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AAEN: 1960's Norway -racer, designed by Olav Aaen in the 1960's
AAR: Finland - Ice racer using Jawa engines
ABAKO:
1923-25 Germany
ABBOTT: 1915-18 South Australia
ABBOTSFORD: 1919-20 UK
ABBOTSFORD: 1912-13 Australia
ABC: USA, 1901 - 1902, "American Bicycle Co" motorcycles   built by the American Cycle Manufacturing Co
ABC: 1913-23 UK - ''All British Engine Company'' used a transversely-mounted flat twin engine in 1918. Designed by Granville Bradshaw, the ABC was a sensation at the 1919 Motor Cycle Show. With a sprung frame and opposed twin-cylinder engine the ABC was a very advanced design.
ABC:1920-24 UK - All British Cycle Co - made unusual belt-driven motorcycles with 249cc and 269cc Villiers engines
ABC:1920-24 France
ABC: 1922-24 Germany - A.B.C. Werk - Berlin
ABC SKOOTAMOTA:1919-22 UK
ABD (see also Avenger): 1990s? USA
ABELL: USA, 1901 - ?, a steam powered bicycle built by Rollin Abell who patented the coaster brake in 1901
ABENDSONNE:
1933-34 Germany
ABERDALE:1946-49 UK - Aberdale was run by the Levy Bros who  bought Bown Cycles from William Bown in the late 1930's
ABE-STAR:1949-55 Japan
ABIGNENTE: 1926-29 Italy
ABINGDON:1903-26
ABJ: 1949-54 UK  - "A B Jackson" of Raynal Auto
ABRA: 1923-27 Italy
ABRIKOSOFF: 1895-1899 Russia
ABSOLOM: 1915 Australia
AC: 1908- UK
ACCLES: 1896 ?
ACCOSATO: 1976-90 Italy
ACE: 1919-27 USA - Bill Henderson Of Henderson Motorcycles established the Ace Motor Corporation in Philadelphia in 1920 . With four cylinders similar to the Henderson's but lighter. Ace built  XP racebikes, Sport and Street Aces. Indian purchased ACE in 1927, after Bill Henderson was killed testing an Ace Sport in 1922.
ACHILLES: 1906-12 Czech
ACHILLES: 1953-57 Germany - built mopeds until sold to Norman Cycles Ltd in England
ACKLAND: 1919-24 UK
ACM:1980? France
ACMA:1952-62 France
ACME: 1911-13 Australia
ACME: 1915-17 Australia
ACME: 1939-49 Australia - Constructed by Bennett & Wood in Sydney, using Villiers engines
ACME: 1902-22 UK -
became Rex-Acme
ADB (see Avenger): 1993 USA - "American Dirt Bike Co"MX bikes using Rotax Engines
ADER:1903-06 France
ADLER: 1900-07, 1949-58 Germany - Adlerwerke from Frankfurt
ADLY (see Her Chee): 1985- Taiwan - scooters, motorcycles and ATV's built by Her Chee
ADONIS:1950-52 France
ADMA: 1924-26 Germany
ADRIA: 1921-28 Germany
ADRIATICA: 1960s-80s? Italy - 250cc Grand Prix racer
ADS: 1949-57 Belgium
ADVANCE: 1905-07 UK
AEL: 1919-24 UK
AEOLUS: 1903-05 UK
AEOLUS: 1914-16 UK - built by William Bown
AEON: 1990s- China - scooter and moped manufacturer
AER: 1937-40 UK - built by A. E. Reynolds
AERMACCHI: 1945-78 Italy - Airplane manufacturer in 1912. Started making motorcycles postwar in 1945. Aermacchi built very competitive machines and was purchased by Harley Davidson (AMF) in the late 60's and provided Harley's light weight bikes. Built successful 250 and 350 GP two=strokes in the mid 70s. Aermacchi was bought by Cagiva in 1978
AERMOTO: 1940s? Italy
AERO: 1916-20 Australia
AERO-CAPRONI: 1947-64 Italy
AEROMERE: 1958-64 Italy
AEROPLAN: 1922-25 Germany
AEROS: 1927-29 Czech
AESTER: 1932-35 Italy
AETOS: 1912-14 Italy
AFW: 1923-25 Germany
AGA: 1921 UK
AGF:1947-56 France
AGOSTINI: 1991- Germany
AGRALE: Brazil -  assembles and distributes Cagiva, Husqvarna and MV Agusta under license from Cagiva
AGRATI: 1958-65 Italy - scooter manufacturer
AGS: 1971-76 Netherlands
AIGLON:1900-54 France - purchased by Peugeot in the 1920's
AIM: 1974-82? Italy
AIRMAN: 1948 USA
AIRMOTO: Italy
AIROLITE: 1921-23 UK
AJAX: 191? Victoria, Australia
AJAX: 1922-25 UK - Stevens Bros  built bikes for AJW
AJP: Portugual - Casal engined MX machines
AJS: 1911-67 UK - Manufacture of the well known AJS range of motorcycles was begun in 1909 by Albert John Stevensd. Albert, the son of an English blacksmith, had started in the motor trade 12 years earlier when he began building petrol engines. He was soon joined in partnership by three of his brothers. In 1931 AJS was bought by the rival Matchless Company. In 1938 Matchless also bought Sunbeam and combined the three companies into Associated Motor Cycles. .
