German Motorcycles

Motorcycles Built in Germany

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

This page lists brands for which limited historical information is currently available.
For a more complete listing visit the German Index.


Manufactured by Automobil- und Motorradbau AG of Berlin which existed from 1923 to ca 1925, these were lightweights powered by 155cc SV Gruhn engines fitted to their own frames. It is likely that very few were produced, and in 1923 only.
Sources: Tragatsch p72, Wikipedia.de

Aria was primarily a bicycle firm established by Franz Verheyen, a famed cylist and motorist. He retired from cycling and established a business in Frankfurt which marketed motorcycles from 1925 to 1932.
Models offered including the 1925 F.V.F., a twostroke, and the 1931 F.V.1, a lightweight pedal-assisted machine with a Sachs engine within the frame triangle. A 1932 version had an engine above the front wheel.
Sources: wikiwand.com/de, ipernity.com/blog/theofilo

Arki Seitenwagen
Manufactured by Stoye and rebranded, it is believed. The chassis adn components are mostly identical to Stoye. Origin of the body is unknown.
Source: motorräder-aus-leipzig.de

Manufactured by Autoflug OHG, Berlin, 1921-1923
The firm built machines with a long, open chassis and small wheels, rather like a scooter. They also produced motorcycles designed by Egon Weitzel fitted with Bekamo two-stroke engines of 130cc.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured by Avola Industrie & Handelsgesellschaft GmbH at Albertstrasse 8, Leipzig in 1924-1925.
Using engines from DKW of 145cc and 173cc, and frames from Defa, the motorcycles were built for just one year.
Source: motorräder-aus-leipzig.de


Built in 1924 using 145cc DKW engines. The company was probably H. Ahlers & Berg GmbH of Kiel.
Source: Tragatsch p86, et al.


Manufactured by Deutsche-Motorenbau AG, Berlin, 1922-1923
The D.S.W. Light motorcycles were powered by a 150 cc engines of their own construction which had an external flywheel and belt drive. After a year of production, the company was taken over by Bismarck-Motoren GmbH of Berlin, and the brand vanished.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice


Manufactured by Ernst Baumeister & Sons, Berlin, 1924-1930
Single cylinder motorcycles of 198cc to 496cc and a 796cc side-valve V-twin were produced. In 1928 they released a machine with a 198cc Villiers engine. They also built commercial 3-wheelers.
Source: Tragatsch p124.

Built by Eber Motorradbau, Eibau (Sachsen), 1924-1928
Used 347cc and 497cc Blackburne engines, and late in the piece Küchen.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured by Emil C. Kretzschmar, Berlin, 1924-1925
The Eceka light motor was offered with the option of a 145cc or 173cc engine produced by Richard Gruhn of Berlin, with component parts from Charlett and Kurier. The frames were apparently from Gruhn's brother Hugo who supplied many other Berlin motorcycle manufacturers.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured by Eisenwerke Gaggenau AG, 1923-1926
The 250 and 350c models had engines of their own construction with two-speed gearboxes, very heavily ribbed cylinders and alloy cylinder heads. Although the EGA was one of the best two-stroke engines of the time, it was never built in significant quantities. In 1926, the EGA production was discontinued. Remaining stocks came on the market at Eichler & Co. in Munich under the name Gaggenau, according to GTU, but Eichler & Co. were in Berlin so perhaps it was a company branch.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured 1929-1932
Willy & Josef Eichelsdörfer, Nuremberg
Constructed motorcycles using smaller JAP Sv engines and Burman gearboxes along with other British components including Druid forks. They were hand build and apparently of very good quality.
Source: meisterdinger.de

Manufactured by Eisenhammer AG, Thalheim, 1922-1926
Built motorcycles with DKW two-stroke engines of 206cc and 225 cc. The name Eisenhammer means "iron hammer", and it is believed two of these machine still exist.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured by Elsterwerdaer Fahrzeugwerke, E.W. Reichenbach, Elstwerda, 1926-1932
Build motorcycles of 75cc to 497 cc using engines from DKW, Küchen, Kühne, Sachs, Bark, JAP and Windhoff. The company also built motorcycle-based three-wheeled delivery vehicles, and mofas through to 1940.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice, Tragatsch p125.

Manufactured by Alexander Sachse, Motor-Fahrzeug-Bau GmbH in Dresden 1923-1925
Motorcycles with 200cc engines built in-house graced these luxury machines with pressed-metal frames and forks. There were at least two models, one a single speed and the other a two-speed with kickstarter. They did not achieve market penetration.
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice, motorräder-aus-leipzig.de

Manufactured by Elite-Diamantwerke AG, Brand-Erbisdorf, 1903-1940
The Elite brand was a descendant of the Diamant brand, which had been available since 1903. After the merger of the two companies into the Elite-Diamantwerk in Brand-Erbisdorf, the motorcycles constructed by Krieger and Gnädig were created there with Kühne and JAP engines. After 1931, the factory only produced motorcycles with 75cc Sachs two-stroke engines and branded as Diamant.
See also See Diamant
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured by Erlanger Motoren Aktiengesellschaft of Erlangen 1923-c1932
Early in the piece the brand name was changed to Ermag
Designed by Albert Roder, who is also credited with the Ziro and the NSU Max, the firm produced high-performance OHV engines with hairpin valve springs.

Source: deacademic.com

Built in Leipzig, probably, around 1924, these were lightweight motorcycles advertised as having a variety of engines of up to 200cc.
Source: motorräder-aus-leipzig.de

E.M.W. (Leipzig)
Manufactured by E.M.W. Motor-Transportwagen-Werk of Leipzig, from 1926 to 1929.
Built commercial tricycles in small numbers.
Source: motorräder-aus-leipzig.de

Manufactured by Erle & Nestler AG, Maschinenfabrik, Nuremberg, 1924-1926
Built motorcycles powered by their own 248cc and 348cc two-stroke engines which had water-cooled cylinders and air-cooled cylinder heads. Chain drive via two-speed and three-speed gearbox was adopted in 1925.
In 1925 they acquired Sept & Unger and built a few machines under that brand.
NB. GTU gives dates of 1923-1925
Source: meisterdinger.de, GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured 1924-1929
Fahrzeugfabrik Peter Pazicky, Schnieglingerstraße 321, Nuremberg
Motorcycles were produced with sidevalve and OHV JAP engines of 293cc and 344cc via a 3-speed Sturmey Archer gearbox. Earlier models had belt drive, later models had chain drive with drum brakes front and rear. Saddle tanks were introduced in 1928, by which time they were building machines with JAP 600cc singles and 1000cc V-twins. Frames and forks were built in-house with most of the other components were source from Great Britain.
An example is displayed at the Museum Industriekultur in Nürnberg
Sources: meisterdinger.de, et al.

Manufactured by Hilmar Linker at Jägerstraße 15, Leipzig-Gohlis from 1924 to 1925.
A motorcycle with a 346cc ohv single-cylinder engine was produced but it was of awkward design and did not fare well in the marketplace.
Source: motorräder-aus-leipzig.de

Manufactured by Erlanger Motoren Aktiengesellschaft, 1923-1930
Built two-stroke models with rotary valve and stepped pistons, the first of which was a 250cc unit-construction engine designed by Albert Roder who later gained fame working with NSU. A 500cc model appeared in 1928, the U 500. The marque did will in competition, ridden by Perl, Bittorf and Hieronymus.

Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Ernst Eichler
After falling out with other members of the firm, founder Ernst Eichler left Eichler & Co to start his own company around 1923. The financial crisis struck two years later and both companies went under along with some 150 others.
Source: Wikipedia NL

Manufactured by Ernst-Werke Motorenbau, Breslau, 1926-1930
Initially named Ernst in 1926, in 1927 they adoppted MAG engines of up to 1000cc displacement. They did well in competition using 350 singles and 500 V Twins ridden by Landolph Rhode, Edgar Kittner and Orlindo Geissler.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured 1923-1925, Nuremburg
The firm built motorcycles with 298cc two-stroke engines and belt drive.
Source: meisterdinger.de

Manufactured by Adolf Esch, Cologne, 1927-1930
Adolf Esch, who had raced Chater-Lea and KBM machines, developed racing motorcycles using 250cc to 500cc engines from JAP, Blackburne and MAG.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured by Speiermann, Weigel & Co., Chemnitz, 1934-1940
An established bicycle company which produced the motorcycle marques Esweco, Esco and Escona. Most of their machines were motorised bicycles of 60cc and 98cc powered by Sachs engines.

Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured by Europa Motorenbau, Munich, 1931-1933
Max Vorbauer produced his first model in 1931 powered by a 98cc Villiers two-stroke engine. This was followed by the Europa 200 and the Europa 150 twin powered by Schliha two-stroke engines. They company did not have a sales network, production was limited. Max Vorbauer closed his business in 1933.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured in Berlin 1924-1925 based on the Evans machine from the United States, but with several improvements and a larger engine. It remained in production until 1925.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured in Milspe, Westphalia, 1921-1924
Ewald Brackelsberg, a cousin of Bugatti racer Karl Brackelsberg, produced a 550cc single.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice


Manufactured by automobile firm Fahrzeugfabrik Dusseldorf AG from 1921-1925 using engines of 497cc of their own manufacture and possible from Sarolea.
Source: Tragatsch p132

Manufactured by Falter-Fahrradwerke, Bielefeld, 1937-1960
Pre-war models M1 and M2 with JLO engines were produced, and when production resumed in 1948 they built 50cc motorised bicycles. From 1952 to 1959 they also built scooters.

Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice

The firm is believed to have built the Leifa motorcycle, which were probably also marketed under their own name. Built 190cc ohv and 420cc SV engines of their own manufacture.
Source: Tragatsch p133

Famo built Fahrrad motoren - bicycle engines
See also Forster
Source: François-Marie Dumas

Manufactured by Heinrich Fechtel Motorradfabrik, Gütersloh, 1923-1925
The motorcycles used pressed-metal frames and Boge engines.

Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured by Ferdinand Betthäuser, Fürther Straße 306-312, Nuremberg-Doos, 1953-1955
The firm built scooter powered by a 49cc Zündapp two-stroke which did not fare well in the market.
An example is displayed at the Museum Industriekultur in Nürnberg
Source: meisterdinger.de

There were two marques of this name, manufactured by:
1. Franz Krause Fahrzeugbau, Berlin, 1921-1925
These machines had 148 cc engines which were attached above the front wheel which it drove via belt. These engines were probably supplied by Kirchheim of Magdeburg.
2. Fritz Kläger Spezial FKS, Freiburg, 1966-1970
Built racing racing motorcycles of 250cc to 500cc.

Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured by Otto-Werke AG (Flottweg-Motoren), Munich, 1921-1937
Introduced in 1921, the Flottweg was powered by a 119 cc auxiliary bicycle engine mounted above the front wheel which it drove via a chain. In 1928 they built motorcycles with 198cc and 346 cc engines. Production halted during the first GFC and then in 1935, under the company name Flottweg, 200cc machines were produced until the takeover of the company by BMW in 1937.

Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured by Flux Kraftrad GmbH, Berlin, 1923-1924
Built a 200 cc lightweight in very small numbers.

Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured by Fortonia Motoren Werke GmbH, Schloss-Holte, 1924-1925
Fortonia used frames from Hofmann & Imsange of Bielefeld fitted with 226cc two-stroke engines of their own construction. The company closed, as did so many others in that year, due to hyperinflation.

Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured by Franz Philipp Motorenbau, Berlin, 1951-1952
The company built a 25cc auxilliary bicycle engine with roller drive similar to that of Lohmann which although technically superior to its rivals failed to compete.

Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured by Franzani Motorenwerk GmbH, Schwabenstrasse 51, Nuremberg, 1923-1932
Early machines were powered by a two-stroke engine with a capacity nearing 300cc and by 1925 they had 350cc motorcycles with drum brakes, some with 3-speed transmission. 1926 saw the introduction of JAP engines from 200 to 500cc in SV and OHV configuration.
Küchen 497cc OHC engines were used in 1928 on their FK59 model, and subsequently they built mainly 200cc two-strokes.
Source: meisterdinger.de

Manufactured by Fahrradhaus Frischauf, Offenbach, 1928-1934
The firm had a close relationship with a workers co-operative which produced bicycles, dating back to 1896. The first motorcycle was built in 1928, the 500cc Type 29 T with a Küchen engine.

Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Created in 1947 by French designer Louis Lepoix who later worked with many companies in Germany during reconstruction, this simply beautiful machine is based on a 750cc BMW R12. In this writer's opinion, should BMW have developed his ideas rather than opting for the arguably bog-ugly misconception marketed as the R1200C, they may well have had a winner.
Source: François-Marie Dumas


1920s Three-wheeler
Built in Berlin-Dahlem in 1921 by Fritz Gary and Edmund Sielof, the machine was powered by a 350cc V-twin engine with a 3-speed gearbox driving the rear wheels by chain, this three-wheeled tandem two-seater may have influenced the design of the Mauser Einspurauto.
Sources: wikipedia.de, et al.

Manufactured by Oberursel AG and then by Columbus. 1921-1924
This was an auxiliary bicycle engine of 63cc which was in direct competition with the AMI, who took them to court and lost.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured by Johann Goetz of Villingen, 1925-1937
Most models appeared to run 250 and 500cc JAP engines. A late model had an 800cc parallel twin from Columbus.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured by Fritz Görke Kleinautobau, of Waldstraße 47 Leipzig.
Built some 10 tricycles between c1918 and the late 1920s. He then joined MONOS GmbH as a design engineer who built more of his machines, and then in 1932 he joinned FRAMO GmbH.
Source: motorräder-aus-leipzig.de

Built in Berlin 1924-1925, these interesting machines had two-stroke compressor engines of two and three cylinders each of 307cc, making the twins 600cc and the triples 900cc. Flywheel magneto was by Ruppe/Bekamo.

Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

The brothers Richard and Hugo Gruhn each had their own motorcycle firm, both based in Berlin.
1. Richard Gruhn founded his company 1906 and built motorcycles and engines until the early to mid-1930s. Gruhn engines were fitted to ABC GmbH, AMBAG and other motorcycles.
2. Hugo Gruhn produced frames and chassis components for motorcycle manufacturers. He also marketed a lightweight motorcycle kit which included engines from Cambra, Hanfland and Diag engines. He operated from 1920~1927. DKF is listed as using engines and chassis from Gruhn, so it is quite possible that both brothers supplied components for that firm.
N.B. Tragatsch says Richard's machines had "no sporting image". GTU says completely the opposite.
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice, Tragatsch

There were two distinct marques of this name in the 1920s, Gustav Schulze of Magdeburg (1920-1924) and Georg Schroff of Berlin (1923-1925)
Gustav Schulze built lightweights with two-stroke auxiliary bicycle engines which were also supplied to other manufacturers.
Georg Schroff built motorcycles under the G.S. marque and also under the name Schroff-Record.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured by Güldner Motorenfabrik & Eisengießerei.
Established in 1903, the company built large capacity sports motorcycles from 1924 to 1926. The firm is well-known for its stationary engines and, post-war, for tractors.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured by Gustloff-Werke in Suhl, 1934-1941
The factory of the former Simson & Co. produced a 98cc Sachs-powered lightweight, the Gustloff 100, designed by Martin Stolle.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice


Hagel Kraftradbau AG, Nuremberg, 1923 to 1925
Built limited numbers of 247cc motorcyles with engines of their own design, and others, using an inexpensive frame.
Source: meisterdinger.de

