1951-1955
Designed to be marketed to women, the mopeds were powered by AMO two-strokes similar to the Victoria FM38.
They were also known as the Meyfa Teddy, and were sold under the Meyfa brand.
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice,

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

Geestemünde firm built motorcycles using singles and twins from Zedel and Fafnir.
Tragatsch gives dates of 1901~1907, but notes on a machine at the PS-Speicher Museum indicate 1903-1912.
There is also a Czech Torpedo built around the same time - see Disambiguation
Sources: Tragatsch p284, Michael Zacher

Torpedo 1928-56 (Frankfurt)

Tourist / Torpedo

Manufactured by "Tourist" Automobil-Werke G.m.b.H., Berlin-Tempelhof, Ringbahnstrasse 36, founded in 1909.

Karl Hübscher a two- and three-seater three-wheeler and a delivery van, each powered by an air-cooled 6/7 hp V-twin four-stroke engine located behind the front wheel and housed under a hood.

Tourist AutomobilWerke filed for bankruptcy in the autumn of 1911, and in May 1912 the Berliner Automobilfabrik (Baf) took over production and and named the vehicles "Torpedo". In 1920 the company name changed to Berliner Automobilfabrik Torpedo G.m.b.H.

Source: Axel Oskar Mathieu Archive


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


Manufactured by Otto Spieß, Spandau, Schönwalderstrasse 105. 1905-1909

Thsir goods delivery motor-tricycle had a 4.5 h.p. air-cooled engine mounted above the front wheel, which it drove by chain. Steered using a long handle, it is not clear from the photograph how the goods compartment was afixed to the chassis.

Source: Axel Oskar Mathieu Archive


Manufactured by Möckmühl G.m.b.H., Möckmühl (Württemberg), aka “Triro-Werk”, 1949-1953

Known as a Lastkraftroller (load-scooter) due to its small tyre size (6.00 × 9), the three-wheeled Triro was powered by an air-cooled Triumph (TWN) 248cc single cylinder two-piston (twingle) two-stroke engine type G 250 rated at 9/10 hp which drove the rear wheels.

In 1953 manufacture of the Triro ceased, the company was renamed Agria Werke, and from then until the current day they have built agricultural equipment including tractors.

Source: Axel Oskar Mathieu Archive


Manufactured by Levering of Hamburg 1924-1926 and Leipzig 1927-1930.

The Tritomobil was a three-wheeled transporter with two wheels at the front which were driven by a DKW engine mounted behind the left front wheel. Engines employed included both air- and water-cooled versions with belt or chain drive. Payloads varied from 100kg to 600kg.

The dreirad was marketed by Bruno v. Festenberg-Pakisch, who also distributed a wide range of motorcycle parts and accessories.

Sources: Axel Oskar Mathieu Archive,

Tropfen 1923-1924

TS 1929


Manufactured by Westendarp & Pieper GmbH of Berlin, 1924-1926

A commercial clockmaker, the company built motorcycles with 132 and 173cc engines from Bekamo and 247cc Rocanova powerplants. Some models were designed for competition.

There is an association with the AMO brand.

Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

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