Norwegian Motorcycles

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Motorcycles, Mopeds and Scooters Made in Norway

Notes on lesser known Norwegian marques

This page lists brands for which we currently have limited information.
For a more complete listing visit the Index of Norwegian Motorcycles.


Carl Bendtzen with his sons Johs and Sven produced the first machine in 1926. In the following years Atlanta Motorfabrik in Kristiania produced three models, two with Villiers engines of 172 and 342cc which were joined in 1929, the final year of production, by a 500cc JAP machine. In total 21 motorcycles were built, some of which were based on components supplied by the Sun firm in Great Britain.

Carl Bentdsen also had a patent for an "injection device" for two-stroke engines (no. 29712 1917), and he is mentioned as having raced on the Bjerkebanen with his own motorcycle, where only the rims were of foreign manufacture.

Sources: Norskproduserte Motorsykler,

Basse Hveem 1940s-1950s

Columbia spesial

Marketed by Columbia sykkeldepot of Youngsgt, Oslo in the 1960s, these were motocross machines powered by Sachs 125 and Villiers 250cc engines. The motorcycles were constructed by Samsing and Finn Lysebråte. The company was later absorbed by Jakob Øglænd.

Source: Norskproduserte Motorsykler

Fantom 1950s


Manufactured by K.G. Karlsson of Sweden at his bicycle factory in Moss, Norway, the Gladiator was fitted with a single-cylinder Moser engine of 2 hp in two versions, one of which had sprung front forks. In 1913 the 2¾ hp and 3½ hp singles were joined by a twin-cylinder model which had a much stronger frame.

The motorcycles were quite expensive, and it is thought that other makes of engine may also have been fitted. Brochures were printed in German and Russian, as well as Norwegian.

The company failed in 1919.

Source: Norskproduserte Motorsykler

Gnom c.1943~1950s


Gresvig of Oslo had the agency for the Mustad Folkescooter in Norway. It is believed these were assembled at the Gresvig factory in Strømsvegen, and used AMO engines. Gresvig also marketed a moped under their own name which was designed by Bjarne Christiensen, one of the designers of the Mustad.

Sources: Norskproduserte Motorsykler,


Jon Ødegård was an international speedway rider from Norway who built several motorcycles under the J.H.Ø marque. Most were fitted with much-modified Puch 175cc engines. Each time he built a new racer for himself the old one was sold off, and some of these became street machines.

Ødegård also built an engine for a Puch mopeds which had the external appearance of a standard Puch but had modified crankshaft and crankcase which been machined to Ødegård's specifications.

Ødegård took a gold medal at the European Longtrack Championship in 1970, he won the Nordic Longtrack Championship four times and the Norwegian Longtrack Championship seven times between 1964 and 1976. In 1969 he rode with the Swindon Robins in the UK.

Sources: Norskproduserte Motorsykler;


Manufactured in Bergen by F.G. Amundsen using Sachs 98cc engines, these were produced around the mid 1930s. The parts were sourced mainly from Øglænd.

Source: Norskproduserte Motorsykler

Jørum special

Built in Namdalen, probably in the late 1930s. Powered by an EBE 1919 engine of 140cc and fitted with a Burman model C gearbox. The fuel tank, exhaust system, chain case, footrests and many minor componenents were produced in-house. Front motor mount comes from a door lock. Nothing on the machine is welded, everything is either soldered or riveted. Probably a one-off.

Source: Norskproduserte Motorsykler


Hans F. Messell was a motorcycle dealer in Trondheim who built a motorcycle in the mid-fifties which was driven on the company's trade plates but was not registered. It had an AMC 125cc engine, the frame was probably built in Trondheim and the front hub was two joined brake drums from a Tempo Standard. The machine somewhat resembled a Vincent Comet and was light green in colour.

Messell also built and raced speedway machines, one of which has a 350cc JAP engine and Drott gearbox. His son John restored the machine and it was later donated to the Technical Museum.

Another machine was a racing sidecar outfit powered by a Jawa engine.

Source: Norskproduserte Motorsykler

Mundus (Norway)

John Olaf Anderson ran the Cycle & Sports business A\S Mundus in Verdalen (@550km east of Oslo) around 1910. He sold bicycles and motorcycles under the Mundus brand. The Mundus bicycle engines were imported from the Elleham firm in Denmark, and it is thought that Anderson may have assembled complete machines.

Source: Norskproduserte Motorsykler


Manufactured by Aktieselskabet Norsk Bicyclefabrik Kristiania at Ekeberg (between Svingensgate and Ryenbergveien) in 1907.

The factory was founded in 1896 and was to produce bicycles. A sizeable plot of land was purchased, they built a large factory and invested in very modern machinery. The production never became profitable and the company went bankrupt, with the slump of 1907 quite possibly a strong factor. The investors suffered heavy losses.

Source: Norskproduserte Motorsykler

Nidaros c.1914~1958

NSU (Brandval) 1957~1961

NV (Norway)

Johan Danelius assembled NV motorcycles at his factory in Trondheim. The firm marketed the NV 175 Jet Crosser and the NV 125 Red Sport in 1957. The company had previously assembled of Ford automobiles.

More information: NV History

Source: Norskproduserte Motorsykler

Olympic-Norway Logo


Marketed from 1959 to 1967 by Axel Bruun of Trondheim, these were mostly rebranded imports, though it appears some were built in their own bicycle factory.

Their 1964 Corvette de Luxe 240, for instance, is identical to the Tempo of 1961, other than the badge.


Raufoss 1958~1966


Manufactured by P. Øie Stordalen per Ålesund. These off-road motorcycles were built before WWII using parts sourced from Øglænd, but with its own tank and a Villiers engine. He also sold machines under the Solo brand.

Source: Norskproduserte Motorsykler


Produced by G. L. Skahjem of Oslo in the 1930s, the Regent concern was a bicycle and sports shop in Pilestredet 39D. Their motorcycle was powered by a 98cc Sachs engine and weighed 60 kg. In an advertisement from 1934 it is referred to as "the all-rounder's motorcycle with a specially built frame, balloon tyres and engine with gears and neutral".

Source: Norskproduserte Motorsykler

Samsing 1950s-1960s


Oscar Engstrøm, a foreman at bicycle importer C.S. Sontum, built a motorcycle in 1903 which is displayed at the Norwegian Vehicle History Museum in Lillehammer. An Engstrøm is listed in the vehicle register and is probably the same machine.

Source: Norskproduserte Motorsykler

Spanjola V4 1922

Staffett 1953-c.1960

Svitun 1950s~1980s

Tjøsvoll Hjulet 1928~1930s

Troll 1967


Fred Olsen, a Bultaco importer and leading light in Observed Trials in Norway, joined forces with Rolf Welde to construct trials machines. Welde built the frames, and Olsen developed the engines which were initially from Tempo and later from Sachs. The 200cc Sachs engines were expanded to 204 and 208cc using Saab pistons. Forks were from JØS and Ceriani. At least 5 motorcycles were created. All have disappeared into the mists.

Source: Norskproduserte Motorsykler