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The Complete* Motorcycle Compendium
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Manufacturers Name

Aprilia RSV1000R
Aprilia RSV1000R

Aaen Racer, designed by Olav Aaen in the 1960's. It's unclear how many, if any, were produced
AAR
Finland, Ice racers. Jawa engines
Abell
USA, 190, Rollin Abell built a steam powered bicycle and patented the coaster brake around 1901
Abako
Germany, 1923 - 1925
ABC
England, 1913 - 1921, All British Engine Company Had a transversely-mounted flat twin engine in 1918
ABC
England, 1919 - 1924 All British Cycle Co.
ABC
Germany 1922 - 1924 A.B.C. Werk in Berlin
ABC
USA, 1901 - 1902, The American Bicycle Co. built motorcycles as the American Cycle Manufacturing Co.
Abbotsford
England and Australia, early 1900's
Abendsonne
Germany, 1930's
Aberdale
England, 1930's - 1950's?, Aberdale was run by the Levy bros. and bought Bown Cycles from William Bown in the late 1930's
Abe-Star
Japan
Abingdon
England
ABJ England, 1949 - 1954? Started by A B Jackson from Raynal Auto
ACE Motorcycles
Bill Henderson Of Henderson Motorcycles started the Ace Motor Corporation in 1920 in Philadelphia.
Achilles
Czechoslovakia
Achilles
Germany, mopeds 1953 - 1957, Sold to Norman Cycles Ltd in England
Ackland
England
Acme
England, 1902, became Rex-Acme 
Acme Motorcycles
Australia 1940's Not affiliated with Acme England. Built by Bennett & Wood in Sydney, used Villiars engines. There were also two other companies in Australia that used the Acme name in the early 1900's
ADB
USA, 1993, California, American Dirt Bike Co. Rotax Engines
Ader
France
Adler
Germany, Adlerwerke Frankfurt until 1958
Adly
Taiwan, 1978, built by Her Chee, scooters, motorcycles and ATV's
Adma
Germany, 1924 - 1926
Adriatica
Italy, 1979? 1980? 250cc Grand Prix racer
Advance
England
AEL
England
Aeolus
England, 1913, built by William Bown
Aeon
Taiwan, Mopeds, scooters
AER
England, 1937A.
Aermacchi
Started as an airplane manufacturer in 1912. Started making motorcycles in 1950. Aermacchi set many world records and partnered up with Harley-Davidson in 1960 and took over Harley's light weight bike production when Harley stopped their small bike line, commonly known as the "Hummer", around 1965 or 1966. Aermacchi was bought by Cagiva in 1978
Aero
Australia
AGF
France, post war to about 1956
Agrale
Brazil, Agrale manufactures some parts and assembles and distributes Cagiva, Husqvarna and MV Agusta under license from Cagiva who owns all three names 
Agrati (Garelli)
Italy, Small cc scooters
Airman
USA
Airmoto
Italy
Airolite
England
Ajax
England, The Stevens bros. built engines using the Ajax name for AJW for a short time in the 1930's
AJP
Portugal, They make motocross bikes with Casal engines 
AJR
England
AJS
Was created by the four Stevens Brothers, who started the Stevens Motor Manufacturing Co. in 1899 to build engines and A. J. Stevens & Company in 1909 to produce motorcycles. The AJS came from Albert John (Jack) Stevens' initials.
AJW 
England, 1926 - 1953?, Arthur John Wheaton Used Ajax (built by the Stevens bros), Anzani and JAP engines up to 996cc. The AJW name has been used by at least three owners up into the 1980's
AKD
England, 1926 - 1933, Abingdon King Dick Co. started as a tool maker in 1856, briefly made motorcycle engines and complete bikes and now still makes tools. The King Dick name came from the owners bulldog
Akkens
England
Alba
Germany, 1919 - 1924
Albertus
Germany, 1922 - 1924
Alcyon
France, 1904 - 1956
Alecto
England
Alert
England
Alfer
Spain, Supermoto and enduro bikes
Algat
Italy, Scooters
Alp
England, 1913 - 1916, English branch of Swiss based Moto-Reve. Beta of Italy now makes a model called Alp
Alpino
Italy
Alldays