Hanke & Warneke
Bremer Fahrzeugbau, Rembertistraße 28 Bremen
Built the Helios de Luxe JLO-powered moped in the 1950s
Source: Moped Archive

Built by Hansa Präzisionswerke AG of Bielefeld, 1922-1927
200cc and 300cc machines, two-stroke and four-stroke.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Hans and Paul Meinke, from whose names the brand name was derived, built some 800 motorcycles in Salzwedel from 1922 to 1926. The machines had tubular frames and were powered by 196cc and 246cc engines with magneto ignition and a two-speed gearbox.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured in Berlin by Harras Motoren AG, 1922-1925
The firm produced Berkamo engines under licence, and also constructed motorcycles powered by these. The company was acquired by Paradowski who discontinued motorcycle production in favour of engines.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured in Neumünster by Wolfgang Uhlig, Harms and Schimkowski 1971-1978
Long-track speedway, ice-racing and motocross machines powered by JAP, ESO and Norton engines ridden by Bobby Schwartz, Kai Niemi and Hans-Otto Pingel, among others. They also built a gearbox which was well received. The firm is still in business as of 2018.
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice, bahnsporttechnik.de

Manufactured by Halbritter & Schollmeyer of Mühlhausen, Thuringia from 1923 to 1926 using DKW engines, and from 1925 Villiers.
Sources: Tragatsch p158, Wikipedia.de

Manufactured lightweights in Hanover under the HWE marque from 1950 to 1953.
Heidemann-Werke KG, established in Bielfeld in the early 1900s as a bicycle manufacturer, built motorcycles with JLO and Sachs engines up to 125cc. After 1953 they continued in the bicycle trade.
N.B. Motorcycle production may have begun in 1949.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

H & W, Heitmann & Wittler
Manufactured by Heitmann & Wittler Fahrad & Maschinenfabrik of Steinhagen in 1938, and then post-war until 1953 using JLO, Sachs and Zundapp engines, and components from other suppliers to produce mopeds and motorcycles of up to 125cc.
Sources: Moped Archive, GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured by Motorradfabrik Heilbrunn & Co., Bauerngasse 21, Nuremberg, 1923 - 1925
Apparently based on the Cotton design, it was powered by a 346cc two-stroke of their own design with transmission via a three-speed gearbox and belt or chain drive. Brakes were internal expanding drum front and rear, with girder-style forks.
Source: meisterdinger.de

Built by Herbert Lindner in Berlin, 1923-1925
The motorcycle had a iquid-cooled two-stroke engine with unit-construction two-speed gearbox. It was quite an advanced machine but being relatively expensive could not survive the chaotic years of the mid-twenties.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Helios by BFW

Heller Motorradfabrik, Gibitzenhofstraße 47, Nürnberg, 1923 - 1926
The brothers Hans and Fritz Heller built motorcycles powered by BMW sidevalve HO engines. The machines has a three-speed gearbox and belt drive to the rear wheel and a block brake on the front wheel only.
Source: meisterdinger.de

Manufactured by Lommatzsch of Berlin, 1923-1925, it was a 147cc two-stroke which competed in the market with the similarly named Heli.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

There were two companies of this name. The first built sidecars from 1924-1926 in Berlin. The second was that of Willi Heitmann who built motocrossers using Japanese engines in 1985 and 1986.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Built between 1922 and 1925 by Herkstroeter & Co of Bielefeld, these were belt-drive motorcycles using their own two-stroke engines of 113cc to 249cc.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Built by Heinz Blume in Cologne 1922-1923, this was a light belt-driven motorcycle with a two-stroke 141cc engine mounted high in the frame and well forward of the pedal crank.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Two different marques of this name were built in Germany. Berwald of Hamburg built a 123cc two-stroke 1922-1925, and Hermes Motorfahrzeug GmbH of Berlin built motorcycles 1924-1925, one of which was a 350cc JAP.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Two different marques of this name were built in Germany.
Heros of Oberoderwitz, Saxony, built auxiliary bicycle engines and single-cylinder engines of 155cc to 247cc, 1921-1929.
Heros of Berlin built light motorcycles powered by DKW engines, 1923-1924.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured by Adam H. Herstelle of Bielefeld 1923-1924
In addition to two-stroke and four-stroke motorcycles, ond of which was powered by a Hansa engine, the firm produced components for other marques in the Bielfeld area, particularly front suspension.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured by HS-Metallbau GmbH of Salzgitter 1984-1988
Powered by a Rotax 504 and fitted with quality components - Marzocchi forks, Koni rear suspension, TZ Yamaha wheels and the like - the Hesco-Rotax 560 sports machine proved quite popular in the German market.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Heuser HMT
Manufactured by Peter Heuser of Troisdorf 1980-1982
The firm produced a variety of off-road machines of 50cc, 80cc and 250cc using modified Sachs engines and mainly Italian chassis components.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Two different marques of this name were built in Germany. (English: Witch)
A Bamberg firm produced belt-driven motorcycles of up to 500cc from 1924 to 1926.
Carl Amelung Fahrzeugfabrik of Duisburg built 50cc Sachs-powered moded from the late 50s until about 1961.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured by Curt Hiekel Maschinenfabrik of Leipzig-Thekla from 1925 to 1932
Using their own 350cc engines driving via a Hurth or Pfeiffer gearbox, the motorcycles remained largely unchanged throughout their existence. Five are known to have survived.
Source: motorräder-aus-leipzig.de

Built by pioneer aviators Helumut and Wolf Hirth in Stuttgart, 1923~1925. The motorcycles were very highly regarded and achieved excellent results in competition. Wolf lost his leg in a 1925 racing accident but this seems to not have slowed him down as he was still setting records in 1926.

Source: François-Marie Dumas

Manufactured by Hasper Motorrad Werk of Westfalen.
1923-1928. Heavy single-cylinder machines with their own SV engines.
Not related to the Austrian marque, nor to the machines built in post-war East Germany.
Sources: Tragatsch, Wikipedia NL

Constructed in Minden, Westphalia 1924-1928 by Hohmeyer & Co, a furniture manufacturer, the motorcycles had a woooden frame (probably ash) and were fitted with a variety of two- and four-stroke engines up to 250cc. The motorcycles were originally built by MFB.
Sources: François-Marie Dumas, Tragatsch.

Hoffmann & Seidel
Built in Saarbrücken by bicycle manufacturer Hensler in the 1950s. Hoffmann & Seidel was also a clothing brand.
Machines of this marque were almost identical to the Saarperle, also built by Hensler.
Source: saar-nostalgie.de

Produced by Maschinenfabrik M. Hecker & Co. of Berlin, 1924-1926
145cc and 175cc DKW two-stroke engines powered these utilitarian motorcycles which did well on the local market until the financial crisis.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufacutured by Hulla Fahrzeugwerke für Kleinmotoren from 1923 to 1932 in Hagen im Bremischen, these were lightweights fitted with DKW two-strokes up to 298cc and sidevalve 296cc JAP engines, and from 1928 199cc and 250cc DKW. They also supplied chassis components to other marques, among them Lloyd of the Netherlands. The firm at its peak employed some 80 people, and by 1925 they had produced 1000 motorcycles.
Sources: Wikipedia NL, GTU Oldtimerservice

Established by Louis Huy of Dresden in 1923, the firm built 198cc motorcycles using engines from Alba. Albert Thiele became the owner in 1924, but after Alba went into receivership production ceased in 1926.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice


The Berlin firm built motorcycles in 1924 and 1925 using 350cc engines designed by Gnädig and built by Kühne in Dresden. These had chain drive via a Sturmey-Archer gearbox, and did well in competition. As with so many others, the company succumbed to the devastating inflation of mid-1920s.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice


Manufactured: J. A. Vogler, Fahrzeugbau, Rohrmattenstrasse 16, Nuremberg-Zabo, 1925 - 1929
Vogler bought the Abako company in 1925 and continued the production of motorcycles under that name.
Concurrently they built 200cc sidevalve machines and motorcycles with 500cc SV Sturmey Archer and Blackburne engines. These were sold as far afield as Finland.
With onset of the depression Vogler ceased motorcycle production but continued to produce spare parts for Abako, Cockerell and his own Javon machines.
Source: meisterdinger.de

Built in Nuremberg by Johann Hirschmann & Co., 1921-1923
These were single-speed 200cc two-strokes with belt drive to the rear wheel, which had a rim brake.
Source: Wikipedia DE


Manufactured by Stockdorfer Motorenwerke AG, 1922-1924
The Munich firm built motorcycles powered by Douglas HO twins produced in Germany under licence, and also BMW boxer engines. The same factory produced the SMW and KR marques.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured by Kirchheim & Co. of Magdeburg, 1900~1925
The firm built a variety of models, among them 100cc two-stroke powered bicycles, 250cc longitudinal HO twins, and a scooter.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured in Berlin from 1921 to 1925 or '26, the firm produced three models. The Type A and Type B had disc wheels and a 160cc engine with two-speed gearbox. There was also a 143cc lightweight.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Kofa AG, Neutorstraße 10, Nuremberg, 1923 - 1925
Built motorcycles with 289cc single-cylinder two-stroke engines
Source: meisterdinger.de

Manufactured by Kirschner & Co. of Dresden 1902-1905
Built under license from Ixion of France, the motorised bicycle used a 1.5HP two-stroke engine.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Founded in Berlin in 1927, the firm specialised in marine engines. In the 1950s these were adapted to speedboat racing in the USA and did very well. A motorcycle racing engine was developed for sidecar racing, and the boxer four engines powered many machine to victory during the 1970s.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured in Berlin 1924-1925
The firm built two models, the two-stroke Simplex, and the four-stroke Ideal, both with a 2-speed gearbox integral with the unit-construction engines, and was available with electric lighting.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured by Euroimport Schlich of Mayen from 1985.
In the years 1985 and '86 the firm produced 12 different models enduro and motor-cross machines using mostly Italian components and modified Sachs two-stroke engines. Later machines were the KSR175 and KSR250, both powered by Moto Morini. Series production ceased in the early 1990s but the KSR250 remained available on special order for some time.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Kramer, Kram-It
Originally manufactured by Fritz Kramer of Laubus-Eschbach, the firm changed hands several times but remained in continuous production from 1970 to 2000.
Early machines had Maico engines, with Rotax introduced in 1981. An Italian company took over in 1985 and produced machines under the Kram-It marque. Reinhard Hallat then took the helm and produced machines under both names until 2000.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Krause Racer
The machine appeared in race reports of 1926 and 1927, and is believed to have been a 175cc motorcycle. It is not known if it was related the Krause sidecar manufacturer.
Source: motorräder-aus-leipzig.de

Krause Seitenwagen
Built by Gustav Krause, it possibly used Stoye components
Source: motorräder-aus-leipzig.de

Kühne (Kuhne)
Engines used in a variety of brands in the 1920s including Elfa, Elite, Indus, Gnadig, K.Z., Oberwetter, Pan, Everest, Zeus and many others.

Manufactured by Georg Kulitzky of Berlin, 1922-1924
Built lightweight motorcycles using engines from Bekamo, DKW, Beuker, Snob and Alba.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

The machines were single-cylinder four-strokes with a two-speed gearbox, V-belt drive drive, parallelogram fork and block brakes. There was also a sports machine with 350 cc Kühne engine and final drive by chain.
Source: deacademic.com


Lightweights of 148cc believed to have been built by Fama of Kiel-Friedrichsort in 1924-1925. Not related to the Berlin automobile company of the same name and period.
Sources: Tragatsch p192, Wikipedia DE.

Manufactured by Dietlein & Co. of Magdeburg-Neustadt, 1921-1926
Fitted with a Columbus four-stroke 250cc engine the motorcycle did well in competition. In 1925 Motosacoche engines were employed.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured by Luftfahrzeug GmbH of Berlin, fames manufacturer of airships and aircraft, including WWI fighter planes.
After the Great War, Germany was banned from producing aircraft so the company turned to other avenues, producing the LFG motorcycles from 1921 to 1925. These had the engine mounted well to the rear, below the saddle, and were referred to as Schieberad, "pushing wheel".
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Ottmar Cramer, owner of Ocra, produced machines under the Lloyd marque. Initially these were 137cc clip-on bicycle engines, and later motorcycles using a variety of JAP engines. Possibly later asssociated with Borgward.
Source: meisterdinger.de

Manufactured by Eichler of Berlin for DKW, the scooter-like machine was advertised as a "single-track car".
There was a similar machine named the Golem, also from DKW. This is likely to have also been built by Eichler.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured by Lorenz, Wittig & Co. of Berlin, 1921-1925
The motorcycle was powered by a Lorenz 126cc two-stroke longitudinal boxer engine and used cast aluminum pistons. These were also marketed under the name Rapid.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured in Stuttgart for Rudolf Wolf & Co. of Berlin, 1923-1926
The 148 cc two-stroke motorcycle used a Douglas 2-speed gearbox driving the rear wheel via belt.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Founded 1921 by Ludwig Weber and his brother Anton in Freiburg, Breisgau as an automobile manufacturer using much modified V12 engines, motorcycle manufacture began around 1924. Their machines used 750cc V-twin engines from MAG, and others from JAP and Blackburne. .

Manufactured by Lippische Werke AG, Detmold, 1923-1924
The firm built railway carriages, agricultural machinery and much more. The LWD motorcycle appeared with a 195cc four-stroke engine, but the marque did not survive the economic crisis.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice


Manufactured by Max Bernhardt & Co. in Berlin, 1922-1928
These motorcycles were fitted with V-twin engines of 598cc and 746cc supplied by Siemens & Halske. They also built 750 and 1000cc racing machines, and utility tricycles.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Berlin-Weißensee, 1901
Early models were large singles followed by a V-twin, and in 1910 they introduced a vertical twin. The company then moved to Berlin-Halensee and introduced cyclecars to the range, and in 1911 offered the model "Selbstfahrer" which was a tri-car somewhat simiar to the later Scott Sociable and Bradshaw Seal.
After the war the business did not prosper and Magnet himself died in 1924.
Sources: François-Marie Dumas, Scalerandi

Maiwald, Mascottchen
Manufactured by Neuköllner Maschinenfabrik in Berlin, 1952-1953
This was a small scooter with a 50cc engine. Apparently it was underpowered and failed to find buyers.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Mammut (Bielefeld)
There were three marques of this name built in Germany, as well as the Munch Mammut. Two were built in Bielfeld.
In 1924-1929 Hermann Froböse produced a 249 cc two-stroke motorcycle with a Baumi engine.
Between 1953 and 1956 Mammut mopeds with 50 cc JLO, Zündapp and Sachs engines 50cc were produced. These were identical to mopeds sold by Meister and Phanomen , which were also based in Bielefeld.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Mammut (Nuremberg)
Maschinenfabrik Berner & Co, Ludwig-Feuerbach-Strasse 75/77, Nuremberg, 1925 - 1933
Later at Innere Laufer Gasse 20
Early models used 200cc Baumi two-stroke engines, followed by engines of their own produced in capacities from 250c to 350cc, both two-stroke and four-stroke.
Towards the end of the 1920s they used engines of from Blackburne, JAP and Villiers, along with 600cc MAG V-twins. As the depression bit they switched to smaller engines including those from Moser.
They also marketed a preßstahl modell (pressed steel model) with a JAP engine which was a Coventry Eagle re-badged with a Mammut emblem.
An example is displayed at the Museum Industriekultur in Nürnberg
Source: meisterdinger.de

Manufactured by C. Klose, Staßfurt, 1924-1926
Well-received by the motorcycle press the firm offered two models, the second of 269cc with a tubular frame. Inflation made it impossible to continue and they closed in 1926.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Ludwig Maurer, Dürrnhofstraße 8, and Bahnhofstrasse 93, Nuremberg
The factory built auxiliary bicycle engines, water-cooled 250cc single-cylinder two-stroke engines, and water-cooled HO 494cc two-strokes.
Source: meisterdinger.de

HO Twin

Horizontally Opposed Twin

Examples include BMW, Zundapp and Douglas HO Twins have conrods running on a common crank, with one on the exhaust stroke and the other on inlet.


