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Swiss Motorcycles

Motocyclettes fabriquées en Suisse

Notes on some of the rarer Swiss marques

This page lists brands for which there are not yet pages or little historical information is currently available. For a more complete listing visit the Swiss Motorcycles index.

Armec
Aregger Mechanik, Lorensäge, Emmenbrücke
1986- Sidecar construction
Source: morger.net


Berliette
A. Berlier built 500cc motorcycles in Geneva, 1917
Source: morger.net


Bleidorn
In 1896 Karl Bleidorn of Maschinenfabrik Arbon 1896 first built Switzerland's first motorcycle.
Source: morger.net


BPR
Buratti, Ponte & Roch of Geneva built motorcycles from 1929 to 1932
Source: morger.net


Cosmos

Schild & Co AG of Madretsch, Biel, 1904 - 1913

Built motorcycles using Zedel and Fafnir engines, and also built bicyclettes.



Darling
Friedrich Lochner Motorradbau, Sumiswald, Bern 1924 - 1926

Constructed motorcycles powered by 246cc two-stroke engines of their own manufacture.
Source: Wikipedia


Doranio
Doranie & Cie., Geneva, built motorcycles from 1906.
Source: morger.net


Dufaux
Henri and Armand Dufaux of Geneva built their first powered bicycle in 1895, forming the company H&A Dufaux & Co in 1899. Their primary passion was aviation, and they sold motorcycles to finance this, forming the Motosacoche company in 1903.

Duss Evolution GmbH
Entlebuch, near Lucerne.
Developed between 2004 and 2007, the Duss 1000cc 90º V-twin supermotard was in style somewhat like the KTM. It was claimed to produce 120 hp weighed only 145 kilos, and had componentry by Öhlins, Wilbers and Marchesini. It does not appear to have reached production.
More recently the firm has designed a straight six motorcycle engine.
Source: duss.ch


Eff-Eff
Furrer & Fröhlicher of Solothurn in 1904 built a 3hp single-cylinder motorcycle
Further details have proved elusive.
Source: morger.net


Famo


Fiducia
1902-1905
Giesserei Weber of Uster constructed motorcycles powered by 450cc engines of their own manufacture.
Source: morger.net


GG
Grüter & Gut Motorradtechnik GmbH, Ballwil.
From 1994 they built highly distinctive motorcycles and quads.
Source: morger.net


Helvetia
1896 Karl Bleidorn, Maschinenfabrik Arbon, built the first Swiss motorcycle.
Source: morger.net


Helvetia
1898-1900
Built in Combs-la-Ville Paris, an "Elektromobile". It is listed as a Swiss firm.
Source: morger.net


Helvetia
1905-1906
G.A. Saurer & Cie., Arbon built a motorcycle with a Z-L engine
Source: morger.net


Helvetia (Willisau)
Motorcycles built in 1928 using 170cc PA engines. Related to Universal.
Over the years there were several companies of the same name.
Source: Wikipedia


Henriod
A steam-powered tricycle built by Fritz Henriod, Biel 1896-1903
Source: morger.net


HMO
E. Hegetschwiler of Ottenbach built sidecar combinations using BMW engines and components from 1964.
Source: morger.net


Imholz
Imholz Fahrradwerke AG, St. Gallen 1924-1927
Built motorcycles using Moser two-stroke and four-stroke engines.
Source: Wikipedia


Jenny
Jean Jenny of Chàtelaine, Geneva, built a two-stroke motorcycle in 1926
Source: morger.net


Keller

La Chaine
Walther Schmid of Geneva built a motorcycle with rear suspension in 1906
Source: morger.net


La Colombe
Louis Ischy of Payerne built motorcycles beginning in 1905
Source: morger.net


La Genevoise
Alfred Morgenegg of Geneva built a 750cc motorcycle in 1917
Source: morger.net


La Routier
Bonnet & Jaquard of Romainmötier built several motorcycles 1904-1906
Source: morger.net


Landi
AG J. Zehnder & Söhne of Gränichen built a 750cc motorcycle in 1939. That same year, Condor built a sidecar machine named Landi, and Motoscoche released a 500cc single-cylinder Landi model.
Source: morger.net


LCR
Louis Christen of LCR Engineering, Rheineck, built racing motorcycles and sidecars (Motorrad-Renndreiräder) from 1976. In co-operation with Krauser they built 80cc racers and the famed Domani sports sidecar combination. The Zundapp LCR was another 80cc machine.
LCR sidecars have won 18 World Championships and 6 World Cups, and are one of the most famous racing sidecars ever produced.
Source: lcr-sidecar.com
See also Krauser


