Motorcycles Built in Germany (W)

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

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


Paul Wackwitz of Crefeld (now Krefeld, nr Dusseldorf) built 106cc four-stroke bicycle attachment engines supplied separately or complete with bicycle frames.
Sources: Tragatsch p294

Built motorcycles with their own 246cc two-strokes and also used 346cc Kuhne ohv engines.
Sources: Tragatsch p294


Manufactured by Walter Loebel Maschinenfabrik, Leipzig, 1919

A single seat three-wheeler with a sidecar-like body, the small V-twin engine was mounted above the front wheel which was driven via cardan shaft. A beam extends from the steering head well into the body and has a steering device which is not described but possibly acts in steering wheel fashion; alternatively the beam would be shifted from side to side for steering, making tighter turns rather awkward.

Front suspension is by leaf spring leaving one to wonder at the operation of the cardan, and both rear wheels had cable actuated brakes.

Source: motorrä

Leo Weber (Motorradbau, Mannheim) built a range of motorcycle using ioe MAG engines of 346cc, 498cc and 746cc.
Sources: Tragatsch p295

Quite a range of machines were constructed using 142cc Rinne two-strokes, 172cc to 347cc Villiers, and 348cc to 997cc JAP engines. Actual production figures were low.
Source: Tragatsch p295

Kurt Passow of Berlin designed and built this scooter-like machine using a 452cc two-stroke vertical twin. He was also associated with the Pawa and PER brands which were similar in concept.
1921-1922 Vis Gesellschaft für Kleinfahrzeuge GmbH, Berlin
1922-1924 Motorradwerke Kurt Passow AG, Braunschweig
1923-1926 PER Kraftfahrzeugverkaufsges. m.b.H., Braunschweig
N.B. There was also a Vis Gesellschaft in Munich. Relationship, if any, unknown.
Sources: Tragatsch p295,, GTU Oldtimerservice



1925-28, Berlin
Using 175cc two-strokes, 350cc and 500cc Blackburne engines, and others, Weise & Co built motorcycles and commercial three-wheelers (Liefermotorrad), and also a 3-wheeled passenger vehicle driven by a 200cc engine over the front wheel.

Manufactured by Wemhöner, Hilbert & Co. of Bielefeld, 1924-1926
Weko motorcycles were powered by 250cc engines built in their factory. The firm, which had been long established in the bicycle industry, did quite well in local motorcycle competitions.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Built in Apolda, Thüringen, using ohv 348cc Kuhne engines designed by Gnadig
Source: Tragatsch p295

Bautzen, 1925-26
Fitted ohv 348cc Kuhne and JAP 490cc ohv engines to frames similar to those of BMW.
Source: Tragatsch p295


Manufactured 1901-07

Established bicycle firm in Schönebeck (Elbe) which fitted 3.5hp singes and 6hp v-twin engines of their own construction into robust frames.

Source: Tragatsch p295

Manufactured by Erwin & Paul Wellerdiek of Brackwede, 1938-1939
Having built bicycles since the 1920s, the venture into motorcycle production was cut short by the National Socialists. The inexpensive lightweight was fitted with a 118cc JLO engine.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured by W. Noel & Cie. Motorenfabrik Werno, Berlin N24, Linienstraße 139-140, 1921-1923
The Werno Power Wheel (Werno-Kraft-Rad) were fitted with 197cc engines from Rheinische-Motorenwerke in Düsseldorf. Despite the name, the motorcycle was quite conventional with the engine fitted centrally in the frame. (GTU)
Tragatsch tells a slightly different story, saying that the engines were designed and built by Werner Noel and were OHV units of 154 and 197cc, produced until 1924.
They also used the OHV Snob engine (55x65mm b/s).
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice, Tragatsch,

Manufactured by Erwin Wesnigk of Berlin from 1923 to 1925
This was a three-wheeler which seated two and was driven by a single cylinder engine which drove the rear wheel.
In 1925 the firm was acquired by Bekamo who continued production under their own name.
Sources:, et al.