AJR: 1925-26 UK
AJR: 1997- SPAIN
AJT:1920s Australia
AJW: 1928-77 UK
AIREDALE (Special): Yorkshire England 1921
AKD:
1926-32 UK

AKITSU: 1952-? Japan
AKKENS: 1919-22 UK
ALATO: 1923-25 Italy
ALBA: 1919-24 Germany
ALBATROS:1904 France
ALBERT: 1908 France
ALBERT: 1922-24 Germany
ALBERT-JEAN:1901 France
ALBERTUS: 1922-24 Germany
ALBIN-MONARK: 1939-44 Sweden
ALCHEMY: 1991- Australia
ALCYON:1904-57 France
ALCYON ITALIANA: 1926-28 Italy
ALDBERT: 1953-59 Italy
ALDIMI: 1953 Belgium
ALECTO: 1919-24 UK
ALERION: 1919 Belgium
ALERT:1912 Australia
ALERT: 1903-06 UK
ALESIA: 1966-70 Switzerland
ALEU:1953-56 Spain
ALEXA:1902-3 Australia
ALFA: 1923-25 Germany
ALFA: 1923-26 Italy
ALFA-GNOM:1926-28 Austria
ALFER:1980- Spain
ALGAT: 1992 Italy
ALGE: 1922-31 Germany
ALIPRANDI: 1925-30 Italy
ALLARDICE HYBRID: 1973 New Zealand - home-built motorcycle powered by a modified 4 cylinder Honda CB 750. The frame and cycle parts are handmade.
ALLIGATOR: 1990s USA
ALKO: 1927-30 Austria
ALKRO: 1992- Italy
ALLDAYS & ONIONS: 1903-14, 1926-27 UK
ALLDAYS MATCHLESS: 1914 UK
ALLEGRO: 1923-50 Switzerland
ALLELUIA:1922-56 France
ALLISON:1902-06 Australia
ALLISON:1990s USA
ALLON: 1915-26 UK
ALLOUETTE: 1973-74 Canada
ALLRIGHT: 1901 Germany
ALLSPORT: 1951-65 USA
ALLSTATE: 1951-65 USA
ALLWYN: 1972-88 India
ALMA:1949-59 France
ALMIA: 1924-26 Italy
ALMORA: 1924-25 Germany
ALP: 1913-16 UK
ALPHA:1904 Australia
ALPHA:1983-91 France
ALPHA CENTAURI:1960s UK
ALPINA: 1923-26 Italy
ALPINO: 1945-63 Italy
ALPHONSE THOMANN:1908-23 France
ALRON: 1972-75 Perth Australia
ALSPORT: 1975 Canada
ALTA: 1968-71 UK
ALTEA: 1939-41 Italy
ALTENA: 1900-06 Netherlands
ALTER:1955-56 France
ALVIS: 1920 UK
ALWIN: 1920 UK
AMAG: 1924-25 Germany
AMAK: 1922-23 Austria
AMAZONAS: 1978-90 Brasil
AMBAG: 1923 Germany
AMBASSADOR: 1946-64 UK
AMBRA: 1921-266 Germany
AMC: 1931-66 UK
AMC: 1912-15 USA
AMC: 1990s Germany
AME: 1990s Germany
AMERICA: 1904-06 USA
AMERICAN: 1903 Conneticut USA
AMERICAN: 1903 New Jersy USA
AMERICAN: 1909 Colorado USA
AMERICAN: 1911-14 USA
AMERICAN: 1921 Kentucky USA
AMERICAN EAGLE: 1967-69 USA
AMERICAN EAGLE: 1990s- USA
AMERICAN IMAGE: 1990s- USA
AMERICAN IRON HORSE: 1997- USA
AMERICAN KING V: 1990s- USA
AMERICAN PERFORMANCE CYCLES (APC Motor Company): 1999-?? USA