England, Early 1900's - 1927?, Alldays & Onions made motorcycles, 3-wheelers and autos. Some were used by the postal service. Alldays-Matchless?
Alligator
USA, The Alligator is a project that Dan Gurney has been working on since 1979. The current stage is the A4A, which has carbon-fiber bodywork, a single-sided swing arm (with in-arm shock), fuel injection and built around a Honda XR600cc single engine. The object is to have a very stable cornering machine that will go 150mph
Allon
England, 1915 - 1926, Made by Alldays
Allright
Germany, 1901 - 1928, they were also sold as Tiger, Roland, Vindee and VS in various markets. They used JAP, MAG, Kelcom and other engines
Allstate
Sold by Sears they were made by Cushman, Puch, Gilera? and Vespa
AMAG
Swiss, 1950's
Amag
Germany, 1924 - 1925 Allg. Motorfahrzeug Berlin
Amazonas
Brazil, 1978 - 1990, made by Amazonas Motocicletas Especiais Ltda. Used a 1600cc VW car engine. Not a very well engineered motorcycle
Ambassador
England, Bought by DMW in 1965
Ambra
Germany, 1921 - 1926, The Carl Brandt Motor Company in Berlin
AMC
England, Associated Motor Cycles Ltd. Is the name eventually used, until it ceased to operate in 1966, by the Group that ended up with the rights to AJS, Matchless, Norton, James, Francis Barnett, Enfield, Indian, Douglas?, Vincent? and ? They were taken over by "Manganese Bronze Bearings" who then formed NVT
AMC
USA, The Allied Motors Corp. Had a 1000cc V-Twin around 1915
1918 America
USA, They were replicas of a 1918 Harley-Davidson. They had a one piece frame that incorporated a non-detachable side car. They used a Harley Evo type engine with electronic ignition and disc brakes. The gas tank on the bike was used to hide the electronics. The real gas tank was under the seat of the sidecar. The builders sent Malcolm Forbes a brochure hoping he would be interested in one, his secretary sent back the brochure with a note saying "Mr. Forbes only buys new motorcycles..."  They must have been made in the 1980's as Forbes died in 1990. They were forced to stop making them because of a threatened lawsuit by Harley.  About a dozen were built. The jigs and molds were later sold to Arlen Ness and he has made several since.
America
USA, 1904 - 1905
American
USA, 1901 - 1902, The American Cycle Manufacturing Co. was taken over by Pope. The American name was used by at least five other early builders plus at least a half a dozen later Harley clone fabricators 
American
USA, 1913
American Dirt Bike
USA, California (ADB)
American Eagle
USA, 1966 - 1970's?, The name that Sprites, made in England, were sold under in the U.S. One model was the American Eagle 405 Talon  see Sprite
American Eagle
USA, Harley style clones, was founded in 1995
American Iron Horse
USA, Harley style clones, S&S engines up to 113"
American King V
USA, Sells kits and complete motorcycles using Chevy small block engines, up to 525 hp
American Quantum
USA, Harley clones
American Rocket
USA, 1950's, Indian engine
American X
USA, 1910-1930, British Excelsior's were rebadged by the U.S. importer in Chicago because American Excelsior had the rights to the name
AMI
Germany, 1921 - 1925, AMI-Auto-Motoren-Ind. Berlin
Ammon
Germany, 1923 - 1925 Ammon & Co. Berlin
AMO
Germany, 1920's and again in the 1950's
AMS
Spain, 1954 - 1965
Ancilotti
Spain, 1967 - 1984
Andrees
Germany, 1920's
Anker
Germany, 1949 - 1953 Sold in 1952 and moved from Bielefeld to Paderborn, produced until 1958
Anthony
USA
Anzani
British Anzani Engine Co. a subsidiary of Anzani France, was established in 1912 in London. They made engines for airplanes, cars, motorcycles (up to 998cc), boats, and equipment. They when out of business in 1980
Anzani
France, Engine builder
A.P. USA,
1901, Possibly the first "motorwheel" for bicycles
Apache