Wiga-Werk in Ludwigshafen built well-designed motorcycles using Kuchen and JAP engines of 198, 348cc and 498cc. There may also have been a smaller engine.
Source: Tragatsch p297

Manufactured by WG Krauss & Co. of Cologne, 1924-1926
Initially Wikro sold (possibly rebadged) Toreador motorcycles with 346cc Precision engines, and then from 1925 offered machines with 347cc and 497cc Blackburne units.
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice, Tragatsch.


Manufactured in Sulzbach by B. Wimmer & Sohn, 1921-1928 and by Otto Wimmer, 1928-1938.

Built 134cc auxiliary bicycle engines and later 137cc and 172cc motorcycles with watercooled engines, some of which were fitted to Emora frames. From 1928 motorcycles were offered with air-cooled 200, 250, 300 and 500cc engines from Bark and others. The 1936 catalogue listed models 500 ccm OHV G 500, 350 ccm OHV GG 35 B and 200 ccm G 3 Z. Wimmer firm had numerous victories in the 175cc races.

After WWII Wimmer built engines, but not complete motorcycles.

Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice,

In 1954 to 1958 Fritz Windt of Lage, Lippe, built mopeds with Sachs and JLO engines. Models include: W 50 (JLO FP 50) 1954 and W 56 (JLO FP 50) 1954.
Sources: Moped Archive, GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured by Wittekind-Fahrradfabrik of Bielefeld from 1952 to 1955
The bicycle factory produced mopeds with engines from Sachs and Zündapp.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice
N.B. Wittekind Automobile AG of Berlin (1920s) does not appear related.

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  • WK
    Built in Berlin along the lines of the British Auto-Wheel, this was an engine built into a wheel which could be attached to a bicycle. Believed to have used a 249cc sv Hilfsmotor from WMB.
    Source: Tragatsch p298,

    Built limited numbers of light motorcycles with 1.8 hp sidevalve engines of their own production. Believed to have built a 249cc sv Hilfsmotor supplied to WK.
    NB. There is reference to a Hungarian marque of this name in the 1930s built on Csepel Island; the information refers to the Weiss Manfred marque.
    Sources: Tragatsch p298,

    Manufactured by Wagenbauanstalt Oldenburg A.G. (WOAG)
    Established in 1916 in Osternburg, between 1921 and 1926 the company built some 150 motorcycles. They folded in 1927 due to the difficult financial situation, and Franz Haniel & Co. then occupied the factory.

    Manufactured by Wotan-Werk AG, Leipzig, 1923-1925.
    Engines were mostly 170cc two-strokes.
    The history of the firm stretches back to 1883. It had numerous transformations over the following 100 years becoming a leading manufacturer of machine tools. The Russians took much of the factory tooling after the war, and this was followed by decades under the Soviet thumb. After the wall came down things began to improve, and today, as WEMA, the company thrives.
    Sources: motorrä, et al

    Görlitz firm built light motorcycles with their own 249cc sidevalve engines. These engines were sold to other manufacturers.
    Source: Tragatsch p298

    Based in Sudbauer, Munich, the firm built motorcycles using 493cc sv HO engines and also the Stolle-designed ohv flat twins which they supplied to Victoria before that company bought the WSM factory.
    Source: Tragatsch p298

    Gebr. Wurmstich & Co., Fahrzeugerzeugung, Halle an der Saale
    Built motorcycles using their own 174 cc sv engine and also used JAP 238, 348 and 490cc sidevalve units.
    Sources: Tragatsch p299,

    Manufactured by Max Würdig, Georg Anders Nachf, Leipzig from 1927 to 1937.
    These were three-wheeled delivery vans (Eilwagen) with an engine mounted above the front wheel and a tray and two wheels at the rear.
    Source: motorrä

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    Manufactured by Württembergia AG, Berlin, 1925-1933
    The firm built sports motorcycles using 200cc to 600cc Blackburne engines and Sturmey-Archer gearboxes. When Hitler's jingoist government banned foreign imports in much the same manner as happened during the Trump regime, the end was nigh for the popular Berlin marque.
    Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

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