Manufactured by Auto-Motor-Industrie GmbH in Berlin, 1924-1925
The firm produced 180cc and 446cc single-cylinder motorcycles.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured by M.B.G. Heilbronn in Lahr, 1932-1939
Richard Küchen built engines from the 1920s. Complete motorcycles were produced from the early 1930s until 1939.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Metzger & Schlegel
Produced in Stuttgart-Fellbach 1955-1959, the Motte scooter used 50c to 120cc engines of their own manufacture.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured by Mercur Motoren GmbH, Berlin 1922-1924
Also marketed as the Record, these motorcycles had frames built by Hugo Gruhn and the engines from Franz Krause.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured by Berliner Mopedbau H. Meyer, Berlin-Reinickendorf, 1951-1955
Designed to be marketed to women, some mopeds were powered by AMO two-stroke bicycle attachment motors.
Models include the Teddy and Troll, both with 50cc JLO FP 50 engines.
They were possibly also marketed under the Teddy brand.
Sources: mo-ped.se

Manufactured by Max Fischer, Nuremberg-Johannis, 1922 - 1926
The factory built motorcycles using 492cc BMW boxer engines, and 347cc and 497cc side-valve singles from Blackburne.
Source: meisterdinger.de

HO Twin

Horizontally Opposed Twin

Examples include BMW, Zundapp and Douglas HO Twins have conrods running on a common crank, with one on the exhaust stroke and the other on inlet.

Manufactured by Gerhard W. Lehmann & Co., Hamburg, 1923-1924, who also built automobiles. The motorcycles had woodend frames and used 198cc Nabob and 293cc SV JAP engines. Hoco of Minden continued construction after M.F.B. ceased trading.
N.B. 1. * 1922-1923 are dates given by another source. 2. There is also a post-WWII Italian marque of the same name: MFB
Source: Tragatsch (p208)

Manufactured in Berlin by Motorfahrzeug GmbH, 1921-1928
The motorcycles used 200cc, 250cc, and in 1925, 350cc engines.


One of the most extensively used lightweights appears to be the M.F.Z., which is fitted with a single-cylinder overhead-valve engine, the valve operation of which is by push rods and rockers. This has the change-speed mechanism combined with the crank case and final drive by belt.

The MotorCycle October 6th, 1921.

Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice, The MotorCycle

Manufactured by Mühlbauer & Co., Berlin, 1923-1931
The firm specialised in high-performance two-stroke engines based on the Ruppe / Bekamo principle which were sold in large numbers to other motorcycle manufacturers.
They built belt-drive motorcycles, both with compressors, of 140cc and 175cc. When production of these ceased they continued making accessories.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Felix Mielke built racing machines based on the BMW R75 fitted with a Fiat Topolino 500cc engine from 1947 to 1951.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Built in Dortmund by Pirol Werke GmbH, 1951-1954
Introduced in 1949 as the JLO-powered Schweppe, the Miranda used 150cc Sachs and 200cc Kurchen engines.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured by Schönfeld & Schwarz, Nuremberg
The factory produced limited numbers of motorcycles with 245cc two-stroke engines. Possibly also known as N.I.S.
Source: meisterdinger.de

Manufactured by Maschinenfabrik Oberndorf Neckar in Oberndorf, 1953-1955
Mopeds powered by 50cc Rex engines.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Mota Wiesel
Manufactured by Mota-Maschinenbau GmbH of Nagold 1948-1952
Scooters with their own engines of 50cc to 100cc
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured by Eisenwerk Becker & Co. of Leipzig, 1923-1924
Based on a design by Ing. J. Schneeweiß the company built three models powered by parallel twins of 514, 642 and 804cc.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured by Dobron-Motorist GmbH of Berlin, 1923-1925
The first model used a DKW 150cc two-stroke engine, followed by a JAP 350cc model. The machine was also marketed as the Dobron Motorist.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured by Walter & Co. in Mühlhausen, 1903-1908
Also known as the Möwe, these motorcycles were fitted with Fafnir 3.5 hp single-cylinder engines and 5 hp V-twins.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice


NAG was a very large company which built automobiles, trucks and numerous other vehicles from the early 20th century until after the second war. They controlled a number of companies which built, at various times, motorcycles.
In 1927 the Presto company was renamed NAG-Presto Werke AG. See Presto (DE)
The NAG marque is not listed in Tragatsch.

Manufactured by Hainsberger Metallwerke KG (HMW) of Hainsberg, Dresden.
A bicycle manufacturer dating back to 1902, lightweight motorcycles were produced before and during the war under the National brand. Post-war, the factory was run by AG Awtowelo under Soviet control and 100cc Sachs-engined motorcycles of the same general appearance and construction were marketed as HMW. They were unrelated to the Austrian marque of the same name, nor to the German HMW of the 1920s.
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice, Tragatsch

Built in Frankfurt by Neckermann-Versand KG from 1954 to 1960, the Necko used JLO engines and came in three versions, the 100, the 200 and the Luxe.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured by Netzschkauer Maschinenfabrik of Netzschkau built three-wheelers from 1923 to 1925* with drive to two rear wheels.
* Possibly 1924-25
Sources: wikipedia.de, et al.

Nera, Neroba
Built in Kirchentellinsfurt by Raiser & Söhne from 1949 to 1950, the Nera scooter had a JLO 120cc engine whilst the similar Neroba used a 150cc Sachs.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured by Nestoria Motorenwerk GmbH, Solgerstrasse 6, Nuremberg. 1923 - 1931
In 1923, Nestoria purchased Astoria and later also built 350 and 500 class motorcycles fitted with OHC engines from Kurchen. In the late 1920s they built machines using 500cc and 600cc MAG engines along with those of Sturmy-Archer. Blackburne and JAP engines were optional. Despite good sales and sporting success the financial situation took its toll and in 1931 they closed.
An example is displayed at the Museum Industriekultur in Nürnberg
Source: meisterdinger.de

Manufactured by Nordap Motorbau GmbH, Ladenburg, 1950-1953
This was a 32cc bicycle auxiliary motor installed in the front wheel hub, with the fuel tank attached to the handlebars. In the Netherlands it was sold as the Velmo.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice


Manufactured by Vahle & Oberwetter of Bielefeld, 1921-1942
Initially a producer of frames and chassis components, the partnership ceased in 1925 and Heinrich Oberwetter began building complete motorcycles using mostly Kühne engines of up to 500cc until at least 1928. Component production continued until 1942.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured by Otto Schaaf at Böhlitz-Ehrenberg near Leipzig from 1924 to 1925.
The factory was established in 1903 and produced a variety of products including crockery and small-arms which were exported to many counntries.
Their motorcycle had a water-cooled 496cc twin-cylinder engine which Otto Schaaf rode in endurance events with fine results.
Source: motorräder-aus-leipzig.de

Ottmar Cramer, Kleinkraftradfabrik, Untere Turmstraße 16, Nuremberg. 1923 - 1925
Ottmar Cramer was also the owner of the Lloyd Motorradfabrik, and similar JAP 250cc and 350cc machines were built under that marque.
Source: meisterdinger.de

