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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


Motorcycle exhibited at the Salon des Tuileries in 1899
Bourdache p430

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

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

Motorcycle exhibited at the Salon in 1902
Bourdache p146

22 Rue Saint-Sabin Paris

Tricycles with a 2hp Barrière engine. 1899
Bourdache p430

Motorcycle exhibited at the Salon in 1902
Bourdache p430

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

303 rue du faubourg Saint Antoine, Paris

Motocyclettes, 1906
Bourdache p431

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.

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

Motorcycle ridden by Ricard in 1903
Bourdache p146

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

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

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

Motorcycle exhibited in December 1901
Bourdache p431

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Light motorcycle engine presented at the 1902 Salon
Bourdache p432

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

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.


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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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.

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

Became the Aiglon marque.
Bourdache p146, p429

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Motorised bicycle displayed at the 1900 exhibition in Vincennes
Bourdache p434

Tricycle exhibited at the Salon des Tuileries in 1899
Bourdache p434

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


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

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


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

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.

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


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?


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

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

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


1907 motocyclette
Bourdache p435

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

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

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

1902 Motocyclette
Bourdache p435

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



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.

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."

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

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

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

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

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

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

Approximate location.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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



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'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
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
M.Thunn successor to E.Decosse - Motorcycles with sidecar.
Bourdache p438

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.

Built a 4-stroke motorcycle circa 1903
Bourdache p438

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

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.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Motocyclette exhibited at the 2nd Salon of 1901
Bourdache p439

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

A modern superbike of typical French beauty.

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

13 rue de l' Aquedue, Paris

Stuart & Stichter built motorcycles, 1904

>Source: Bourdache p439

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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


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

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


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

Bourdache p302

Tricycle exhibited at the Salon des Tuileries in 1899
Bourdache p440



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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Mid-1980s racing machine.


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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Built a 3hp motocyclette in 1904
Bourdache p440

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

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.

Bicycle engine built in 1904
Bourdache p441

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


bicyclette with engine and pedals
Bourdache p112, 113.

Possibly associated with La Tortue
Bourdache p146

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

67 Rue Lamartine, Drancy (Seine)
In 1951 they built 60cc and 72cc machines
La Moto Francaise.

Displayed at the Salon of 1902
Bourdache p146

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

Built tricycles and engines for motocyclettes
Bourdache p441

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

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

Early 50s rigid two-stroke, possibly built by the same company which made Svelte bicycles, SMAC.
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Documented in 1903
Bourdache p441


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

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

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

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

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

"...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.

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

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


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

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.

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.

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


One of many similar marques produced by Mercier

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

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.
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