German Motorcycles

Motorcycles Built in Germany (Z)

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

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


Friedhelm Zabel had been involved in motorcycle racing for some time before he began building his own engines. Early versions were Maico-based 620cc units, and in 1988 he built a water-cooled 685cc two-stroke for motocross sidecars producing over 80hp. Despite its extraordinary output, it weighed a mere 30kg. It was an immediate success.
Source: François-Marie Dumas

Emil Zehner, Motorradbau, Suhl, Thüringen
This lightweight motorcycle built in small numbers was fitted with a 197cc sidevalve engine designed by Otto Dehne.
Sources: Tragatsch p301



Zimmer & Gehlich, Zetge Fahrzeugwerke, Moys-Görlitz

Built good quality lightweight motorcycles and three-wheelers using engines of their own manufacture in 142cc and 173cc capacities, and also two-strokes from DKW in similar sizes. The three-wheelers had the engine mounted forward and above the front wheel and had such names as Zetgelette and Zetgemobil. The solo Einheitsmodell had an unusual and quite shapely appearance.

Sources: Tragatsch p302, motor-hist-foto.de

Manufactured by Otto Zeugner Motorradbau, Berlin, 1902-1905
Engines from Minerva, Zedel, Fafnir and Peugeot were fitted to strengthened motorcycle frames typical of the era.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured by Klotz & Recker of Leipzig-Lindenau, 1926-c1932
Used Kühne and Küchen engines, Hurth gearboxes and their own frames. Some machines were supplied with sidecars using Stoye chassis, the the company appears to have had a relationship with both Klotz & Becker.
Source: motorräder-aus-leipzig.de

Ziegelgängsberger & Jakob, Untere Kanalstraße 1, Nuremberg, 1924 - 1926
Motorcycles using 211 and 246cc two-strokes, along with 348 and 496cc side-valvev and OHV engines from JAP and Blackburne.
Source: meisterdinger.de

1920 to 1925
Founded by Albert Roder and Karl Zirkel in Fürth, later in Forchheim.
Built 150, 250 and 350cc two-stroke machines using rotary valves from 1920 to 1925. The two men also founded the E.M.A.G. company in Erlangen.
Source: deacademic com

Zurtz-Rekord 1924

Karl and Franz Zürtz with two Zürtz Record motorcycles in front of Schloss Darmstädter.
Photo: Automobilhist. Archive Werner Schollenberger, Upper Ramstadt

Manufactured by Motorradwerk Gebrüder Zürtz and later Hessische Motorfahrzeugindustrie (Zürtz & Hartmann) of Darmstadt. 1922-c1926

Franz Zürz had worked with the Euler aircraft company, and his experience was translated into the design of the motorcycles.

Their first motorcycles used DKW two-stroke engines up to 173cc, and they later used 249cc ohv Columbus, 198cc ohv Paquée and JAP sidevalve and ohv engines of 346 and 490cc. Some of these may have had rear suspension.

Adolf Hartmann had joined the firm as a financial partner in Deceember of 1924, and the firm was shortly renamed accordingly. Unfortunately the partnership did not blossom, and the Zürz departed the following June. Production appears to have ceased shortly thereafter, possibly in early 1926. The company was disolved in 1927.

The name HEMOFA Darmstadt was also used.
Sources: Tragatsch p303, darmstadt-stadtlexikon.de

Built by Felix Zwanzig of Rehbach near Leipzig, ca. late 1920s to early 1930s.
Source: motorräder-aus-leipzig.de

Manufactured by A. König, Plärrer 4, Nuremberg, 1924 - 1925
Production included light motorcycles with 147 and 187cc two-stroke engines.
Source: meisterdinger.de

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