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German Motorcycles

Motorcycles Built in Germany (W)

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

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

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Wackwitz
1920-22
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


Walmet
1924-26
Built motorcycles with their own 246cc two-strokes and also used 346cc Kuhne ohv engines.
Sources: Tragatsch p294


Walmobil

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: motorräder-aus-leipzig.de


Weber-MAG
1926-27
Leo Weber (Motorradbau, Mannheim) built a range of motorcycle using ioe MAG engines of 346cc, 498cc and 746cc.
Sources: Tragatsch p295


Wecoob
1925-30
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


Wegro
1922-23
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, wikipedia.de, GTU Oldtimerservice


Weiss

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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.
Sources: wikipedia.de, motorradphoto.de


WEKO
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


Wela
1925-27
Built in Apolda, Thüringen, using ohv 348cc Kuhne engines designed by Gnadig
Source: Tragatsch p295


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


Welt-Rad

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




Wellerdiek
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


Werno
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, motor-hist-foto.de.


Wiga
1928-1930
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


Wikro
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.


Wimmer

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

Built 134cc auxiliary bicycle engines and later 137cc and 172cc motorcycles. From 1928 motorcycles were offered with 200, 250, 300 and 500cc engines, some of which were from Bark. The firm had numerous victories in the 175cc races.

Source: GTU Oldtimerservice




Windt
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


Wittekind
Manufactured by Wittekind-Fahrradfabrik of Bielefeld from 1952 to 1955
The bicyle factory produced mopeds with engines from Sachs and Zündapp.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice


Wittler

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The Wittler firm (Heinrich Wittler & Co., postwar Wittler Bros.) of Bleichstraße 77a, Bielefeld,
Founded in 1924, the company built motorcycles powered by 250cc two-strokes during that decade.
Post-war, they built lightweights, mopeds and motorised tricycles using JLO, Sachs and possibly Zundapp engines 1950-1956.
There was also a Wittler moped produced in Horsens, Denmark during the 1950s by Hede Nielsens Fabriker. It seems likely that they were built under licence to the German company, but used engines from VAP, BFC, Estonia, Express and others. There was a considerable variety of models. The same firm apparently built, or marketed, Wotan mopeds.
Sources: Moped Archive, GTU Oldtimerservice, et al.

WK
1920-22
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, motor-hist-foto.de


WMB
1924-26
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 may erroneously refer to the Weiss Manfred marque, WM, also on Csepel Island.
Source: Tragatsch p298, Wikipedia.de


Wotan
Manufactured by Wotan-Werk AG, Leipzig, 1923-1925.
Engines were mostly 170cc two-strokes.
Source: motorräder-aus-leipzig.de


WSE
1924-25
Görlitz firm built light motorcycles with their own 249cc sidevalve engines. These engines were sold to other manufacturers.
Source: Tragatsch p298


WSM
1919-23
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


Wuco
1925
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, motor-hist-foto.de


Würdig
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: motorräder-aus-leipzig.de


Württembergia
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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