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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.

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Adma
Magdeburg firm built 169cc lightweights between 1924 and 1926. Evidence suggests they built a variety of engines supplied to other manufacturers including Joka.
Sources: wikipedia.de, motor-hist-foto.de


AMBAG
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


Apex
Manufactured by Apex Motoren GmbH, Cologne, 1925-1926
Built motorcycles using 247cc and 348cc- Blackburne engines
Sources: Tragatsch p75


Apoldania
Manufactured by Hugo Ruppe, 1903
At the age of only 23 Ruppe produced his first motorcycle. It had a 2hp engine, single speed by belt drive, and was capable of 60 km/h - fast indeed in the day. He was a sporting man and did well in competition, and went on to build Piccolo and MAF automobiles.
Ruppe is best known in the motorcycle world as the designer of two-stroke engines for DKW and the creator of the Bekamo engine.
Source: apollo-werkeapolda.chayns.net


Argul
Manufactured 1923-26 by Arwed Gulentz of Cologne
Built motorcycles using two-stroke engines from DKW, Kurier and Bubi, and four-strokes from Albi in capacities of 146cc to 198cc.
Sources: Tragatsch p76, motor-hist-foto.de


Ari
Manufactured 1924-25 by Ari motorfahrzeugbau GmbH, Plauen, Vogtland
Built motorcycles using 147cc two-stroke engines from DKW
Sources: Tragatsch p76, motor-hist-foto.de


Aria
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 and components are mostly identical to Stoye. Origin of the body is unknown.
Source: motorräder-aus-leipzig.de


Autoflug
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


Avola
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


Rarer German Marques

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German Resources

Notes
motor-hist-foto.de and das-leichtmotorrad.de are the same.


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