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French Motorcycles

Motocyclettes fabriquées en France

Notes on some of the rarer French marques

This page lists brands of which little historical information is currently available. For a more complete listing visit the French Index.

Albert-Jean
Motorcycle classified 11th at the Criterium of Motorcycles 1901, riden by Echenoy
Bourdache p429


Alleluia
Re-branded version of the German N.S.U., ca 1914
Bourdache pp400, 429


Amstoutz
1900. Engineer and motorcycle engine manufacturer in Besançon who built Mirus and A.Z.
Motorcycles may also have been produced under the Amstoutz brand.
Bourdache pp 224, 280, 302.


Andru
10 Rue de St Quentin, Paris
1903. Motorcycles with Mirus water-cooled engines
Bourdache p429


Aquilon
Two machines of this brand participated in the Grand Prix of Paris in 1909.
Riders : Mouton and Johnson
Bourdache p327


Athena
Dérozier participated in the 1905 Tour de France on an Athéna motorcycle.
Bourdache p430


Audax
Founded ca1899, the firm produced motorcycles identical to Lamendiere-Labre
Bourdache p430


Aurore
79 Boulevard Haussmann Paris
In 1898, H. Deckert and Cie sold De Dion powered tricycles and automobiles named Aurore.
Bourdache p430


Autocyclette
Yves Guédon of 15 Rue du Louvre, Paris, built a chain-driven petrol-engined bicyclette in 1899
Bourdache p430


Aviator

Motorcycles built by Friès and Germain, 1906, at 52 bld de Strasbourg, Vincennes
Bourdache p430


B

Bailleau
Motorcycle exhibited at the Salon des Tuileries in 1899
Bourdache p430


BAGYS
Bayon and Gyss, 3, cité Magenta, Paris.
Motorcycle with a 1 1/2 HP Bahon engine, built 1903


Bahon
Motorcycle exhibited at the Salon in 1902; supplied engines to Bagys.
Bourdache p146


Bainchet
Motorcycle exhibited at the Salon in 1902
Bourdache p146




Barrière
22 Rue Saint-Sabin Paris

Tricycles with a 2hp Barrière engine. 1899
Bourdache p430


Bauchet
Motorcycle exhibited at the Salon in 1902
Bourdache p430


Baudier Tricycle presented at the salon des tuileries, 1899
Bourdache p430


Bellamy
Motocyclette presented at the salon in 1902, clutch and chain transmission
Bourdache p146


Bernasse
Place de la Re´publique Toucy - Yonne
V-twins and single-cylinder Motocyclettes built by Max Bernasse, 1907.
Bourdache p430


Berthier
In 1899 he built an petrol-engined bicyclette with large rear wheel and small front wheel with strongly triangulated frame.
Bourdache p430


Bisson-Berger
Two-wheel engine for tricycles - ran to the coast of Chanteloup in 1898
Bourdache p430


Boccardo
1987-1989
Louis Boccardo, with Dominique Favario and Thierry Grange, was one of the designers of the BFG. He left that company to build the MF, and later built the Boccardo, of which 5 copies were produced.
Sources: bfg.asso.fr


Boillod
"Same transmission on the Boillod, but the engine, a two-cylinder, is placed behind the saddle of the pilot. "
Bourdache p112


Boisette
303 rue du faubourg Saint Antoine, Paris

Motocyclettes, 1906
Bourdache p431


Boivin
35 Citée des fleurs, Paris
Established 1896, built a motorcycle, and then in 1902 a driving wheel adaptable on all bicycles. Patented.
Bourdache pp 56, 146.


Bolide
87 Avenue de la Grande Armée, Paris

Established 1902, had factories in Pantin which built motorcycle engines
Bourdache p320




Bon Avion
Motos dans la Loire has an image of a 1927 flat-tank chain-drive single.
Motos dans la Loire




Bonhomme
Motorcycle ridden by Ricard in 1903
Bourdache p146




Bonin
17 avenue de la Motte Piquet, Paris
Motorcycles built 1905 with full suspension from L'Idéal


Bonnefis
Audax 4 1/2hp engine, 1905 version of the Lamaudière.
Bourdache p431


Bonnet
53 rue du Bois, Levallois Perret
1906, motocyclettes
Bourdache p431


Bordes
Motorcycle exhibited in December 1901
Bourdache p431


Boudiot
In 1904 the rider Boudiot rode a machine of this name with an engine of his own construction in the Paris-Bordeaux-Paris event.
Bourdache p431


Bouilly
Motorised bicycle built in Chartres, 1899. The company closed the same year.
Bourdache pp 68, 69


Bourcard
Built in 1903 by J.J. Bourcard in Colmar, Alsace on the German Border
The machine consisted of two motorcycles side by side - one bike has the rider, and the other the engine in order to isolate the rider from vibration.
Bourdache p431


Bourdiaux

Vertical in-line twin with common combustion chamber, one valve each for inlet and exhaust, built for racing 1900-1901. Used by Demeester.
Bourdache p136


Bourgery
1896. Bicycle with petrol engine located behind the pedals.
Bourdache p431


Bourgoin
Tricycle with De Dion-Bouton Engine of 1899.
Bourdache p431


Breuil
35 avenue de la Grande Armée, Paris
Motocyclettes, 1902
Bourdache pp 431, 146, 320.