Manufactured in Schwabach by Karl Ludwig Konrad from 1923 to 1925.
Built 125cc two-stroke motorcycles with a two-speed gearbox and block brake on the rear wheel.
Source: deacademic com

Built in Leipzig-Gohlis, 1921-1924
The motorcycle had an air-cooled two-stroke engine mounted above the front wheel, which was driven by chain. The fuel tank was mounted in front of the handlebars, above the engine.
Source: motorräder-aus-leipzig.de

Triumph Werke AG., Fürther Strasse 212, Nuremberg
Triumph Nuremberg split from Triumph Coventry in 1929. After legal disputes with Triumph Coventry, the German Triumph export models were initially sold under the Orial marque which resulted in action from the French company of the same name. The German Triumph company settled on the name TWN - Triumph Werke Nuremberg.
The German Orial machines were powered by M.A.G. engines of 350cc to 750cc.
See also TWN Triumph
Source: meisterdinger.de

Manufactured by Ortloff Automobil AG, Berlin, 1924-1925
Believed to have used engines from Cambra and Alba of 185cc to 198cc mounted in frames from the Berlin-based Hugo Gruhn firm.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured in Munich from 1921 to 1937 by Otto-Werke GmbH, a German aircraft manufacturer.
Gustav Otto produced an auxiliary bicycle engine in 1921, followed in 1924 by motorcycles marketed under the Flottweg marque. These were also sold under the name Otto from 1928 to 1930. It is understood that they employed JAP SV engines of 198 and 293cc.
Source: wikipedia.de, Tragatsch p244.

Manufactured in the 1950s under licence from the Austrian Motoren Werke Arsenal, the 83cc ÖWA Hillfersmotor was built in the mid 1920s.
Source: Bjorn's Story

Otto Wittkopf & Sons, Nuremberg, 1927
Considered by some a masterpiece, the motorcycle was built for one year only with using a 249cc OHV single cylinder engine of their own manufacture.
An example is displayed at the Museum Industriekultur in Nürnberg
Source: meisterdinger.de


Pan, and Everest
Manufactured by Konstruktor GmbH of Berlin, 1924-1926
The firm produced the Pan with a 500cc Kühne engine in 1924. The following year the brand was renamed Everest, but was basically the same machine. It succumbed to the inflation crisis sweeping the nation.
The Everest does not bear any relationship to the French marque of that name.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured by Panther Fahrradwerke in Magdeburg, 1903-1909
The company acquired Brunsviga of Brunswich in 1907 and moved their operation to that location, ceasing production in 1909.
Another company of the same name appeared in the early 1930s. See Pantherwerke AG
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured by August Paqué in Augsburg, 1921-1925
Powered bicycles of 140cc were built from 1922, followed by machines with with 147cc and 197cc engines of their owne manufacture which were supplied to other manufacturers including Busse, Zürtz and Ammon. There may also have been a 500cc motorcycle.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured in Solingen by Patria-WKC 1925-1952
A descendant of an ancient German firm, WKC built their first motorcycles with 250 and 350 Roconova single-cylinder engines. Production halted in 1927, and resumed either shortly before or shortly after the war with Sachs-powered lightweights.
The firm does not appear to be related to the famous Spanish marque of the same name.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Paul Süße
Built at Josephstraße 33 Leipzig using F&S 98cc engines during the 1930s, around 60 of these were built of which only one remains.
Source: motorräder-aus-leipzig.de

Three decades before Velocette's Noddy Bike made it's indelible mark, Kurt Passow's Pawa appeared, ever so briefly.
Built in Klein-Stöckheim the Pawa was chain-driven with a 226cc two-stroke housed in a sheet-metal monocoque chassis with interchangeable wheels.
In 1924 with inflation running rampant, and despite aid from Ernst Eichler, the business failed. Passow sold the patents and manufacturing equipment to Friemann & Wolf, who built the Per.
Source: François-Marie Dumas, et al.

Manufactured in 1922-1924* by Paul Victor Willke of Berlin-Reinickendorf, these bespoke motorcycles were powered by 492cc boxer twins from BMW. The firm also built automobiles.
*Wikipedia says motorcycles were built in 1921 only. (2018)
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice, Wikipedia DE, Tragatsch.

Friemann & Wolf purchased the plans and plant equipment from Passow (Pawa) and renamed it the Per, using a larger engine and belt drive. It failed to find a market.
The August Horch Museum has displayed the only surviving example, restored by the owner, Michael Lehmann.
Source: François-Marie Dumas, et al.

Built in Berlin by Henry Feilchenfeld from 1924 to 1926, the 170cc two-stroke machine is known largely from reports on its unenviable reputation.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured by Peters, Steingrüber & Co. of Berlin 1924-1925
Belt-driven lightweights powered by a 143 cc DKW engine.
Unrelated to the Isle of Man machine of the same name and period.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured by Engen & Auders of Berlin, 1921-1928
The Phantom initially used their own 148cc to 246 cc engines for their motorcycles and powered bicycles. In the mid 1920s, 173cc to 490cc JAP engines were also employed. The auxiliary bicycle engine was sold to many other manufacturers. These were 148.6cc, 55x70mm B/S.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Phönix (Phoenix)
There were two German companies which used the name Phönix
The first was built by Ruhrtal-Motorradwerke R.M.W. of Neheim, 1933-1940. See RMW.
The second was built by Bruno Viertmann between 1935 and 1939, along with JLO-powered utility tricycles and lightweights with Sachs 100 engines. Viertmann's business exploits are well documented in the book Motorräder aus Bielefeld by Johann Kleine Vennekate.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured by Horstmann & Schwidde of Bielefeld, 1923-1925
The company built motorcycles with 143cc DKW and 233cc König two-stroke engines. It had long footboards, belt drive, a two-speed gearbox a rim brake on the rear wheel belt drive pulley.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured by Walter Postler, Niedersedlitz, 1920-1924
A scooter (Motorläufer) with a 225cc engine sitting behind the front forks, and later used a 246cc motor.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured 1910 - 1913
Premierwerke AG., Fahrrad & Maschinenfabrik (J.C. Braun), Wächterstarße 2, Nuremberg
Premier was founded by Messers Hillmann, Herbert and Cooper in Coventry. The Nuremberg branch was created in 1911 in company with Christian Braun. Shortly before the Guns of August the continental company moved to Eger in what was later known as Czechoslovakia. The factory there became the largest in the country.
The Nuremburg machines were powered by 250 class two-strokes and sidevalve four-strokes of 293cc and 348cc. See also Premier Cycle Co.
Source: meisterdinger.de

Manufactured by Quelle Versandhaus GmbH, Nuremberg
In the mid-sixties the Quelle mail-order company Quelle sold lightweights under the name Quelle Bonance.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice


Manufactured in 1953 and 1954 by Rapier Fahrradfabrik, Märkische Straße 23, Bielefeld. Initially they offered kits into which appropriate engines from JLO, Sachs and Zundapp could be installed, and also produced complete mopeds.
Sources: Moped Archive, GTU Oldtimerservice

Founded by Carl Rehling of Bielefeld in 1919, the company changed ownership but not the name and produced 247cc motorcycles in 1924 and 1925.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Renner & Poppe GmbH, Dresden. 1924-1932
Built motorcycles using JAP SV engines of up to 996cc, and Barr & Stroud 350cc and 500cc powerplants, 3 speed gearbox and kickstarter.
79 Barr and Stroud single sleeve valve engines were shipped to Dresden in 1923-24. They were shipped to a company "RF Reggel", who were probably freight handlers only. ~ John Ferguson, FB.
They may also have used Kühne and Küchen engines.
Sources: Tragatsch, period advertising, FB group Motorcycles 1867-1930.