USA, 1907-1911, Thor engines
Apfelbeck
Speedway racers, JAP engines. Ludwig Apfelbeck 
Apollo
Sweden, 1950's?, M Berlin & Co, Mopeds
Aprilia
is the second largest manufacturer in Europe. The made over 290,000 scooters in 1997.
AR
USA, 1997, They make street legal flattrack type bikes using Yamaha 650 engines. They were AR Streetracker but are now called Robinson Streetracker
Arbinet
France, 1907 - 1934
Arco
Germany, 1922 - 1931
Ardie
Germany, 1919 - 1958, Early models used 305 to 350cc two strokes and changed to around 350 to 1000cc JAP engines in the twenties. After WWII they used their own two strokes and later, engines and parts from Durkopp who bought them out in 1955, but still used the Ardie name
Argeo
Germany, 1924 - 1927, Argeo Fahrzeugwerk Berlin
Argyle
USA, 1957 - 1961, by C&E Manufacturing, small folding scooters 
Ariel
was founded in England in 1898. Who hasn't heard of an Ariel Square Four The 997cc engine is a legend. Later taken over by BSA in 1940's and discontinued in 1965
Aristos
Germany, 1923 - 1924, Aristos Motorfahrzeugwerke Berlin 
Armac
USA, 1905, St. Paul, MN - 1906-1913, Chicago. Singles & V-twins. Sold to AMC
Armstrong
England, Armstrong manufacturing bought Cotton in 1980. In 1984 Armstrong bought the rights from the bankrupt Italian SMW company to build the SMW Tornado. The Armstrong MT 500 is used by the English, Canadian and Jordanian armies. 506cc Rotax engines
Arno
England
Arrow
USA, 1909 - 1914, Chicago
Arrow
Canada, Arrow Custom Cycle, Harley Clones
Ascot
England, 1905
Ascot Pullin
England, 1928 - 1930
ASL
England, early 1900's
Aspes
Italy
Astoria
Italy, 1947 - 1958, Made by Virginio Fieschi with engines designed by Alfredo Bianchi 
Astra
Italy, 1931? 1933? - 1951, Used imported Arial engines
Atala
Italy, Small cc scooters. see Rizzato
Atco
USA, 1912, made by the Auto Trading Co.
ATK
became the second major American motorcycle company in 1983. They build a variety of off road bikes. Rotax engines. Joined in a partnership with VOR in 2001
Atlantic
Germany, autocycle early 1920's
Atomette
England, 1921 - 1922, a three wheeler with two wheels in front, Villiers engine
Auranthetic
USA, Was a small electric motorcycle produced in the 1970's
Aurora
USA, Iowa, made small engines used for motor bicycles
Aurora
USA, Illinois, Aurora Automatic Machine Co built their own Thor motorcycle and sold parts to other companies that assembled them and sold them as American, Emblem, Light, Rambler, Racycle, Warwick, Thor-bred, Thoroughbred, Reading-Standard, 
Aussi
Australia, Aussi-Also
Austin
USA, 1868,  Steam
Austria
Austria, 1903 - 1939
Austro-Motorette
Austria
Auto-Bi
USA, 1901 - 1909, made by E.R. Thomas in Buffalo, NY.
Auto-Bike
USA
Auto Car
1919-1924, Philadelphia, PA - 1925, Blossburg, PA - 1926, Detroit
Auto Cycle
USA, Not to be confused with the generic term "autocycle" which is used to describe a lightweight motor cycle with pedals
Autocylette
USA, 1921 - 1924, Autocylette Manufacturing and Sales Corp. Also sold as Pam
Autoette
USA
Autoflug
Germany, 1921 - 1923, Berlin
Autoglide
USA
Autoglider
England
Autoped
USA, 1914 - 1926, Scooters, made by the Autoped Company of America then became part of the American Ever-Ready Company. Some were sold as EverReady Autoped. They were designed by Hugo Gibson and for a short time, by Joseph Merkel who had built the Flying Merkel 
Auto-Fauteuil
Holland, Early 1900's
AutoMoto
France, 1930's
Avanti
India, Monto Motors makes Mopeds and small motorcycles that are exported world wide. Recently started a joint venture with Renault 
Avenger
USA, built by American Dirt Bike
AVG
USA, Makers of kit three wheelers using VW engines
AWO
Germany, 1949 - 1961, AWO Simpson




 

 

 

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