Brierre
239 Boulevard Pereire, Paris
Established in 1898, E.J. Brierre, Perrenoud and Gansewinkel built trimoteurs, quatris and automobiles with petrol engines. The company closed in 1901
Bourdache p432


Briest
109 rue de Rennes, Nantes
The Briest brothers ran a motor bicycle in the 1895 Paris-Bordeaux-Paris.
Bourdache p44


Brousset
Light motorcycle engine presented at the 1902 Salon
Bourdache p432


Bruneau
1899. Motocyclettes & Tricars
12 rue Victor Hugo, Tours
Bourdache mentions this marque often.


Brunner Tricycle
Louis Brunner, 94, rue Gabriel Peri, Columbes (Seine)
125cc twostroke engine.
Brunner Tricar, Robert Doisneau. Ce-dessus et a droite: Porte d'Orleans, 1953


Buard 1907
Moto à vapeur, Atlas Card


Burton
Built in the 1950s using AMC 4T engines. Primitive telescopic forks, plunger rear.
ID plate reads Burton, Type BGL, Serie 54.
La Moto Francaise


Butler Trimoteurs
In 1899 Portéous Butler established a workshop France to build tricycles of English manufacture with Automoto engines. Because of their colours, his version was named (or nicknamed?) Rouge et Noir
Bourdache p9, p13.
There are several Butler marques so confusion is possible.


C

Carreau
93 avenue des Ternes, Paris
Motocyclettes with engines by DE DION 1 1/2hp et 1 3/4hp, built by J. Carreau in 1902
Bourdache pp 119, 146, 209.


Cavelier
Motocyclette which took part in the concours de l'Automobile Club de France, 1904. See also Tungnaud-Cavelier
Bourdache p432


Centaure
205 rue de Flandre, Paris

Bicycle with the engine above the rear wheel, built by M. Flinois in 1900
Bourdache p109


C.F.C. - Compagnie Française des Cycles

Factory at 6 rue Francoeur, Paris in 1901 (Ets Pathé cinema in 1986)
Motocyclette with Onfray engine. Possibly associated with L'Universel
Bourdache p432


Chaffal
21 rue Gaudot de Mauroy, Paris (1907)
Presented a motorised bicycle of 1 1/2hp or 2 1/4hp at the 1902 Salon.
Bourdache writes, "De mystérieux Chaffal et Gillet cachent peut-être..." the latter could be Rene Gillet.
Bourdache pp 146, 432


Chaffin Motocyclettes
30 bis rue Ledru-Rollin, Beaucaire
Motocyclette, 1907
Bourdache p432


Chaigneau
Motorcycles presented at the salon of 1902 (1 1/2hp and 2hp)
Bourdache p146


Champeyrache
Manufacturer of Velocopedes, Automobiles et Motocycles. 17 Place du Lycee, 1903.
La Moto Francaise


Chanon
22 rue Duret, Paris
Chanon, owned and managed by H. Gaubert, is a brand most best for its tricars
In 1905 a Chanon motorcycle with a Villemain engine and ridden by him came 7th in the criterion of 1/3 of litre.
Bourdache p220


Chantemede
Motocyclette, 1903
47 avenue de la République, Paris
Name changed to C.D.M. in 1906.
Bourdache p187


Charon Motorcycle
Sidevalve engine in a wooden frame with wooden forks, wire spoked wheels. Most unusual machine, and really quite beautiful.
La Moto Francaise has an image of one registered at the prefecture of Angoulême on 13/07/1929


Chartier
30 rue de Mondéreau, Sens (Yonne)
Built a motorcycle with a De Dion 2 3/4hp engine in 1902
Bourdache p433


Chauffourier
Motorcycle with engine behind the pedals presented at the Paris Salon 1902
Two models 1 3/4hp and 2 1/4hp. It was also known as The Royal
Engaged in the Paris-Madrid of 1903
Bourdache pp 146, 172.


Cheilus
In 1904 Edouard Cheilus founded the company "Éd. Cheilus et Cie" and displayed his first tricar at the 1904 Salon. The following year he formed Austral.
motocyclettesaustral.es.tl, Bourdache p315, 399


Chenard-Walcker
7 rue de Normandie, Asnières 1906
Manufacturers of tricycles and forks (d'avant-train) for quadricycles, 1899
Bourdache p433


Choubersky
18 rue du 4 septembre, Paris, and also at 20, rue Félicien-David, Paris.
Built tricycles and tandems in 1899 with De Dion engines under the Richard-Choubersky brand.
At the time of his death in 1891 he had four stores in Paris, so it is not out of the question that the these machines were built by this company and sold at both addresses.
The story of Richard-Choubersky (Charles de Choubersky) of roller-skate fame, who died in 1891, proves once more that wealth does not necessarily bring happiness. His story is most interesting and is told at oldbike.eu.
Bourdache p441


Chouzet Motocyclette
Motorcycle patented on February 29, 1904
Bourdache p433


Constantin
On page 110 Bourdach writes that the 1901 Constantin horizontal motor is attached to the upper tube of the frame, and later there is reference to the marque in 1905.
Bourdache pp 110, 255, 287.


Contal
64 avenue de la Grande Armée, Paris
From 1906, Camille Contal built tricars with engines of his own and with Villemain engines.
Bourdache p433


Cormery
1902
Built 2-stroke engines for motorcycles. Patent of May 15, 1899 by Henry Cormery
Bourdache p433


Corre
1899
1 rue Chevalier, Levallois (seine)
and 54 rue de Villiers
Built tricycles with De Dion engines and also built (or perhaps used) La Licorne engines.
Bourdache pp 62, 433


Cote d'Azur
Built a lightweight two-stroke machines in the early 1950s with primitive telescopic front forks and rigid rear. Dam models were available.
La Moto Francaise


Cottereau
1891
1 Rue des Lentillères and route d'Auxonne, Dijon
Built motorcycles with Minerva engines (1904), and also A.Z. engines.
Bourdache pp 146, 217, 320.