Rex of Behringersdorf
Rex Kraftfahrzeug GmbH, Behringersdorf near Nuremberg. 1923 - 1925
The company produced a small number of two-stroke motorcycles. At least one remains, and has chain drive to the gearbox and belt-drive to the rear wheel, which has a rim brake. No front brake.
Source: meisterdinger.de

Rex of Munich<

Manufactured by Binnewies & Sprecher, Berlinm 1923-1925
These were quality machines of 200 and 250cc which took advantage of the tax and licence-free laws then in effect. They had kickstarter, clutch and a two-speed gearbox.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Rinne-Motorengesellschaft mbH of Berlin, 1925-1930, was primarily an engine manufacturer which built air-cooled and water-cooled two-strokes of 130cc to 250cc which they supplied to other motorcycle firms. They also built complete motorcycles designed and raced by Max Hucke, the last of which was produced in 1928.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured by the Ridder Brothers of Bielefeld, 1923-1924
Herford König supplied 233cc engines for these machines.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured by Roco Motorfahrzeuge AG, Berlin, 1922-1925
These were robust machines with Bosch magneto ignition.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured by Johannes Rössig of Berlin 1922-1926
Best known for their engines, the company was among the first in Germany to produce OHV engines. Their long-stroke 250 and 350cc racing motorcycles had overhead cam engines and were sold as the Avus-Rekordmaschine.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured by Roeder & Co., Hanover, 1906-1914
Known as Auto-Phaetons, these were effectively two heavy bicycles running side by side with an engine in one and a seat or carrier in the centre, driving via a chain.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured by Hugo Marschin in Berlin, 1923-1924.
These were light motorcycles with 132cc Bekamo and 175cc DKW engines.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Two different German companies built motorcycles under the RS marque concurrently.
Rogge & Stiller of Berlin built two-stroke engines 1924-1925
Scheid-Henniger of Karlsruhe built RS motorcycles 1925-1928
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured by Ruppe-Motor GmbH of Berlin
Hugo Ruppe has quite a history, having been associated with Piccolo, MAF, Rasmussen where he developed the engine later famed as the DKW, and founded Bekamo. He also built the Kaelert & Ruppe in Czechoslovakia.

He produced 100cc auxilliary bicycle engines under his own name from 1927 to 1930.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

August Gernet, Motorfahrzeugbau, Nürnberg
Built motorcycles with an external flywheel 132cc two-stroke engine.
Source: meisterdinger.de

Karl Ruwisch of Cologne built a light scooter powered by a Victoria 32cc two-stroke mounted above the front wheel, 1949-1959(1).
Notes: 1. Dates vary with some sources giving first production as early as 1947, which would make it Germany's first post-war scooter. Tragatsch gives 1948-49, Wikipedia NL 1948-59.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice


Built during the 1950s in Saarbrücken by bicycle manufacturer Hensler who also built motorcycles under the Hoffmann & Seidel brand. Motorcycles were constructed using engines, frames, wheels and other components from a variety of suppliers, many of them French. The frames were by Radior, engines by Sachs, AMC and Nervor.
Models included:

  • 1952 125cc, two-stroke Nervor engine.
    1955 175cc HAR with a 4-stroke AMC engine.
    1957 125cc Sachs 2T

The firm did very well with its bicycles which were ridden by Saarland's leading cyclist, Hermann Messinger. At the end of the 1960s the company was bought by Alfred Strauch, also of Saarbrücken, who had built the Tornado motorcycles.

Sources: saarperle.de, saar-nostalgie.de

Built in Berlin by Maschinenfabrik Raetsch, 1923-1930
Models A 27 and B 27 were powered by their own 125cc two-strokes, later models with engines from Kuehne.
The marque is covered in some depth by Karl Reese in his book "Berliner Motorräder"
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Sarolette, Libelle
Manufactured by Herbert Schulze, Berlin, 1949-1952
The Sarolette scooter was introduced in 1949 with a 100cc Sachs engine. The following year the Libelle 100 (Sachs) and Libelle 120 (JLO) scooters appeared, only to disappear into the mist two years later.
There was also a Libelle 3-wheeler built in Austria 1952-1953.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured by Heinrich Schlüpmann in Berlin c1924-1933
Schliha motorcycles had quite unusual two-stroke engines of their own production in capacities of 125cc to 596cc, some of which were water-cooled. He went on to build two-stroke aviation engines.
Source: François-Marie Dumas

Schmidt, EB
Manufactured by Ehrhardt B. Schmidt in Leipzig, 1924.
It appears to have been a lightweight, single-speed belt drive motorcycle with pedal start.
Source: motorräder-aus-leipzig.de

Schmidt, RS
Robert Schmidt of Leisning and Berlin, 1921-1924
These were lightweight 200cc motorcyles with the engine inclined at 45 degrees offered by Schmidt under his own name and also his initials, RS. Similar machines were marketed by AMAG and it is unclear which of the firms manufactured them.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured by Georg Schroff of Berlin 1923-1925
These were bespoke motorcycles with engines from Franz Krause. They had chain drive and two-speed gearbox, and were available in red or black. The same - or very similar - machines were marketed under the G.S. brand.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured by Luftreederei Max Schüler of Osnabrück, 1923-1925

Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Schürhoff & Co. of Bielefeld and after 1925 Gevelsberg, built motorcyles from 1923 to 1953 under the names SCB and Siegfried and their own using engines from Sachs, Zündapp and JLO. Postwar production was mainly mopeds.

Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured in Cologne 1924-1925
SCK, a garment company, built motorcycles using 350 and 500cc engines from JAP and MAG fitted to British frames. Sales were slow.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured in Berlin by Fietz, Paul & Co, 1924-1925
These were motorcycles with 150cc and 200cc engines from Cambra, Alba and Rapid, according to customer choice. Unfortunately, the customers chose not to.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured in Hof (Saale) in the 1950s, these were children's motorcycles powered by 38cc Victoria two-stroke engines. They are believed to be sought after by collectors.

Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured in Nonnendamm, Berlin, 1899-1908
Siemens-Schuckert Werke built motorcycle engines and complete motorcycles. Their main products were electic-powered utility tricycles.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Willi Hausherr GmbH of Berlin produced motorcycles from 1902 to 1912 under three brands, Sigurd, Komet and Royal. Most, possibly all, used version of the French Ixion engine built in Germany under licence.

Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured by Orion Aktiengesellschaft of Berlin, 1921-1925
Later known for their Orionettte and Motorette marques, the Simplex had a 98cc bicycle auxiliary engine.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured by Jochen Sommer Motorradmanufaktur, Eppstein, 2002-
With considerable experience as a trader in Indian Enfield motorcycles since the 1990s selling original units along with modified Scrambler and Clubman versions, the firm began building their own machines using Sommer Diesel 462 engines with German frames and Enfield componentry.
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice, motorradmanufaktur.de


Manufactured by Otto Spiess in Berlin 1902 and 1907, the motorcycles had singles and twin-cylinders engines from Minerva, Zedel and Fafnir.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Established in Nuremberg in 1956, Staiger Fahrzeugfabrik mopeds until 1960.
The name reappeared in Stuttgart in 1966. Staiger & Co lightweights and mopeds remained in production until 1970. A 49cc two-stroke Sachs machine was built in 1969.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

The firm was established by HF Günter in Berlin, 1920, and was sold the following year to Deutsche Werke AG (D-Rad), also of Berlin.
The Star was a 391cc horizontally opposed twin.
See also D-Rad.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured by Steigboy Apparatebau GmbH of Gießerstraße 18, Leipzig-Plagwitz from 1921 to 1930.
A well-known manufacturer of two-stroke exhausts, the firm's first three-wheel delivery vehicles appeared in 1926, with a rear tray. The following yeara front tray model appeared and by 1930 they were building luxury passenger three-wheelers. That year they folded.
Source: motorräder-aus-leipzig.de

Manufactured by Franz-Josef Steinbach of Saarbrücken, 1984-1989
Known as the Steinbach-Rotax, the 500S was powered by a 504 Rotax and late in the piece the 600S with a 560cc Rotax was built. The frame was designed by Walter Baumgarten, or based on it, and closely resembled the Egli.
The FJS machines were available in race-tuned guise suitable for SOS racing.
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice, et al.

