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The Complete* Motorcycle Compendium
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Manufacturers Name

1910 Flying Merkel
1910 Flying Merkel

Fabianski Poland, 1936 - 1939
Fafnir
Germany, 1904, Fafnir-Werke was an engine builder
Fairy
England, 1907, First motorcycle made by Douglas
Fantic
This Italian company builds bikes for motocross and trials, where it has been a leading contender since it began in 1960
Far Italy, They make the Twip electric scooter
Farmbyke
New Zealand, 1970's. Designed and made in New Zealand, using Suzuki parts
Farron
Favorit
Germany
FB-AJS
see AJS
Federation/Federal
England, The Co-operative Wholesale Society was founded in 1869 by a group of retailers and manufacturers as a way to buy large amounts of goods at a lower price. Around 1920 they started making motorcycles that were called Federation and Federal using JAP and Villiers engines. They stopped around 1937
Feilbach Limited
USA, 1904 - 1914, Used by the Milwaukee Police Dept.
Ferbedo Germany
Ferrari
Italy, 1951 - 1954, No connection to the car, made by Fratelli Ferrari 128 to 248cc 
FKS
Fichtel & Sachs
Germany, Engine builders
Flanders
USA, 1911 - 1914, Inline four engine. Had a v-twin in 1914
Flandria Belgium, 1950's - 1981, Started by the Claeys brothers
Fleming
USA, 1900. The Fleming Motor Vehicle Co. built engine kits for bicycles and produced a complete motorbike in 1901. Also sold as Ellis and Fleming and E&F
Flying Merkel
USA, 1901 - 1917, Was a small company started by Joseph Merkel in Milwaukee.  Sold as Merkel until 1910. Some had 1000cc Thor engines. Bought by the Miami Cycle Co. around 1911?. Merkel left the business with the sale and went to Autoped in 1913
Flink Motorcycles were powered by a Kurier two stroke engine and was the first motorcycle built by BMW in the early twenties
FN Walter Kelicom of the FN arms factory in Belgium began making motorcycles in 1901, offered a shaft drive in 1903 and made the first successful four-cylinder motorcycle in 1910
Francis-Barnett England, Gordon Francis and Arthur Barnett got together in 1919. The wheels they used were mounted on spindles and most used JAP, Blackburn, Villiers or AMC engines. It was taken over by Associated Motor Cycles (AMC) in 1947
Frera Italy, 1906-1956
Freras Italy, 1920's
Freyer & Miller
Freze
Russia
FSO Poland, Polish car maker that made a trail bike in the 1970's
Force
Austria
Fowler Four
Fowler Manson-Sherman
Foxinette
Austria?
Francke-Johannsmeyer
Franklin
Fuki Planning
Japan, Developed the first "Pocket or Minimoto bikes" in 1975