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EBE Motorcycles

A Brief History of the Marque
Manufactured: 1917~1929 (1)
Åmål, Sweden

KG Lindqvist of Gavle built a 125cc four-stroke auxilliary bicycle engine in 1917 which gained recognition very quickly. Two princes of the regency, Carl and Bertil, rode Ebe motorcycles.

The company went bankrupt in 1921, but began again in 1922 with a better machine weighing only 47kg and powered by a 172cc OHV engine. This, too, was bought by the two young princes in 1926. The machines did quite well in competition in the hands of the son of Lindqvist and others.

The 172cc engine was apparently sold to other manufacturers as there is a record of a 1929 Monark thus fitted. The firm also built 598cc sidevalves.

The EBE concern was an early victim of the first Great Depression, and closed, finally, in 1929 or 1930.

The Lindqvist family went on to build marine engines, and suspension and other automotive components.

The company exists today as Componenta, apparently, although there is no reference to their history on the site componenta.com and many links have expired.

Sources: Bjorn's Story, Tragatsch p124, yesterdays.nl

Notes. 1. BS gives 1929 as final date, but Tragatsch says 1930.

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