Couffinhal
Motocyclette presented at the Paris Salon of 1905 fitted with horizontally-opposed twin engine and shaft-drive.
Bourdache p434


Curey
1979-1983
At least two of these remarkable machines were built, the second having a frame based on both the Ducati and Tonti Moto-Guzzi designs. It ran a 1000cc HO twin with belt-driven OHC and four-valve heads, and completed the 47th Bol d'Or.
Although the two companies were in direct communication given the similarity of their projects, Curey and BFG did not collaborate.
Sources bfg.asso.fr


Cyclette Light Motorcycle
The Cyclette was a BMA-style machine with the engine mounted high above the pedal crank, the slim fuel tank slung under the bicycle's top tube. Suspended at the front with unusual forks which were effectively two pairs of forks joined at the axle. It had belt drive to the rear wheel from the engine and conventional chain drive for the pedals.
Image at La Moto Francaise


D

Dalifol
172, quai de Jemmapes, Paris
In 1894 the company built a steam motorcycle with the word Volta prominent on the the engine. Bourdache has an informative article on this machine.
Bourdache p25, p434


Damas

1899
10 rue Barbès, Levallois - Perret (seine)
Built tricycles fitted with Le Sphinx engines
Bourdache p434


Daring
Flat-tank two-stroke. Appears to be late 1920s.


David
1905. Tricar with Quentin engine and Bozier gearbox.
Bourdache p434


Deauville
37-39 Rue Garnier, Neuilly-sur-Seine
The Deauville marque was registered in September 1903 by Edmond Gentil at the same time as the brands Alcyon and Action
Bourdache p434


Debeaune
85 rue de Bourgogne, Lyon
These machines were re-badged Italian Della Ferrera machines sold around 1913.
Bourdache pp 335, 343, 346, 349, 356, 369, 385, 398-400.


Deleau
Motorcycle exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1898 (15/26 December)
Bourdache p434


Decolon Motorcycles
1948 model has AMC 4T 108cc engine, girder fork and rigid rear.
La Moto Francaise


Debaralle
Became the Aiglon marque.
Bourdache p146, p429


Desgrouas
Machine exhibited at the 1902 Salon.
Bourdache p146


Delage, Paris

1914 machine with cylindrical tank, belt drive, possibly also known as "Claude Delage".

Sources Bourdache p346


Delieutraz
Motorcycle involved in the 1903 M.C.F. competition.
Bourdache p403


Demaria
Petrol-engined bicycle cited by the magazine Touring Club de France, 1902
Bourdache p434


DEM (D.E.M.)
Manufactured 1926~27 through to 1933~34. Models included 100 and 175cc Aubier&Dunne powered machines along with Chaise 250 and 350cc motorcycles.
The tank logo would often be a fairly large D.E.M.
La Moto Francaise


Derby
4 avenue Carnot, Paris
Motorcycle classified 8th of the criterium of the motorcycles the 24 of October of 1901, ridden by De Ridder.
Bourdache p434


Devinant
3 and 5 Rue Jouvenet, Paris, 1906.
Motos and Tricars with integral suspension.
See also Mauxion & Devinant 1903, same address.
Bourdache p434


Diva
Jules Zimmermann et Cie
10 rue Emile Allez, Paris
Motos, 1903
Bourdache p434


Donjon
Participated in an event at the 1904 La Provence Sportive
Bourdache p434


Duchemin
Motorised bicycle displayed at the 1900 exhibition in Vincennes
Bourdache p434


Dumont
Tricycle exhibited at the Salon des Tuileries in 1899
Bourdache p434


Dupressoir
Manufactured a De Dion engined motorcycle in Maubeuge (North), exhibited at the 2nd Salon (10/25 December 1901)
Bourdache p434


Durey

1900
82 rue d'Hauteville, Paris ( 1907)
Motorized bicycle named La Parfaite with engines above the pedals in 1900.
Bourdache pp 69, 84, 86, 98.


Dutemple
Motocyclette of 1903
Bourdache p434


Dutheil-Chalmers et Cie
Took part in the M.C.F. concours d'endurance of 1903. A patent for a motorcycle was taken in 1901 by the same company
Bourdache p434


E

Émeraude (Emeraude)
1902 6 Rue de Rennes, Nantes
Later at 20 rue de Versailles in Nantes
Manufacturer: G. Fournier
In 1907, Monluc de Lariviere and Sauzereau, manufacturers, motorcycle with 2hp engine
Bourdache p434


Epsom
Built by Ets Teyssot, 1950s
20, Rue Du Placieux Nancy (M. et M.)
Some models used Comet engines by Le Poulain, others Sachs or AMC.


Eyrant
Motocyclette with 2 1/4hp engine, 1904
Bourdache p434


F

Farman
The Farman brothers built a motor-tricycle using a De Dion-Bouton 1 3/4hp engine in 1899
Bourdache also mentions Farman in relation to aviation on p319. Related?


Fleury
1905

Entered the the M.C.F. competition, ridden by Demmler.
Bourdache pp 233, 435


Flinois
Established 1898, they built the Centaure in 1900.
In 1905, Flinois-Bonnel were established at 15 bis, Route de la Révolte, Neuilly
Bourdache pp 432, 435, 444.