AMERICAN QUANTUM: 1990s- USA
AMERICAN ROCKET: 1952 USA
AMERICAN SUNDIRO: 2000 USA
AMERICAN-X: 1910-31 USA
AMI: 1923-25 Germany
AMI: 1950-56 Switzerland
AMISA: 1946-50 Italy
AMMEX (ISLO):1960s-70s? California USA
AMMON: 1923-25 Germany
AMO: 1921-24 Germany
AMO: 1953-55 Germany
AMR: 1979-85 Italy
AMS:1954-65 Spain
AMSLER: 1948-50 Switzerland
AMSTEL: 1962-66 Netherlands
AMSTOUTZ:1900 France
ANA:1910-19 Australia
ANCILLOTTI: 1967-85 Italy
ANCORA: 1926-39 Italy
ANDRE:1930 France
ANDREES: 1923-29 Germany
ANDRU:1903 France
ANGLIAN: 1903-12 UK
ANGLO-DANE: 1912-14 Danish
ANKER: 1949-53 Germany
ANNINO:1950 France
ANTHONY: 1900-01 USA
ANTOINE: 1903-10 Belgium
ANTON DIDENKO: 1936 Russia
AOB:19?? Australia
AOV:1912-15 Australia
ANZANI: 1900-1939 France
ANZANI: 1922-25 Italy
A&P:1914 Australia
APACHE: 1907-11 USA
APE: 1923-25 Italy
APEX: 1925-26 Germany
APC MOTOR COMPANY: 1990s- USA
API LAMBRETTA: 1965-88 India
APOLDANIA: 1903 Germany
APOLLO: 1937-57 Sweden
APRILIA: 1960- Italy
AQUILA: 1927-35 Italy
AQUILA: 1953-58 Italy
AQUILLON:1909 France
ARAB: 1921 South Australia
ARAB: 1923-26 UK
ARBINET: 1924-34 France
ARBINET-FRERE: 1910 France
ARBLASTER: 19?? Western Australia
ARC: 1954-56 Spain
ARCO: 1922-31 Germany
ARDEA: 1931-34 Italy
ARDEN: 1912-20 UK
ARDENT:1950-54 France
ARDIE: 1919-58 Germany
ARDILLA: 1950-52 Spain
ARDITO: 1951-56 Italy
ARGEO: 1924-27 Germany
ARES: 1932-35 Italy
ARGENTRE:1930-33 France
ARGUL: 1923-26 Germany
ARGUS: 1949 Germany
ARGYLE: 1901 UK
ARGYLE: 1957-61 USA
ARI: 1924-25 Germany
ARIEL: 1906 South Australia
ARIEL: 1911-25 Victoria, Australia
ARIEL: 1902-70 UK
ARIETE: 1954 Italy
ARION: 1914 Victoria, Australia
ARISTO: 1953-56 Netherlands
ARISTOS: 1922-24 Germany
ARIZ: 1952-54 Italy
ARLIGUE:1950-54 France
ARLEN NESS:1990s USA
ARMAC: 1905-13 USA
ARMINIA: 1925-31 Germany
ARMIS: 1920-23 UK
ARMOR:19?? France
ARMSTRONG: 1902-05 UK
ARMSTRONG: 1913-14 UK
ARMSTRONG: 1980-87 UK
ARNI: 1950-54 Switzerland
ARNO: 1906-15 UK
AROLA: 1976-82 France
ARROW: 1913-17 UK
ARROW: 1909-14 USA
ARZANI: 1904-06 Italy
ASASHI:1953-65 JAPAN
ASCO DERBYSHIRE: 1980s UK
ASCOT:1914? Victoria, Australia
ASCOT: 1904-06 UK
ASCOT-PULLIN: 1928-30 UK
ASD:1912-14 Victoria, Australia
ASE:19?? Sweden?
