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.


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


Alfred Strauch began trading at Mainzer Straße 58 in Saarbrücken in 1923. He later offered bicycles under the Tornado brand and after the war offered Tornado motorcycles. Models included the 1951 STM100 98cc Sachs, STM150 and STM175. In 1958 there was a 47cc moped with a Sachs engine.


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.
Sources: Tragatsch p284, Michael Zacher



Manufactured by Weil-Werke AG of Rödelheim, Frankfurt am Main from 1928. After the war the company was renamed Torpedo-Werke AG and production continued until 1956.

Pre-war models used Blackburne and Sachs engines, and their 1937 catalogue advertised Herren-Motorfahrrad 63 and Damen-Motorfahrrad 64. After 1945 the motorcycles were powered by Sachs and JLO in 98cc to 197cc capacities. The factory was destroyed during the war, and the Torpedo machines built by Geier-Werke.

Source: GTU Oldtimerservice, Tragatsch p284, Wikipedia DE,

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



Luftreederei Max Schüler, Osnabrück Netterheide

An airship firm which constructed motorcycles powered by their own 348cc and 308cc two-stroke engines. They also built the frames and wheels for the machines which had a resemblance to an airship. They did not prove popular.

The site lists types L, M and S under the LMS marque. Tragatsch lists an airship builder L.M.S.

Source: Tragatsch p287,


TS 1929 500cc OHV

Theodor Scherf, whilst still a student, built this quite remarkable machine during the years 1927 to 1929. In many respects years ahead of its time the motorcycle appears to have a form of anti-dive front brake.

In a discussion on the similarity to the telelever system, Kim Armand Nielsen writes,

  • The polished L-shaped bracket with the crown hand nut is about oscillating, but works as a friction damper to manage the oscillation of the suspension springs. The junction at the hand nut consist of multiple disc layers, much like a common motorbike clutch, which is tightened by the hand nut to increase the friction as the angle of the L changes during suspension movement.

    The same principle is often used as a steering damper atop of the steering head.

    The chrome V-shaped pipe anchored in front of the cylinder head is a low supporting lever which increases ridgidity of the girder. As with the Tele-lever of the BMW the difference of length may help the fork to maintain the same angle during the movement of suspension, and if this was the aim with the design Mr Scherf was very inventive.
    (Edited for clarity)

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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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