Foudre (La)
Competed in the 1902 Château-Thierry and, against over sixty other machines, in the Championnat du Monde des Motocyclettes of 1904, won by the four cylinder d’Adolphe Clément.
Bourdache p209


Fournier & Knopf
Machine shown at the 1902 salon
Bourdache p146


Fulgor
Participated in the M.C. competition in Lyon, April 4, 1902
There is also an Italian Fulgor marque in the 1920s, unrelated.
Bourdache p435


G

Gaillard
1907 motocyclette
Bourdache p435


Gaillardet
1899
Built single and v-twin cylinder engines with copper finning, marking an advance in cooling technology.
Bourdache p75, 80


Galiator
Bonnet , Guyonnet and Canonne built Motocyclettes in Paris, 1907.
Bourdache p435


Gallia-Condor
1913
French company selling rebranded MAG-engined motorcycles built by Condor of Switzerland
Bourdache p400


Gamet
1902 Motocyclette
Bourdache p435


Garreau
Established 1896, the Garreau with a 3/4 hp engine is displayed at the Salon of 1899.
Bourdache pp 69, 92, 98, 99


Girardot

1899

Famous automobile manufacturer (C.G.V.), who was one of the first to present a De Dion-Bouton tricycle .

Bourdache pp 45, 53, 57, 61.


Gloria
1912
Bourdache (p434) refers the reader to Lurquin et Coudert which could indicate that the French Gloria marque was one of theirs, rather than a separate company to which they supplied engines. He also writes (p279), "In the following years we will find Lurquin-Coudert under the brands Olympia, Saving, C. Coudert and Gloria."


Gloriator
1903/1904
Same construction as Succès and Iris in motorcycles (1 3/4hp and 2 1/4hp), and adaptable engines.
Bourdache p436


Gobron-Minerva
13 quai de Boulogne, Boulogne sur Seine
Well-known French automobile manufacturer believed to have built versions of the Belgian Minerva (1903/1904)
Bourdache pp 185, 217


Godmare Autocycle
Participated in the autocycle competition of the Club de France in 1904
Bourdache p436


Goguel
Participated in the contest of alcohol (alcohol-fueled engines?) in Épernay in 1902. ranked 9th.
Bourdache p436


Gourt
A machine of this name was exhibited at the Salon of 1902
Bourdache p146


Grapperon
Grapperon, builder of a motorcycle which ranked first at the 1914 circuit du Sud-Ouest 1914 in the 500 class.
Bourdache Several references


Gros
3 rue des Immeubles Industriels, Paris
Manufactured light motorcycle engines, 1905
Bourdache p 436



Approximate location.

Groseiller
A. Groseiller, mechanic-builder
6 rue de l'Hôtel de Ville, Lyon.
Built motorcycles with gearshift and clutch, 1913
Bourdache p436


Grosse-Goubault
2 1/2hp tricycle with gear change and clutch presented at the 1899 Salon
Bourdache p436


H

Hallot
1904
Ets Giron,
38 rue Vanneau, Paris
Built motorcycles with using Z.L. V-twin and single cylinder engines
Bourdache p436


Hammon et Mouter
Hammond et Monnier were bicycle dealers who presented a machine at the 1902 Paris Salon. They sold the firm to the Duc d'Uzes around 1907. It is unclear whether they built motocyclettes, but as their main trade was bicycles this seems likely.
Bourdache p146


Hanzer
4 rue Baudin, Ivry (seine)
1899, Motor tricycle
Bourdache p436


Harding-JAP
Built in France using entirely British components, it had a V-twin 3 1/2hp JAP engine, Bowden 2-speed gearbox, Druid forks and a Chater-Lea frame. Illustrated in The Motor Cycle magazine in 1912.


Henriod C.E.
7/9 rue de Sablonville, Neuilly sur seine
1898. Manufactured tricycles and engines.
Bourdache p436


Hernis
Ateliers de construction mécanique d'Asnières,
47 quai d'Asnières, Asnières (seine)
1897. Petrol engines for automobiles and motorcycles from 1 to 8hp
Bourdache p436


H.L.B.
Paris representative, 83 rue Lafayette
Manufacturer of arms and bicycles in Saint-Etienne. Motorcycle 330 cc with magneto ignition. Related to
Deronzière and Rupta.
3/4hp engine adaptable to bicycles
Bourdache p436


I

Impetus
M. Hertel was a renowned cycling champion who rode under the name of Baron Impetus. He presented a motorcycle at the 1901 show
Bourdache p437


Ivry
Cie Générale d'Électricité
5 rue Bourdreau, Paris
Tricars 5 and 6hp, 1906
Bourdache p437


J

Jacquelin
24 avenue de la Grande Armée, Paris
A former cyclist, in 1902 he built an unusual machine with a steering-wheel and link rod (De Dion-Bouton engine of 114 X 120mm: 1225cc)
1903 saw him participate, still with De Dion, in the quarter-liter criterion.
1904/1905 he tries to launch a machine with a smaller engine.
Bourdache p437


J. B. Louvet
Manufacturer of bicycles and motorcycles established 1913.
Better known for his post-WWI productions up to the beginning of the 1930s, the JB Louvet of 1913 is a 2 3/4hp (327 cc) machine with magneto ignition and automatic greasing.
Bourdache pp 407, 445


J.G. Engines
Paris-based motorcycle engine manufacturer, pre 1914.
Bourdache p437