ASHFIELD:1907 Australia
ASHFORD: 1904 UK
ASL: 1907-15 UK
ASSMANN: 1938-39 Austria
ASPES: 1967-82 Italy
ASPI: 1946-51 Italy
ASSO: 1927-31 Italy
ASSO: 1947-52 Italy
ASTER:1898-1910 France
ASTLEY:1911-18 Australia
ASTON: 1923-24 UK
ASTORIA: 1923-25 Germany
ASTORIA: 1934-36, 1947-57 Italy
ASTRA: 1921-25 Germany
ASTRA: 1931-51 Italy
ASTRAL:1919-23 France
ASTRO: 1950-53 Italy
ATALA: 1923- Italy/Spain
ATCO: 1912 USA
ATK: 1983- USA
ATLANTIC: 1921-22 Germany
ATLANTIC:1929-32 France
ATLANTIK: 1925-26 Germany
ATLANTIS: 1926-32 Germany
ATLAS: 1913-14 UK
ATLAS: 1921-25 UK
ATLAS: 1924-29 Germany
ATLAS: 1975-90 India
ATOMOTEURS: Belgium 1902
ATTICA: 1950s Greece
ATTOLINI: 1920-23 Italy
A.T.U: 2001 Taiwan
AUBIER-DUNNE: 19?? France
AUDAX:1904 France
AUGUSTA: 1924-31 Italy
AUREOLE: 1930s? France
AURORA: 1901-07 UK
AURORA: 1919-21 UK
AUSSI-ALSO: 1919-22 Australia
AUSTEN: 1903-06 UK
AUSTIN: 1868 USA (steam powered two wheeler)
AUTO UNION: (see DKW) - By 1930 DKW was the largest motorcycle producer in the world, but became over committed in the depression era and merged with three other manufacturers to remain in business. DKW, Wander, Horch and Audi joined to become Auto Union AG in 1932. In November 1958 Mercedes Benz gained control of the Auto Union and reduced production of DKW and by 1959 production stopped altogether
AUSTRAL: 1913 South Australia
AUSTRAL: 1917-29 Tasmania, Australia
AUSTRAL: 1920-21 Victoria, Australia
AUSTRAL: 1910-14 Victoria, Australia
AUSTRAL: 1910 NSW, Australia
AUSTRAL:1904-30 France
AUSTRALIAN SCOUT: 1923 Australia
AUSTRALIS: 1897 Australia
AUSTRIA: 1903-07 Austria
AUSTRIA: 1930-33 Austria
AUSTRIA-ALPHA: 1935-52 Austria
AUSTRO-ILO: 1938 Austria
AUSTRO-MOTORETTE: 1922-27 Austria
AUSTRO-OMEGA: 1931-38 Austria
AUTINAG: 1924-25 Germany
AUTO-BI: 1900-09 USA
AUTOBIKE: 1915 USA
AUTO-BIT:1952-62 JAPAN
AUTO CAR: 1900 USA
AUTO CYC:19?? UK?
AUTOCYCLETTE:1899 France
AUTO-ELL: 1924-26 Germany
AUTO-FAUTEUIL:1902-06 France
AUTO FOUR: 1971 USA
AUTOFIX: 1950-53 Germany
AUTOFLUG: 1921-23 Germany
AUTO-GLIDE: 1936-46 USA
AUTOGLIDER: 1919-22 UK
AUTOMOTEURS: 1902 Belgium
AUTOMOTION:1929 France
AUTOMOTIONETTE:1934-39 France
AUTOMOTO:1901-62 France
AUTOPED: 1915-21 USA
AUTOSCO: 1920-21 UK
AUTOSCOOT: 1938 USA
AUTOTRIX: 1913 UK
AUTOWHEEL: 1909-14 UK
AUXI: 1921 Switzerland
AVADA: 1951-64 Netherlands
AVANTI: 1982-?? India
AVAROS: 1952-65 Netherlands
AVELLO:1960- Spain
AVENGER:1990s- USA
AVG:1990s- USA
AVIATOR:1906 France
AVION: 1920s Western Australia
AVION: 1990s UK
AVIS-CELER: 1925-31 Germany
AVLE BI-CAR: 1957 UK
AVOLETTE (see Brutsch): 19?? France
AVON: 1919-20 UK
AVONDALE: 19?? UK
AVONDALE: 1921 South Australia
AVRO:1926 United Kingdom
AWD: 1921-59 Germany
AWJ: 19?? UK
AWO: 1950-61 Germany
AYRES-LEYLAND: 1920 UK
AZA: 1924-26 Czech
AZZARITI: 1933-34 Italy