Le Side-Motor
Motosport AG of Moutier built an unusual tricar with a 495cc V-twin MAG engine from 1923 to 1925.
Source: moto-collection.org


Lista
Josef Popart of Erlen built lightweights 1955-1960
Source: morger.net


Mallmallwallon-DMT
Built in Geneva by Pierre Dunant, 1903
Source: morger.net


MADC
1901-1905, built motorcycles with 215cc engines. The firm was the forerunner of Motosacoche.
Source: Wikipedia


Moto Geneve
Séchehaye & Cie of Geneva produced Zedel-powered machines from 1910 for a short period.
Source: morger.net


Motoclette

Frizt Haag & co, Geneva. Built 1904-1915 using Zedel, Moser and other engines.

Sources: Wikipedia, La Moto Francaise, Tragatsch p217




MV
Müller-Vogel & Cie of St. Aubin built high-performance engines for cars and motorcycles. They produced the 737cc V-Twin used in the aptly named Quick of 1917.
Sources: morger.net, moto-collection.org


Oris
Built by Oris-Velofabrik of Liestal in 1903 using a Zedel engine.
Source: morger.net


Paul Speidel


Piot Moto
Gilbert Piot built performance engines and specialised in carbon fibre components in the 1990s.
Source: Wikipedia


Pony
Lightweights built by Amsler & Co. AG of Feuerthalen from 1948
Source: morger.net


Quick


Reima
Werner Maltry built high-performance 490cc twins for racing purposes during the early 1960s.
Source: Wikipedia


Rex
Motorcycles built by Maschinenfabrik Gränichen AG (MAFAG) of Gränichen 1932~1950
Source: morger.net


Riva
Solec AG of Bern began building electric motorcycles in 1992
Source: morger.net


Roger Barbier
Known also as R.B., during the 1920s the Geneva firm built 250cc four-stroke motorcycles and later oil-cooled OHC 500s.
Sources: morger.net, et al.


Royal
Helvetia-Fahrradfabrik of Basel built motorcycles 1900-1912
Source: morger.net


Royal Standard

Schwalbe (Uster)
One of two Swiss marques of this name, this one was built by Ruegg & Co of Uster, Zürich from 1901 - 1905 using a 2¾ hp Zedel engine.
The other Schwalbe was built in Aalen, and was also fitted with Zedel engines.
Source: Wikipedia


Senn Moto-Spezial
Georg and Walter Senn built custom Harley-Davidsons in the 1970s and 80s. It was a large firm for a custom builder, having over 40 employees.
Source: Wikipedia


SAM
SA de Construction Mécanique of Geneva built motorcycles with engines from external suppliers from 1904.
Source: morger.net


Seymaz
Erich Vaugnat built sidecar combinations for road-racing.
Source: Wikipedia


STAS
Advertised at leboncoin.fr/motos/1676921241.htm/ October 2019. Photographs depict a flat-tank motorcycle, 1910s styling, narrow-angle V-twin engine.
No further information posted, and photographs are low resolution.


Strübi
The Strubi was a motorcycle with a fully enclosed cabin and a door. It had a JLO 250cc two-stroke twin located at the front of the cabin directly below the steering column, between the rider's knees. The steering was conventional. Nothing else was.
Source: ig-jlo-twin.eu


Swissauto
The Burgdorf has been building engines for automobiles and motorcycles since 1987
Source: morger.net


Taddeoli
P. Taddeoli of Geneva built motorcycles between 1901 and 1906
Source: morger.net


Tourist
Desplands & Cie. of Lausanne built a number of different of motorcycles from 1903
Source: morger.net


Trike HS
Rewaco Fahrzeugbau AG of Oberentfelden built three-wheelers from 1989
Source: morger.net


Vaucher
Motorcycles built by E. Vaucher of Geneva from 1910
Source: morger.net


Velosolex H-S
The Vélosolex Type 330 was built entirely in Switzerland, in the famed Hispano-Suisse factory, from 1952
See also Velosolex
Source: moto-collection.org


Volksroller
Mowag Fahrzeugbau of Kreuzlingen produced 50cc scooters in 1958
Source: morger.net


Walco
Walco of Biel built mopeds with Sachs engines around 1967
Source: morger.net


Zedel (ZL)
Zürcher, Lüthi & Cie of Saint-Aubin-Sauges built motorcycle engines between 1897 and 1908. See Zurcher for more information.


Zehnder


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