Manufactured by Stellbrink Fahrradwerke of Hillegossen, near Bielefeld, 1934-1950
A limited number of Sachs-powered motorcycles were built before the war, with production resuming in 1945. Post-war models included the MF 98 with a JLO engine, and the MG 125E also with a JLO. There were also mopeds with Zundapp engines.
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice, Moped Archive

Manufactured by Kraftfahrzeugwerke W. Sticherling & Co. of Egeln, 1922-1926
The firm's primary and probably only model G 26 was a fairly basic motorcycle powered by a 200cc DKW two-stroke engine, belt drive and long footboards.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Stock of Liepzig
Manufactured by W. Stock, Fahrzeugbau GmbH, Leipzig W33
These were commmercial three-wheelers built around 1932, believed to have been sourced from DKW and FRAMO
Source: motorräder-aus-leipzig.de

Manufactured by Paul Stricker of Brackwede who founded his bicycle firm in the early 1920s. The firm constructed powered bicycles from 1931 until the war, and then from 1945 to 1955 built lightweights and mopeds. Bicycle construction continued until 1969.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured by Struchtemeier & Co. of Bielefeld, 1921-1924
Founded in 1901 as a bicycle manufacturer, the firm built clip-on engines and powered bicycles. Their two-speed auxiliary bicycle engines drove the rear wheel via chain and were sold to many other companies in the area.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured in by H & W Sudbrack GmbH, Langestraße 60, Schötmor.(1)
In 1939 built lightweights powered by 100cc Sachs engines. Postwar production began in 1949 with a 100cc JLO, the FM100, followed by the Pfeil FP 50. It is likely they also used JLO and Zundapp engines. Moped production ceased in 1955, the firm continuing with bicycles until the 1980s.
1. Address is also listed as Bielefeld and Bad Salzuflen. (GTU)
Source: Moped Archive, GTU Oldtimerservice, et al.

Manufactured by Scholz & Tegener GmbH, Berlin 1921-1927
Their first models had 192cc four-stroke engines, followed in 1925 tax-exempt 198cc lightweights, and 250 and 350cc motorcycles, the unit-construction engines and frames manufactured in-house.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice


TAS by Trumpf-Ass
The Trumpf-Ass Fahrradwerk (bicycle factory) was founded shortly after the 1918 armistice in an abandoned factory which is now the Saarbrücken exhibition centre, on the French border near Nancy and Metz. There they produced motorcycles between 1925 and 1931 under the marque using MAG and Gnome & Rhône engines of 350cc and 500cc, and a 200cc two-stroke. Initially named Trumpf-Ass, the Triumph firm took issue with the (phonetic?) similarity so the acronym TAS was adopted.
The 1925 model range consisted of the Piccolo 175 cc, Junior 250 cc, Riemenmaschine 498 cc SV (belt drive), and Kettenmaschine 498 cc SV (chain drive). The 500cc machines were similar to the D Series Gnome & Rhône, with whom TAS had a close relationship.
Towards the end of the decade the tarifs which had made the German machine attractive to French buyers was dropped and a cheaper alternative was found by way of Henri Dresch, whose model MS 30 was rebadged as a TAS in 1929, along with a 200cc model.
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice, mvca.at

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: motorräder-aus-leipzig.de

Manufactured by Teco-Werk of Szcezcin (Stettin, now Poland) from 1920 to 1925 or 1926.
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 powerplant.
Source: wikipedia.de

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, mo-ped.se

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: motorräder-aus-leipzig.de

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

Manufactured by Weil-Werke AG of 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 after 1945 the motorcycles were powered by Sachs and JLO in 98cc to 197cc capacities.
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.
Source: saar-nostalgie.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, 1922-1924
The bicycle firm produced 198cc and 233cc motorcycles which did well in competition.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

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


Manufactured by F.W. Ude Fahrzeugbau, Bielefeld, 1924-1925
The firm built relatively few motorcycles powered by their own 249cc two-stroke engines housed in an unconventional frame.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Uhlig Sidecars
Manufactured by Oswald Uhlig in Eilenburg, near Leipzig.
The sidecars bore a resemblance to Stoye, for whom Uhlig had previoiusly worked.
Source: motorräder-aus-leipzig.de

Uno Rotax
Manufactured by Robert Rieder of Augsburg, 1985-1993.
The Uno 600 was a streetbike powered by a 560cc Rotax delivered 42hp in standard trim and up to 58hp with various tuning options. There was also a racing verions with a 598cc engine.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured by Paul Tanner OHG of Cottbus. 1934 to 1939
The cycle firm Urania-Fahrradwerke, founded in 1895, constructed lightweight motorcycles powered by 98cc and 123cc JLO and Sachs engines.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Urban Motor
Manufactured by Urban Motor GmbH of Kradschmiede, Berlin, from 2009
Peter Dannenberg and Michael Schulz-Vollmers build specials based on BMW, Ducati and MV Agusta motorcycles, Two well-known BMW-powered models are the Brown Sugar and Cafe Racer.
They also retail the CR & S brand.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Helmut Fath of Ursenbach built URS engines from 1961 to 1969. Fath was a veteran international road racer, and he was out to recapture the world championship for Germany. Housed in a Metisse chassis from Rickman, their machines achieved many wins and podium places ridden by the likes of Paul Smetana, Karl Hoppe and Ferdinand Kaczor.
URS 500cc engines were used in Munch-URS GP machines.

Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice, et al.


Manufactured by VIS Aktiengesellschaft of Munich, 1923-1925
These were remarkable machines, the VIS Simplex and VIS Duplex, the former having a 10hp 498cc twin-cylinder two-stroke, the Simplex with a 249cc engine, both sporting a three-speed gearbox.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured by Berliner Kleinmotoren AG, Berlin, 1921-1924
The source of the 143cc engine is obscure, and the extravagent advertising claims about the lightweight motorcycle did not lead to strong sales.
There was also Voran-Automobilbau AG (founded 1926) which does not appear related.
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice, Wikipedia DE

Manufactured by Louis Voss of Bielefeld, 1921-1923
The firm, which was established in 1902 in the garment industry trading in sewing machines, offered their first motorcycles built by Göricke, apparently under the brand Lovos. These were followed by machine sold as Voss with the strenthened frames by Göricke and the engines from DKW mounted about the rear wheel. In 1925 Louis Voss moved into the automobile field as a Ford agent.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured in Burgfarrnbach from 1922 to 1924.
The firm built unusual motorcycles with concealed front suspension using 415cc engines (78 x 87mm).
Source: deacademic.com


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

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

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, 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.
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice, Tragatsch

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 Otto Wimmer, 1928-1938
Built 134cc auxiliary bicycle engines and later by 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

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 bicyle factory produced mopeds with engines from Sachs and Zündapp.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

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 possible 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.

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

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

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


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

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 and were built from 1920 to 1925. The two men also founded the E.M.A.G. company in Erlangen.
Source: deacademic com

Manufactured by Hessische Motorfahrzeugindustrie (Zürtz & Hartmann) of Darmstadt, 1922~1928
Founded in 1922 by the brothers Zürtz, their first motorcycles used DKW two-stroke engines up to 175cc.
When Hessische took over the following year larger machines including the Zürtz Rekord were built using engines from Paquée, Columbus and JAP.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

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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