Jochum
Motorcycle exhibited at the second Salon, December 1901.
Bourdache p117


J.O.G.
1906. J. Grosse Manufacturer of bicycles, and later built tandems and tricars. Possibly related to Grosse-Goubault.
Bourdache p437


Jouclard
Manufactured in Dijon, 1903
Motorcycle engaged in Paris-Bordeaux-Paris from 1904, ridden by Jouclard
Bourdache p437


Jouve
In the press of the time there was frequent mention of a Jouve sidecar. In fact the product is English, better known under the name Mills-Fullford for whome Jouve is the representative in Paris.
Bourdache p365


Jules Dubois
23 avenue des Champs Elysées, Paris
Built tricycles with DE DION engines, 1899~1906
Bourdache p437


K

Kervran


Twostroke, chain-chain built 1928. Article in Moto Revue No 292, 13 October 1928 : la Kervran
La Moto Francaise


Kreutzberger Frères
Established 1900 at 4 rue de Robinson and in 1903 moved to 77 rue du Dessus des Berges in Paris
The company built motor tricycles, carts and light automobiles (voitures légères). Associated with the Omega marque of 1900. It dissolved in 1904
Bourdache p437


L

L'Idole Tricycle
De Dion motor tricycle which participated in la cote de Chanteloup of 1898.
Bourdache p438


La Fauvette
Came tenth in Chateau-Thierry race of 1904, ridden by Panzani
Bourdache p 434


Laforge & Palmentier
35 avenue e Wagram, Paris
In 1903 the factory in Alfortville built 2hp motorcycle with pedals attached to the frame by studs connecting housing and cylinders.
Bourdache p146


La Guerrière
1903
39 rue Pierre Joigneaux, Asnières (seine)
J. Jaujard, manufacturer of motorcycles with a 278cc 2 1/4hp engine of his own construction.
Bourdache p436


La Louve
42 rue du Louvre, Paris
A.Louveau built motorcycles with 2 1/2 and 3hp engines in 1904
Bourdache p438


La Parfaite
1900. Petrol-engined bicycle by Durey
Bourdache p109, p440


La Préféré
1 et 3 Bld de Ménilmontant, Paris
1913
M.Thunn successor to E.Decosse - Motorcycles with sidecar.
Bourdache p438


Lamblin
Crankcase transmission motorcycle described in Locomotion No. 15 (1910). Two-speed planetary gear change in the rear hub, with a leather clutch cone.
Bourdache pp329, 342


Landru (Henri-Désiré)
Motocyclettes 1899
Assets transferred to Labitte in April 1900
Several addresses are given:
58 Bld St Germarin, Paris (Sales, probably), 6 rue des Carrières Montmorency, and 15 Bld Pereire Paris.
Bourdache pp 102, 103, 109.


Lardennais
Built a 4-stroke motorcycle circa 1903
Bourdache p438


Large
1903
Moto which competed in the Paris-Madrid of 1903, ridden by M Large.
Bourdache p172


Le Sauvage
190 rue de Charonne, Paris
Built motorcycles of 65cc, 125cc and 175cc 1956-1958
La Moto Francaise


Leloir
H. Leloir, 16 Rue Fremicourt, Paris
175cc twostroke, ca 1924~1927
La Moto Leloir, 3e Annee de Fabrication. Cliche Salon Octobre 1924
Sources: Period advertising.


Lepoureau
Based in Issy les Moulineaux, Paris, the firm built a motorcycle with a De Dion engine and transmission by chain. They took part in the Paris-Bordeaux-Paris in 1904
Bourdache p438


Lesprillier

1900. Factory and offices at 22 avenue d'Italie, Paris
Built a 1 3/4hp detachable engine and a 2 1/2hp motor bicycle.
Bourdache p146


Letang
One of the entries in Paris-Bordeaux-Paris in 1895
In 1901, Letang, Herbin And Bordes patented a detachable motor for bicycles
Bourdache pp 43, 44


Lepape
28 rue Demours, Paris
1903. Inventor of the 2-stroke engine "Bichrone"
Bourdache writes, "such as Lepape who built a two-stroke piston-pump (deux-temps à piston-pompe) ancestor, a system that was to make the German racing machine famous on the eve of the Second World War."
Bourdache pp 163, 438


Libertas
7 rue Mousset Robert, and 149-151 rue Michel Bizot, Paris
Built 1 1/4hp and 2 1/4hp petroleum bicycles ca 1902. The smaller engine had a water-cooled cylinder head.
Bourdache p438


Lobin
Bicyclette with Grillon engine housed in the frame built 1902. Chain drive with friction clutch.
Bourdache p438


Lombard
1898
Ets Cochot 45 rue de Tanger, Paris
Tricycles et voiturettes displayed at the 1898 salon
Bourdache pp 396, 400


Lotz-Huzelstein
44 rue du Louvre, Paris
Motorized bicycle, 1896
Huzelstein could be the German mechanic who presented the Hildebrand and Wolfmuller in France and bought the company after the bankruptcy Duncan and Suberbie
Bourdache p46


Louis Vineis
rue Monteil, St Etienne
Apparently only one was built. It looks rather similar to the Lutece. Shaft drive single, possibly two-stroke, unattractive square-section steel frame, rigid rear suspension.
La Moto Francaise


Loyal
Built a tricar in 1897 with a 2-stroke engine of unusual design which operated like a 4-stroke with automatic valve on intake and exhaust.
Bourdache p438


M

Macquart et fils
1900 Macquart and Vexiau petrol bicycle with clutch and chain transmission named the Pétrocyclette Bourdache p438


Magali
Motocyclette built by Gaillon et Cie, 1903
22 rue Garnier, Levallois Perret
Bourdache pp 208, 209, 213, 220, 221, 223, 233, 239, 251, 262, 309.


Mahelin-Foucher
63 rue Frédéric Petit Amiens (Sommes)
Winner of the first motorcycle race on the velodrome at Amiens, 1901, ridden by Baudelocque
Bourdache p438


Manon
17 rue du Débarcadère, Paris
Ets Chaigneau built a motorcycle with a Kratos water-cooled 1 1/2hp engine in 1902
Bourdache p438


Marly
150 avenue du Roule, Neuilly
Presented motocyclettes at the 1908 salon.



Bourdache p438

Mauxion and Devinant
5 rue Jouvenet, Paris
Entered the 1903 du M.C.F., ridden by Mauxion
Bourdache pp 186, 438


Mayeski
In 1904 Deckert engine engaged in the qualifiers for the international cup of M.C.F. ridden by MAYESKI
Their address in 1907 was 3 rue du Pas de la Mule, Paris
Bourdache p190


Mazoyer
66, R. Nationale, Paris
The Mazoyer company built 500cc motorcycles 1951-1953, possibly other models and years. La Moto Francaise


M.C.
An image exists showing the rider Moret on an M.C. at the Paris-Nice race, 1921


Megy
Motocyclette exhibited at the 2nd Salon of 1901
Bourdache p439


Merveilleuse
There is a record of a BMA-style machine built in 1950.
La Moto Francaise


Métropole (La)
Tricycles made in 1899 with De Dion-Bouton engines, also known as Acatene because of the lack of training chain (chaîne d'entraînement)
Bourdache p446


Midual
A modern superbike of typical French beauty.
midual.com


Minerve
30 rue du Point du Jour, Boulogne Billancourt
Minerve motor tricycle, 1899
Caption to Bourdache image: The very personal architecture of the Minerve engine (unrelated to the Belgian Minerva) is determined by the shape of its piston. In order to improve the internal cooling of the engine, this piston is extended by a hollow sleeve and open at both ends.
Bourdache p83


Minima Bicycle Engines
3 cité Griset (125 rue Oberkampf), Paris
Engine adaptable to all bicycles, 1903
Bourdache p439


Mira
13 rue de l' Aquedue, Paris

Stuart & Stichter built motorcycles, 1904

>Source: Bourdache p439


Mireille
Gayon et Cie, 22 rue Galloy, Levallois
Built in 1904 by the same company responsible for the Magali, apparently, but at a different address. The motorcycle had a fourstroke side-valve engine. The Mireille was a competitor in the 1/3 litre qualifiers of 1905. This machine had chain drive and there all semblance of common sense seems to have evaporated, according to a somewhat humorous account Bourdache gives of its convoluted drive-train.
Bourdache pp 223, 251.


MN
ca 1905
Meunier et Nexon, Limoges, builder of motorcycle engines
Bourdache p439


Meteore
One of the many marques produced under the France Motor Cycles mantle.


M.F.
1981-1983
Built by Louis Boccardo, formerly of BFG, in partnership with Siccardi and others, the M.F. (Moto Française) was powered by a Citroen Visa 650cc engine with gearbox and final drive from the Moto Guzzi V50. Some 90 machines were produced before the firm ceased trading in 1983.
Sources: bfg.asso.fr


Millet
Tricycles and motorcycles with 5 cylinder engine mounted in the rear wheel.
Bourdache pp 21, 25, 33-36, 44, 45, 57, 72, 214, 380.


Mistral
Schneider built an "adaptable rear wheel drive" in 1902 named Mistral
Bourdache p439


Mobyvelo
A 1952 65cc example of the type Mehari is described on the site of M. Dumas.
La Moto Francaise


MOM
Ateliers de Construction Mécanique Maurice Charotte
169/173 bld Pereire et 51 rue Laugier, Paris
From 1905 built 3hp single cylinder and 6hp V-twin motorcycles; also tricars, automobiles and motorboats
Bourdache p439


Monarque
1904, Motorcycles and Engines
Monarque has emulated Bucher with this elegant machine on offer at a very competitive price. Under the name of L'Elégante, this 250cc (70x70mm) engine is also sold by Ets J.B. Mercier, 6, rue St-Ferdinand, Paris.
Bourdache p200


Monin Tricycles
3 Bld Poissonnières, Paris
Tricycle exhibited at the Paris salon, December 1896
Bourdache p439


Mont
Messrs Mont, father and son, patented an explosion engine in December 1903
Installed on the wheel and driven by a roller, the engine was rated at 1 1/2hp. It was named Le Quand Même.
Bourdache p439


Moreau
1896 1897 Builder of a motorized bicycle placed above the rear wheel named La Rémouleuse.
Bourdache p439


Mors
1900
The famous car manufacturer also manufactured tricycles (probably with De Dion-Bouton motor)
Bourdache pp 131, 174, 175, 329.


Motorette

Built by Sanciome, 1900, at Route des Salins, Clermont Ferrant
Motorized bicycle with roller transmission on the rear wheel
Bourdache p439


Motte
D. Motte, Courbevoie (Seine)
1910 Built a motorcycle with a Zurcher 2hp engine.
Bourdache p439


N

Nil Supra
Baras et Pascault, 35, rue Victor-Massé, Paris.
1906. Motorcycles similar to those of the Alcyon catalogue of that year.
Bourdache p440


O

Omega 1898
In May 1899, M. Bergeron, from "L'acatene", patented a motorcycle with an engine low in the frame, with pedals.
Bourdache p440


Omega Motorcycles c1910
Lecomte et Fils
14 quai de Retz and 30 rue Pierre Corneille, Lyon
Sewing machines, cycles and motorcycles of 2hp and 3 1/2hp.
Bourdache p440


Onfray
Produced engines (see C.F.C.), and possibly motocyclettes.
Bourdache pp 146, 432


P

Paillard
Water-cooled motocyclette which competed in the 1903 M.C.F. Engine most likely Z.L.
Bourdache pp 146, 440


P.A.L. Motorcycles
Potier, Aze et Lecorsier of 196/198 bld Voltaire, Paris
1905. Motorcycles with 2 1/2 and 3hp engines by Buchet
Bourdache p440


Panneton
Bourdache p302


Paulin-Demet
Tricycle exhibited at the Salon des Tuileries in 1899
Bourdache p440


Pécourt

1900

G. Pécourt builder, 3 rue Brunel, Paris

Bankruptcy pronounced on April 17, 1905
1901. A machine classified only 7th has yet caught the public attention: the Pécourt. It owes this interest mainly to the fact that it was driven by the graceful Mme Jolivet whose bouffante skirt-panties (daring!) was to be of a not insignificant supplement in a tailwind.

Although quite orthodox design with its engine in front of the pedal, the Pécourt deserves more than a simple glance. It is one of the first French machines to be equipped with the famous Z.L.
Bourdache pp 105-107, 110, 133, 141, 146, 149, 168, 187.


Pelletier
Motorcycle classified 9th in the 1902 Deauville event, ridden by Demay
Bourdache p440


Pennerat
A motorcycle of this name took part in the elimination trials for the 1904 Criterium event. There is no further mention. Bourdache p209


Perfecta
1899. Engines of this brand powered Liberator motorcycles which were sometimes referred to as Perfecta-Liberator
See also Darracq
Bourdache pp 88, 96, 97.


Perfection
Built by G. Lotteau in Choisy le Roi, 1906
Loteau also built motorcycle engines of 2 3/4hp and 3 1/2hp, as well as the G.L. marque.
Bourdache


Pernoo
1899. Powered motorcycle using a Labitte mounted behind the rear wheel
Bourdache pp 75, 84, 86, 87, 98, 99, 109, 309.


Pernot
13 rue Victor Hugo, St Chamond (Loire)
1908. Motorised bicycle equipped with a Keller-Dorian adaptable engine and gear change by Pernot
Bourdache p440


Perreaux
Steam-powered motorcycle
The first "motor cycle" was released in 1871. "La Perreaux", named for its inventor, Louis Guillaume Perreaux. A steam engine is installed under the saddle.
Perreaux : la première moto de l'histoire : la vie et l'oeuvre de Louis-Guillaume Perreaux, de l'Orne, ingénieur-mécanicien 1816-1889 / Rolland, Guy. 2015.- 1 vol. (125 p.)
(Perreaux: the first motorcycle in history: the life and work of Louis-Guillaume Perreaux, Orne, engineer-mechanic 1816-1889 / Rolland, Guy)
Bourdache pp 9 to 12, and others.


Pétrocyclette
Bicyclette built by Macquart et Fils in 1907.
Bourdache p112


Pernette (André)
The Pernette machine (of 1906) is a 572cc V-twin (90 x 90mm) with belt drive. With a monstrous Buchet engine (probably an 8 CV, or about 1,000 to 1,200cc) that Pernette made a reputation as a champion.
Bourdachepp 220, 223, 241, 261-263, 272, 312, 364, 382, 422.


Pernod
Mid-1980s racing machine.


Petit

Motorcycle built and ridden by Petit at the M.C.F. 1903
Bourdache p440


P.G. Engines

1903. Adaptable motor of 1 3/4hp
Bourdache p440


Pipres

Built Paillard motorcycles, and engines fitted to the Liberator in 1903. See also Paillard.
Bourdache p440


Pontheray
Motorcycle built in 1905.
(Photo in Moto-Revue No 523 of 1936, and small advertisement in the magazine of the Touring Club de France in 1905)
An example exists in the Collection de Maurice Chapleur
Bourdache p440


Presto
Circa 1904, motorcycles with an OHV Buchet engine were built by Edgar Son of 12 rue de la Pompe, Paris
Bourdache


Progres (Le)
Le Progrès, built in Vervins (aisne) in 1901, was a motor bicycle with the engine located behind the pedals
Bourdache p440


Prunel
Motocyclettes built in 1900 at
4 rue de Paris, Puteaux
Bourdache p440


R

Racing
Messner and Breton of 78 rue des Archives, Paris
1906. Built motocyclettes using Quentin or possibly C.D. engines.
Bourdache p440


Radium
Motorcycles. Chollet, elder, manufacturer in Paris, 1907
Bourdache p440


Regence
Built in Marseilles - A photograph shows a lightweight rigid two-stroke sans pedales with styling very similar to many others. Probably early 50s.
La Moto Francaise


Regina
1905. Pagis et Cie, factory in Albert (Somme)
Built under license from Rochet Bruneau
Bourdache p440


Renaux Tricycle
1898. Tricycle with a horizontal engine, used successfully in competition. It does not appear to have been marketed.
Bourdache p440


Renouard
Built a 3hp motocyclette in 1904
Bourdache p440


Ridel
Mechanical engineer in Évreux patented and built a bicycle engine in 1899.
Bourdache pp 68, 69, 71, 109.


Rigal
Motorcycle with Richard engine ridden by the builder in the the M.C.F. in 1904
Bourdache pp 75, 76, 82, 93, 95, 96, 105, 106, 127, 131, 133, 135, 136, 175, 190, 192, 209, 292, 297.


Rocquet
Bicycle engine built in 1904
Bourdache p441


Romain
Tricycles with 2 1/2hp or 3hp engines, built in 1899
Bourdache p 441


S

Salvator
1901
bicyclette with engine and pedals
Bourdache p112, 113.


Savariaux
Possibly associated with La Tortue
Bourdache p146


Saving
1906. Brand with the same construction as Alcyon using Zedel engines renamed Kleder in the catalogue. It appears that these were in fact older model Alcyon machines.
Bourdache pp279, 378


S.O.C.O.M.I.A.
67 Rue Lamartine, Drancy (Seine)
In 1951 they built 60cc and 72cc machines
La Moto Francaise.


Souvairan
Displayed at the Salon of 1902
Bourdache p146


Sparting
Built in Rennes, 1932, using Aubier & Dunne engines.


Sphinx
1899
Built tricycles and engines for motocyclettes
Bourdache p441


Strock
20 bld du Port Amiens
Cycles and Motorcycles. 1903
Bourdache p441


Succès
Built motorcycles in 1904 with PAL engine of 2 1/2 hp or 3 hp
Bourdache p441


Svelte
Early 50s rigid two-stroke, possibly built by the same company which made Svelte bicycles, SMAC.
La Moto Francaise


Suddard
Documented in 1903
Bourdache p441


T

Tauzin
1898
11 rue Bellanger Levallois
Engine used in Papillon tricycles
Bourdache p80





The Pretty
Circa 1905
120 rue de Sevres, Paris
Then 45 rue de Bagneux, Montrouge
Motorcycle 1 HP 1/4 or 2 HP "without carburettor".
Bourdache p441


Tigre
Motorcycle of the 1970s with HO engine probably built by Panhard.
La Moto Francaise


Titania
22 avenue d'Italie, Paris
Motorcycle presented at the salon of 1901
The company was dissolved in March 1903
Bourdache p117


Tortue, La
1900 Savariaux, 34, boulevard de Clichy, Paris.
Fitted with a Brutus engine.
Bourdache pp 110, 442


Totey
1901-1904
71 rue Liégat, Yvry
Motocyclette with engine in the frame
Bourdache p402


La Tractocyclette
Manufactured by J. Journaux, 1906
56 rue des Cévennes, Paris
Motorized bicycle with a Garreau engine on the front wheel
Bourdache pp 257, 279, 280


Trèfle-A-Quatre
Closely related to Rochet, Rochet-Bruneau, Roland, and Georges Richard.
Bourdache p442


Trépardoux
"...the door of a small wooden building in La Chapelle ... a brass plaque mentioned "Bouton & Trépardoux".
... a business association began in 1881 and a small workshop was named "Trépardoux et Cie". De Dion brought funds, Georges-Thadée Bouton his mechanical expertise and Trépardoux, Bouton's brother-in-law, his engineering skills.
Bourdache pp 12, 21, 36-38.


Trilby
H. Chapput of 19 rue Kéller, Paris
In 1904, the catalogue of H. Chaput offered the 1903 2hp Henri Popp motorcycle re-branded as a Trilby. He also offered separately a Popp 2 1/2 HP engine.
Bourdache p442


Trophée de France
Machines built by France Motor Cycles of Mandeure and sold under this brand.
Models include: 1947 Type 555C; 1948 Type 555D 125cc Peugeot engine


Tungnaud-Cavelier
58 rue d'Allemagne, Paris, 1902
2 HP motorcycle using petrol or alcohol.
Bourdache p442


V

Vallière
Motor-bicycle with 2-stroke engine. Engaged in the M.C.F. in 1903. Rider: Jangneau.
Bourdache p166


Vaurs
Motorcycle which entered the Paris-Madrid 1903 event, ridden by its creator, Vaurs, who invented the carburettor of the same name.
Bourdache pp 172, 222, 252.


Villemain
Motorcycles and Tricars
35 rue Arago, Puteaux
In 1904 and 1905 a Villemain motorcycle participated in the Criterium events.
"In general, the winner is still a tricycle driven by Villemain who achieves 47.120 km/h."
Bourdache pp 93, 209, 220.


Vinet
25 rue Brunel, Paris
Built motor tricycles and quadricycles powered by De Dion, 1899
Bourdache p442


W

Washington
One of many similar marques produced by Mercier


White-Star
The marque is possibly from c1932, and the constructor may have been Pertuisot of 23 Rue des Acacias, Paris.
Two images both show similar models with 350cc Staub-JAP OHV engines with 3 speed gearboxes. No manufacturer details are on the images, and fairly exhaustive searches have proved unfruitful.
La Moto Francaise


Winster
Images show a badge on the steering stem which reads "Winster PMP", apparently French. Frame almost bare, no engine or tank. Front guard has toolbox mounted on it, making it quite distinctive.
Remains of gearbox and clutch, chain drive, sans pedales, rigid with girder forks, tank mounted between upper and lower frame rails.
La Moto Francaise


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